Medusa or Philtrum Piercing
Today’s blog is about the MEDUSA piercing. This piercing is also known as the PHILTRUM piercing. The piercing of the medusa is getting to be just as popular as the labret-lip piercings. The jewelry most common for a medusa piercing is called a “labret stud” however just like people stretched out their lower labret people are now stretching out their medusa and putting a small plug in them. Usually for young females that choose to get their medusa pierced they would go with a small gem on the end of the stud and a smaller size to look cute on their face as for guys would usually go for a ball but doesn’t mean a guy can’t get a gem as well and support it just as good as a female. a medusa piercing is placed right over the center of the upper lip where it dips in right under the septum part of your nose. All jewelry inserted in a healing piercing should be made out of either 316-LVM ASTM f-138 implant grade Surgical Stainless Steel or ASTM F-136 6AI-4V ELI Titanium.
Jewelry should be “internally threaded”. This means the end ball threads into the post. Never be pierced with “externally threaded” jewelry. This type of jewelry is cheap. Jewelry not made of surgical stainless steel and can cause micro tears in the tissue that can harbor bacteria that may lead to a infection.
In Africa, a lower lip plate is usually combined with the excision of the two lower front teeth, sometimes all four. Among the Sara people and Lobi a plate is also inserted into the upper lip. Other tribes, such as the Makonde, used to wear a plate in the upper lip only. In many older sources it is reported that the plate’s size is a sign of social or economical importance in some tribes. However, because of natural mechanical attributes of human skin, it seems that the plate’s size often just depends on the stage of stretching of the lip and the wishes of the wearer.
The medusa-philtrum piercing was named in the mid 1990s by Kerrick, a hairdresser and model from Toronto, Canada. The piercing was performed by Tom Brazda of Stainless Studios, although it was certainly not unheard of at that point. It just didn’t have a name that had stuck.
What’s interesting about the medusa-philtrum piercing is that this is one of the few cases — others include the daith and rook — where a decorative name has trumped a proper anatomical name. The philtrum is the anatomically correct term for the midline groove of the upper lip which is located between the nose and the top of the lip.
Caring for your medusa piercing is very easy but does take a degree of patience. The lip can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to be fully healed “every buddy’s body is different”. Personal hygiene must be kept to a very high standard. Avoid touching or rotating your jewelry. Also avoid heavy kissing, oral sex, biting on the jewelry, for these could cause some problems during the healing process. If you find it necessary to touch your piercing, make sure your hands are washed, cleaned and dried.
A piercing heals in stages so diligence is required to during the first few stages
For the inside of your mouth a cold bottled or distilled water should be used to rinse your mouth after you eat or drink anything and can also be used to help to reduce swelling. As for the outside of your lip piercing a simple warm saline soak 2 times a day or even a saline spray such as H2Ocean or Wound Wash Saline spray a couple times a day is recommended. Let your piercing relax and try not to move it. Elevating your head while you sleep for the first few nights will also help to keep the swelling down.
Things to avoid during the healing process include: alcohol, smoking, chewing tobacco, scented soaps and body washes, rubbing alcohol, ointments, peroxide, spicy/hot temperature food, wet kissing and oral sex.
For a complete aftercare instructions feel free to stop by one of the Blue Boutiques and ask one of our highly trained, knowledgeable piercers.
The medusa is very easy and beautiful piercing that has transcended the entire body piercing world. Whether it is your first piercing or 50th the Blue Boutique has the largest selection of high quality body jewelry and highly skilled and experienced body piercers always on staff! Let us help you in making the right decision for your new piercing.