Medusa/Philtrum Piercing



Get your medusa / philtrum piercing at Black Line Studio, Toronto with comfort and confidence, knowing that Black Line Studio piercers are ranked number one in Toronto. We pride ourselves in being nominated as “Toronto’s Best Tattoo Artist, Best Piercing Studio, and Best Tattoo Studio” by NOW Magazine! We provide an impeccably sterile, hygienic service and environment, in excess of Toronto Public Health Standards and Guidelines. Our piercing professionals come with a wealth of training and experience which allows customers to achieve the look they desire with ease and excitement. Black Line Studio looks forward to giving you the best medusa / philtrum piercing service and result in Toronto!

Piercing Location

To achieve a medusa / philtrum piercing the centre of the upper lip, above the cupid’s bow, directly under the septum of the nose is carefully perforated. Not to be confused with similar lip piercings, such as a monroe or a madonna piercing which are on the far sides of the mouth, a medusa / philtrum piercing is often seen alone, but can also be paired with other lip piercings to create a striking look. Usually done with a labret stud of a 14 or 16-gauge post, the jewelry must be elongated to accommodate for swelling.

After healing is complete, your piercer will likely swap out your piercing for something smaller. A philtrum piercing will hurt with the first pinch; typically, lip piercings will experience a considerable amount of swelling, which is normal. Over the first week or so, the swelling will recede and the site should become noticeably less tender. If the site grows red and exceedingly painful, this may be a sign of infection and/or that the piercing needs to be removed.

Jewelry Options

Your piercer will guide you through the exciting process of selecting your favourite piece of jewelry. Labret studs are typically used as the jewelry style for the medusa / philtrum piercing piercing. Black Line Studio does not advise removal of jewelry for at least 4 to 6 weeks post your piercing service. Whether before or after the piercing is completely healed, when it comes to changing the jewelry, we recommend that you consult with your piercer


When following Black Line Studio’s after care protocol, the healing time for a medusa / philtrum piercing piercing is typically 3 to 4 months. It is important to keep in mind that these times are estimates based on averages, and that everyone’s body heals differently. Medusa / philtrum piercings are meant to last, yet proper care and attention are necessary to ensure the process goes smoothly.

Use warm saline solution or water with salt to regularly rinse the area after meals and before bed. Avoid alcohol and the use of mouthwashes containing alcohol during the healing window. While it is a disinfectant, alcohol itself is actually harmful to the body when healing, prolonging the process and causing damage.

Smoking can also lead to infection in the area and rejection of the piercing. Do not touch the piercing with your hands or tongue, and keep the area free of products that may cause irritation. When brushing your teeth, be careful not to disturb or tug at the piercing, as this will cause irritation and discomfort.

If there is redness, swelling and pain in the area, an infection is likely and should be addressed promptly. No matter how tempting it is to wear some of the fun new jewelry you’ve purchased, the one used by your piercer should be kept in until the site has completely healed. In the instance there is any rejection of the jewelry during the healing process, it will need to be removed.

Contact Black Line Studio at [email protected] to book your appointment for the best medusa piercing in Toronto, or any piercing on the ear, mouth, face or body – we look forward to seeing you at the studio!

Frequently Asked Questions

Your upper lip is a tender area with many nerve endings all in one small location. That being said, a medusa or philtrum piercing will typically hurt more than cartilage piercings do. Everyone’s threshold for pain is different, so some find the experience to be more of a minor pain than others. It will indeed hurt for several seconds, and some general throbbing will occur in the days immediately following the procedure. Over the first few weeks, the pain will reduce with the swelling.

If pain persists and the piercing site becomes exceedingly tender, red, and experiences a lot of discharge, it may be infected. An infection in a new piercing is serious, and must be addressed by a professional ASAP to avoid losing the piercing or causing permanent damage.

There are several types of lip and mouth piercings that can cause damage to the teeth and gums when done improperly. Thankfully, through care and attention by a trusted piercer, these negative side effects can be completely avoided. Without a professional’s touch, an improperly placed philtrum piercing can cause gum erosion and tooth decay. For this reason and more, it is exceedingly important to book with only seasoned professionals in the piercing industry.

Beyond the initial piercing, you should have a consultation with your piercer once healing is complete. They will check to ensure no harm is being caused by the jewelry, and may swap it out for something shorter once swelling has receded.

Like most mouth and lip piercings, philtrum / medusa piercings experience a fair amount of swelling during the first phase of recovery. This can make regular meals more difficult, and it is recommended that you take some precautions with food choices during aftercare.

In the beginning days of your new piercing, opt for eating soft foods whenever possible. Extreme temperatures and spicy foods will make the piercing sensitive and can lead to irritation. Cold food and beverages are recommended to help reduce the initial swelling. Slowly take small bites when you do eat something more solid, and avoid foods that will stick to your piercing site, like oatmeal.