How to Undo a Labret Stud

Updated April 17, 2017

The labret piercing is a popular and stylish lower lip piercing, but like any oral piercing, it requires special care. Before changing your stud, always disinfect your hands and mouth, and practice gripping the stud without turning it. If you experience pain while you are unscrewing the stud, stop and consult your piercer. But if you have a firm grip on the stud and suffer no pain, you can easily change your stud and enjoy a variety of jewellery.

Wait eight weeks for the piercing to fully heal before changing it. If in doubt whether your piercing has fully healed or is ready to be changed, consult your piercer.

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. Disinfect the new stud with rubbing alcohol and let it dry completely before inserting it. Use mouthwash to rinse your mouth before changing the stud.

Place a clean towel on the counter top so that it can catch the stud if you drop it.

Grip the back plate of your labret stud firmly between the index finger and thumb of one hand. Use a piece of dry tissue or rubber gloves if you cannot get a firm grip on the stud.

Use the other hand to turn the ball of the stud counter-clockwise until it comes free from the back plate. Set it aside where it won't get lost.

Swab the piercing with salt water before inserting the new stud, if desired. Insert the new stud by guiding the stud through the piercing hole, then screwing the back on lightly. Tighten by tightly holding the back plate and screwing the ball of the stud clockwise into the back plate.


Arrange for your piercer to show you how to change the stud if you are uncomfortable doing it without guidance. Disinfect the stud you removed before you put it away to minimise transfer of germs.


Holding the back plate with your teeth instead of your hand may lead to a chipped tooth or a lost back plate. Holding it with your fingers instead ensures you have a firm grip and can more easily control the pressure.

Things You'll Need

  • Labret stud of same gauge as current stud
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Clean towel
  • Mouthwash
  • Antibacterial soap
  • Rubber gloves (optional)
  • Facial tissue
  • Salt water (optional)
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Based in southern Indiana, Kristin McFarland has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her work has appeared in the "Indiana Daily Student," "Indianapolis Business Journal," "River Falls Journal," "The Berkeley Daily Planet" and "Rio Grande Sun." McFarland earned a Master of Arts in journalism from Indiana University.