The Madonna Piercing is a type of body piercing that is performed on the upper lip, off-center fashion, to mimic a beauty mark. This body piercing is performed using 14, 16 or 18 gauge needles and jewelry, although the majority are 16g. The is considered a relatively simple body piercing and is fast becoming one of the most popular piercings performed today.
This body piercing, also known as a Crawford, or Monroe, can be done on both sides of the upper lip, symmetrically, and when doubled in this way, is known as Angel Bites. This type of facial piercing can cause the lip to swell considerably during healing, requiring longer length labrets or barbells to be used. Once healed (taking anywhere from 3 to 12 weeks), standard length labrets with gem ball ends are the preferred choice among wearers. Considered one of the more easier body piercings, this procedure can be done sufficiently with a body piercing kit featuring sterile body jewelry. However, if you do not have body piercing experience, it is recommended that you have this piercing done by a professional body piercer.