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How to Take the Ball Out of a Monroe Piercing

Updated April 17, 2017

Monroe piercings are an oral piercing located above the upper lip. Also known by the name "Beauty Mark" or "Madonna," Monroe piercings have only two options for jewellery. The fishtail labret is less common in a Monroe piercing than a flat-back labret stud. The flat-back labret stud consists of three pieces; a ball, post and flat disk. The flat disk rests inside the mouth, the post is in the piercing tunnel and the ball shows on the face. Jewels and designs, such as stars, are available for the ball section of the Monroe jewellery.

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  1. Rinse the inside of your mouth with a mouthwash. Wash your hands with a mild soap and warm water. Remove any crust on the Monroe jewellery with the soap and water. Dry your hands with a paper towel to avoid bacteria from hand or bath towels. Use a paper towel to turn off the faucet.

  2. Put on a pair of Latex gloves. The gloves help to grip the jewellery in the mouth when saliva is present. Open your mouth and grab your upper lip with your right hand on the side where the Monroe piercing is located. Pull the upper lip away from your gum. Grab the flat disk of the Monroe jewellery with your left hand, pinching the disk between your thumb and index finger.

  3. Remove the right hand from holding the upper lip. Allow the upper lip to rest on the fingers of the left hand gripping the flat disk. Grab the ball on the front of the Monroe jewellery with your right hand. Hold the flat disk firmly.

  4. Turn the ball on the Monroe jewellery to the left. Watch for the threading of the ball to appear as the ball becomes loose. Continue turning the ball until the threading of the ball ends and separates from the post. Place the ball in a plastic bag and dispose of the gloves in the trash.

  5. Tip

    Turn the replacement to the right to attach a new Monroe ball. Pull gently on the disk to completely remove the Monroe jewellery after removing the ball. Visit a professional piercer for help with changing your Monroe piercing jewellery.


    A professional piercer provides the cleanest environment for a jewellery change. Never attempt to pierce your own Monroe.

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Things You'll Need

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Mouthwash
  • Gloves
  • Plastic bag

About the Author

Maude Coffey retired after 10 years working as a professional body modification artist in the tattoo industry. She is certified in principles of infection control and blood-borne pathogens. Coffey received additional training and classes, such as anatomy, jewelry standards and aftercare, from the Association of Professional Piercers. Coffey aims to educate about safe tattooing and piercing practices while writing for various websites.

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