The Medusa Piercing, also referred to as philtrum piercing, is a type of piercing located on the philtrum area – on top of your upper lip, under the septum of your nose. Typically, a barbell is used on the area, but a variation may be done, called jestrum, wherein a curved barbel is used so that both balls are visible on the philtrum area.
Medusa Piercing Procedure & Pain
Since the Medusa Piercing is penetrating a part of your face, it may be quite painful as layers of skin and tissues have to be perforated. The pain depends on a person’s tolerance, but if you watch Youtube videos where the perforation is shown, you will see that most people who have gone through it have felt discomfort but have immediately recovered when the barbell has been positioned and locked.
If you plan to go through and get a Medusa Piercing, make sure that you brush your teeth well and gargle an antiseptic mouthwash to ensure that bacteria will not infect the area. Your chosen piercer will clean the outer part using an alcohol, and mark the area where the jewelry will be positioned.
Preferably, make sure that your piercer wears a pair of gloves so that he won’t have to hold the inside if your mouth using his bare hands. This is an added precaution to prevent probable infection. Your piercer will hold your upper lip for support, and use a sharp needle to penetrate the area from the inside going out on your philtrum where the mark has been made. The jewelry will be attached to the special needle so that it can get through the new hole, and securely lock it so that it won’t be taken off anymore. A barbell is ideal because it is not movable, therefore, proper healing will take place.
Medusa Piercing Price
Medusa Piercing prices vary depending on your chosen piercer’s expertise. Getting a Medusa Piercing roughly costs between $40 to $85. Remember, since it is a cosmetic procedure, it is not usually covered by your medical insurance, unless an infection occurs.
Medusa Piercing Healing Time
The average healing time of your Medusa Piercing usually takes 6 to 12 weeks, depending on how careful you are in taking good care of the perforated area. Make sure that you execute appropriate aftercare so that the area will recuperate faster than expected. Choosing the right jewelry also contributes on the healing time.
Sexy Medusa Piercing Examples
Here are various different types of jewelry that you can use for your Medusa Piercing. You can change your piercing once it has completely healed, so as to not freshen up the wound. Usually, small barbells are used, but you can do some experiments and choose some of these jewelry available on Etsy.
Medusa Piercing Aftercare
Because your piercing is located on top of your lip, and the lock is usually wet because it’s inside your mouth, you have to understand that proper safety measures must be done so that it will not get infected. You have to do go through two different aftercare procedures – one for the outside and second for the inside.
Cleaning the outside of the Piercing
- Clean your hands before touching the area.
- Never pick off those crust around the piercing. Instead, soak it into warm water to soften the dry skin patches.
- Apply a small amount of the cleaning solution (preferably a saline solution) on the jewelry and the perforated area and wait for a minute.
- Rinse the pierced area once again using warm water.
- Pat it dry gently.
Cleaning the inside the Piercing
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash and gargle it for about a minute.
- You can also use a saline solution instead, or in conjunction with your mouthwash.
- Use a soft bristled toothbrush while the wound is still fresh.
- Carefully brush your teeth to avoid plaque build-up.
We generally recommend these two products that will have you covered in 99.99% of the cases if you follow the instructions properly.
Dr. Piercing’s Aftercare swabs are developed exclusively for the care and cleaning of piercings and help prevent infection. These swabs are conveniently packaged using advanced technology for easy, sanitary application. These piercing aftercare swabs are most commonly used 2/day for the first week and 1/day for the next 3 weeks. This completes the pack in 4 weeks and after this point, good routine hygiene with liquid soap (anti-bacterial if preferred) and water should continue the healing process.
This Piercing Aftercare Spray is enriched with over 60 trace elements and minerals from the richest coral reefs of the ocean along with natural antibacterial enzymes which kill bacteria & help protect healthy living cells. Natural Healing & Cleansing Solution H2Ocean safely removes dried discharge and lymph secretion when used every 2-3 hours.
H2Ocean increases circulation to the body or mouth piercing and accelerates the healing process. It will also help reduce lumps and scars. This formula remains sterile in the state of the art can. H2Ocean non-aerosol dry mist sprayer is ozone friendly and the can itself is recyclable. It is absolutely vital when taking care of a piercing to make sure that bacteria isn’t introduced to the affected area, and the only way to do this is by using a sterile formula like this one. In the case of an oral piercing we also recommend getting the aftercare mouthwash to protect your new piercing.
Do you get a scar from the Medusa Piercing?
If you no longer want your Medusa Piercing, you just have to take off the jewelry so that the hole will completely close. Unfortunately, it does leave a small scar.
The Medusa Piercing is certainly aesthetically beautiful! It accentuates your lips even better especially if you have chosen the best jewelry on it. There’s no limit at all! You can use a big or small barbell, whichever you think will look better on you.
If you want to add more piercing on your lip area, you can also check out Monroe Piercing, a type of perforation located on the sides of your upper lip, mimicking Marilyn Monroe’s mole. You can also check out different types of Nose Piercings.