How to Change a Labret Stud

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How to Change a Labret Stud
Labret studs are also used for Monroe piercings. (schüchtern image by Yvonne Bogdanski from

A labret piercing sits horizontally, just beneath the lower lip. The most common jewellery worn in a labret piercing is either a captive bead ring or a labret stud, a straight barbell which unscrews into three pieces. A labret stud is essentially a barbell with a bead on one end and a flat back on the other. Both the bead and the back come off and separate from the bar. After the initial two-month healing period, you can change your labret stud.

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Things you need

  • Antibacterial soap

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  1. 1

    Wash your hands in antibacterial soap and hot water and dry them with a clean paper towel.

  2. 2

    Grip your lower lip with the thumb and forefinger of your non-dominant hand. Use your index finger to press the back of the labret stud toward your lip so that the bead sticks out a few centimetres.

  3. 3

    Use the thumb and forefinger of your dominant hand to unscrew the bead in a counter-clockwise direction.

  4. 4

    Pull the bar out through the back of your lip.

  5. 5

    Insert the new labret stud, with the flat back attached, through the back of your lip. Press it forward so the bar sticks out a few centimetres, just as you did before.

  6. 6

    Screw the new bead on in a clockwise direction.

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