November 03, 2014
Among the various lip piercings, the medusa piercing enjoys a special place for the unique look it provides. Positioned in the philtrum, just above the upper lip, it draws attention to the Cupid’s bow. However, accurate placement is the key here as it has an effect on the overall proportion of the face. The jewelry that is normally used is a labret with a ball that fits snugly in the philtral column.
Philtrum piercings and oral health
But there are several considerations regarding its possible repercussions for oral health. One part of this piercing has a facial side while the other is the oral end. Therefore, one needs to follow different set of instructions for its aftercare. A point in its favor is that as there is ample blood supply to the mouth area, there is a quick recovery. Generally, it takes about 2 to 3 months for it to heal, though total healing may take up to 6 months.
It is customary to use a long labret initially to make provision for the expected swelling. Once this swelling subsides, a shorter labret is inserted in its place. This is necessary so that it does not rub against the gums and teeth. However, if the initial swelling does not recede and there is persistent discomfort even after 6 weeks, this is cause for concern. One should have it checked by either a doctor or a dentist to make sure that there is no infection.
Medusa piercing or philtrum piercing also has long term implications for oral health. The main concern is infection, including the possibility of systemic infections like hepatitis C. The mouth is home to several bacteria which can enter the bloodstream on piercing. Besides this, the constant rubbing of the jewelry against the gums can lead to gum recession and chipped teeth. However, the risks can be minimized through proper care and by using well-fitting jewelry. It is recommended that the labret being used should be of bioplast which is softer and more flexible than metal.
The most common complication is infection of the piercing site. However, the chances can be reduced by following aftercare instructions diligently. But, before going ahead with a medusa piercing, think it out well. Research well and be sure you can tolerate the pain. Most importantly find out about the piercer, whether he is licensed and uses properly sterilized equipment.
Medusa piercing risks
In addition to this, have regular dental checkups. This will ensure that any damage to the teeth or the gums will be detected and treated early. The dentist will also be able to guide you on how to minimize dental damage from medusa piercing.