What are shark bites piercing? How do they look like? These are relatively newer with a growing popularity. They consist of two piercings closely together at both ends of the lower lip. Also known as double snake bites, they are quite striking and can be worn to enhance facial features and the smile.
Here is more on them including; healing, cost, jewelry, and pictures.
Shark bites piercing is a pair of four piercings. It is a pair of viper bites, spider or snake bites placed close together on each side of the lower lip giving an impression of two sets of incisor teeth placed externally. They are relatively new but its popularity is growing fast. They look great on guys and girls like. While girls love to use them to draw attention to their lips, guys love to pair this it with the septum piercing for a more masculine look.
Image 1– here is how they look like
Do shark bites piercings hurt? The pain that comes with getting them is relatively more since each whole has to be done individually for each hole. This can be done singly individually or at the same time. Note that multiple lip piercings increase the chance of getting all the problems such as like swelling, pain, and infection.
Since it is relatively new, it is best to get sufficient information on jewelry choices to come with a look that is unique to you. It is also important to make sure your piercer understands what you want before getting down to the real piercing. Ask him to make marks or use fake studs to gauge how real ones would look on you. Four piercing is nothing to make a run for before thinking about it.
Shark bites are a fast-rising method of body modification that has found an easy way to blend with current fashion and trends. I looked through many pictures online and I was amazed at how different people have managed to make the piercing look funky, unique and appealing- you may be tempted to have one. Here are some of them;
Images 2-5 Show different ways you can have them done.
Healing time and process
Shark bites heal relatively fast depending on how well they are taken care of. The healing time is between 8-12 weeks. Observing high levels of hygiene and following the aftercare instructions reduces the chance of getting infections and also can help in faster healing.
According to sharkbitespiercing.com, the healing is divided into two stages, the first level is when a tunnel forms around the piercing and the jewelry. At this stage, it still has an open wound and can close up if left without jewelry. The second level is called the toughening period where your body adds a layer of tougher tissue to make the tunnel more permanent. Note that these stages may happen at different times for different people since bodies are not the same.
Swelling is normal during the first 5 days. It can cause difficulty in speech and eating. During this period, reduce intake of hot spicy foods, alcohol, and tobacco. Stick to soft food diet until the swelling goes down. Most piercers recommend that you take a lot of yogurt- to help replenish good bacteria and prevent oral thrush.
Cleaning it twice daily with warm sea salt soaks and use oral mouthwash to rinse your mouth after every meal and at bedtime until it is completely healed.
How much does it cost to get one?
Just like for any lip piercing, the price varies from place to place. It also depends on the individual piercer- experienced piercers tend to charge more than new ones. The type of accessory you get will also determine how much you will pay to get it done.
Usually, it is goes for $20 or $30 for each piercing. The total cost for all the four piercing will cost $80 to $130. Note that this price excludes accessories.
Jewelry to use
You have loads of options and opportunities to be creative. You can wear just about anything as long as you find a way to balance your face with a similar type of jewelry on each side of the face. The most common jewelry are labret studs and captive beaded rings. You can also wear circular barbells and hoop rings, labret studs may be spikes, with crystal ball ends or gemstones. You can also choose from a wide range of colors. The options are just endless.
It is advisable to choose jewelry with high-quality materials such as surgical grade steel and titanium. Do not use plated jewelry as the coating may come off or deteriorate in the piercing increasing the chances of getting an allergic reaction or infection. Be sure to let your piercer or jeweler know whether you have any skin conditions or allergic reactions so that they can advise you on the best type of material to go for.
During the healing period, it is important to choose simple jewelry without sharp points or ends which can easily get caught in clothing or bedding.
If you notice any problem with your jewelry, do not try to remove them on your own. Visit and consult with your piercer, he will know what’s best for you. To avoid problems, make sure you visit a well-known piercing studio with experienced piercers.