Medusa Piercing: Top Guide & Images

The medusa piercing (or philtrum) has seen massive increases in popularity in recent times for both men and women – and it’s not surprising to see why.

A well-executed philtrum piercing can look striking, especially when matched up with bold and inventive jewelry.

What Is A Medusa Piercing?

The medusa piercing is an increasingly popular piercing which is placed centrally below the septum of the nose and above the upper lip.

As the vertical groove between the base of the nose and the top of the upper lip is anatomically known as the philtrum, this piercing is also known as a philtrum piercing.


Double Medusa Piercing

The double medusa piercing involves piercing the philtrum area twice so that a combination of different jewelry styles can be used with each other.

Medusa Piercings
Medusa Piercings

Vertical Medusa Piercing / Jestrum Piercing

The jestrum piercing involves perforating the philtrum area vertically so the barbel protrudes out of the skin twice, allowing two studs to sit on top of each other.

This piercing is different to the double medusa above due to this being only a single piercing, and not two separate ones.

Medusa Piercing
Medusa Piercing

What Happens During A Medusa Piercing?

Once at the studio, your piercer will usually start off by putting on a clean pair of latex gloves and cleaning the outer area of skin using an antibacterial substance such as alcohol. They will also likely give you an antiseptic oral solution to rinse the inside of your mouth out with before starting with the piercing.

From here the piercer will probably use a pen to mark the exact entry point in which the needle will go through and where the jewellery will eventually sit.

While holding the upper lip (usually with a clamp), your piercer will proceed to use a very thin and sharp hollow needle to penetrate the philtrum from the inside-out, being extremely careful as to ensure the needle goes right through the marked spot on the outer layer of skin.

Once the needle has fully penetrated the skin, a special instrument will be used to help pass the jewelry through the new hole so the piercer can then set it in place. This initial barbell will generally stay inserted until healing has finished.

Medusa Piercing Upper and Lower lip
Medusa Piercing Upper and Lower lip

Medusa Piercing Pain

While it’s normal to expect at least a couple of seconds of sharp pain during the initial procedure, the medusa piercing isn’t considered to be any more painful than other conventional lip/facial piercings.

However, several layers of skin and tissue will be perforated during the procedure, so as mentioned, you will very likely feel a few moment of sharp pain, but this should subside very quickly once the needle has fully penetrated the area.

Once the initial piercing has been completed, you are likely to experience some minor pain and discomfort throughout the next several days as the area begins working to heal itself.

You may experience a dull throbbing pain for the first day or two, but this should disperse quite quickly thereafter.

Along with the pain, you may experience some slight localized bruising, swelling, bleeding and tenderness. This is completely normal and is your body’s natural reaction to healing a mild trauma such as a skin wound.

Medusa Piercings
Medusa Piercings

How Much Does A Medusa Piercing Cost?

As with any other form of piercing or body modification, philtrum piercing prices can vary widely.

Depending on various factors such as piercer experience and studio location, the average cost of a medusa piercing generally tends to be set at between $40 – $80.

What To Do Before Getting A Medusa Piercing

In order for the piercing to turn out as successfully as possible, and to help ensure that risks such as possible infections are minimized, it’s important to undertake a few principal steps before walking into the shop for your piercing.

medusa piercing guide
medusa piercing guide

Brush Your Teeth – Your teeth and gums harbor many millions of bacteria, all of which can potentially cause problems such as infection if they were to enter a new cut or opening within the skin.

For this reason, you should remember to brush your teeth at least twice a day, and at any other point after consuming sugary snacks or drinks. Remember to give your tongue a good brush too, as your tongue can contain huge amounts of germs and bacteria.

Floss – Brushing your teeth will not completely remove all traces of bacteria from the hard to reach places between your teeth and gums, and therefore flossing often can help towards keeping those nasty bacteria away

Use Mouthwash – Finally, using a good mouthwash can do wonders for your oral hygiene.

How Long Does a Medusa Piercing Take To Heal?

While the healing process will always be different for everybody depending on their general health, immune system, and aftercare process, all medusa piercings should generally take between 6-12 weeks to completely heal, although for most people it should take closer to 6 weeks as long as correct aftercare and cleaning procedures have been correctly applied.

Although the pain and swelling can disperse after only a few days, and while the outside of a piercing can look as though it has sufficiently healed rather quickly, it’s worth noting that the tissue deep inside the piercing hole will take considerably longer to fully heal and close up, and therefore you should still continue to take good care of your piercing right up until that 6 week mark (at the very least).

Medusa piercings
Medusa piercings

Medusa Piercing Aftercare

While lip piercing healing is relatively straight forward, there are a few things to know about and a few situations to be wary of.

As the first week of healing is always the most important, you’ll want to ensure that you take extra good care during this period.

During this initial week, you’ll want to eat and drink carefully to ensure the area doesn’t get irritated as your lips/the insides of your mouth move around.

Along with taking care when eating and drinking, it’s highly recommended that you completely avoid smoking during the first week (at least) as all of the harsh chemicals can seep into the wound and cause further damage and inadequate/delayed healing.

Along with smoking, alcohol consumption should also be avoided during the early stages of medusa piercing aftercare as it can cause the wound to not only dry out, but the strength of the alcohol can also cause damage to the healing tissue inside of the wound.

Swimming is also an activity that should not be undertaken for at least a couple of weeks while the area continues to heal.

Finally, it’s recommended that all kissing is avoided for at least a week to ensure that no bacteria is transferred over from somebody else’s lips/mouth into your open wound.

Medusa Piercing Swelling

Although it won’t happen in all cases, swelling that appears around a medusa piercing a day or two after the procedure is relatively common. The amount of swelling that may occur will also depend on various factors such as how your body usually reacts to trauma.

In most cases, lip piercing swelling will simply result in a small, slightly raised bump around the central upper lip area (likely inside and outside), which will slowly disperse over the next week.

In order to accommodate for any swelling that may potentially occur, most good piercing professionals will use a longer barbell for the initial jewelry so there is plenty of room for the area of flesh to expand.

medusa piercing 3

Cleaning A Medusa Piercing

A medusa piercing is a type of surface piercing that is done in the center of the philtrum, right above the upper lip. It is a very popular piercing because it is relatively easy to heal and does not require a lot of aftercare. However, it is still important to properly clean your new medusa piercing to promote fast and healthy healing and to prevent nasty infections. Here is a quick guide to cleaning your new medusa piercing:

-Start by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water. This will help to prevent the spread of bacteria.

-Next, soak a cotton ball in warm water and gently remove any crusties or debris from around the piercing. Be sure to use a new cotton ball for each wipedown.

-Then, use a mild soap (like liquid castile soap) to create a lather. Gently cleanse around the piercing with the lather, using your fingers or a soft bristle brush. Rinse the area well with warm water.

-Finally, disinfect the area with equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide or alcohol-free witch hazel. Use a cotton ball to apply the solution directly to the piercing. Allow it to air dry or pat dry with a

Cleaning The Outside

When cleaning the outside of your philtrum piercing, you should try to be as gentle and delicate as possible.

If there is any dry/sticky crust or blood clinging to the outside of the wound then you should never attempt to just pick it off; instead, you should soak a cotton ball in warm water before gently dabbing it around the area in an effort to rub the crust away.

Once the area around the wound is clear, you should apply a small amount of cleaning solution (such as a saline solution) to the jewelry and wound.

You should also allow the cleaning solution to soak into the area for 30-60 seconds to ensure the wound is sterilized properly.

Finally, you should finish cleaning the outside of the wound by gently blotting it with more warm water to ensure that all cleaning solution has been thoroughly rinsed away.

To finish off the cleaning process, dab the area dry with a clean paper towel (avoid using fabric/cotton towels as these can transfer bacteria to the area).

Be Careful

Try your hardest to not get any makeup products or other lotions/ointments/creams on the area when conducting your daily facial makeup/cleansing routine.

All of these products can cause irritation and damage to the already very delicate area during the healing stages.

A good way to ensure your piercing heals as best as possible is to use a specialized piercing aftercare product, as these generally only contain ingredients that are guaranteed to have a positive effect during the healing stages.

The best aftercare product I’ve personally used is the After Inked Piercing Aftercare Spray. Not only is it vegan-friendly, but it’s also completely alcohol and additive-free. The solution works well on all skin types including sensitive skin, and it comes in a generously-sized mist-spraying bottle for easy application. When using it from the very start of the healing process, the spray helps to decrease healing times and aims to eliminate any lingering pain or soreness.

Cleaning The Inside

To ensure the inside of the philtrum piercing is kept clean, you should make sure that you wash your mouth out with alcohol-free mouthwash after every meal for 30-60 seconds.

This swilling not only helps to ensure the area is kept disinfected, but it also helps to dislodge any food that may have been caught inside the hole.

If you’d like an alternative to mouthwash, a non-iodized sea salt blend can be used, or even a saline solution.

If you’re eating away from home and have none of the above cleaning solutions at hand, you should try to swill your mouth with clean water straight after your meal before ensuring that you try to clean the inside of your mouth properly as soon as you’re next able to.

Medusa Piercing Healing – What NOT To Do

It is imperative that you help your philtrum piercing heal as best as you possibly can to avoid any potential complications, and this means there are several things you definitely shouldn’t do while the piercing continues to heal, including:

  • Using alcohol to clean your piercing
  • Covering the piercing in petroleum-based products
  • Touching your piercing with dirty/unwashed hands
  • Engaging in oral sex or french kissing
  • Exposing the wound to other harsh products and chemicals
  • Submerging the wound in a body of water
  • Eating very hot or spicy foods
  • Smoking, chewing or otherwise ingesting any form of tobacco product

Medusa Piercing Infections

Medusa piercing infections are quite uncommon, but can occur during the healing process, especially if the piercing hasn’t been properly looked after. The medusa is a piercing that goes through the Philtrum, or the area between the nose and upper lip. If you believe your medusa piercing may be infected, it’s important to act quickly and see a medical professional.

Some signs of an infection include redness, swelling, pain, and discharge. If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact your piercer or doctor as soon as possible. Treatment for an infection may include antibiotics or cleaning the wound with salt water.

It’s important to follow any instructions given by your medical professional to ensure that the infection clears up as quickly as possible. Medusa piercings are a beautiful and unique type of body modification, but it’s important to remember that they require extra care and attention during the healing process to avoid any complications.

Common symptoms of an infection include:

  • Extreme redness that doesn’t clear or begins to get gradually worse.
  • Severe swelling that doesn’t disperse or starts to affect talking, eating, and drinking
  • Severe pain (only mild pain should be experienced after a medusa piercing)
  • Severe rashes or reactions that appear around the site of the wound (including excessive bleeding, pus/oozing, and crusty scabbing)
  • Extreme itchiness around the area of the piercing

Other Risks

It must be known that all piercing variations come with an element of risk, and this includes medusa piercings. It’s therefore advised that you study the risks associated with philtrum piercings as much as you can before entering a studio in order to negate any risks as best as possible.

The most common risks associated with medusa piercings are:

Infection – As mentioned above, infections are most likely to happens during the initial healing stages and can usually be prevented by incorporating good care and hygiene practices.

Tooth Erosion – This can sometimes happen when the jewelry disk inside the mouth comes into frequent contact with the upper front teeth. Over time, this rubbing can wear down the enamel and create small pits and divots within the teeth, which will also likely increase the risk of tooth decay.

Receding gums caused by a rubbing labret

Gum Recession – Like tooth erosion, except gum recession happens when the disk rubs against the gums instead of the teeth, causing the gums to wear down and recede.

Scarring – Poor healing around the wound area or accidental damage to the piercing site can lead to permanent skin damage in the form of scarring. The risk of medusa piercing scarring can be minimized by caring for the wound properly during healing and being careful not to have the piercing pulled on, ripped out, or otherwise damaged throughout its lifetime.

Medusa piercing hurt

A medusa piercing is a piercing of the philtrum, the area between the base of the nose and the top of the lip. It is also sometimes called a “Jestrum” piercing. This type of piercing is becoming increasingly popular, but it is important to note that it can be quite painful.

The pain is caused by the fact that the philtrum is a very sensitive area and is full of nerve endings. In addition, the medusa piercing passes through some cartilage, which can also add to the pain. However, many people feel that the pain is worth it for the beauty of the piercing.

If you are considering getting a medusa piercing, it is important to speak to a professional piercer to ensure that it is done correctly and to minimize the risk of pain and complications.

Medusa Piercing Jewelry

Like all piercing variations, there is a huge selection of medusa piercing jewelry available for every style imaginable, with all shapes, sizes, materials, and colors instantly available at most jewelry shops worldwide.

While the most common type of jewelry by far is the standard labret stud, there are dozens of other types available, such as balls, spikes, rings, and chains, among others; the world is your oyster!

When searching for your medusa piercing jewelry, you’ll likely come across a range of sizes and may be unsure which size to choose. As a rough guide, most lip piercings will usually be done in either a 16 gauge or an 18 gauge, therefore, use these sizes as a starting point when picking out your new jewelry.

If you’re still unsure about the correct size and don’t want to make the wrong decision, it’s always best to consult a piercing professional so they can give you a face-to-face opinion on what sizes and jewelry types will best suit your own specific piercing.

Facial Piercings

Facial piercings are becoming increasingly popular, especially among young people. While some facial piercings are more common than others, there are many different types of facial piercings that can be done.

The most common facial piercings are the eyebrow, nose, and lip. However, there are also many less common facial piercings, such as the tragus, conch, and medusa. While some people choose to get a facial piercing for aesthetic reasons, others do it for religious or cultural reasons.

Regardless of the reason, facial piercings can be a great way to express yourself. However, it is important to remember that facial piercings can be painful and can take several weeks to heal.

In addition, there is a risk of infection with any type of piercing. As a result, it is important to consult with a qualified piercer before getting a facial piercing.

Body piercing

Body piercing is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewelry can be worn.

Body piercing has been practiced for centuries by a variety of cultures for religious, spiritual, and aesthetic reasons. Today, body piercing is a popular form of self-expression, with people of all ages and backgrounds adorning their bodies with piercings.

While most body piercings are relatively low-risk, there are some risks associated with the practice. infections, for example, can occur if the piercing is not performed properly or if aftercare is not followed.

As a result, it is important to consult with a professional piercer and to carefully follow all aftercare instructions. With proper care, body piercINGS can be safe and beautiful way to express oneself.

Body Jewelry

Body jewelry is becoming increasingly popular, with people of all ages and backgrounds adorning their bodies with piercings and tattoos. While some body jewelry is purely decorative, others serve a more practical purpose. For example, many people get medusa piercings in order to wear headphones without the wire getting in the way.

However, body jewelry can also be a of infections and other health problems. It is important to clean body jewelry regularly and to avoid sharing it with others. In addition, it is important to consult a professional before getting any new piercings or tattoos.

By taking these precautions, you can help ensure that your body jewelry is safe and healthy.

Tattoo Artist

Tattoos are a popular form of self-expression, and tattoo artists are the skilled professionals who create these works of art. Tattoo artists must have a steady hand and an eye for detail, as they use needles to inject ink into the skin.

Tattoo artists must also be knowledgeable about the different types of inks and their properties, as each type will behave differently when injected into the skin. In addition, tattoo artists must be able to work with clients to understand their vision for the tattoo, as well as any concerns they may have about the process.

As such, tattoo artists must be both creative and technical experts in order to create beautiful and meaningful tattoos for their clients.


All variations of lip piercings can look massively impressive if done correctly and matched with a piece of jewelry that suits your own personal style.

As long as you care for your piercing as best as possible throughout the whole aftercare phase and try to avoid as many risk factors as possible, you should have a perfect piece of facial bling for decades to come.

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