|Stretching (plus hints and tips)
What is stretching?
Stretching is the means by which one can slowly enlarge
a pierced hole in the body, this is mostly done to the ear lobe, but can
be done to nearly every piercing that you can get. This is done by slightly
stretching the tissue, causing micro-tears to form, and maintaining the hole
at the new size until the tears heal completely. This process can then
be repeated as many times as needed, to get to the desired size, as long
as this is done safely and correctly, this means that nearly any size
piercing hole can be created.
How often should I stretch?
Stretching is based on the individual, as every body is
different you must gauge this time yourself and be sensible about this.
As there is no set time frame that will work for everyone all I can do
is give you a suggestion on how long to wait, but this will vary depending
on aftercare and difference in size that you are going from and to. General
rule is that most people feel that their ears are healed after 1-2 months,
before stretching again it is advised to wait another 3-4 weeks. The longer you wait between stretches the better and not just for your lobes, it is easier to stretch after 6 months than 3.
Stretching By Taper Method
Using a taper is the most effective way to stretch your
ears with minimal stress. Firstly you will need a taper to do this, these
can be made of metal or acrylic and should be:
- Smallest end - your starting gauge
- Largest end - the size you want to get to, this goes
one size jump at a time, e.g. small end would be 12G (2mm) and the large
end would be 10G (2.4mm)
WARNING! When you stretch it should never be painful,
there might be a slight amount of discomfort from the pressure, but it
should never be any more than this, also there should never be any blood
If you would like to know more about stretching, the full version of this
guide comes with some of the taper kits that we sell, check the listing
to see if it's included with the kit you want! Click
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You can also download the complete guide for free from our website Body Piercing Stretching Guide.