The Truth About Medusa Piercings

Professionally referred to as the philtrum piercing, the medusa piercing sits between your lips and your nose — directly above your cupid's bow. According to tattoo and body piercing aftercare brand H2Ocean, this particular piercing should always be done by an expert, as it's considered both a body and oral piercing in one. In other words, if anything goes wrong, there may be serious consequences that can affect your face, teeth, mouth, and gums. When looking for a studio, be extra cautious and be sure to do your research, check out their social media accounts, and read reviews before you commit to one.

The medusa piercing is always a stud made of up three parts: the bead (the stud), the disk (the back) and the barbell (the bar that connects the bead and the disk). H2Ocean explains that when you show up for your piercing appointment, the area on the outside will be washed with an antibacterial solution, while the area on the inside of your mouth will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution. The piercing will then be made using a thin, hollow needle before the piercer places the jewelry.

You need to cut back on smoking when you first get a medusa piercing

In terms of pain, Canadian piercing studio Pierced claims it will vary on a case by case basis, according to your everyday pain threshold. However, they do admit that many people complain of sharp pain when the needle is first inserted, but compared to other piercings, such as those that go through cartilage, like conch, helix, or rook piercings, many people describe a medusa piercing was a breeze. 

When it comes to healing time, H2Ocean notes medusa piercings can take anywhere from six to 12 weeks to fully heal. You'll experience swelling, which is likely to last up to 14 days. Unlike other piercings, medusa piercings affect both your face and mouth, meaning you will have to change some of your habits during the healing period, such as cutting back on smoking, alcohol, and anything else you ingest that may cause harm or irritation. 

When it comes to keeping it clean and free from infection, Pierced recommends using saline followed by a mild soap on the outside, and a non-alcoholic mouthwash for the inside. Given the location of the piercing, if you notice any abnormalities, it's crucial that you reach out to your piercer or seek medical help if you notice things are starting to go awry, such as excessive pain, redness, or discharge.