Everything You Need to Know About Medusa Piercings

If you have a thing for alternative piercings and you're ready to move past just your ears, you might just want to learn more about medusa piercings.

Located just below the septum and above the lip (where your cupid's bow is), this unique style of piercing often gets grouped in with lip piercings but is actually something different entirely. It's an edgy yet delicate style, worn mainly with a simple stud that draws attention to the lips. Thinking about getting one? Before you head to the nearest piercing shop, here's everything you need need to know about medusa piercings.


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How Much Does a Medusa Piercing Hurt?

Here's what you need to know: the lip area in general has more nerve ending than many other parts of the body, so you can probably expect to experience a bit more pain with a medusa piercing than with other styles. However, because the medusa piercing is done with a single puncture, your piercer should be able to complete the movement quickly and effectively for pain that only lasts a moment. Plus, the pain of every piercing will always depend on your personal pain tolerance level, so if you're an experienced pro with plenty of piercings, you don't need to worry.

Woman with flower shaped medusa piercing and nose ring: Shutterstock. Portrait of a beautiful young woman with brown and blond hair looking right into the camera.

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How Long Does It Take to Heal?

A medusa piercing can take two to three months to heal fully, though the definitive time it takes will depend on factors like your individual immune system and how well you take care of the piercing while it is still fresh. To promote faster healing and a healthy piercing, it's best to follow the recommended aftercare procedures. Your piercer will be able to lay out the details of the recommended aftercare for your medusa piercing with you, but as a general rule you should:

  • Avoid touching the piercing as much as possible
  • Keep the piercing site dry
  • Keep makeup away from the piercing
  • Take extra care not to irritate the piercing when brushing your teeth
  • Opt for soft foods that are not as spicy or acidic during the first few days of healing


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Should You Get a Medusa Piercing?

At the end of the day, only you can decide if a medusa piercing (or any piercing, for that matter) is right for you. Some things you'll want to consider before making an appointment to get one include how ready you are to take care of it properly, if your family and/or workplace will allow it (remember that you won't be able to remove the piercing while it's new) and if you like how it will look on you. If you think it's a good fit with all things considered, go for it!

Woman with medusa lip piercing nose ring and gauges: Shuttestock. young modern urban girl with red hair in front of graffiti wall

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And there you have it, everything you need to know about medusa piercings (or at least the basics for now). If you want to add another piercing to your collection while you're at it, think about one of these alternative ear piercing styles that you can learn all about by clicking HERE.