Unveiling the Beauty and Mystery of Medusa Piercings: A Comprehensive Guide

Unveiling the Beauty and Mystery of Medusa Piercings: A Comprehensive Guide

Derived from Greek mythology, where Medusa was a mythological creature with snakes for hair, this piercing adds an intriguing and bold touch to one's appearance. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the world of Medusa piercings, exploring their origins, the piercing procedure, aftercare practices, and potential risks involved. Join us on this captivating journey, as we uncover the secrets of Medusa piercings.

Understanding Medusa Piercings: What Are They?

Medusa piercings are a type of facial piercing that passes through the philtrum, the indentation located just above the upper lip, in the centre. Also referred to as philtrum piercings, they draw inspiration from the mythical creature, Medusa, known for her striking appearance. Medusa piercings have become a popular choice for those seeking a balance between subtle and bold modifications.

There are two variations of the medusa piercing; the double and the vertical. With the first type, the philtrum is pierced twice, one on top of the other, to allow for two different studs. The vertical variation is different because what might seem like two holes is really one, with the philtrum being perforated vertically. 

Before You Hop in the Chair

You’ve decided to go for it and get your philtrum pierced. How should you prepare for this? One part of the prep is tooth care, even before the procedure. Both brushing and flossing your pearly whites is so important. The entire mouth area should be squeaky clean, because neglected teeth means more bacteria, and this can greatly increase the risk of infection. 

After this boring yet important step, you can start to look into the cost of the procedure. The Medusa piercing can range anywhere from $40 to $80, and the cost of jewelry would be an extra cost. Be wary of studios offering low cost piercings with non implant grade materials. When thinking about the first piece of jewelry to wear, the labret stud is usually the best option. Here comes the fun part! There are so many colours to choose from! You can go wild with this! 

What to Expect During your Medusa Piercing Session

Pain level is always a big question when it comes to piercings. Will it hurt?  How much will it hurt? Pain level is going to be very different for each person. It has been said that a sharp pain is felt when the needle first punctures the tissue. This is most likely similar to that of any other piercing and is also over within the blink of an eye. 

Medusa Piercing Aftercare

For the few days after the fact, there might be a dull throbbing pain in the area of the hole. This is also quite normal. 

Here are some essential aftercare tips for your Medusa piercing:

  • Cleaning: Gently clean the piercing twice a day using saline solution or a saline-based wound wash. Avoid touching the piercing with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding Irritants: During the healing process, avoid alcohol, smoking, spicy foods, and oral contact to prevent irritation.
  • Be Mindful of Swelling: Some swelling is normal after the piercing. To reduce swelling, apply a cold compress or suck on ice chips.
  • Oral Hygiene: Maintain excellent oral hygiene by brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and using an alcohol-free mouthwash.
  • Avoid Changing Jewelry Prematurely: Wait until the piercing is fully healed before changing the jewelry. Consult your piercer for the recommended healing period.

Cleaning and Sanitation

Now comes the cleaning steps! With the medusa piercing, the inside and outside of the wound need to be taken care of separately. Beginning with the cleaning of the outside, there are a few steps to take. As recommended use a sterile saline for irrigation purposes and mild, alcohol and scent free soap for cleaning the outside.

Once this is all done, it is time to clean the inside of the mouth. Rinsing after meals with a non-alcoholic mouthwash helps clear away bacteria, and all that other fun stuff. Lastly, it’s said that using a new toothbrush after the procedure can also be helpful. 

Other than all of the above, it is also important to make sure that the philtrum is kept clean for at least the first six to twelve weeks after the procedure. Don’t worry, there’s nothing else to worry about! You are now all set to enjoy your new piercing! 


Medusa piercings offer a striking and alluring way to express oneself while embracing the rich history of body modification. By understanding the piercing process, following proper aftercare, and choosing a reputable studio like Pierced, you can embark on this transformational journey with confidence. Remember, a Medusa piercing is not just an adornment; it is a celebration of your unique identity and a testament to the timeless art of self-expression

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