A Medusa piercing is placed in the middle of the upper lip and resembles a Madonna or a Marilyn piercing.

When a labret piercing is placed right in the middle of the upper lip, through the so-called philtrum, it is known as a Medusa piercing.

The philtrum is the vertical groove that runs between the upper lip and the tip of the nose. Since there are more nerves running through this area, this piercing can be a little more painful than other types of piercings. That said, there are no risks involved, provided it is performed by a professional.

Healing and care:

A Medusa Piercing can take between 24 days and 2 months to heal completely, rarely longer.

This type of piercing can be seen as both an external and an oral piercing, and should be cared for accordingly.

Like other mucous membrane piercings, in the first three weeks it should be cleaned with ProntoLind spray twice a day, and then with a ProntoLind mouthwash.

It is important to wash your hands before touching the pierced area and the jewelry itself—the hands should be kept away from the mouth.

ProtoLind mouthspray tastes good and helps to freshen your breath. It is ideal for when you’re on the go and should be applied after every meal in order to disinfect and cleanse the piercing area.

Disinfectant solutions containing alcohol or chlorine should be avoided. Mouthwashes are no substitute for proper care and should therefore be avoided.

The right nutrition is vital for oral piercings, and you will find detailed information on this topic in the care and maintenance section.

Jewelry:

As with a labret and Madonna piercing, this one uses a labret stud.