Marilyn Monroe knows sexy, and that’s why the Monroe piercing was named after her! The Monroe piercing lives on the upper left lip, mimicking her iconic beauty spot. Thinking about getting one? You’ve come to the right place. In this Monroe piercing guide, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about this subtle and sexy lip piercing including piercing aftercare guidelines, Monroe piercing jewelry types, piercing pain tolerance, the Monroe piercing procedure, Monroe body jewelry, and so much more. Ready to get started?

Monroe Piercing

Monroe Piercing Location
Like we mentioned above, the Monroe piercing sits on the skin above your top left lip. It’s located in the same location as Marilyn Monroe’s iconic beauty mark.

Monroe Piercing Process
This piercing is typically performed with a sterile 14 gauge-16 gauge hollow piercing needle. Ask a professional for more information the Monroe piercing procedure before getting your piercing.

Healing Time: About 6-12 weeks. Note: the healing process varies from person to person.
Recommended Monroe Piercing Jewelry:  Labret jewelry like flat back labret lip rings.

Now that you know the basics, let’s dig a little deeper with some popular piercing FAQs and learn more about this stylish body piercing:

Q: How long does it take a Monroe Piercing to heal?
A: Healing times will vary from person-to-person and will depend on your body. Typically, a Monroe piercing takes about 6-12 weeks to completely heal. To insure proper healing for your oral piercing, be sure to follow proper aftercare routines, practice proper oral hygiene, like brushing your teeth, and keep the original piece of jewelry in the piercing until it’s completely healed.

Q: How painful is a Monroe piercing?
A: Piercing pain depends on your pain tolerance. We recommend talking with a piercing professional about pain management during the piercing process and during the healing time.

Q: How much does a Monroe piercing cost?
A: Piercing prices vary from city to city. We recommend calling your local piercing shop to get an accurate estimate for Monroe piercing cost. It’s important to keep in mind that some labret lip rings and labret studs are more expensive than others, so be sure to factor in jewelry when planning for your piercing.

Q: How do I clean my piercing?
A: Piercing aftercare is essential! Be sure to follow the aftercare practices provided by your piercer to insure proper healing. We recommend using H2Ocean aftercare spray and using a cotton swab for hard-to-reach areas after the piercing procedure. Remember to wash your hands before touching your piercing, and be sure to clean any new jewelry thoroughly with warm, soapy water before insertion. Since this piercing is an oral piercing, be sure to practice proper oral hygiene like brushing your teeth at least twice daily.

Q: What should I do if my Monroe piercing gets infected?
A: If you experience any pain, discomfort, redness, or swelling at the piercing site, we recommend removing your jewelry immediately and contacting a healthcare professional. To help reduce the risk of infection, it’s essential to follow all aftercare directions and avoid touching your piercing during the healing process. If you have to touch your piercing, be sure to wash your hands with warm soapy water. It’s also essential to rinse your mouth thoroughly and frequently.

Q: When can I change my Monroe piercing jewelry?
A: Once your piercing is completely healed, you can change your jewelry and decorate with labret studs. If you’re not sure whether or not your piercing is completely healed, we recommend contacting your piercing professional. As always, be sure to clean any new jewelry with warm, soapy water before insertion and clean your piercing every time you change your jewelry. Once your piercing is healed, Spencer’s has all the labret jewelry you need!

Q: What is the different between a Monroe piercing and Madonna piercing?
A: Great question! It’s important to remember that a Monroe piercing mimics Marilyn Monroe’s beauty mark, so it sits on the left side of the top lip. The Madonna piercing mimics Madonna’s beauty mark, which is on the right side of her top lip. Though very similar, the difference lies on which side of the face you get your piercing.

Q: Why shouldn’t I get a Monroe Piercing?
A: If you’re not sure if this piercing is right for you, we recommend doing your research and speaking to a professional piercer. There are many lip piercing types to choose from, so it’s important that you consider all piercing ideas before committing.

Want to learn more about types of lip piercings? Check out our lip piercing guide for the 411 on all the different types of lip piercings you could imagine. Want more general piercing FAQs and more info about body piercings, body jewelry, piercing types and piercing ideas? Check out all the jewelry guides The Inspo Spot has to offer!

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