A Monroe piercing is an off center upper lip piercing that is commonly pierced with a 16 or 14 gauge surgical steel flatback barbell. Other titanium or gold options are available upon request. Monroe piercings take between 2 to 4 months to fully heal but can generally be downsized around 6 to 8 weeks. Monroe piercings are one of the few piercings that require downsize jewellery due to the amount of anticipated swelling that can occur. The aftercare for Monroe piercings is as follows:
General Cleaning and Maintenance:
Once a day, apply Simple Care piercing spray to your new piercing. Begin by washing your hands before handling your piercing and gently remove any crusted matter from the piercing using a cotton swab saturated in warm water. At this point, spray the Simple Care on your piercing and allow to dry. You do not have to wipe away the residual spray.
Once a day, dissolve 2-3 rocks (or 1/8 teaspoon) of un-iodized seal salt in one cup of warm water. Form a seal with the edge of the glass against your skin and soak the piercing for five minutes. If you are having difficulty forming a seal with your cup, pour the solution onto a clean paper towel and compress the piercing with the paper towel, making sure the compress stays warm. After 5 minutes, thoroughly rinse the piercing and pat dry using a clean paper towel.
Cleaning and maintenance of an Oral Piercing:
Every day, after eating drinking or smoking, rinse your mouth using ½ capful of oral rinse. This is safe to use on all oral piercings and is able to be used as many times as necessary. Be sure to gently brush around your piercing while brushing your teeth. Avoid playing with your piercing during the healing process. Once the swelling from your piercing has gone down, be sure to downsize your jewellery to avoid chipping teeth or gum damage.