Does lip piercing cause scars? What removal options are available for lip piercing scars? If you can relate to these questions, then continue reading. This article will give you a comprehensive coverage of lip piercing scarring including causes and treatment options. Included also are various pictures to inspire your imagination.
Do Lip Piercings Scar or Do Lip Piercings Leave Scars?
If you are contemplating a lip piercing, then you might be wondering, “Do lip piercings leave scars?” or “Do lip piercings scar?”
Well, the answer to this question is, “yes”, lip piercings scar. This is because lip piercing scar involves piercing the skin, which the body perceives as an injury. In response the body usually increases the amount of collagen in the site of piercing.
Collagen is the same type of protein that is normally found in the skin tissues, but the collagen found in scars normally has fibers with straight formation unlike the basket weave-like formation of normal collagen. This is why scars normally appear different from the rest of the skin.
This is intended to strengthen the area as the underlying wound heals away. It is also common for the body to increase the supply of blood in the wounded area which results in a reddened appearance over the first few days.
Over time, the supply of collagen will reduce and the scar will start to improve and get progressively flatter, paler, and softer.
The good thing about lip piercing scars is that most scars are easily hidden under the stud or ring and may not be as much noticeable. As matter of fact, scarring typically becomes a cause for concern after making the decision to remove the piercing.
How to Reduce Lip Piercing Scarring
As we have already mentioned, lip piercing will inevitably lead to scarring which cannot be undone. You will always have a scar on your lip to remind you of the day you went for the needle.
Although the scar can be enhanced using scar revision surgery, you can always minimize the extent of scarring by observing aftercare measures strictly to ensure that you don’t get infection. This is one of the main causes of excessive scarring.
It is also critical to look out for a piercer that is certified by the relevant board in your country e.g. the Association of Professional Piercers in the US.
Excessive Lip Piercing Scar Tissue: The Underlying Factors
The possibility of having to live with a lip piercing scar tissue is one factor that you need to take into consideration when weighing your options. That said the scar tissue that most people will end up with is naturally hardly noticeable once the wound has healed.
There is however always the risk of developing hypertrophic (raised) scars or keloid scars (raised scars extending beyond the boundaries of the original wound, usually as a result of excessive buildup of collagen in the scar site. These are usually more noticeable.
How extensive the lip piercing scar tissue becomes varies from piercee to piercee, depending on factors such as genetic predisposition to scarring and how well the piercing heals (which has to do with how well the piercing aftercare measures are adopted).
Poor choice of jewelry can also lead to hypertrophic scarring and is the reason why it is important to look for an experience, board-certified piercer.
Although anyone can get keloid scars after lip piercing, piercee from the darker skinned ethnicities such as black Americans and Africans are at higher risk of keloid scar tissue formation. Keloid scars are characterized by poor blood circulation which makes the healing process slower.
Lip Piercing Scar Pictures
Pictures speak a thousand words and there is no way we would have completed this article without including some lip piercing scar pictures just to give you a clue on the kind of scarring to expect should you decide to have this body modification done. So here we go:
This photo shows a piercee with a hypertrophic scar that has formed under the stud
Lip Piercing Scar Removal
The next question that often arises is, “what are some of the possible lip piercing scar removal techniques available?”
Well, if the size and look of a scar tissue resulting from lip piercing is bothering you, you can reduce it and make it less noticeable using one of the following options:
Surgical scar revision: Surgical revision of the scar is one of the best lip piercing scar removal options that may benefit an unsightly scarring. As the name suggests, this entails using surgical techniques to alter the shape and reduce the size of the scar.
One of the most commonly used surgical techniques is punch excision. This involves cutting the scar off and then stitching the skin together using fine sutures.
It is very important that you have realistic expectation; while surgical scar revision will greatly boost the look of your scar and make it less noticeable, it cannot erase it completely. According to Robert L. Kraft, MD, New York based plastic surgeon, the goal of scar revision is to replace the scar with a “more aesthetically pleasing scar [not to remove it]”.
Your best bet of action would be to talk to a local plastic surgeon or your doctor about the prospects of having a scar revisions surgery.
Although laser therapy and scar creams (such as Mederma, Scarguard, and Kelo-cote) are popular scar treatment options, they are not suitable for treatment of scars resulting from lip piercings as Maurice M. Khosh, MD, a New York facial plastic surgeon says.
Vertical Lip Piercing Scar
A common approach to lip piercing is to have the piercing made from the top of the lower lip rather than in front of it. Vertical lip piercing will nevertheless also lead to scarring since it involves making an “injury” to the skin. The scar is however likely to be hardly noticeable after healing but if you find it unsightly, you can always have a surgical revision done.