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Monroe Piercing:

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A monroe piercing is a lip piercing placed off-center, above the upper lip on the left hand side and is meant to resemble Marilyn Monroe's beauty spot. The similar Madonna piercing is placed on the right hand side of the face and is named after the female singer Madonna. A variation on this piercing is angel bites - a double version of this piercing with both the Madonna and Monroe style piercings worn on either side of the upper lip. When long barbells are worn in this piercing, they look similar to the antennae on a crayfish. This variation is referred to as Crayfish piercings.

 

For initial jewellery, this piercing is typically fitted with a 14, 16, or 18 gauge labret, the bars of which are usually shortened after healing. Care must also be taken to downsize 3-4 weeks after the initial piercing to minimize the risk of damage to teeth and gums. Most people with a Monroe piercing favor a metal ball or a jewel on the outer-end. Another popular style of jewellery is an internally thread labret, which gives the wearer a tiny crystal that lies flush against the lip.

 

Oral piercings have tendency to swell considerable during the initial healing period. Jewellery must be considerably longer than the length of the piercing itself to accommodate for swelling. Acrylic balls, shorter posts and PTFE posts will help to minimize oral damage and gum erosion. The lip can often swell considerably after the piercing and will need both facial and oral aftercare to keep both sides of the jewellery clean. Monroes, like all piercings, are prone to infection and it is vital that the piercing is cleaned regularly. Scarring is minimal to none if properly taken care of.

 

The estimated healing time given by professional piercers for this type of lip piercing is between 2-4 months.