Elegant and easy to heal, monroe piercings are a popular choice. Monroe piercings are placed to the side of the top lip and can be pierced on either side. They are named after Marilyn Monroe’s beauty spot and can also be called madonna piercings, after the singer’s similar beauty spot. Although both men and women sport monroe piercings, they are more popular with women, probably due to the association with Marilyn and Madonna. Monroe piercings are similar to bottom lip piercings in terms of their healing and care. You can wear a labret stud in this piercing and it pierced at either 1.6mm or 1.2mm. As with all lip piercings, monroe piercings do carry a risk of oral damage, but this can be greatly reduced by your choice of jewellery.

How To Care For New Monroe Piercings

Monroe piercings heal fairly well in between 6 and 16 weeks. You should clean the outside of the piercing twice daily with saline solution and rinse your mouth twice daily with a mouthwash specifically designed for oral piercings. I also suggest rinsing after eating and after drinking anything other than water. Until the piercing is healed, avoid smoking as this can inhibit healing. You should also avoid swimming, oral sexual contact and submerging the piercing in water – these will introduce bacteria to the piercing. You may find it helpful to drink with a straw, as this will keep your drinks away from the piercing.

Once your monroe piercing has healed, simply clean with saline as needed. Try to keep make up away from the piercing. You should also keep an eye on any changes to the piercing or your mouth, as detailed below.

Reducing Monroe Piercing Risks

Like all lip piercings, monroe piercings carry a risk of oral damage. This can occur if the jewellery rubs on your teeth and gums, leading to gum recession or tooth erosion. The main concern with a monroe piercing is gum recession, which can be irreversible. You can greatly reduce the risk of gum recession by wearing a BioFlex labret stud. BioFlex is a soft bio-plastic that is much gentler on your mouth, and you can still wear a metal ball so it looks the same as regular monroe jewellery. If you do notice any changes to the piercing site or the area of gum under your piercing, please consult a professional piercer immediately. They will be able to advise you on the extent of the damage and what to do next. In extreme cases you may have to retire the piercing, but wearing correct jewellery from the start should prevent this.