Precautions You Should Take If Undergoing Ear Stretching

Ear stretching is in vogue globally. While it is trendy, if you are planning to undergo one, consider taking a few precautions to avoid damage to your earlobe. Ear stretching is an age-old tradition observed among many ethnic groups of India, East Asia and other old civilizations of Egypt and South America. It is a symbol of status, beauty, or both, depending on what a culture believes in. However, today, many in the west have adopted ear stretching as a fashion. They stretch their ear lobes to flaunt body jewelry. It is also a way for some to create a different identity for self. In the United States, the younger generation associates ear stretching with lifestyle choice and punk fashion. Nevertheless, if you are planning for an ear-stretching job, it is advisable to see the following precautions:

Stretch Gradually

If you have an ear-piercing of size 20 or 18, and want to stretch to an ear gauge of 00, do not pierce a larger hole instead go gradually. Punching a hole can remove a huge chunk of tissue, making sizing back down later difficult. Gradually stretching provides enough healing time, thus preventing scars and restoring flexibility of the earlobe.

Use ear tapers and ear plugs made of stainless steel for a simple and almost painless stretching. You can also use ear tunnels instead of the plugs. These are almost similar, but hollow in the center.

Observe Hygiene

Prepare your ear lobe for stretching. Apply vitamin E or Jojoba oil. Before beginning the tapering the process, apply the warm water compress to the area. Disinfect the ear tapers before use, and lubricate it with a water-based solution. Once the taper is through the piercing, replace it with the plug or tunnel. On completing the process for both ears, soak your ear lobes in a water-based, sea-salt solution for five minutes each. Clean and massage daily for faster healing. Occasionally rest your ears by leaving them free. Let your ear heal completely, before going in for the next round of stretching.


Do not use acrylic tapers, as body temperature can easily break it down to release toxins. Do not use wood or bone plugs, as they must more care. Do not use Vaseline to lubricate the taper, as the Vaseline can trap bacteria and cause infection.

Consult a Professional

Always consult a piercing professional before you start the stretching process. During the stretching process if at any time you feel uncomfortable or develop an infection, immediately see a professional for help and medical advice.

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4 Mistakes to Avoid When Piercing Your Body

Body piercing and wearing body jewelery is in fashion today. While many want to get their body pierced, most are also concerned about the possible side effects.

Adorning your body with jewelery is a fashion that has been in practice since time immemorial. Body piercings such as ear, nose and navel are common and is being practiced by people since ages. There are a few additions made to the list, in the recent times, such as tongue, and some private parts.

While adorning body jewelery is the dream of many young people, a good number of them are not aware of the side effects. Most infections or side effects of piercing are mainly due to improper care taken before and after piercing, being pierced by an inexperienced person or use of unsterilized body jewelery. When taken proper precautions, you can experience an uncomplicated piercing. Here are a few mistakes you may choose to avoid, for sporting that lovely body jewel:

Contacting an Amateur

The offer of being pierced while walking down that narrow alley in a foreign land or by the beach side hut, at a dirt-cheap price, may seem extremely lucrative. However, the question is – Is it worth the risk? Piercing of the body is as much a science as an art. A bad piercing can lead to many complications such as infections, nerve disorders, HIV, tetanus and hepatitis.

A body piercing will know the body anatomy, the pros and cons of piercing different body type and offer good hygiene advice. He will also recommend you against piercing a certain place if it looks risky and hazardous to your health.

Picking up Any Jewelry

Do not buy or wear all available types of body jeweleries just because it is cheap or looks beautiful. Piercing jewelry should always be selected with care. It is important that the pierced part of the jewelry be made of high quality sterilized materials such as titanium, surgical steel, acrylic, etc. It is also important to choose the right jewelry type suitable for your body-type.

Avoiding Proper Aftercare

Once pierced, it is not over. Proper aftercare for a certain period is essential for the well-being of the pierced part. This includes a cleaning regime, proper diet, proper medication and exposing the wound to any probabilities of infections.

Alcohol Consumption

Avoid consuming alcohol before undergoing a piercing as it may cause more bleeding. If you are on a certain kind of medicines, it is advisable to consult your doctor before undergoing piercing, for any side effects.

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Do’s and Don’ts When Going for Ear Stretching for the First Time

If done the wrong way, ear stretching can give you unbearable pain, and can even kill your ears, (yes, literally!). Ear stretching is the latest trend, in which, one punctures and stretches one’s ear lobes, to an extreme level, wears a stylish carved jewelry (as plugs and tunnels) in the stretched part. Some traditionalists believe that it is irksome or disturbing, but gauged ears look pretty appealing and attractive. However, this body art should be done very carefully. If you are going to stretch your ear lobes for the first time, here are a few Dos and Don’ts to follow. But before we proceed to that, let us have a look at some consideration, before you step into a professional body art workshop –

There’s no looking back! When you get your earlobes stretched, remember that it is a permanent fix, your old natural ears would never return. It is also true with piercing. Cosmetic surgery is the only possible repair for stretched ears. So, before you go for ear stretching, you should make up your mind, and decide, if you really want this or not.

Consult a renowned body art center – If some accident occurs, because of the mishandling or the lack of experience of the piercer, you wouldn’t be able to get your old natural ears back. To avoid such (and any) mishaps, visiting a professional piercer is always advisable.

Dos and Don’ts

Being a newcomer to the ear stretching fashion, there must be running around some rumors, in your mind, which you heard from someone, or one of the friends or relatives of someone. Well, if you have decided to stretch your earlobes, you should approach with a positive frame of mind. Here are some clear suggestions or Dos and Don’ts –

Suggested Material – Surgical stainless steel is considered as the best material for ear plugs or body art jewelries, for the first timers. After the stretching is healed, you can wear charms made up of any material.

Recommended Size – ‘Slow and steady wins the race’ is one of the most heard stories of all time. When stretching your ears for the first time, you can use the tapers starting from 14G to 18G, based on the structuring of your ears and lobes.

Reducing the Pain – There are a number of solutions – like composition of Karanja oil and Jojoba Oil – which you can apply while inserting the drill through your lobes. These are naturally medicated oils that lower the pain during the procedure, and help healing the skin more quickly. You should never use any water base solution while stretching your earlobes.

Bleeding – If it bleeds, you should stop, and wait for the injury to recover completely. Ideally, there are very less chances of bleeding, but when it happens, you should discontinue it for a while.

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