How to Hide Monroe Piercings

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There are easier ways to hide your Monroe piercing.
There are easier ways to hide your Monroe piercing. (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Facial piercings are an aesthetic trend that doesn't appear to be slowing down in the United States, says a study done by the Section of Dermatology at the University of Chicago. This study found that 14 percent of randomly chosen participants had body piercings. Despite the prevalence of piercings, they are still considered taboo in certain workplaces and households and may need to be hidden. The Monroe piercing, named after blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe and her famous beauty mark, is particularly difficulty to hide because of its location above the upper lip. However, specially designed labrets can make the Monroe piercing almost invisible to the naked eye.

Things You'll Need

  • Antibacterial soap
  • Sea salt
  • Labret retainer
  • Clear labret stud

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap.

Place your thumb and forefinger into your mouth, touching the flat back of the labret piercing. This will be somewhere above your upper lip, depending on where it was pierced. Hold the back of the labret firmly between your fingers.

Find the stud of the labret, normally a metal ball on the outside of your upper lip. Twist this stud off with the thumb and forefinger of your opposite hand. Place the stud in a baggy or container.

Pull on the flat back of the labret inside your mouth and pull the bar completely from the piercing. Place the bar with the stud.

Purchase a labret with a clear stud or purchase a labret retainer from a piercing parlor or other reputable piercing supply store. These items are both clear and will be inserted the same way, except the labret retainer is flexible.

Wash your hands with antibacterial soap again if needed.

Even if the labret is new, disinfect it in 1 cup water mixed with 1/4 tsp. sea salt. Let it sit for five minutes.

Place the new bar through the piercing inside your mouth while holding the flat back firmly.

Continue holding the flat back of the bar and screw the clear stud on with your other hand. The piercing should now look almost completely invisible.

Tips & Warnings

  • It is recommended that the first time you change your piercing, you have the it removed and replaced by a professional.
  • If you are male, facial hair may hide a Monroe piercing.
  • Do not remove the labret piercing until the piercing has fully healed. This can take anywhere from six to eight weeks.
  • Do not try to conceal the piercing with concealer or other makeup as it can cause infection, especially on newly pierced skin.

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References

  • Ygoy.com; Monroe Piercing; October 2007
  • "Piercing Bible"; Elayne Angel; 2009
  • "J Am Acad Dermatol."; Tattoos and body piercings in the United States: a national data set.; A. E. Laumann and A. J. Derick; September 2006
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