Healing A Lip Piercing

I received a message from someone who got a lip piercing and was concerned about how it was healing:

Hi! 8 days ago I got my lip pierced professionally. I was pierced with the standard gauge at 16g stud. My cleaning regimen goes like this: Every morning after my first smoke and breakfast, I brush my teeth, do a 50/50 mouthwash with water and Listerine, and clean the outside with antibacterial soap. When I get out of the shower I do a sea-salt soak for 3-5 minutes depending on how it feels. These actions are per my piercer. After I eat or smoke I swish sea-salt water. I do the morning regimen before bed, skipping the last sea-salt soak.  My problem resides on the inside of my lip where the back of the stud sits against my lip. I'm trying not to panic, but I am known to overcook things when I notice something weird going on on/in my body. What I SEE looks like a small mound of scar tissue; it's not very red and there is no leakage other than small amounts of lymph. I should tell you that this scar tissue (or whatever it might be) is aiding in the back of the stud leaving a mark where it sits. What I FEEL is a small lump under the skin just next to my piercing. If I show anyone what I am feeling, they would not see it as it is impossible to see under the scar tissue. It worries me because I don't want to take it out or get rid of it. It looks pretty and I love it. I wouldn't think it is because my long stud is too short because it sticks out a ways in front.

Facial view of a lower lip piercing that has been irritated by over cleaning. Inside mouth view of a lower lip piercing that has been irritated by over cleaning.

My reply:

You're cleaning too much! Don't use Listerine (even diluted), or any alcohol containing mouth rinse.

These are the care instructions I suggest you follow and you will likely see some improvement if you stop abusing the delicate tissue of your piercing!

http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care 

and

http://piercingbible.com/piercing-care#OralCare

Believe it or not, the piercing actually looks pretty normal. 

Note that 14 gauge is actually more common for lip and labret piercings, rather than 16 gauge, which is a little thin, and may not be helpful for healing. Though I would not suggest you stretch up to 14 gauge until the piercing has fully settled and healed.

Also, You should give the no-pull piercing disc a try. This is exactly the type of situation it was invented for!

You can read about it and see a video on my site:

http://piercingbible.com/video/2012/08/no-pull-piercing-disc

You can order it here:

http://www.bodycircle.com/merchant.ihtml?pid=152&lastcatid=4&step=4

If you use it, please let me know how it works for you. I'm gathering data about its effectiveness (all signs point to "it works GREAT!").