Medusa Piercing 101
The Medusa piercing
is also sometimes referred to as the philtrum piercing due to its location. The philtrum is the vertical groove or dimple between your nose and your lips, and this is where the Medusa is done.
This piercing is a great way of drawing attention to the shape of your lips; plus it adds symmetry and balance to your face, which can look very flattering.
As a stand alone piercing, the Medusa can look quite subtle and cute, but you could always combine it with other piercings for a more edgy look. Why not try the double Medusa? This consists of two philtrum piercings, one above the other, which you could get done in two separate sittings.
To prepare for the Medusa piercing, your piercer will clean the area thoroughly with an antiseptic solution and also ask you to wash your mouth with an antimicrobial mouthwash.
Next they'll mark the desired piercing spot with a pen, to ensure that the piercing is symmetrical and that it will enhance your face. Using a clamp to stretch your upper lip, your piercer will use a light, hollow needle to create the Medusa piercing. Shortly afterwards, your piercing will be done and your piercer will have inserted your first piece of jewellery!
Your initial jewellery is likely to be a labret stud which looks really attractive in this type of piercing. Your piercer may use a slightly bigger labret to allow for any initial swelling, which can then be replaced with smaller jewellery in around 6 weeks.
Like all upper lip piercings, there are quite a lot of nerve endings in this area, so pain levels could be slightly higher than some other piercings.
However, pain is entirely subjective and varies depending on your individual pain threshold. It's always worth remembering that the procedure will be over before you know it and the Medusa piercing usually only lasts a few minutes.
Your Medusa piercing will only take between 6 - 12 weeks to heal, providing the correct aftercare is applied. To ensure a smooth and speedy healing process, simply follow these steps:
- Clean the outside of your piercing with a warm salt water solution in the morning and before bed
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water after eating
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean your teeth, with a mild toothpaste and avoid mouthwash containing alcohol
- Avoid eating any spicy foods as this could irritate the piercing
- Don't smoke or drink alcohol as this could make your healing time last a lot longer
- Don't apply any cosmetics to this area to avoid any irritation
- Don't fiddle with the piercing and make sure your hands are clean when you touch the piercing
Some swelling is completely normal during the first few weeks after your piercing is done. However, if you experience any severe swelling, redness, pain or discharge, seek medical attention right away. Similarly, if your labret starts to sink into your lip or your jewellery starts to irritate your gums, ask your piercer for advice immediately.
Labret studs are ideal for this type of piercing because they draw attention to the shape of your lips. Typically, a slightly larger gauge is used in a fresh Medusa piercing, but after about six weeks it can be changed to smaller jewellery.
: The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UK’s largest piercing chains. Please note that each individual’s experiences will be subjective and therefore each person will have a different experience of pain, healing and maintenance. For more information, please view our article guides terms and conditions page.