Jestrum Piercing

Location:Upper Lip
Jewellery:Curved Barbells & Labrets
Healing:6 - 12 Weeks
Age Limit:18 years old (16 years old with parental consent)
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Interested in getting a jestrum piercing? Find out all the information you’ll ever need about this unique piercing below!
Above: Jestrum piercing with a polished titanium Barbell

Jestrum Piercing 101

The jestrum piercing – also known as the vertical medusa – is a great choice for those looking for a distinctive look. It features a curved barbell that pierces through two parts of the top lip, and can make for a great alternative to a traditional medusa piercing.

 By using a barbell instead of a horizontal labret, like most upper lip piercings, two ends are visible instead of one, meaning that you’ll have more room to experiment with your jewellery choices! The barbell passes through the philtrum of the upper lip and under the nasal septum, a notably sensitive area. As a result, a jestrum piercing may not be the best choice for those looking for their first piercing, but is a great way for veterans to shake up their look with something truly unique.

Growing Popularity

Beyond the ear and the nose, there isn’t a more popular piercing area than the lips. And like with ear and nose piercings, there is a lot of variety available. From snakebites to lower lip piercings, there is a wide range of choice available for those interested in adding a bit of bling to their lip area!

The jestrum piercing in particular is becoming an increasingly popular option due its unique style. Allowing you to pierce both your lip and your upper lip, it’s the perfect choice for those who find a simple labret stud to be a little bit too understated. Though a jestrum piercing requires very specific placement, once it has settled adequately you can feel free to experiment with it as much as you like!

As with many piercings, an initially longer barbell will be required to account for swelling and to ensure the piercing will stay in place. However once the area around the piercing has healed, you can feel free to experiment with different barbells and different ends to get the perfect look!


Unlike a traditional upper lip labret, a jestrum piercing involves two holes, one on each of side of the upper lip. Getting the placement of the barbell perfect is difficult but important, so ensure your piercing is done by a professional.

The importance of the placement being correct is even higher than with a more standard upper lip piercing, as both holes must be aligned to avoid the piercing looking off-centre.


The pain level of a jestrum piercing is similar to that of many upper lip piercings, being about a 7/10 for most people. Though it is worth bearing in mind that everyone experiences pain differently, so this 'pain rating' is purely anecdotal. 

Some throbbing, swelling and bleeding is to be expected following a jestrum piercing, though if you experience any abnormal levels of pain or discomfort, it's important to seek medical attention immediately


A jestrum piercing on average takes around 6-12 weeks to heal externally, and it is important to not remove the barbell at any point during this time period. The inside of your upper lip can take up to 6 months to heal and reform completely, so be prepared for the area to remain sensitive beyond the initial 12 weeks. Aftercare is important.

It is important to follow some precautions during the first few months of having your jestrum piercing, in order to protect your health. In particular, we recommend that you do the following:

  • Refrain from twisting the piercing at all. This can damage the tissue reforming around the piercing, making the healing process longer.
  • Avoid spicy or sticky food – basically anything that you believe would have the potential to irritate the area of your lip that is still healing.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a mild toothpaste. Similarly to hot foods, a strong toothpaste has the potential to irritate the healing area.
  • Avoid using lipstick. As we have stated, avoiding irritation is key to ensuring that your upper lip heals correctly. Avoiding the use of any products for lips is essential during the healing period.



The jestrum piercing is particularly suited to a curved barbell, though there is some flexibility within this area. Choices include:

Typically, 1.2mm/16 gauge jewellery is used in the piercing process, though smaller or larger jewellery can be worn once the piercing has fully healed. If you plan to wear jewellery of a larger gauge, we recommend discussing this prior to getting the piercing, or paying a visit to your piercer (Once you've fully healed) to ensure your piercing can accommodate some stretching and that your anatomy is suitable prior to changing your jewellery. 

Article Disclaimer: 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.

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