Famous Body Piercing: As with a new piercing, it is incredibly important that you do your research before you stretch a piercing. It is ideal to familiarize yourself with some basic information, especially since stretching can be a permanent change in the body.
You should think about the size or “strength” you want to go to, and then consider that it takes time and patience to get there. As you stretch, you want to grow one size at a time to avoid tearing and blowing, and to prevent your earlobes from becoming too thin.
Before you stretch
Never skip sizes. As you stretch, you pull apart the collagen molecules, skin cells, and everything else in that immediate area, prompting your body to produce more of these cells to fill the spaces you created during the stretch. This takes time, so it is vital that you move at a pace that your body is familiar with.
The piercing you want to stretch should be completely healed. If it is an earlobe, we recommend that the piercing heal for 6-8 weeks. If it is cartilage, we recommend 6 months. Note that these are guidelines and do not apply to all or every piercing. If you are new to piercing, we recommend that you consult a piercer before you start stretching.
It is important to avoid the formation of scar tissue by stretching too soon. If you stretch a piercing that is not fully healed (the wound is not crying, the area is not red, the tissue looks healthy, and just like the non-pierced skin in the immediate area), it creates scar tissue that is much less elastic and fragile is to tear apart.
Possibilities to stretch
Tapering is only recommended for smaller sizes. Once you reach 0, we recommend using a different method. A taper is a rod that is usually about two inches long and is gradually increasing in diameter.
You insert the smallest end first and slowly push it through to the larger end. Then you can hold a plug to the end and use it to push out the taper.
IMPORTANT – If there is a lot of resistance or if your skin turns white around the jewelry, DO NOT push further. Your ears aren’t ready to stretch yet, and pushing the plug in can cause a tear or blowout, and possibly permanent scars or other damage to your piercing.
Return to the smaller size and try to stretch naturally by gently pulling or pulling on the earlobe. Try the rejuvenation again in a week or two.
Duct tape can be difficult to use with smaller gauges, but is one of the best options if you hit 0 or more. You cut the tape to size and put a layer or two around the tunnel or plug every few days.
Our “Stretch It!” Duct tape is a great option because it’s skin-friendly, non-sticky, and just sticks to itself. Adding tape will gradually stretch your ears until you reach the next size.
Weights can be worn to help with stretching. You will carry the weights through two tunnels during the day and the extra weight will stretch your ears very slowly. This helps to naturally stretch your ears, giving your lobes enough time to build more collagen cells.
Remember, patience is the most important element of any route.
IMPORTANT – Do not use silicone to stretch. Putting the next larger size in smaller holes can tear the skin if you try to stretch it too quickly. In this case you have to choose several sizes. Depending on how strong the crack is.
Helpful tips to keep your ears healthy
- Jojoba oil will be your best friend throughout the stretching process. Jojoba oil is easily absorbed into the skin, is anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. It resembles the oils in our skin and makes them incredibly moisturizing. This is exactly what your ears need when stretching.
This can be applied topically to your rags and plugs. Put a few drops in your fingertips and rub them in the area to moisturize your earlobes. Do this between routes as well as during your route.
- Always wash your hands before you stretch.
- Just before stretching, it can be helpful to apply a warm compress to your ears for a few minutes at a time. You can also try tapping or plugging your piercing during a warm shower.
- There may be a little pain or discomfort, itching and swelling when stretched, but bleeding should never occur.
- After your stretch heals completely, give your body at least 4 weeks to heal and regenerate the area. Time allows your body to heal completely by growing new cells and removing cells you no longer need.
- Do not compare your stretching experience with that of others. Every body heals differently and there are many factors that contribute to it. Just because someone else could stretch fairly quickly doesn’t mean you are able to do it.
- There are many different materials that plugs are made of. Titanium, steel, wood, glass, stone, silicone, acrylic are just a few of the options. When buying plugs, please note the following: – Wooden plugs must be moistened with jojoba oil so that they do not tear and must not be worn in the shower. Metal plugs can get cold faster in the winter months.
What needs to be done between the routes?
Keep your ears clean. The easiest way is to remove the plugs from the shower and wash the ears with glycerin soap and warm water. You can also use lavender oil to make things smell good. Use a drop or 2 and rub the plugs in before you put them back in your ears.
Apply 2-3 drops of jojoba oil to your earlobe and massage in gently.
You can use ¼ teaspoon of our “Soak It!” Mix sea salt in 1 cup of warm water and let the rag soak for 3-5 minutes. You can do this with your plugs. We recommend that you do not use wooden, bone or horn plugs or plugs with inlaid decorative pieces in your piercing, as these natural materials can absorb water and be damaged.
What is that smell?
When you start smelling something, you are not alone. Plugs and piercing can start to smell if they are not cleaned regularly. The smell is caused by natural discharge from your body.
To avoid the smell, we recommend removing the plugs from the shower and washing them with “Wash-It!”. Glycerin soap and water. You can also use our sea salt and soak your ears with 1/4 teaspoon of salt in 1 cup of warm water for 3-5 minutes. You can also use lavender oil. You can put this on your plugs to make them smell fresh!