Medusa piercings are a great alternative to a standard lip piercing, but have a very similar healing process and care needs. This makes them ideal if you like the idea of a lip piercing, but fancy something a little different. Medusa piercings are pierced through the centre of the top lip and the jewellery is always a labret stud. They are also known as philtrum piercings, due to their placement. Medusa piercings are essentially the same as a traditional labret piercing, apart from their placement on the top lip. Like a labret piercing, medusas typically heal in six to fourteen weeks.

As with other lip piercings, medusa piercings carry a risk of tooth and gum erosion, caused by the rubbing of the jewellery on your teeth and gums. This damage can be prevented by choosing a soft-backed BioFlex labret stud. There is also an element of luck – some people never experience any oral damage, while others are forced to retire their medusa piercing despite wearing suitable jewellery. I recommend wearing a BioFlex labret and checking the piercing site regularly. If you notice any changes to the area, especially gum recession, consult a professional piercer immediately – any damage will only get worse. A good piercer should be able to advise you on how serious the damage is and how to proceed.

How To Care For A New Medusa Piercing

As a lip piercing, your medusa piercing needs two types of piercing aftercare. Firstly, you should clean the outside of the piercing twice daily with saline solution. Secondly, you should rinse with a suitable mouthwash – rinse twice daily and after eating or drinking anything other than water. Continue both these actions until your piercing has healed completely. While your medusa piercing is healing, you should avoid swimming and kissing, as these both introduce bacteria to the piercing. I also recommend avoiding alcohol and smoking, as they can inhibit the healing process. You may also find it helpful to drink through a straw.

Once your medusa piercing is healed, it requires very little care. Simply keep it clean and monitor the piercing for any changes or unusual pain – consult a piercer immediately if you experience either.