Whether you’re new to the world of body piercing or have been part of the community for some time, you’ve probably heard about one of the newest trending piercings to hit the scene. The medusa piercing has quickly become one of the most-requested piercing styles out there, especially for anyone looking for a stylish and unique way to express themselves.
What is a Medusa Piercing?
A medusa piercing, also known as a philtrum piercing, is located directly between your upper lip and the base of your nose. Centered on the natural groove, a medusa piercing can be a subtle style statement on its own, or be complemented by other facial piercings for a bold look.
Unlike a Monroe piercing, which is positioned either in the left or right side right above your upper lip, the medusa piercing is placed in the center. Variations on medusa piercings include the double medusa (two piercings in the area), and the jestrum piercing (a vertical piercing in a similar style).
Why are Medusa Piercings So Popular?
Anytime a certain piercing style is trending, you may wonder exactly what it is that makes it so popular. For the medusa piercings, its widespread popularity is likely due to how versatile it can be.
Whether you’re heavily pierced or are just considering your first piece of body jewelry, a medusa piercing can accentuate your natural features and add a subtle touch. Or, if you prefer to make a more dramatic statement, swapping out a simple stud for something more eye-catching can completely transform the look.
What Types of Medusa Piercing Jewelry Can I Choose From?
The most popular type of medusa jewelry is a labret stud, which is comprised of a barbell, a flat disc-style back, and a bead (or some type of charm) on the front.
A medusa piercing usually works well with either 14 or 16 gauge labret, though your piercer will probably recommend a particular option to suit your face shape and desired look.
Do Medusa Piercings Hurt?
Because a medusa piercing is just a single puncture, the process is very quick. Like most piercings, there is mild pain – usually described as a fast pinch – but most people find it to be tolerable.
Because of its location, this piercing will swell, sometimes substantially, in the first several days after the piercing. Your piercer will suggest jewelry long enough to allow for this initial swelling.
How Do I Take Care of a Medusa Piercing?
Depending on a variety of factors, including your immune system and your attention to aftercare, a medusa piercing takes between 6 to 12 months or longer to completely heal but a person can typically change their jewelry to a shorter option after 6-8 weeks of healing. The important thing to consider is whether or not the piercing and surrounding area are still swollen some or all of the time.
Some people experience periodic swelling throughout the day, and it is important to leave your jewelry long enough to support this until it all swelling is gone. Support the healing process by regularly cleaning the piercing with the aftercare products that go home with you, avoiding touching the piercing area or jewelry without first washing your hands, and staying away from smoking or vaping and alcohol.
Learn More About Medusa Piercings at Almost Famous Body Piercing
A medusa piercing is a versatile piercing that can suit a wide range of personal styles, and it might just be the next piercing you’re looking for. At Almost Famous Body Piercing, our piercing artists have extensive experience with both popular and unique piercings, so you can be confident that you’ll have the best possible experience at our shops.
Plus, we carry a stylish selection of body jewelry, so you can choose the perfect pieces to add to your collection. With locations across the Midwest, it’s easy to find an Almost Famous Body Piercing no matter where you are.
For more information about medusa piercings, and to chat with one of our experts about whether the medusa piercing is right for you, visit your nearest Almost Famous Body Piercing location today.