ruthiselvis wrote:Hey guys, just wanted to see what people can tell me about medusa/philtrum piercings! I'm toying with the idea of getting one, and I wanted to know about others' experiences with them (all the internet info is a bit scary- about them getting infected easily 'n stuff), healing time, do they tend to heal if you decided to remove them, what are employers' reactions to them, are they very painful, that kinda stuff.
I don't know if I'll balls up and get one, since I'm graduating next year and will have to enter the adult world (aaaaah ), but I think one might suit me, and go with my septum quite well...
any advice on this would be great!!
I did my philtrum about 5 weeks ago. It hurt less than I expected. My lip was obviously swollen for about 3 days and I had morning swelling for a week. At 4 weeks I switched to a 3/8" labret stud(was previously wearing 5/16").
It kind of annoyed me until I switched to this shorter jewelry. It would get caught on my gum slighty when I smiled/ laughed/ate. It also took a little time to get used to the back of the labret stud hitting the webbing between my lip and gums. With shorter jewelry all of those problems are gone. I even forget about it now.
It looks healed to anyone who sees it. It still needs time to completely build scar tissue around the jewelry(that's what keeps holes from closing. Scar tissue sounds like a scary term, please don't take that as something bad) it takes 8-12 weeks to heal completely. As far as aftercare I washed it once a day with antibacterial soap, did a saline soak once a day, and rinsed my mouth with alcohol free mouthwash throughout the day. I still wash it everyday, but ive slowed the saline soaks to every couple days. I rinse my mouth out everytime I brush my teeth(2x daily) and right before bed. (just a note, I'm also a smoker, and at work I recommend to my piercing customers that they smoke as little as possible[preferably not at all] while healing. I made sure to rinse after smoking for the first 3 weeks) I should/could have gone longer, but I forgot my mouthwash at home one day and got out of my routine.
Go for it! I love my philtrum piercing. I'm so glad I got it done!
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