The Monroe Piercing is a type of piercing on the upper lip. It is located on the left side which is similar to the beauty spot of Marilyn Monroe. The most appropriate gauge labret for this type of lip piercing is usually 14, 16 or 18. When it is healed, the bars will be shortened. Other names for this piercing include Beezy piercing, Crayfish, Anti Bites or Angel Bites. The long barbells being used on the piercing looks the same with the antennae of a crayfish.
Those who want to have Monroe piercing will prefer to wear jewelry which has a jewel or a metal ball at the tip.
Monroe Piercing Procedure & Pain
If you want to get your own Monroe piercing then you should first look for a reputable piercing shop. Make sure to check if the environment is clean and hygienic. The first thing that the piercing artist will do is to get a pen. He or she will mark the area where the Monroe Piercing will be done. Before starting the procedure, you should use a mouthwash to rinse your mouth. A clamp will then be placed on your upper lip. Afterward, the piercer will insert a hollow needle through your lip. When the piercing has been completed, the piercer will then insert a barbell or a labret. Most of the time there will be some blood, but do not panic because the piercer knows how to take care of it so it will stop quickly.
Getting a Monroe piercing can be very painful. This particular part of the body comprises of a huge system of nerves. There is a slight danger that the piercer will hit the superior labial artery. It is specifically located just above the upper lip. However, the amount of pain may vary from one person to another. It will generally depend on the particular location of your piercing. Persons who can feel more pain are those who are having thick lips. Also, those whose facial muscles are well-exercised.
Most likely men are the ones who can feel more pain compared to women. This is because men’s skin on their upper lips is tougher due to constant shaving. It is hard to pierce tough skin. Players of brass and woodwind instruments have huge muscles around their mouth. They use their orbicularis oris in playing these instruments. These players will likely have more pain when they get their Monroe Piercing.
This piercing is just like other piercings. It has the tendency to cause some long-term infections to the teeth and gums. The reason behind this is that the metal on the jewelry will constantly rub against them. Most likely, it can cause damage to the tooth enamel otherwise known as gum recession. In order to reduce this particular problem, you can use the plastic labret studs.
Monroe Piercing Price
Most likely, a reputable and professional piercing parlor will ask between $25 and $80 if you want to undergo this process. The Monroe Piercings jewelry is pretty affordable and ranges from a couple of dollars to fancy high-end hundred dollars piercing jewelry.
Monroe Piercing Healing Time
One of the benefits of having Monroe Piercing is that it can heal quicker compared to other kinds of piercing. This is because it is located in the lip area. According to professional piercers, the Monroe piercing healing time is usually between 8 to 12 weeks. However, for others, it could also heal within 3 to 6 weeks.
13 Monroe Piercing Examples
14 Monroe Piercing Jewelry Examples
Monroe Piercing Aftercare
Most often, after having your Monroe Piercing, your lip will swell. That is why it is very important to have an oral as well as facial aftercare. This way, the two sides of the jewelry are always clean. This kind of piercing is prone to infection, which is just like any other type of lip piercing. Because of this, it is critical that you have to make sure that the piercing is cleaned always. If the piercing has been taken cared of properly then there will be no scars.
Monroe Lip Piercing Aftercare Instructions
How to clean your Monroe Piercing?
- Step One
Before you start cleaning your piercing, you have to wash your hands thoroughly.
- Step Two
Use a cotton ball soaked in warm saltwater and clean the area of your piercing. While cleaning, try to rotate the jewelry.
- Step Three
When taking a bath, use antibacterial soap and warm water for washing the piercing. Dry it gently with the use of a clean tissue.
Suggested Aftercare Products For Monroe Piercing
One of the most important parts of piercing aftercare is the products that you use. With so many different items on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right things. We have compiled a list of our favorite products to care for a Medusa piercing below.
Clean your Monroe piercing with Provon Medicated Lotion Soap on the outside. We highly recommend that you should use this medicated liquid antimicrobial/germicidal soap. Antibacterial soaps that have no color and fragrance may work, however, they are not as effective as Provon. You must avoid soaps that are colored and scented. Also, do not use alcohol or peroxide in cleaning your piercings.
After cleaning the external part of your piercing, you should proceed with cleaning the inside part. Use an alcohol-free antimicrobial or antibacterial mouthwash such as Biotene Fresh Mint Mouthwash. Never use mouthwashes that contain alcohol since they are extremely strong. This is a soothing mouthwash that can totally clean and refresh your mouth.
Your piercer will likely recommend that you should rinse your mouth with an oral sea salt mouth rinse such as Recovery Oral Piercing Aftercare. This is alcohol-free and you can use this three to six times a day. This is a natural solution which can help in healing your piercing quickly.
You should also take good care of the outside part of your Monroe piercing by using a piercing care product such a Recovery Piercing Aftercare Spray. Apply this on your piercing three to six times a day. This is a natural saline spray that can effectively clean, rinse, and refresh your Monroe piercing.
Monroe Aftercare Tips
Since Monroe piercing is very sensitive, then you should take good care of it. Here are some helpful tips which can help you in taking proper care of your Monroe piercing.
- Stay healthy. As much as possible, you should get enough sleep and have a balanced diet.
- Avoid using any alcohol, caffeine, or drugs.
- Avoid smoking.
- Practice good hygiene and keep yourself hydrated all the time.
- Avoid any emotional stress.
- Clean your piercing with a sea salt solution.
- Avoid playing, twisting, or turning your jewelry.
- Do not eat spicy foods
- Do not engage in oral sex.
- Rinse your mouth after every meal.
- Wash your hands before touching your piercing.
Monroe Piercings Final Thoughts
Monroe Piercings looks elegant or they can also look dramatic. If you want to achieve a Marilyn Monroe look then you can get this type of piercing on your face. Regardless if you are searching for something new or maybe a piercing fanatic then a Monroe Piercing can look fantastic and elegant on you.
Hello! My name is Emily and I obsessed with piercings (and tattoos) since I was a little girl of 6 years old. I was fortunate enough to make my passion my work after meeting my amazing husband Jeffrey who owned his own tattoo shop. I just recently finished my internships at some of America’s most famous piercing shops and a dream to start something together was born. After falling in love with each other (and each other’s piercings and tattoos) we decided to expand his tattoo shop and I got to manage my own piercing shop in the same space! I’ve never been so happy being able to share my love for piercings through my shop and this blog I started back in 2013. We love to share models and inspiration, so feel free to email me your suggestions, pictures or if you just want to say hi!