Lip Piercing Scars

  • Written By Dan Hunter on November 21, 2020
    Last Updated: November 21, 2020

Lip piercings are growing in popularity because they look great, and there are so many ways to customize your style. Before taking the plunge, do your research on aftercare and possible scarring if you decide you want your piercing in a different place on your lip or choose to remove it entirely.

Are Lip Scars Common?

You will have a scar if you get a lip or any other kind of piercing. Any time you puncture your skin, you are essentially wounding it, and that includes piercings. Your body will work to heal that wound by replacing the damaged flesh with fibrous tissue, creating a bump or scar. The wound size also depends on the size of the piercing.

How to Avoid A Lip Scar

Visit your piercer to see if they have any specific instructions for you as you care for your lip piercing. The mouth is perfect for bacteria to grow. It is crucial to cleanse the piercing often. Ways to help avoid a scar include the following:

  • Rinse the inside of your mouth frequently with a saltwater solution or alcohol-free mouthwash, especially after eating, drinking, or smoking.
  • Cleanse the outside of the jewelry with soap, preferably when you’re in the shower, so that you can easily remove the scab or crust will be easily removed without causing further injury. Clean your hands before and after washing the piercing.
  • After three months (so the piercing doesn’t close), you can remove the piercing and soak it in a saltwater solution for 10 minutes. Be sure to rinse before you put back in.

The good news is, the lip piercing scar is small and appears as a dimple. This scar may very well heal near entirely, with no more than a pale dot that is only noticeable to you. 

How Long Does a Lip Piercing Take To Heal?

It takes 3-6 months for a lip piercing to heal. The lip is a tricky site to heal because you are continually using your mouth to talk, eat, and drink. There is also a risk of you reopening the healed site in your sleep if you have a dry mouth or rub it over your pillow too forcefully.

How To Identify An Infection

There is a hole in your body where there wasn’t before, so, typically, the area surrounding the piercing will be irritable. Furthermore, there’s a difference between normal swelling and infection. Signs of infection include: 

  • Redness of the surrounding area
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing
  • Discharge, usually white or clear
  • Heat emitting from site

Other signs that an infection is forming are: 

  • Fever
  • Bump at the back of the site
  • Warming sensation
  • Pus
  • Bleeding
  • Increasing pain

If Infection Occurs After Piercing

Proper care of your piercing will reduce the chances of infection, subsequently helping to avoid infection. Cleaning the area is very important, and there are a variety of ways to do this.


Use antibacterial soap when cleaning a piercing. Using a brand that doesn’t have a lot of additives that will irritate is recommended.

  • Cleanse your piercing with warm, soapy water
  • Rinse thoroughly
  • Do not rub the piercing vigorously, but gently with a cotton ball soaked in the warm water and soap solution
  • Repeat at least twice a day


Saltwater has natural healing properties that kill bacteria, so it’s a great way to disinfect the piercing site and help dry out any oozing.

  • Bring a cup of water to a boil and add a teaspoon of salt
  • Let it cool down
  • Place a cotton ball in the saltwater solution
  • Gently wipe the piercing

Reducing Risk Of Infection

You can follow to help avoid infection or further discomfort after a new lip piercing. These include:

Modify Your Diet: Eat soft foods such as yogurt, pudding, and ice cream. Avoid eating any hard food that might get trapped in the piercing and cause infection or bruising.

Avoid Drinking Alcohol: Alcohol dilutes the blood, and you don’t want the added risk of excessive bleeding.

Don’t Smoke: A great way to increase the risk of infection is by introducing all of the chemicals that come with smoking. You don’t want to increase the possibility that the piercing will become dry and invite disease. Avoid it for 6-8 weeks to avoid infecting your lip piercing, and you might kick the habit.

Eat Healthily: Eating healthy will promote healing, rather than sugary junk food. It is a lot less likely that a banana will cause infection than a candy bar. The nutrients found in healthier food will also promote faster healing.

Avoid Kissing: Kissing can irritate the area, move the piercing around, and cause infection and extra scarring by making the piercing site larger.

In Conclusion

There is always a risk of scarring as a result of the lip piercing. A lip piercing scar can occur for a variety of reasons. Doing your research will help minimize these risks. If scarring is something you’re not prepared to live with, then a piercing on such a prominent location likely isn’t for you. Talk to your piercing professional for all the facts and how a piercing may affect you.