Jestrum Piercing

Location:Upper Lip
Jewellery:Curved Barbells & Labrets
Healing:6 - 12 Weeks
Are you looking for a rare lip piercing which will make you stand out from the crowd? Read on to find out if the jestrum piercing could be for you! 
Above: Jestrum piercing with a polished titanium Barbell

Jestrum Piercing 101

A jestrum piercing in the commonly used name for a vertical medusa, an unusual lip piercing that is growing in popularity. A variant on the vertical labret, this piercing is very much like a medusa but uses a curved barbell as body jewellery rather than a labret stud. 

A less common piercing, a jestrum combines the instant appeal of lip piercings with the new variants of vertical piercings. If you want a medusa piercing and are looking to give it an extreme edge then this eye-catching piercing could be for you!


The piercing is done vertically, with two holes exiting above and below the lip, allowing for both ends of the body jewellery to be visible. The placement of this lip piercing is very important as an off-centre jestrum piercing will make any natural asymmetry of the face even more prominent. Your piercer will mark the area with a pen first to make sure the piercing is done with precision, so you don't need to worry!


This part of the lip can be quite sensitive so it is worth thinking about this. However, it really depends on your personal pain threshold. 

Make sure you speak to your piercer about aftercare because there are two holes to keep clean when you have a jestrum piercing. 


The jestrum piercing typically takes 6 - 12 weeks to heal. There is less space on the top lip for a jestrum piercing than a vertical labret and there are similar dangers that body jewellery can lead to gum and tooth damage. If you notice any problems like this then youíll need to speak to your piercer as the piercing could be misplaced or you may need to remove your jewellery.

Aftercare of a jestrum piercing is a bit more challenging than some other piercings as you need to treat this body modification as both an oral and lip piercing. You also need to look after two separate holes, cleansing both with a saline solution twice a day.

For the inside of the mouth, keep in mind that anything you eat or drink will come into contact with the piercing as it heals so itís advised that you donít smoke or drink alcohol and that you avoid spicy foods until the initial healing is over. Use an alcohol free mouthwash as well.

As with all lip piercings, a jestrum may swell initially, so your piercer should give you a larger curved barbell initially to compensate. In some cases however, this jewellery may not be large enough and if you see that your body jewellery is sinking into your lip then go back to your piercer for advice. It also means that if, when the swelling goes down, this piercing becomes uncomfortable you can always return to your piercer and ask for smaller jewellery.

As long as you follow the advice above, your jestrum piercing should heal quickly and smoothly.


Once your jestrum piercing is completely healed, you can begin choosing from our range of body jewellery. The great thing about the jestrum piercing is that you have more jewellery options than you do with the medusa piercing. 

The jestrum piercing uses curved barbells and other similar jewellery types. With a jestrum piercing, both sides of the jewellery are on show which really makes it stand out and is great for experimenting with different colours and styles. 

Other options include circular barbells and rings, but these are rarer options and it might be worth talking to your piercer first. You do need to keep comfort in mind when choosing your jestrum jewellery as it sits in between your lips. Don't worry though, we have heaps of attractive body jewellery suitable for jestrum piercings that's comfortable as well!

Article Disclaimer: The information contained here within is based on our experience as one of the UKís largest piercing chains. Please note that each individualís 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.

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