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Lip frenulum piercing
A lip frenulum piercing is a body piercing through the frenulum of either the upper or lower lip. A piercing through the upper lip frenulum is sometimes called a scrumper, or a smily, because it can be visible when the wearer smiles. Opposingly, the piercing through the lower lip frenulum is sometimes referred to as a frowny.
Additional recommended knowledge
Such piercings, anatomy permitting, are relatively simple procedures. Healing time is typically six to eight weeks. Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash three or four times a day helps with the healing process; those with new piercings should also avoid smoking, alcohol, and spicy foods until the piercing site is fully healed.
Jewelry for piercings should meet the following requirements:
Both ring and barbell style jewelry can be worn in these piercings. Usually the jewelry worn in these piercings is low gauge, as there is not much tissue to pierce or stretch, and larger gauge jewelry may be more likely to damage the teeth and gums. Captive bead rings are more common as they provide more visibility than a barbell.
History and culture
Both variations on this piercing are of contemporary origin. Although they are known to have existed prior, first documented photograph of an upper lip frenulum piercing was an image of body modification practitioner Steve Haworth in a German magazine in the mid 90's.
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