A philtrum piercing, nicknamed a medusa piercing, is an upper lip piercing placed in the philtrum directly under the septum of the nose.It is typically pierced using a labret stud as jewelry, with the ball sitting outside the mouth in the dip of the top lip. I got my piercing in October 24th 2019 at Barry Arts And Tatoo Studio located in Westlands.
The Piercing Process
Barry used a pen to mark the exact entry point in which the needle will go through and where the jewelry will eventually sit. While holding the upper lip (usually with a clamp), he proceeded 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 had fully penetrated the skin, a special instrument was used to help pass the jewelry through the new hole and hence then set it into place.
Is it painful?
Everybody perceives pain differently from one another, and this means that while one person may find this specific procedure extremely painful, another person may find it absolutely fine and not painful at all. To be honest, I nly felt pain for a few seconds and after that everything was back to normal.
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.
How much will it cost?
It costs ksh 2,000 ($20) at Barry Arts And Tatoo Studio. Since the piercing is located near many nerve endings, needs to be centrally located, and is extra susceptible to bacterial infection because of its location in the mouth, you won’t want to skimp on the quality of your piercer.
Like all piercings, you need to adhere to proper aftercare practices, be aware of healing times and know any potential health risks associated with the piercing. Oral piercings require special attention during and even after healing since the mouth harbors bacteria that can be harmful to your piercing.
- Don’t touch your jewelry more than you have to
- Clean the piercing and jewelry regularly.
- Keep the piercing dry.
- Take care when you eat.
- Keep foreign objects away from the piercing, such as scarves, petroleum jelly, chopstick, and anything else that you might wear near the pierced area.
- Brush your teeth regularly (and take care when brushing around your piercing).
If your piercing becomes particularly swollen, there are a few things that can be done in an attempt to reduce the swelling:
- Apply a cold compress to the outside of your upper lip
- Suck on a clean ice cube to soothe the inner lip
- Keep your head elevated above your heart as much as possible for a few days to help drain fluid down and away from the area
- Be extra careful with the piercing and resist the urge to prod and poke the area as this could make the swelling worse and increase the risk of getting an infection
- Drink and eat slowly and carefully for the first week with your new piercing
When you want a Medusa piercing, you should think about its exact placement. The whole point of getting your upper lip pierced is to flatter it, so finding the best spot is mandatory. Each person has lips that are shaped differently, so there is no standard placement.