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Question by Elyse
Submitted on 7/11/2003
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Im stretching my ears gradually with plugs, I went from an 18 to a 16 to a 14 to a 12 and now to a 10. Next i will obviously get a 8. Eventually i want a 4 or a 2. I was just wondering after about a year or whenever i decide to take my large plugs out, will they ever close up to normal size holes like my 18 gauges or will they stay as big as they are? and if they do close up, about how long will it take for them to close up ?


Answer by Danny
Submitted on 7/22/2003
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Well, i have been upto 6ga and they closed up so i could not get a 18ga in there, now im going up to 2ga and they will close up. any size up to about 0ga should close up eventually. and they shrink faster when you have the flu.

Danny

 

Answer by The Casualties
Submitted on 7/23/2003
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I had in 4g flesh tunnels for about 6weeks then i had to take them out for track my holes closed to 8 gauge ..even with 8g holes your ears still look normal ..now after track i stretched my lobes to 0g ..I think im done though

 

Answer by roxycheerchic
Submitted on 8/4/2003
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please help me!!! I gauged my earing holes from a 14 to a 8. Is it ok for it to be hurting? It's bruised and when I take it out it's bleeding. PLEASE HELP

 

Answer by Phillip Smith
Submitted on 8/13/2003
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Sup People, My name is Phillip.. I have 1/2 gauges in my ears now. When i had in my 00's i went rock climbing and one kinda fell out. I was out of town and didn't have a 00 plug so in 3 days.. it had already grown up to where when i got home i couldn't hardly get a 10 in there.. So up to about 00's they will grow up.. Good Luck!!

 

Answer by superman
Submitted on 8/27/2003
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i have a question! is it ok to start with a size 14?

 

Answer by KiMiThIN
Submitted on 9/1/2003
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Well, yeah it's gonna hurt!! You should have gradually went in size Oh and yes it's okay to start w/a 14. that is normal. i highly recommend taking out the 8s if they hurt so much, but if you wanna try keeping em, i suggest icing them alot... but if theyre brusing... i seriously would consider starting over, and waiting awhile for them to heal.

 

Answer by willie
Submitted on 9/8/2003
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i have a 14 gage....i feel special

 

Answer by Sarah
Submitted on 9/18/2003
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hey sup i right now i have 4 gages and i am gunna go to a 2 and man its hard going to a 2. I have golf tees in now bcuz i lost my one plug soo these fit fine. Its an attraction to my ears everyone looks at me funny lol you should try it lol!!!Does anyone know an easy less painful way of puttin in 2 gages?

 

Answer by AB
Submitted on 9/22/2003
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4 to 2 won't really hurt at all, I went from 6 to 2 no problem.  The thing that really makes stretching easy is when you have your plugs in to play with them a lot.  This just stretches your ear slightly and makes stretching experience easier.

 

Answer by maine2457
Submitted on 10/4/2003
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do a persons lobes shrink back after being stretched

 

Answer by GerM
Submitted on 10/5/2003
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yeah i have mine at 0 and i went from 18 to 6 to 4 to 0 and yeah its painful and it bleeds its normal and people dont look at me funny cuz i have the curved ones and they look like hoops but wen people see em up close they go EWWW! and pull back i just laugh

 

Answer by georgif
Submitted on 10/8/2003
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Stretching quickly is a bad idea.  You can get keloids, which are nasty and may cause you to have surgery to remove them.  You can stretch up to a 2 g. without having problems getting your holes back to original size.  After that, it just depends on your body.  

 

Answer by Jam
Submitted on 10/13/2003
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I went from a 14 to an 8 and then from an 8 to a 4. It hurts a lot yea, and yea its gonna bleed. Just buck up and wait it out. It should heal in like 3 or 4 days

 

Answer by Evan
Submitted on 10/13/2003
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i'm thinking about stretching my lobes  wondering what is the best  to start with??

 

Answer by nick
Submitted on 10/16/2003
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i went straight from an 8ga to a 0ga in a week didn't hurt at all

 

Answer by Britt
Submitted on 10/16/2003
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Its NOT normal for your ears to bleed when you stretch!!!! AND dont EVER skip gages!! plz if your going to stretch do it right or dont do it at all!

 

Answer by Dan
Submitted on 10/19/2003
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i hear that when stretching your ears, it's good to do it after a hot shower because your ears will be easier to stretch.  this is what i heard, haven't tried because i only just got 14 gages in my ears

 

Answer by Ash
Submitted on 10/19/2003
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My ears are about a 1/2 inch right now..and did a 16,14,10,8,6,4,2..ect. Its very normal for your ears to bleed because the inside of your ear rips a little.I doubt they will close to a 18g or 16g but MAYBE a 14g or 10g..and it all depends how fast they will close up by how long you have had them stretched

 

Answer by michael
Submitted on 10/19/2003
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I now have 3/4 and i went 16 14 12 10 8 4 2 0 00 7/16 5/8 3/4 your ear should heal up after time, and yea when you skip gages your ear should bleed and swell up it's normal. (there's not any thing wrong with skipping gages)

 

Answer by Dale
Submitted on 10/27/2003
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hey iv had 2 gauges in my ears for about 2 weeks and now i got 0 gauges and there pritty swolen i was wondern if i should take them out or wait and see if the swelling will decrees or wat so like tell me wat to do

 

Answer by clueless
Submitted on 10/29/2003
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hey is it ok to gauge ur ears at home. and if so what is a good size.  i want little one and i dont want them to hurt alot.  how bad does it hurt?  and when u go to a place how do they stretch it?

 

Answer by steve
Submitted on 10/30/2003
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I just started with 10's about a week ago. It didnt really hurt to bad, and i was wondering how long i should wait before stretching them to 6's. can someone help me?

 

Answer by Cory
Submitted on 11/1/2003
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Sup Guys.I started with a 12ga,then went to 10's,then 6's then 2's and last 0's in the span of about 3 weeks.Now they are healed and lookin alright.I think that if you are going to guage your ears just do it fast.And skip around.You dont have to go by 1 size, even thought its probably less painful.

 

Answer by vita
Submitted on 11/4/2003
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i stretched my ears from regular size to a ten and it was no problem because i had my regular sizes for years and years and they just become so loose. it's OK to skip gages just as long as you put neosporin and antibacterial (preferably Dial) soap on it 3 times daily. Also, take the gages out, clean inside to get rid of germs and "crusties" (from blood or whatever) and play around with them (like twisting them and pulling on them stretches them even more so you're ready for the next size. Just because they hurt doesn't mean there's something wrong. Keep working with them--broken skin will always heal as long as you have the right material (metal works the best for me, at any rate) and keep them clean. Letting blood or puss build up is not only bad, but disgusting! Puss is a good sign (it means your ears are healing) but clean it off!

 

Answer by urka
Submitted on 11/6/2003
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hi i went from an 18 to a 14 with no problem and am thinking of going straight to a 10 in about a week (i put the 14's in about 3 days ago and they are healing perfectly) is that okay or should i wait longer? please help. e-mail me at: urka5430314@yahoo.com

 

Answer by dead__last
Submitted on 11/7/2003
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Hi, if your ear is only about 0g or smaller it will go back to normal (14-12g)  When you start stretching farther is doesn't look so good.  It looks kind of like a cat bum.  My ears are currently at 1 inch and 7/8th.  Do it slowly and be patient.  When you are poor and can't afford big jewelry all the time, use electrical tape, it works good and is a good ear stretching idea.

 

Answer by Kelsey
Submitted on 11/8/2003
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I started out slow from a 18g to now a 6g...but how long should i wait before streching to the next g??

 

Answer by tall steve
Submitted on 11/10/2003
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i started at an 18g then waited a week and went to a 10g then in 2 weeks i went to a 6g then in 2 weeks i went to a 4g then in 2 weeks i went to a 0g then in 1 week i went to 00g then in 2 weeks i went to 1/2 then in 3 weeks i went to 5/8s then in 4 weeks i went to 3/4s then in 2 weeks i went to 7/8ths and im about to go to 1" today i love streching my ears its so sick u get so much attenition.

 

Answer by hILO_gIRL333
Submitted on 11/11/2003
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i WAS WONDERING IF i GO TO A 00 WOULD IT CLOSE CAUSE i AM AT 2 RIGHT NOW SO i JUST WANTED TO KNOW.

 

Answer by hILO_gIRL333
Submitted on 11/11/2003
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i WAS WONDERING IF i GO TO A 00 WOULD IT CLOSE CAUSE i AM AT 2 RIGHT NOW SO i JUST WANTED TO KNOW.

 

Answer by connie
Submitted on 11/11/2003
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hey i have no idea what the hell i am doing.i had one friend from my old school do it and it looked sick so I'm trying to do it. basically i just stuck plastic rods in my ears ( i cut plastic bristles off a brush and soaked em in alcohol and antibacterial ish) and its lookin pretty good so far. haha im resourseful, eh?

 

Answer by poag
Submitted on 11/12/2003
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I dont know if this will help any one but i went from 18g to 14g and then from 14g to 6g and then from 6g to 2g... didnt bleed... just a drop here or there when stretching..

 

Answer by Chicken Wing
Submitted on 11/13/2003
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I have two, 1 inch gauges.
Everyone who writes on this website are being whimps. I stretched my ears in a month. They bled constantly but i don't care. The gauges look sweet.

 

Answer by heffa
Submitted on 11/14/2003
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i stretched my ears from a piercing size to 00s i skipped a lot of gauges i went from 16-8 and 8-2 yea it hurts but its more a burning feeling don't even stress about the pain. use a tapper and do it before you go to bed for when you wake up you barley feel them. its no big deal!!

 

Answer by Jamie
Submitted on 11/14/2003
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Hey i went from about a 14 to a 10 guage and then from there to an 8 then from there to a 2 right now i have two's in my ears and i am probablly going to go to a 0 in the next couple of days once i get me some tunnels. They do bleed when you gage em and there is a layer of skin that pops out when you do it but just try to keep it clean and don't take them out when you do it if it hurts. It will stop soon and the effect is TOTALLY worth it. I love mine and i love the attention that i get from them because people think its weird. Something to use for a guage is some of them large hoop rings when they are small like about a 14 or a 16 guage cause thats how i started.

 

Answer by w.s
Submitted on 11/15/2003
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its not normal for your ears too bleed when you stretch. if they do bleed it means you ripped them. there's no point in stretching too quickly, because scar tissue that forms after a torn lobe is much more difficult to stretch. and well rips can lead to worse problems such as blow outs and well blow outs don't look good. seeings how i couldn't get all of what i wanted into this you can check bmezine.com for a lot of info.

 

Answer by deadbysunday
Submitted on 11/15/2003
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i would hate too see half of your ears. bleeding and tearing isn't good. its going to cause lots of nasty scaring. blow outs just don't look good. my ears are at 1/2 inches. i love them there wonderful. just stretch slowly. if your ears rip and bleed down size a gauge and let them heal then stretch again. theres no need in rushing and taking the risk of having nasty looking lobes. if your in such a hurry too have your lobes big quickely just go get dermal punches.

 

Answer by goodCharlotte_lover55
Submitted on 11/16/2003
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I have a 14g in my right now, can i skip to a 10?

 

Answer by Ape
Submitted on 11/22/2003
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What is a good size to start gauging at?

 

Answer by Q-Tip
Submitted on 11/22/2003
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well i just started stretching my ears today and i started at a 10g and i'm going to 6g. Is that bad if i do it like on the same day just as long as my hole is healed and ready to go?

 

Answer by Paperheart
Submitted on 11/23/2003
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I have been streching my ears out for years now i first got them pirced with saftey pins.from that to a 6 gage.And from the 6 to a 0 then to 00 and now im at 1/2.I am thinking of going bigger.If i take out my plugs for a few hours i cant fit the 1/2 back in and have to strech them out again.1/2 is the biggest you can go before they wont shrink back down by themselfs.If i do go bigger and want then back down i have to get them cut or sliced so they will heal up and eventually go back down.But i think ill stay with my 1/2 and be on the safe side.

 

Answer by vikingsrule540
Submitted on 11/23/2003
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i got my ears pierced at 16 gage and the next day i stretched then to a 6.  then about two weeks later i stretched them to a 2 which is what im at right now. ive heard that 2 is about as big as you want to go so that they'll close up.

 

Answer by dreadzombie666
Submitted on 11/24/2003
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you guys are slow i did my ears like this 14,10,6,2,0,00,1/2

 

Answer by pink ox
Submitted on 11/25/2003
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your dumb they sholdn"t bleed! don take um out to reduce swelling and im 00 and mine will go back

 

Answer by bchs babay
Submitted on 11/25/2003
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ok u ppl are FREAKS! who the hell wants holes in their ears the size of quarters?! its SiCK! ugh! who was the first person to do that ne way?!?!

 

Answer by _tragic
Submitted on 11/26/2003
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Shut up bchs babay. Ear stretching is beautiful and you don't need to be here if your just going to critisize people. Ear stretching started with the Africans I believe... Correct me if I'm wrong.

 

Answer by Jenni
Submitted on 11/26/2003
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well im happy you have your opinion but to bash on others? anyway,went from 18 to 14, 14 to 12, 12 to 10, and then now to an 8. if any questions about safety pins, they are i think 14. bleeding is way normal and so is puss. my ears pussed for awhile but thats a good sign of healing. im wanting to eventually go to 00's. but i wouldnt recommend skipping. doing so causes rips. i tried to go from an 14 to an 8 and it ripped. it hurt for awhile. another thing is that if you go to quickly, it will cause thinning. youll have differnt thin spots which again cause rips and uneven holes. im 14 and the parents flipped when they saw the holes. if i go any bigger, they said theyd rip 'em out. how old are all of you so i can present some things to them so i can go bigger. thank ya

 

Answer by crazy kid
Submitted on 11/26/2003
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i started witha 12,then,8,4,0,00,000,0000 and im here now. i did all of this in like 3 weeks and my ears didnt bleed at all and theyre so sick i love it

 

Answer by poison3dpen
Submitted on 11/27/2003
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All of you must have some serious luck to not have your ears falling off or have huge blowout on the backs of your holes. Stretching is a very beautiful thing when done right (read: slowly and carefully/correctly), and I myself have 2 gauge holes in both ears at the moment. I'll post my routine for all to see, I just hope some of you follow it and do things correctly. I started with gunned holes, gotten before I can remember, and finally decided that I wanted to wear earrings, just not the kind my mom was always trying to get me to put in for church. I purchased a couple 16 gauge circular barbells and stuck them in my completely healed holes painlessly. This should be normal- 18-14 is a simple stretch from icky poor quality gun jewelry. After a little over two months, I decided I wanted them a bit bigger, and put in 14 gauge circular barbells that I had bought in Austria and weren't being used. Again, after over a month, I went to my piercer and tapered to 12 gauge. Two weeks later, 10 gauge, and similarly 8 and 6 gauge. Tired of spending almost $50 each time I stretched and having to make the drive to have it done, I went to www.bodymodern.com and spent only $38.90 on 5 sets of plugs (4,2,0,00,000) and 4 tapers (4,2,0,00). This brings me up to 2 gauge, and I now plan on waiting about another month to go to 0 gauge. My stretches have NEVER hurt, I've barely even felt pressure, basically thinking to myself "That's it?" Yes, it takes longer- but I've never bled, never had redness that lasted more than a couple hours right after stretching, never had trouble with them shrinking up if I take them out for a bit (in fact, sleeping with them out does wonders for thinning lobes), and most importantly I don't have scar tissue built up, which means I won't have problems stretching as far as I want. The thing is: if you're serious about doing this and keeping your lobes this way, the "closing up factor" and the speed at which you get to your desired size shouldn't matter. When I get to my 000's, and maybe someday 1/2" or so, I'll know that my lobes are perfectly healthy and that I got there the right way. I think there's far more to brag about in that than by being able to say "Yeah, I just put all these tapers through last night and my ear is all swollen and won't stop bleeding when I take my 00 gauge plug out, because buying all those sizes in between 14 and 00 would've sucked. I can't wait to do the other ear tomorrow."

 

Answer by cheshirecat
Submitted on 11/27/2003
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word to the wise..watch out for fast stretching. the further up on your ear the more dangerous..i had some orbitals put in at the top of my ears (before cartilage) it was done with a 12 gauge..now i have a keloid i have to get cut off! i'm not excited!

 

Answer by lipringFL
Submitted on 11/28/2003
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hey guys, my name is josh, and i just wanted to agree with poison-stretching the way most of you are saying is extremely dangerous for the health of your lobes.  you should wait at least 1 month between EVERY stretch, and should never experience pain or bleeding.  thats right-stretching should NOT cause bleeding.  also, putting household items in your lobes (ie: golf tees) is really not a good idea.  if they are painted wood, then the chances of some of the paint rubbing off (even a tiny bit is really bad) are pretty high.  if theyre plastic, theyre pretty inappropriate for piercings b/c plastic is pourous.  i understand that alot of you may want to stretch really big, really fast, but the truth is that its an awful idea.  look at it this way:  id be willing to bet that 90% of the posters here will take out their large gauge plugs in probably 1-2 years.  the faster you stretch, the less your ears will close.  just be smart about it guys, and treat your lobes well.
josh

 

Answer by Severity420
Submitted on 11/28/2003
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Wow, i can't believe the horrible things you guys are putting your ears thru. NO IT SHOULD NOT HURT OR BLEED! ANYONE THAT SAYS THAT HAS NO CLUE ABOUT STRETCHING. i am at a 2gauge right now and have never had any real blood or pain, some discomfort maybe, but never pain. and skipping gauges is RETARDED! if want to be an idiot and mutilate your ears, by all means, you have that choice, but i am going to make fun of you, because you deserve it. sorry for being so abrasive, but, geeze man, use some common sense!

 

Answer by Severity420
Submitted on 11/28/2003
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oh, and by the way, jenni? no offense, but trying to go from a 14 to an 8 is not smart and proves you A.) don't have a clue about what you are doing and B.) aren't mature enough to continue stretching. you're parents are right to make you stop, you are mutilating your ears. when your ears rip they are trying to tell you something, SLOW DOWN!!!!!! i have gone one gauge at a time and right now i have beautiful 2 gauge ears with no redness, swelling, or scar tissue. if you can't wait or don't have enough money to do it right, don't do it at all. im only posting this for your own good, i want nothing but healthy stretched lobes all around so im sorry if this comes off too hostile.

 

Answer by Pinkie_Starz
Submitted on 11/28/2003
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Hey!I stretched my ears in one week! From nothing to a 0 gauge...yeah it bleeds but it wasn't even bad! Don't trip, just make sure that you clean them. I used a metal hoop taper to put weight on my lobes and they streched quicker faster.

 

Answer by enderprod
Submitted on 11/28/2003
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You people are insane.  You're going about the stretching business all wrong, it's not a race.  Also, skipping gauges is something you're going to really regret if you actually care about your ears.  I used to skip around on gauges, and now I realize that it was one of the biggest mistakes ever.  Please, in the future, stretch correctly or don't stretch at all!

brandon

 

Answer by kreg_man
Submitted on 11/28/2003
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HEy i wana stretch my ears is it ok to go straight to a 6g?

 

Answer by Schmo
Submitted on 11/30/2003
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I just bought one of those stretcher thingys that goes from smaller to bigger in one long plastic thing... im at 16 now, and the stretcher doesn't fit worth crap, so i was just wondering if i should say to hell with the stretcher and just go to like 14, 12 10.. etc, or if i should just jam it in there untill it fits. Help!

 

Answer by Jenni
Submitted on 12/1/2003
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Thank you Severity420... you arent coming off that way. I know I had no knowledge. I saw what I wanted and was willing to take the risk. Btw, I had I did it my self awhile ago and yes I was immature going about it. Afterwards, I did my research and knew what to expect. Pretty stupid of me eh? All I did was use to earring itself to stretch and now I know not to do that again, lol. Having my ear ripped had no effect of what my parents were telling me. They didnt know that the hole would close eventually and didnt want me having huge holes in my ear. I slowed down when my ear ripped. I didnt skip after that. 'Tis true I didnt know what I was doing, but know I do.

 

Answer by free_the_wm3
Submitted on 12/1/2003
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yes, please if your going to stretch your ears or any other piercings you may have, take your time and do it slowly.  skipping gauges can be done but its not smart, it puts excess stress on your skin and can lead to scarring, keloids and other problems.  i too was impatient and skipped gauges at first but then realized i was not stretching correctly and slowed down.  waiting and taking your time greatly makes future stretches alot easier.  i am now at a 4 gauge and have had them in for about 4 months and about to stretch to a 2, before that i wore my 6 gauges for about 3 months.  just take your time and listen to your body.

 

Answer by Boots
Submitted on 12/1/2003
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If you want to have minor pain or irritation, go down gradually. i skipped one at first and it wasn't smart. I didn't have enough knowledge by doing so. I am at an 8 right now and I stretche my ears myself. Its a lot easier and cheaper. I was surprised
that my ears didn't get infected. **The only reason for having your ears bleed when stretching is that you tore your skin which isn't very good. I dont think it is good to skip for doing so ends up with thinned lobes and possibly keloids. Good luck

 

Answer by TherapyCrisis
Submitted on 12/2/2003
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Hey i think when it comes to stretching you should go at your own rate listen to your body every one is different. Me  i got my perched with a 12 and a week later i went to 8's yea it hurt like hell but it was worth it after that i went 6 4 2 0 & 00 I'm currently at the 00's and happy just to let you know how fats i went well i just waited until i could pull down on them and it didn't hurt i found it's a good idea to use tapers i started just pushing the bigger gages in. Yea that hurts ( Not A Good Idea) any ways i hope i helped some people out.

 

Answer by Firby
Submitted on 12/3/2003
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I've had my 0 guages for about a month or so now... I had 00 but my mommy made me take em out. My holes shrank to 0's in about a week.  If you are really scared that your holes won't close then take them out at night and soak them in rubbing alcohol if they're already healed.  I did this and mine shrunk to 4 guages in one night, and I had to re-stretch them.

 

Answer by Cory
Submitted on 12/4/2003
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I started out at 12's and went down to a 00 in about a month or so.I think that if you just skip one size every time(except going for 0 to 00) its not that bad.Its going to hurt anyways so why not do it faster.Then in the long run you have to deal with less pain.And you should do it after taking a shower.It helps your ears to stretch.

 

Answer by LazyJohn420
Submitted on 12/6/2003
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I went from a regular piercing to and 8ga. in 3 weeks and from an 8ga to a 2ga in 4 days

 

Answer by Lively Cashew
Submitted on 12/8/2003
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Hey guys! whats up? i'ma girl (15 years old) and i started gaging my ears last week...i just used the ends of pet ink cartriges to do it. everyday after my shower i would put in a bigger one. i'mup to like a 6 or so...my friend says it looks awesome. he can get pencils and crap through his. it's kinda funny. haha...he'll come to school with straws and stuff through his ears...well...alright...on to my question. is there anything i probably have in my house that i can use to gage my ears? i dont have any money but i disinfect everything in alcohol before i put it in. alright then...i'm home sick today...scarlet fever...whoo hoo!

 

Answer by Random
Submitted on 12/8/2003
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i'm interested in stretching my ears but i have no idea how to start. i have normal sized earing holes right now so how do i start stretching them???

 

Answer by ANDY
Submitted on 12/8/2003
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I PIERCED MY EAR 2 DAYS A GO. HAD 20 GA. THEN WENT TO A 16 THE SAME DAY. NOW TODAY I STRETCHED IT OUT TO A 10 GA. IT HURT A LIL BUT JUST TOOK LOTS OF ASPRIN. IT WAS REALLY HARD TO GET THROUG THE BACK OF THE EAR.

 

Answer by Nimpho
Submitted on 12/9/2003
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When I first stretched my lobes I went from a 16 to a 8 then eventually to a 4. A bad saleslady sold me a gage 6 plug by accident I put one in with out a problem but it hurt in my other ear. Now one of my holes is bigger than the other!!! Ha ha. Yes the holes shrink. I took my plugs out for a few months and they shrunk back to normal then I put them back in no problem at all. I found stretching my ears the easiest using tapers!

 

Answer by fear
Submitted on 12/11/2003
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I went from an 18 to a 10 all at once.  I'd suggest using something like polysporin on the taper.  Not only does it lube the hole up making it easier to slip through but it can fight off infection if you get any, makes sense to me anyways.

 

Answer by GeRaLd
Submitted on 12/12/2003
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Hey i'm15 and i have been messing around with diffrent piercings my parents wontlet me get it done so i do it myself without them saying anything and i started with just a safteypin in both ears then a 14g,6,4,0 i know i skipped a lot with the 14 to 6 but really it wasn't that bad just suck it up and push it through it wont go at first but if u push hard it slides in but it gets really brused.... i also did 2 more holds next to them and have them at a 4 right now ... also did an industreal and it is only like a 10g barbell but really its kewl everyone at my skool thinks its stupid for me to do that and stuff but my friend has like 1/2in plugs and he even thinks its crazy but i think its fine so oh well...

 

Answer by Random
Submitted on 12/12/2003
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i'm stretchin my ears but is it really best to just shove the taper through? i try movin it and it hurts like hell.

 

Answer by loser in denial
Submitted on 12/15/2003
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hey all. well my experiences were..14-12-10-8 and now a 6. all i did for mine was buy a bigger gauge and push it through. i didnt bother with a taper. ive had them in for about..uhh...3-4 days. i took one out to clean it and it started to bleed, so i put it back in, lol. itll probly get infected but thats ok. not really, im a dumbass, lol. well, my plugs are in and im gonna wait til it doesnt hurt to touch them b4 i take them out. is it supposed to bleed? & how long b4 i can take them out so that they wont shrink down????

 

Answer by sunshine
Submitted on 12/15/2003
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Ark!  Don't make them bleed - go slow.  I have gone from 20(?) whatever normal earrings are, to 10 in about a month with just curved barbells and plugs, but when I took my last set of plugs out one bled a little - I think I just need to be more careful to turn the plugs a little more, I think the one was stuck to the plug/ring.  It is fine now.  I am also stretching another hole and have a question, I went form 20 to the barbells (14 or 16?) and now I have a tiny scab over each ring.  I just did it last night - they are VERY old piercings and I haven't had trouble with them in YEARS.  Could it be because they were so healed that it caused trauma that way?  Hmmmmmmm? Thanks.

 

Answer by allstarchris
Submitted on 12/15/2003
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i pierced my ears with 8s about three weeks ago, they bleed the second day or something like that, but after three weeks now, they feel fine, how much longer should i wait to stretch my ears to 6's. Oh yeah, and is piercing your ears with 8's tough?...haha

 

Answer by i dunno
Submitted on 12/15/2003
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i have 6g plugs in now. i went from 18-14-12-10-8-6...i put the 6g's in about 2 months after my 8. i put them in a couple days ago. yesterday i took them out and they started to bleed. i dont know what to do. i dont think they are supposed to bleed. they are still bleeding every once and awhile and seep. what can i do to prevent them from getting infected? they arent supposed to bleed are they? i would very much appreciate any responses.

 

Answer by PANDA
Submitted on 12/17/2003
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hi im in the middle of stretching my holes from a 8g to a 4g..Im planning on goin to a 2g and thats it.

 

Answer by vince
Submitted on 12/18/2003
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whats up right now im at inch ive been streatching for about
a year and a half. The best
thing to do is constantly clean your plugs,  i know it
hurts but its worth it .
have a good time streatching

 

Answer by vince
Submitted on 12/18/2003
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whats up right now im at inch ive been streatching for about a year and a half the best
thing to do is constantly clean your plugs  i know it hurts but its worth it .
have a good time streatching it ok to let theme bleed use a good antibiotic it will be ok and  go
slow when you stretch.

 

Answer by powermandoug
Submitted on 12/19/2003
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I have 8 gauge horseshoes in now and I want to put in 6 or 4 gauge plugs in.  Is it normal for my ear to bleed or do I need to leave the 8's in longer?

 

Answer by littlebigirl
Submitted on 12/19/2003
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i have stretched my ears to like a 12 and i have 6g now for my ears what would be an easier way to get them in my ears. i don't have a lot of money.  so what would be a good way to get them in. i may not be on for a few days so if someone could email me at: shorty_white_girl@yahoo.com
that would be great.

 

Answer by drumchick
Submitted on 12/21/2003
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i have stretched my ears from normal size to 8's in a day. It didn't really bleed alot, but it did hurt. They were fine in about 2 days. I also stretched my cartilage to a 4 and that did hurt at all.
if you have an questions e-mail me drummerchicky15@yahoo.com

 

Answer by lux
Submitted on 12/22/2003
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ok. my ears are at 2. i've gotten up to these very slowly, never skipped a gauge and all that good stuff. HOWEVER, my ears still bled. not much...but they did. therefore, i feel that slight bleeding is normal. many of my friends have their ears stretched also. all of theirs bled slightly too. and they followed all instructions.

 

Answer by EvlSph
Submitted on 12/22/2003
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i'm slowly stretchin my ears with tapers and they never hurt but do bleed very slightly but most the time i don't even notice it so i thinks its completely normal

 

Answer by shortbigirl
Submitted on 12/24/2003
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ok i love how people ignore me but thats ok.  i just want to know a good way to gage my ears. email me at shorty_white_girl@yahoo.com

 

Answer by kat
Submitted on 12/24/2003
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I stretched my ears from a normal piercing to a 3gage in one session then I went back and forth between buffalo horns gages 3 and 2. I eventually ripped a bit of both ears and got keloids large enought that my ears pushed the jewelry out and I have to get the huge, growing keloids removed. I dont know if I will ever wear jewelry in my ears again. Be very careful if you stretch your ears. Everyone heals differently. If you have sensitive skin which is prone to keloids, dont stretch.

 

Answer by kittykat
Submitted on 12/24/2003
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hey guys, word to the wise, please be slow, i know its crazy and fun to stretch, but GO SLOW. i jumped around on one ear and went slower on the other, the ear i went slow doesn't hurt at all and is in perfect shape. the other is hurting all the time, it was pussing a bit. so i took out my 4g and let it shrink now i'm at a 10g because i started over. but now i know to go slow and take my time if i want them to look good.

 

Answer by Mislead Soul
Submitted on 12/25/2003
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Well I have 5/8 in my ears yes you can skip G-es.. it just hurts a little but its not bad for you or anything like that.sometimes they bleed its not uncommon.Oh and yes they will grow back up if you want them to.

 

Answer by lou
Submitted on 12/26/2003
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Okay... im at 4 gauge and i want to go to 2... which is a pretty big jump.  Is there such a thing as 3 gauge??  And if not, what is the least painful way to stretch to a 2 gauge??

 

Answer by CarLy
Submitted on 12/26/2003
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I have 14 gages in right now, I've had em for a while i want to skip a couple but don't want extreme pain, what gage do you suggest i should go to?

 

Answer by burcu
Submitted on 12/27/2003
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I have 12 gauges in right now and I have 10 gauge tunnels (or 8 gauge tunnels, the lady at the store wasnt sure...lol) that I bought.
I tried a couple of times today to get them in and they bled (one ear) and the other is sore, but they wouldnt go in!!! I had the 12's in for a week now...could that be the problem? How long should I wait before I stretch them to the 10/8's?

 

Answer by Jenni
Submitted on 12/29/2003
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Carly--i recommend going to a 12. thats easier than skipping and it doesnt hurt as bad. skipping is very bad for the ears. it thins your ear lobes and may cause keloids. as you can tell by kat they really hurt and they have to be surgically removed. i went from a 14 to 12 and it really isnt all that bad.

 

Answer by Jenni
Submitted on 12/29/2003
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Lou--yes there is sucha thing as a 3 gauge,  i havent seen them in stores but you can special order them. it wouldnt hurt THAT bad if you just went to a 2 from a 4. but go ahead and go with the 3 if you want as little pain. you can stretch with a taper if ya want but i just stuck my plug in to stretch, i didnt bother. make sure its clean if you do do that tho. good luck

 

Answer by Jenni
Submitted on 12/29/2003
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Burcu--i dont think it should be a problem. i had the same thing happen to me. i had to put pressure on it til it went through. but you should wait at least a month to be sure for proper strectching so it can have time to heal. good luck, i hope i helped.

 

Answer by Lou
Submitted on 1/2/2004
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Thanks a lot Jenni... i think im gonna get a stretcher from my friend and stretch tomorrow to 2...

 

Answer by THEDANWILKES
Submitted on 1/3/2004
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hey guys i have oo in my left ear and i have a 12 in my other i first started with my left ear going fast and i went from 16 to about 8 then went to 4 then o then oo i riped my left ear a little so with my right ear i am going slow and taking it easy this would of been good to do with both my ears but i wanted them then and there and i had to do it fast and don't listen to your friends that say they are "pro"at this because they are most likely not and if u want as little pain as possible u cant put a piece of electrical tape on your plug you have in and just do that day by day that works pretty well but it takes pretty long

 

Answer by EvlSph
Submitted on 1/3/2004
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if you want as little pain as possilble and the best results use a taper and whenever you go swimming or have a shower or get in water take it out and it is easier to slip in a little bit further. at first you won't notice it getting bigger but it stretches  lot and is completely pain free

 

Answer by Scott
Submitted on 1/5/2004
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i had up to a 2g took it out and it closed up to about a 6g but then i stretched them again and i'm at a 1/2 inch and going bigger sooner or later... after that big i'm not sure if they'll close

 

Answer by Malachi
Submitted on 1/5/2004
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Does anyone know the history of plugs and where they started??  Id really like to know.  Thanks

 

Answer by xLiViNGdoll
Submitted on 1/7/2004
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i went from a 12 to a 10 to an 8 and yeah it hurt a little but you really need to start using a taper if youre gonna skip sizes cause thats painful.

 

Answer by EvlSph
Submitted on 1/7/2004
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Tapers really help getting plugs and tunnels through quite quickly and they cause hardly any pain because they gently open up the hole. i couldn't of done this without my tapers because i'm a real wimp when it comes to pain.

 

Answer by Justin
Submitted on 1/9/2004
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yeah i have stretched my ears to a 00 and the other one looks kinda reatarted cause its like a 0 so it looks kind dumb so yeah and u can skip gages cause i went from a closed hole to 8 and then to a 0 and then to a 00 so yeah it kinda hurts for awhile and then u just have to learn to live with the pain for like 3-4days so yea just live with it and its pretty cool if u wanna be all alone till people actually get used to it and yea people freak out for a while and then they just get used to it and don't care anymore but people who just say the its just stupid are really the stupid ones so yea cause they don't know that some people just do it just to be different and some people just do it just to be cool
so yea
laters

 

Answer by jimmy deen sausages
Submitted on 1/9/2004
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I have a 00 gage in my ear and people should wiat for 2 weeks to strech it out
and its ok to skip gages i wen to a
10,8,4,00 and it felt good to and bleeding well heel you up

 

Answer by charli
Submitted on 1/10/2004
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hi i have normal size piercing so wot is the best size to start off with?

 

Answer by demi
Submitted on 1/10/2004
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what if you have 3 peircing's, really close together, is that going to hurt, or bleed.? I'm gaging slow ,but i think it might bleed, as soon as get to a 6GA.?? if you know anything please help me out!!

 

Answer by Djworm19
Submitted on 1/10/2004
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hey all. I have regular size ear piercings, i want to stretch to about an 8g, what size guage should i begin using, i'mthinking about using tapers. Or is there any better ideas.

 

Answer by EvlSph
Submitted on 1/11/2004
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Tapers are the easiest and painless way to stretch and no matter what people think they do not hurt to sleep in. most the time you'll forget its in.

 

Answer by DrunkinChunker
Submitted on 1/11/2004
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my stretching went like this:
normal piercing when i was young (20ga)
20 ga to 14g (i think most people go to that)
14ga to 10ga (no pain just tightness to get the frickin thing in!)
10ga to 6ga (this one bled a bit and the pain went away after 5 minutes..maybe it went numb)
now when i get the money im going to get 2ga.
i dont think its bad to skip gauges, they start to look small very quickly....

 

Answer by Shaggy420
Submitted on 1/15/2004
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I think that anyone who stretches their ears by "skipping around" is going about stretching in a completely retarted fasion. Granted, going out and buying tapers or having a professional stretch your ears is expensive and not needed. Just buy an earring or plug in the next largest guage and squeeze it in. You should feel some pressure and a little stinging pain yes but not bleeding. Puss may be a sign of healing but you shouldn't need to heal your ears. No ripping should occur. Just a "STRETCH." Play with your ears a lot and it will make it easier to stretch. I went from a 20 to a 16, then went 14,12,10, and now I have 8g plugs in my left ear. I've stretched them all myself, and have spent maybe 50 bucks on earrings. They usually sell stretching packs for like 14 bucks at Hot Topic. Its not really that expensive. Just do it right for gods sake.

 

Answer by my last prayer
Submitted on 1/15/2004
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I have a question. I just gauged my ears from an 8 to a 6, and the right one is ok. Its sore still, but mainly its good. But, my left one is kinda crusty and swollen and red, and a little puss keeps coming out. I think Im gonna wait a few days to see if it heals, but anyone have any suggestions? Ive been cleaning them alot lately with peroxide and ear solution.

 

Answer by voodoodoll
Submitted on 1/16/2004
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I have a question, I put random stuff in my ears cos I can't afford to buy proper plugs or anything, well I got these earrings in and they are little over 2mm in diameter, so what would that be in ga? I'm just curious.

 

Answer by Trixx
Submitted on 1/17/2004
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Man, my buddy went to 5/8 of an inch:
14 - 8 - 2 - 0 - 00 - half - 5/8
and he took em out, 3 days later, they were healed all the way.

best way to shrink ur ears down, is to space em 1 size bigger, and dont put any jewlerly in, since ur ear will be open, and cut, itll close like 10x faster.

and ppl talk about wont close after 2, 0, 00, they close for sure, it just takes time. Longer there in, longer they take to close.

 

Answer by Spike_Draven
Submitted on 1/17/2004
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You guys dont know wtf u are talking aboot....are any of u actual piericers??
If u were u would know thats there is nothing wrong wit skiping sizes not only does it save money but time also...first of all if u were pierced wit an 18g thats not a real piercing...and if u have any gauge earring in ur ear in and it hurts....try losesing the elastics...ive been around a piericing shop for over 1 year and a half and i pierice outta my home...if u have questions email me...spike_draven@hotmail.com

 

Answer by Trixx
Submitted on 1/17/2004
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Man, my buddy went to 5/8 of an inch:
14 - 8 - 2 - 0 - 00 - half - 5/8
and he took em out, 3 days later, they were healed all the way.

best way to shrink ur ears down, is to space em 1 size bigger, and dont put any jewlerly in, since ur ear will be open, and cut, itll close like 10x faster.

and ppl talk about wont close after 2, 0, 00, they close for sure, it just takes time. Longer there in, longer they take to close.

 

Answer by Uhh im Cunfused
Submitted on 1/21/2004
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Hey guys ! i dont want a big hole in my ear  or anything i just want the smallest wun u kan get  soo  i was wondering if it hurt. or like how they do it ?  i dont want to go any bigger. And umm My sister told me they put taper in your ear.  Wut iz that?  iz it like an earing?please help  me ..  im soo lost

 

Answer by EvlSph
Submitted on 1/22/2004
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If u just want normal sized holes just go 2 a piercers and they'll just do that.
A taper is a way of stretching ur ears. It starts off small and gets wider at the end so it slowly stretches the hole bigger.

 

Answer by Shane
Submitted on 1/25/2004
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I've got 00's in at the moment. Anybody know of any cheap sites that sell wood plugs?

 

Answer by angel
Submitted on 1/26/2004
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ok i am trying to stretch my ears and i am at a 12 and what is the easiest and fastest way to go to a 6

 

Answer by EvlSph
Submitted on 1/27/2004
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i was just curious 2 no wot sizes certain gauges are because i av one ear thats 6.5mm and 1 thats 5mm and i wud just like to no wot gauge they are so if n e 1 knows plz tell.

 

Answer by patriotic sickness
Submitted on 1/29/2004
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hey, i just started to gage my ears a couple of months ago. i started at an 18G and then went down to a 10G, i don't know if that's a bad way to start though, because of all the stories on here, everyone goes down to a 14G and then on from there. also, my outlook on skipping sizes, there's nothing wrong with that, but hey, that's just me. right now, my first two piercings are at a 6G and I'mplanning to stretch the first one down to a 2G or 0G. my question is, is it safe to stretch multiple holes in the same ear? because right now, i have 4 piercings in each ear that I'dlike to stretch. right now from bottom to top they're at a 6G, 6G, 12/14G and 14/16G. because I'veheard that if you gage multiple holes in the same ear, the skin between 'em will break, so it's just one big slit in your ear. another question... once you gage your ears, and you don't want them big anymore, is it possible for them to go back to an 18G, or even a 10G again, because a 10G isn't really that big. because I'monly 13, and my mother's a freak about all of this. so i just need something to reassure her. if any of you have any answers, email me at pyrodevil4life@yahoo.com thanks!

 

Answer by smokin420
Submitted on 1/29/2004
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i am 18 i have had my gauges for 4 years let me tell you kids who are streching fast and hard.  you will regret it one day.  i started at 8 went to 2 then to 000 then to 5/8.  now i am trying to close them up and they are down to a 0 its not pretty trust me.  they look like an ugly slit or a weird hole.  so think about your future

 

Answer by Ned
Submitted on 2/3/2004
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Hey I am Ned I gaged my ear out to a 2 then I let it heal up it took me about 3 months to heal to about  but last night I just wanted to do it again so I am to a 0 now and I expect that to heal (If I let it) in 5 months

 

Answer by rachel k w
Submitted on 2/4/2004
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ok, so heres my story. i started off with a normal size pierced ear a long time ago. then about 2 years ago i decided to stretch to a 14g. i had those for a while then i just put 10g jewelery in with no problem, and the same with 8g. then i got a 4g taper and did that with a little pain but no bleeding. same with 2g and 0g. then for 00g i didn't feel like spending any money on a taper and since its not that much of a stretch i just put a layer of electrical tape on every day until the 00 went right in. this only took me a few days. i left those in for a few months then decided i wanted to go bigger. so i bought a pair of 00 tunnels with a 7/16 flare. i just kinda put those in carefully but with a little force as not to rip them with a little lubrication and they just went right in. they burned kinda for like 5 minutes. now today i have decided to go bigger to half inch. so again i am doing the electrical tape thing. i suggest you stretch slowly and always use tapers. the bigger you go the more of a stretch it is for each size. going from 2g-0g was probably the worst for me so far and i used a taper. no bleeding and just a little swelling. also tapers are hard to find in just a normal novelty store for bigger gages. that is why i use tape. plus its cheaper. just clean your ears every day. i do it in the shower so its easier to take out and put in.i use anti bacterial soap. also about keiloids, i had one on my cartilage and i went to my friend who is a piercer and he cauterized it . which means he took a piercing needle and took a small torch thing , heated it up and then poked the keloid a few times and it deflated it and then the dead skin just falls off in a day or two. ever since then i have never had a keloid. and it didn't hurt either. the end.

 

Answer by Tristan
Submitted on 2/4/2004
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Well, I just stretched from my stainless steel 4g to some new hand blown pyrex glass 0g and it looks sweet. Hurt a bit, but well worth it.

 

Answer by Jasmin
Submitted on 2/5/2004
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hey, i am a beginner at this and i was wondering how i start out, I bought some plugs yesterday and im having a hard time getting them in. I bought 10s and i need some advice on how to get them in.thanks much.

 

Answer by Tim
Submitted on 2/5/2004
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Yeah its okay to skip gauges but if you are gana do it use vasaline(doubt i spelled it right but i dont care)i had a 14 in and welt to a 10 then to a 6 and they were pretty swollen so you can skip gauges but i wouldn't recomend it.

 

Answer by EvlSph
Submitted on 2/6/2004
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i finally understand all this gauge thing. all off u make a big thing out of goin to a 0 gauge (8 milimetres) but its so fukin tiny!!!! i no loadsa of people who have like 2 inch holes throught their ears. i really don't no why you all make such a big thing out of it.
it doesn't hurt so get over it and just push the bloody taper of woteva u use through.

 

Answer by Blair
Submitted on 2/8/2004
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Hey there.. Well i just have a question really..i had in a 4 g and i waited about 3 weeks each time i went up and it was fine no bleeding, or discomfort of any kind. i went a purchased some 2 g's and they were plugs=/, the plastic cheap ones (it is rather expensive gaging your ears)..but anyways i had my 4's in for about a month, and when i put my 2's in it was like the inside of my hole was ripped? I know it didn't just happen then but it doesn't hurt that much or anything and i did everything right like i was supposed to. i wash my ears everyday, put peroxide on them, then lube them up with some neosporin..I just don't know if this is a bad thing or what i should do..I am going to purchase some different 2's but i am going to wait a while before going to 0's..really all i need is some help on the ripage..cause i don't know how to deal with that since i am no professional about piercing. I do not want to take them out at all tho, so if it is possible to avoid that i would like that a lot. Any advice from non-complete idiots i would appreciate it thanks! =)

 

Answer by Malachi
Submitted on 2/9/2004
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So, NO ONE knows the history of plugs???  Come on... pleaaaaase

 

Answer by forthefallendreams
Submitted on 2/9/2004
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i used to be at inches. they are completely closed. my lobes are slightly larger than original. no biggy, you guys worry too much.

 

Answer by thisdayfades
Submitted on 2/11/2004
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streching fast IS a bad idea. Unless you are 100% sure you want them for the rest of your life. do it slow.. you wont regret it.

 

Answer by amy
Submitted on 2/13/2004
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i just got my 14's from a 20ga today.. didnt hurt tooooo bad. how long should i wait before upgrading and how many gages should i go up?

 

Answer by katwoman
Submitted on 2/15/2004
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i have a question for either severity 420,lipringFL josh, or w.s. i know that we should go slow and not skip gauges. i was at a 2g i put in back in dec. i seen a chart some wear of the length of time you should heal before going to the next gauge and i should have waited untill march to go to a 0g put they felt good so i did it about 4 days ago about a month to early and my left one tore what i thought was just a little so i thought it would be ok to leave it in and let it heal. but now the whole inside of the hole is open i think i dont know how that happened i have soaked them in salt water every day and cleaned them with antiB soap. even though i dont realy eant to take it out i know i probably should so what i was wondering is should i go back to the 2g in that one, take it out completly, or somthing else? i really dont want ugly holes that wont shrink if i ever want them to so could you give me some advice. and to the other people that are doing it way to fast try looking for pictures of other people who realy screwed thers up there are a bunch of different sites that have pics look for the one they call the butt hole effect  

 

Answer by dur
Submitted on 2/16/2004
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hey guys i have 1 and 1/2 inch if u never rip your ears then they will always close up. in between every gauge put the white plumbers tape on it. it works and doesnt iritate ears. it is wa i have done and told all my clients i am a proffesional piercer e-mail me at fishingtim9@hotmail.com if u have questions. but always use ky jelly when u stretch

 

Answer by paperclip
Submitted on 2/18/2004
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katwoman, if you just leave the 0 in it will heal, mine have done the same thing, and don't worry they will go back down if you decide to take them out.

 

Answer by Tru playa fo reel 420
Submitted on 2/19/2004
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How bad would it hurt to go from 0 to 000, my ears are VERY stretchy i went from 4 to 0 without any complications and minimal bleeding

 

Answer by melissa
Submitted on 2/19/2004
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ok, well im stretching from 10's to 8's and i think i have a blow out. i got one of the 8's in to my right ear, but my left is the one with the blow out. what should i do?

 

Answer by Toast
Submitted on 2/20/2004
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i stretched pretty fast, i went 6,0,00,7/16,1/2,9/16 they bled alot but oh well they look sick and I'm about to go to 5/8 and continue to 7/8 krienkle@yahoo.com if u wanna comment

 

Answer by Demise
Submitted on 2/21/2004
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I'm all the way up to 1 1/2 inch. They never ripped or bled. Just pull on them and mess with them occasionally. As far as what size should you go to next...Its up to your body. Some people can stretch faster than others. If you have any questions you really should go to BME.com  

 

Answer by RionnoiR
Submitted on 2/21/2004
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Ok, just one week ago I pierced my ear with a nail.  It really does'nt hurt that bad.  Then I put my old eyebrow ring, which is a 14g, through.  Now I bought this thing that looks like a big spike, which will gage it to a 0 or a 2.  I will most likely just shove through the spike.  First I will buy a 0 gage plug.  Now, here's my question.  Is it safe to just shove in a spike that will gage my ear from a 14g to a 0g in one second?  I just hope that it won't rip.  Please answer soon.

 

Answer by mike
Submitted on 2/22/2004
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hey i got my ears pierced about 6 weeks ago and I am ready to start going bigger however my mom wont let me get anything below a 12 because she says the hole wont close up all the way then all i really want is a 8 or 10 gage so if i have a 8 gage plug in there and decide to take it out will it heal over the years?

 

Answer by CAB
Submitted on 2/22/2004
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i got mine dun at 8g and then 3 days later i went to a 4 then the next day i went to a 2 my dad sorta snaped to u went back to 4 then for my b day i got some fat 2g tunnels but i lost them canoeing but now i made some and ther about a 0 and i like them the way they are right now

 

Answer by white angel
Submitted on 2/24/2004
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I went from an 18 to a 14 to an 8 to a 2 to a 0. My second holes I went from an 18 to a 14 to an 8. My third holes in my cartilage went from an 18 to a 14. I think half of the people who are on here whining about an 8 gauge should go back on pacifiers and diapers. They are the most pathetic whining people I have ever seen in my life. I am also a really cute bassist.

 

Answer by bell
Submitted on 2/24/2004
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I have 8 gauge and I'm working my way to a 0 but I took mine out once and they closed up within like 3 days!

 

Answer by James
Submitted on 2/26/2004
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i think its ok to skip every other gauge

 

Answer by tito
Submitted on 2/27/2004
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i had 18 gages in my ears about 4 years ago and just yesterday the 26th i put in some 14s so yah i am going pretty slow but it is more healthier. I am thinking about going all the way to a oo.

 

Answer by MeloDrama
Submitted on 2/27/2004
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I started at an 18 g and now I'm at a 6g.  It hurt really bad at first and I used acrylic tapers and stretched too fast.  The pain was worth it though, and the people that see me ask "why are your holes SO big?" and I laugh because they're not that big!  People also stare at you-- be prepared.  

 

Answer by jbo66
Submitted on 2/29/2004
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owww owww i have 00's. don't i feel fancy.

 

Answer by young kid
Submitted on 3/3/2004
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my names Aaron and i just started to stretch my ears. im 12 so i can stretch them cause of my ear size. I went from a 14 to and 8..i did it to fast it my skin ripped and it bled and it burned. everything healed now so im still at an 8. The only thing is it still bleeds alittle and if i feel burns in my ears when i take it out and stuff is that ok?

 

Answer by mxpxpunkfan@lycos.com
Submitted on 3/4/2004
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I started from 18,16,12,8. It will hurt a little if you skip sizes. When I went from an 12 to an 8 they bled just a little. I cleaned mine twice a day (morning and night) with a facial toner believe it or not. It is called 'Sea Breeze' for 'sensitive skin'. You can find it at walgreens. you should use 100% cotton facial 'round' pads, also found at walgreens or walmart. I have never had a problem with my gages. Oh and never smell them, your ears do tend to smell a little even if you consistantly clean them. Everyone I know than has them tell me they smell a bit. But don't worry, they are cool. I am going to go to 00, but first a 4, then a 0 then 00.

 

Answer by mxpxpunkfan@lycos.com
Submitted on 3/4/2004
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I started from 18,12,8. It will hurt a little if you skip sizes. When I went from an 12 to an 8 they bled just a little. I cleaned mine twice a day (morning and night) with a facial toner believe it or not. It is called 'Sea Breeze' for 'sensitive skin'. You can find it at walgreens. you should use 100% cotton facial 'round' pads, also found at walgreens or walmart. I have never had a problem with my gages. Oh and never smell them, your ears do tend to smell a little even if you consistantly clean them. Everyone I know than has them tell me they smell a bit. But don't worry, they are cool.

 

Answer by Ryan
Submitted on 3/5/2004
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I got regular piercing in my ear an i wanna start to stretch them can anyone help what size i should start out with... my emails smokeymcpots19@aol.com

 

Answer by blaine
Submitted on 3/8/2004
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i started with a 14g and then i went to a 10g then to a 8g then to a 6g now im at a 2g and plan to get it to at least a 00g

 

Answer by Angel
Submitted on 3/8/2004
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i have a 12 gage right now just from sticking big safty pins in my ear and i'dlike to just get it up to an 8 so i bought a taper and it tapers only a little bit and then it's 8 and i can only get the tapered part in my ear but the 8 part wont go in no matter how hard i push, any help would be nice

 

Answer by theguy
Submitted on 3/9/2004
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hey i started with a 14g and going down to 6g. i cant get the spool i bought cause my ear is swolen. is that a bad thing?

 

Answer by Crimsontears
Submitted on 3/9/2004
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I first saw someone i know gauging their ears around January.  I decided i should do the same.;  But I did it the cheap way.  I used electrical tape and slowly put more and my 18 g earring it bled and it was sore but then it would heal a bit but i was stupid and stretched them too fast.  Once I was at four i borrowed some tunnels from my buddy and put them in .(before that i had a 4 g taper in one ear and a 6 g in the other) so in other words i hadn't spent any money on my ears yet. The other day I went and paid for some 2 g tunnels 50$.  I stretched one of the ears using my tape fashion to 2 and put the earring in that stretch hurt the most.  Now I am stretching the other ear .  it  hurts like crap. I always recommend some sort of lube to help get the earring through..i used vegetable oil. any questions or comments email me at poisoned_prophecy@hotmail.com

 

Answer by AshEffenRoks
Submitted on 3/9/2004
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my ears are at a 0g yeah it all hurts. no matter what its gonna swell and puss. thats how it goes, but damn don't they look cool. hahhahaha stop being wussys and toughen up...

 

Answer by Patrick
Submitted on 3/10/2004
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i've had 2g in both lobes for about 3-4 weeks now. i was able to get a 0g in one of my lobes. it was rather tough to do so, without bleeding and what not. after about 3 days now it seems to be doing fine. as for the other ear, i think i've tried for a little while every night to try and stretch out the lobe to no success. i stopped when i realized its too hard doing it like how i have up till now. first off, should i give my lobe sometime before i try again? (i imagine i might have beat it up a little. i have been keeping the process sanitized though.) second, what is a safe conventional way using regular household products?

 

Answer by mudhoney
Submitted on 3/10/2004
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I pierced my ears when I was in sixth grade. I didn't start gauging them until my sophomore year in high school, I had some bad experiences doing so, they would get cut then they would have to heal, then I would start again it was a really big loop. I think I just tried to do everything too fast, so I stopped at about an 8 gauge in my junior year. When I was a senior I decided it was time to do what I wanted to do (gauge them nice and big). I never used any 'professional' plugs, instead I incorporated any everyday object that would fit in my ear. When I got to the size of a highlighter, it was difficult to find progressively bigger things to stick in, so I used my pure genius (Actually later I found out I did not start this, but I like to think I did.) I wrapped tape around the highlighters (Oh, just to clarify, I heated up a carpenters knife and cut the highlighters down to a smaller, more convenient size.) It was so much easier with the tape, I believe it made everything go a little bit faster, you can wrap a thin piece of tape around the highlighter each day. I finally found these Hotel Shampoo's which had a really cool cap/lid on them. I put those in and decided that I would stay there. Well ... I could keep that promise to myself, I soon found myself wrapping them with tape until they got to 31/32 (roughly)
I told my family that I would not go more than an inch, so I decided that I would fork our $60.00, and get some nice bone carved plugs. Yesterday, I received my plugs and I put them in with ease (well the right one I had to force, it still hurts a little.) I have decided to leave my ears like this 1". I love them. Stretching is very addictive!!!

 

Answer by paperclip
Submitted on 3/12/2004
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for you people that are worried about your ears not getting smaller after you take your plugs or whatever out...DONT WORRY!! they will get smaller, it just takes time! i started about 2 years ago from 18,8,4,2,0 (there was a bit of bleeding and puss and that crap but just stick it out they will heal) i had 0's in for a long time then decided to go back to a 8, it took a little while, but they did. after a while i missed the huge holes in my ears, so i started going up again 8,4,0 going from a 4 to a 0 pretty painful and lots of bleeding but after a week they were just fine, so now I'm at a 0 again but soon going to 00 and maybe bigger... easymacjunky@hotmail.com if any questions

 

Answer by ash
Submitted on 3/13/2004
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i have a question, i just got some tapers yesterday and ive been trying as hard as i can to get them through my ear and i cant.  my ears were already a 14 and im trying to go to an 8 and i can only get them through about 2 or 3 mm.  anyone know how i can get these through my ears?

 

Answer by astoria
Submitted on 3/14/2004
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you need to be patient and not skip so many gauges. buying a smaller gauged taper would have been a smarter idea. as i see it, you have two choices, buy another smaller taper or walk around with these large tapers that will be protruding from your ears until you can actually get them secured in your ear

 

Answer by gina
Submitted on 3/15/2004
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word of the wise... don't ever ever skip gauges. its just plain stupid. if you're thinking about your ears closing up, and you skip gauges, then think of your plugs as permanent. blowouts are nasty ugly ways of stretching and if anybody tells you different then they have no idea what they are doing. go slow and do what your body tells you. if it bleeds, downsize. if there is pain downsize. wait a while. you're suppose to wait at least one month between stretch.

 

Answer by Sammy
Submitted on 3/16/2004
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I'm stretching to 00's in as I type....ah man im ghetto...i have two sets of 2g tapers in....cuz i didnt feel like buying 00 tapers to use them for like a day....

 

Answer by stinky ears
Submitted on 3/17/2004
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How come my ears stink from piercings?

 

Answer by JOSH
Submitted on 3/17/2004
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YO I HAD MY EARS UP TO 1 INCH AND I HAD TO GO TO PRISON FOR ABOUT A YEAR. ITS KINDA CLOSED NOW ITS ABOUT A TWO. SO YEAH ITS A PROVEN FACT THAT SKIN WILL CLOSE NO MATTER WHAT. AND ITS ONLY A FLESH WOUND

 

Answer by paperclip
Submitted on 3/17/2004
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taking a hot bath or shower before trying to stretch your ears really helps, and just playing with them helps too

 

Answer by cardiorrhexis
Submitted on 3/21/2004
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i find the irony in here beautiful. people are typing information and advice and then the next person asks the same damn question. i found this link extremely helpful and i think if you are serious about stretching the right way.. read up!

http://onetribe.nu/catalog/stretching.php

 

Answer by m
Submitted on 3/22/2004
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most of you people are stretching for the wrong reason. i'mso glad that stretching is so popular these days that now we can see a bunch of idiots walking around with 1/2g they did in one week because it looks cool. most of you won't even want big gauges in a few years and if you've skipped so many gauges and your ears are damaged, you will be out of luck.

 

Answer by Jason
Submitted on 3/23/2004
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Im with M...Ive had my lobes stretched to 2 inches for 9 years, and im seeing more now than i ever have before all these kids with stretched and gauged ears.Also, gauging other things. I have had 12 piercings total for about 12 years now, all ive done myself. Just make sure its what you want, and make sure you be careful while your in the process

 

Answer by bob marley
Submitted on 3/24/2004
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yo!!! i started a t 18. . then i shoved a nail in it. . that hurt like $#!T. . trhe nail was like 12. . . no i wanna stick a bigger nail in it. . like a 8 or 6. . .  what can make it easier to go throo?? kuz when i do it i hav to numb it kuz i hav to jam it throo kuz it doesnt wanna go throo. . . .  so what can i do to make it easier and not hurt as much?????

 

Answer by SEAN
Submitted on 3/25/2004
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i went from basic (what 22 gauge?) ear piercings to a 10g. my piercer used a taper and said it would be alright to go right to a 10g, but they'd be a little sore for 2 weeks.

it hurt a bit but no bleeding. it's been 5 days and they are just barely sore and only when i lay down. don't know what the big deal is about skipping gauges as long as you get it done right by someone who knows what their doing?

btw--she's a registered nurse and is certified by fakir musafar as a piercer.

 

Answer by mee
Submitted on 3/27/2004
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can you stretch to inches and after a long time will they close?

 

Answer by Smartguy
Submitted on 3/28/2004
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I have a normal size and I want to go straight to a 10.  What is the best way to get them in? Pain is not a factor.

 

Answer by ISK8FORFUN
Submitted on 3/29/2004
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Hey i went from a 12 Gage to 4 Gage it didn't hurt to much. if you are using a spike or something made for stretching it you should get half way through then pull it out so it bleed a little then finish putting it in. it should hurt less this way.

 

Answer by Goat
Submitted on 4/1/2004
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if you want to strech your ears quick but not 2 quick

use a barbel and use tape put like five or so layers on dont want it to hurt and then like once a week do that for a while and bam your ears will be streched im at 3/4 and i was at 0 last january

 

Answer by Vera
Submitted on 4/1/2004
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Don't skip. You got blood vessels in your ear that you can destroy by forcing too big of gages in. you should wait about a week per gauge...it will take a while but it will be worth it in the long run (and your ears wont have tissue damage or keloids)

 

Answer by white angel
Submitted on 4/2/2004
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i have been stretching my ears and i keep on skipping gauges, but i want to tell anybody who needs help to write me at
white_angel_34@yahoo.com
if you haven't read my ear sizes yet, go up a half of page.

 

Answer by ONJ
Submitted on 4/3/2004
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WHAT UP
MY EARS ARE 00
AND IT ALL COMES DOWN TO HOW YOUR OWN BODY REACTS TO STRETCHING YOUR EARS. NONE OF THIS "DON'T SKIP GAUGES"..OR CRAP LIKE THAT.. ITS YOUR OWN BODY.. YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO TELL HOW FAR YOU CAN GO BEFORE IT BLEEDS... AND EVEN IF THEY DO- THEY SHRINK BACK DOWN ANYWAYS IF YOU WANT THEM TO.
IF YOU ARE RUSHING INTO IT.. STOP DOING IT RIGHT NOW.. CAUSE U ARE DOING IT FOR THE WRONG REASONS.. IF YOU ARE DOING IT FOR YOUR OWN SATISFACTION THEN YOU WOULD TAKE YOUR TIME.. YOU SHOULD BE SMART ABOUT IT.. TAKING IT SLOW AND TAKING PRIDE IN DOING IT..thats what its all about...
thats all

peace

 

Answer by sXe_girl_86
Submitted on 4/4/2004
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ok i am thinking about stretching, and right now i only have a normal ear piercing, which i have had since i was 4 and now im 17. how do i get started? what gage do i go to, and by the way im new to this whole gage system thing. i would like some help thank you very much guys.

 

Answer by lilgoofball3
Submitted on 4/5/2004
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hi i have a 10g in both my ears and i just bought some 6g tunnels, and i was trying to get them in but they won't go in. do you think i should get some 8g or should i go get see if i can get the 6g put in? please email me at lilgoofball3@aol.com thanks

 

Answer by giggle he he
Submitted on 4/6/2004
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i pierced at an 18g and stretched 3 gauges at a time and now i have home made tunnels that are a 9/16's (1/16 between 1/2 and 5/8's) no biggy just hurt a bit. did it in a month and a half

 

Answer by tyson
Submitted on 4/6/2004
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i had my ears gauged at an 8 with a dermal punch... will they ever heal back to normal? does anyone have any tops to get them to heal back up?

 

Answer by gina
Submitted on 4/6/2004
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www.bodyartforms.com- a great website to buy great quality plugs for cheap prices!

 

Answer by tyson
Submitted on 4/6/2004
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i meant to say tips not tops... ha tops...

 

Answer by Krissy
Submitted on 4/6/2004
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Before I put the taper in each time, I prep my earlobe for about a week before by taking the plug out and rubbing lotion with vitamin E on the lobe for like five minutes a night. It helps it get stretchy and it doesn't hurt that bad.

 

Answer by sXe_girl_86
Submitted on 4/6/2004
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How large of gage can I go to and still be able to have it go back to normal?


 

Answer by KRAZY PUNX 101
Submitted on 4/6/2004
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WELL I WENT 4RM A 22 TO A 12 THEN TOOK EM OUT AND THEY WENT BACK 2 A 22 BUT LAST NIGHT I GAGED THEM Again BY MYSELF 2 AN 8 GAGE LOTZZZZ OF BLOOD BUT THAT DIDNT REALLY BOTHER ME,,IM 13 AND HAVE 8 EARING HOLES,THAT I PIERCED MYSELF AND THAT INCLUDES MY CARTLIDGE    LATER                            LOVE ALWAYs~*Rebecca~*

 

Answer by negativespacexx
Submitted on 4/8/2004
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So i read this whole page and i just wanted to make sure... i'mat a i think a 6 guage ( kinda forgot what i bought last) and i want to go to a 2... is that cool? from the looks, it is only double size and i think my ear can take it. I went from standard size to a 12 then to an 8 then to a 6.

 

Answer by sXe_girl_86
Submitted on 4/8/2004
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ok so i was at a normal size ear piercing gage then last night I bought a pair of 12 gage circular barbel, and they went in with no problem. I would like to make so actually contact with anyone about stretching, because I could use some guidence. So please email me at: sXe_girl_86@yahoo.com

Thanks :D

 

Answer by chad conwell
Submitted on 4/9/2004
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Hey i am gauge 2 what i did is i put a gauge 10 in and the fisrt night it took me 3 min and then the next day i put in a ring then 3 weekends later i got a 2 gauge and shuved that in as well so now im gauge 2 and buying plugs its fun!!! and have fun gauging everyone

 

Answer by Zero Anarchist
Submitted on 4/10/2004
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i have 2 inch in my lobes and 6 gauges in my cartiledge,and a 2 in my tongue!

 

Answer by Adolis
Submitted on 4/11/2004
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I went from normal to 14,10,8,6,4 then back to 14, Now I'm thinking about streaching em again. They do close up, don't worry.

 

Answer by XAtreyuX
Submitted on 4/11/2004
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okae..i really wanna get my ears guaged..but..does it hurt..haha...

 

Answer by Megan
Submitted on 4/12/2004
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Hey, I went from a normal earing to a 6 gauge and then I skipped to a 2 which i have in right now. I only have one ear done because the other ear is hurting more..does anyone have any tips on what I can do so it wont hurt so bad? the first was no problem but now im desperate to get my other done! Also, what would you suggest should be the next gauge i put through? How big are the 00 gauge? ( like compared to a dime or something!) Thanks ever so

 

Answer by aniuga
Submitted on 4/13/2004
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00 gauge is just slightly larger than the diameter of a cigarette. When you begin stretching past a 2 gauge, it is a good idea to wait  2-3 months between stretching to minimize the risk of ripping.  the bottoms of your lobes begin to thin out, and it takes time- a long time- for them to completely heal.-- next gauge to stretch up to would be a 0 gauge. If you skip, in addition to ripping, there is a good chance of developing keloid scars or a blowout (the area around the hole pops out, not very attractive) If your ear is hurting, your body is telling you something. take it slow, don't skip gauges and let them rest and heal in between. if you want larger plugs that badly, take time to do it correctly. no use in rushing it and taking the risk of screwing yourself up.  also, bleeding is NOT normal for stretching, if you do it the right way, your ear really is stretching, not ripping.  Hope this helps.

 

Answer by 12345
Submitted on 4/14/2004
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i started out with a 14 gauge which i got as a little kid, but this year, i started using more then one earing not knowing it would strechout. after i relized my ear holes were getting bigger, my friend told me about streching. using multiple earings had streched my holes to a 10. I wore 10 gauge barbells in my ears for about two weeks, but then i decided i wanted to strechout my holes. i went out and got 8 gauge plugs. im just starting this and it is really fun.

 

Answer by Brytani
Submitted on 4/15/2004
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ok, i would really like to know more about the gauges and how to actually put them in. i would really like to put in small ones in, but i'm not exactly sure how to. if u can tell me email me at bratishnish@hotmail.com and just label the subject ear piercing so i don't delete it. thank you!

 

Answer by lostnawave
Submitted on 4/16/2004
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Ok so i had 4 ga tunnels in my ears and i took them out so they would shrink.. i put my old 8 ga hoops in them.. with the 8 ga hoops weighin more then the 4 gauges, my ears hang down a little... will this prevent them from shrinking???

 

Answer by Car
Submitted on 4/17/2004
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hey, I'm new to the whole stretching ears buisness, currently I have q-tips in them- I would like to switch to actual real plugs but dont know what size to get- I'm very content with the size they are- how do I knwo what size of plugs to get without stretching my ears any further?

 

Answer by campbell
Submitted on 4/18/2004
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i'vehad my ear gaged for about 6 or 7 months i started with a regular hole and streched it to a six gage in about two weeks using a taper. probably once or twice a day i'dmove the taper a little further, and it was fine no blood.i'mat a 0g now and went from 6 to 4 to 2 to 0. i found i could move up gages from 6 to 4 and then 2 with out a taper, the 2 to 0 was a little tuffer, i used a the cap off of an eye liner pencil as a taper and got the 0 to fit in a day, it did bleed though it's been about a week and is fine now.

 

Answer by Aim Smokeymcpots19
Submitted on 4/19/2004
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I went from a 12,8,6, and now im a 4 i did this is about a month and it bleeds an pusses so its normal email me if ya have any questions smokeymcpots19@aol.com or instant message me on aol.

LaTer

 

Answer by Mike16
Submitted on 4/19/2004
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I just got my ear pierced (10 gauge) during Spring Break about 2 weeks ago and it seems like it is already healed. I cleaned it twice a day with the saleen salution so I guess thats why it healed so fast. Anyways what I want to know is do you think it is alright to start stretching it? I want to get to at least a 4 gauge. Oh and does it hurt just stretching from a 10 gauge to an 8 gauge?

 

Answer by Demigoddess
Submitted on 4/20/2004
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Oh yeah and i forgot to add....
the best thing for your ears after piercing and stretching is sea salt. you can find it at natural food stores.  All you have to do is get some sea salt and warm water and soak your ears in it. It feels really swell after stretching.

 

Answer by attheapex2day
Submitted on 4/21/2004
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i just started stretching my ears about 2 weeks ago, and they look tight i started at 18's n i am 6's now, i wanna stretch em more, hopefully ill go to 0's soon

 

Answer by Bill
Submitted on 4/22/2004
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you are all weak i went from a 6g to a oog then i found a big pencil that is about a 000g and ramed it in

 

Answer by whitni
Submitted on 4/22/2004
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Last September I started gauging my ears, by Christmas I was at a 4. I let them grow back in and I could fit normal earrings in them. last week I decided to gauge them again so I put 1 fourteen, the next day I put another 14 and then the next day I had three 14's in each lobe. I bought glass beads(cheaper) that were about 6g, now I got new beads(bone) they are probably between a 4 and a 2. I am hoping that having bone beads in my ears won't be hazardous. either way, gauges are hot.

 

Answer by Car
Submitted on 4/25/2004
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I have the insides of a pen in my ear (the part that holds the ink) I hear thats aprox an 8g- is this accurate?

 

Answer by Mandi
Submitted on 4/25/2004
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Okay  my ears are at 12 naturally and i want to go to a 7 and i have the stretchers but they don't fit yet     How Can i Make Them Fit and how long will it take??????

 

Answer by Ryan
Submitted on 4/26/2004
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Car the insides of a pen that hold the ink are the size of an 8 gage

 

Answer by nichols
Submitted on 4/27/2004
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my ears are at a 00 gage.  I have had them for about a year.  my friends and i decided to take straws cut them all the way up then cut them into pieces about an inch long.  Take one piece roll it as tight as you can and keep adding more around the one before.  keeping the straws as tight as possible.  until they are about as big as your gage now.  put them in your ears.  once in roll up more straws and place them in one at a time until you can feel a little pain.(as close to the center of the straws as possible)  make sure you keep them in the center of your ears they are easy to push out. keep putting more and more straws into your ears as you can stand the slight pain, until you are at a size you want to be at.  My friend went from a 12 gage to a 2 gage in one day with no bleeding and minimal swelling.  Hemp oil also helps with the stretching and healing process.  If you plan on continuing to stretch your ears by going gage by gage i would  suggest getting hemp oil.  every time you clean your plugs and ears rub some of the oil on both, this will help your ears be more elastic like.  

 

Answer by Car
Submitted on 4/28/2004
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THANK YOU RYAN!:D

 

Answer by the answer
Submitted on 4/28/2004
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i think every body should stop asking cuz the answer is probably already there and you can figure it out yourself...But I bought 12 guage horse-shoes...put those in from regualr size...cuz the screw parts smaller. Then i shoved in 10g plugs...not a little bloody and a really sharp pain inside when i moved em around...they kinda healed. Then i shoved in these plastic things i found (like an 8g) a couple a days they werent really healed but i wanted these 6g plugs in...so i shoved em in..it hurt alot and there was alot of blood, u get really used to that. i didnt mess w/em for a whil...then they healed...i think now im gonna go 2 4g and thats it...IM INVINCIBLE TO MUTILATION! I dont feel like you can do ne thing that wont heal...but 4 sum that may be opposite...yeeey!!

 

Answer by bignate666
Submitted on 4/29/2004
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It is never OK to skip gauges and stretching should never be painful or bloody, only slightly uncomfortable. and you should always wait at least 4-6 between stretches.You people are mutilating your ears by stretching so quickly. and for you people who are worried that your holes wont shrink back, you shouldnt stretch your ears if you dont want them forever. and oh yeah always use a taper and ky jelly when stretching. i hope this clears some thing up.

 

Answer by Mike
Submitted on 4/30/2004
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I wasn't aware of the hazards of wearing acrylics as everyday earings when I purchased the items. While waiting for them to arrive I stretched for a 10 to a 6(the gauge I ordered)using a temp. homemade plug with teflon tape around it. Now my question is can I just wrap teflon tape tape  around the acrylics to extend the wearing periods, or at least until I can buy a stainless steel plug or something.

 

Answer by Dave
Submitted on 5/1/2004
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Sup how is everyone doing, ok i been stretching my ears for some time know. I know alot about it. I am at a 00G know. I know some tips on how to do it, I been through it all. I went from a normal size hole, and that is a 20G. Here are some gauges i went from. (20G-16G-12G-8G-4G-00G. You should do it the right way, but some people like to go bigger faster like me. I think of it this way, faster you go bigger, then no pain later. So if you need any help a all about gauging or need some good sites to go to for cheap prices you can contact me at Indysk8er87@aol.com, Trust me i know what i am talking about, been there done that. I have 1 question, how long do you have to keep a 00G in for it to never close. If anyone knows let me know.

Thanks

 

Answer by ~*~Chantel~*~
Submitted on 5/2/2004
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Hey people! Whats up? Ok i'm stretching my ears and i'm a gurl.. ppl tell me that i shouldn't cause i'm not a guy.. like wtf lol stupid ppl anyways.. i just started yesterday and i'm at a 14.. i have no clue where to get plugs ..does any1 know where i can get them?

 

Answer by bob marley
Submitted on 5/2/2004
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i'v done a lot of gauging. ..  iv been all the way to a 000g  and it still went back to bout a  14 or 16. . . then i out a 4 in. . . thats what i got now and itz rly loose so im gettin a 0r. ..  a word f advise. . . never use copper.. .  i sed a 22 bullet shell. . . it was bout a 4 g. ..  it turned black on the inside of the hole and woodnt stop pussing. . . then i took that out poured alcohol on it and washed it of. .  it looked normal. .  but still was pusy. . . so i left it out. . the next day. . . . i put a stainless steel claw in(4g) and now itz fine. . .  if ur gunna use sumthin that isnt an earing. . use plastic or sum kinda glass. .  or jus buy sumthin. . . a good place to buy earrings is http://www.bodyartforms.com/index.asp. . .  yup. .  hope this helps u dumb asses. . . peace

 

Answer by mestuppkid
Submitted on 5/2/2004
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Is it okay to go from 14g to 10?

 

Answer by Ryam aim smokeymcpots19
Submitted on 5/3/2004
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Chantel i just came from the mall i saw 10 girls with 00's in there ears its perfectly fine

 

Answer by cacoman
Submitted on 5/3/2004
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Hey guys, i started out at 14g (this is a good number to start with although i guess you can start at any size) and for the beginnings of my stretchings i made my own tapers with wood, i used toothpicks to go to 12g and then i used some wooden sticks and i used sandpaper to get them to the next gauge always getting them smaller at one end and larger at the end. I got to 8g like this but i really don't recommend it, acrylic tapers work better. I bought the 6,4,2,0 made of acrylic on Ebay for a very good price and you can find tons of plugs and tunnels there cheap. Right now I'm at 0g and that was the worst of them cause i did it really fast from 2g to 0g even though i read lots about not going fast! Guys don't rush! it is really bad and hurts, i had my ears swollen for 3 days! Well right now i have a month and a half with them and i want to go to 000g but i am not really sure because of the shrinking thing. Well just as advice, buy tapers which are great for stretching and take your time to stretch at least 3 weeks between them. Stretching is very addictive believe me!

 

Answer by cacoman
Submitted on 5/3/2004
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How to stretch your lobes:
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**always do it on a well and fully healed piercing**
-First get some tapers of the gauge you would like to stretch to (acrylic or metal device that is thin in one end and thicker on the other, obviously to make the stretch)
-take a good warm shower and massage your lobes while in the shower or just take some warm water in a glass and soak your lobes for 5 -10 mins each for a couple of times and massaging.
-get some lubricant (Dial Liquid Soap is also good)and apply some to you first lobe and some more to the taper, just enough for it to be slippery but not to much.
-**here comes the good part** start by putting the thin part of the taper (for dummies) in the lobe until you feel some resistance (usually on the middle of the taper) now take a deep breath and start to push the taper slowly while exhaling (you will feel a burning sensation, hot) until you get to the thick end of the taper. Clean the excess lubricant.
-Repeat with the next lobe.

And thats it! there you have your stretch!

*If you plan on skipping gauges at least do it not to drastically maybe from 8g to 4g but not 8g to 0g and at least wait 3 - 4 weeks to heal something but better to fully heal!! I don't recommend it but hey its your lobes!
*if your lobe starts to bleed you have just ripped it! I recommend taking the taper out and go back to your normal jewelry or taper and wait for it to heal and try again. DON'T PANIC it happens! Some may want to leave it to heal and you can but it can get infected very easily or not even heal right for many many days, so again its your lobes.

AFTERCARE:
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-A great and simple healing product is salt water, just take some water and add some salt (not to much or it can burn your skin) just like ocean water and soak your lobes for some minutes each for a couple of times, do this about 4 times a day.
-clean you jewelry or taper always, don't stick it in dirty or with you hands dirty
**if you don't clean your lobes or jewelry it i can smell like cheese, not good**
-Its good to play with the taper, move it around, from the front to the back, etc.

OK so i think that is a simple and easy way to make a stretch so stretch on!!

 

Answer by 6hol6llace6
Submitted on 5/3/2004
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guys its ok to strech your ears from atleast 2 sizes and sometimes if u have stretchy lobes then it will be easier to go bigger.... if they hurt alot them put some neosporin in them and leave them alone if u dont then they will get irritated... and for the whole "will they stretch back to normal" thing yes they will and depending on ur lobe strechyness they will go back more...... i know people who have had 1 1/2 in their ears and they closed back up to a non obvious size.. by the way mine r 3/5 and i know mine will stretch back cause i have left them out and streched them back soo that should be answers to all of those lol PEACE

 

Answer by got-weed
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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Hello all, im new to guaging ears, i had my ear peiced and my friend said to guage it. so i did, and i dont know what i have in my ear now its about || in size its a peice of a pen were the ink is stored nothing special. I was wondering if some one could tell me all guages their are. i was also wondering after a day or so my back and front of my ear lob gets crusty from goop and skin from my ear is this normal??? ive only had it guaged for about a week now so i dont know please help.

 

Answer by blacvk_onyx367
Submitted on 5/4/2004
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hey my name is derick im 13 years old and i have a 6 gauge in my ear right now i was wondering if i should skip straight to a 0 gauge and if it was safe if u have an answer e-mail me at black_onyx367@yahoo.com

               derick the   pain enflictor

 

Answer by Twitch
Submitted on 5/5/2004
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Hmmm i want to get plugs badly cuz i like em a lot but i dont want to end up having it bleed or be super painful just cuz i want to stretch mi ears and i dont know what gage to start off with considering that on here people are trying to show off by saying they started with like 12 or 8 which would be pretty painful considering the fact that when ur ear is peirced its pretty small so i want a real answer. I dont want to end up  having these huge buldging bloody ears cuz someone told me i should start off with a huge gage s0o0o erm, help?

 

Answer by AbKilla
Submitted on 5/7/2004
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I am going to get my ears pierced for the first time. i plan to stretch to a 0 so i was thinking to give myself a head start i am going to get them pierced at a 10 is that too big to start with or is it ok?

 

Answer by sara
Submitted on 5/7/2004
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i have mine at 8, and when i take them out they look as if i didn't have gauges... but i can put them back easily

 

Answer by Car
Submitted on 5/8/2004
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"got_weed"
the inside of a pen is aprox. an 8 gage from what I understand, although I've spent a couple of weeks with the insides for a pen and discovered there are like 500 different sizes of pen insides.
yours (judging by your description) seems to be a smaller one in which I would judge to be a 10g, maybe even a 12g. The ones I have in a a fair bit larger insides and yet I have no Idea what size they are so don't take this post to be completely factual that that is your size.

 

Answer by Kappy
Submitted on 5/12/2004
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okay...I've been a piercer for about 3 years and thussly have had many holes in me of many different gauges (about 15 different piercings total).  I've got a ten gauge septum, a 14 gauge nipple, and quite a few ear piercings currently.  I started with my lobes at 14, then went to 8, which works for my ears, but not for most people..I had had the 14's for quite a while and tugged on/played with them often, so that made the stretch easier.  then from 8 to 6, to a drinking straw (appx. 4) then to 2, zero and 00.  the trick is to wait at least 3 weeks between gauges.  If the plugs are tight enough that you can't rotate the plug, it's not ready to be stretched.  It's not supposed to bleed.  If it does that means that you ripped it and I wouldn't suggest going any further after that or problems will arise.  it's not hard to gauge yourself at home and it is my preference to do so.  tapers and professionals works better, but I like doing it myself...if you twist the plug as you put it in slowly it shouldn't be hard to stretch.  my ears will go back down to normal or at most 14, but like I said, due to my family background and ethnicities, it is easier for me to taper than some people.  everybody's body is different.  also just for the information of those reading, it is very common for one ear to be tighter and harder to stretch than the other one.  although saying this makes me a hipocrite, skipping steps is usually a bad idea.  if you've had the piercing for a long time, you might be able to skip one or two, but when you get to the bigger gauges, don't skip...try to make it easier to gauge by adding some of your smaller rings of smaller gauges into the same hole before you gauge up...when going from two to 0 I put my 8 gauge ring in with the 2 gauge hole and that made it easier to make the progression.  

 

Answer by Kappy
Submitted on 5/12/2004
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crusties on both sides are normal for a piercing, but are not very normal with a stretching unless it is done too soon.  yellowish puss stuff is regular to have come out of the ear when stretching and is very common with restretchings.  it is a bad idea to use toothpicks and wood to stretch because these are porous and the ear will heal into the pores of the wood.I have known people to do this before and if the wood is left in for too long, it will hurt and may not be able to be taken out without cutting it away.  if using a porous material be sure to rotate this material many times per day to avoid having the skin of the ear heal into the pores.    

 

Answer by SC
Submitted on 5/12/2004
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I stuck 3 fingers in my ear and it rip so I can put an earing in and pull it through the bottom

 

Answer by jay
Submitted on 5/13/2004
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umm i went from a 18 to a 16 to a 14 to a 10 and i want to go to an 8 but it is throbing alot and it burnsif you got any advise to make it heal i am here

 

Answer by ryan
Submitted on 5/14/2004
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jay just keep the 10g in an wait till it heals then stick the 8g in an it shouldnt be a problem

later

 

Answer by Dave
Submitted on 5/15/2004
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Sup how is everyone doing, ok i been stretching my ears for some time know. I know alot about it. I am at a 1/2" know. I know some tips on how to do it, I been through it all. I went from a normal size hole, and that is a 20G. Here are some gauges i went from. (20G-16G-12G-8G-4G-0-00G-1/2". You should do it the right way, but some people like to go bigger faster like me. I think of it this way, faster you go bigger, then no pain later. So if you need any help a all about gauging or need some good sites to go to for cheap prices you can contact me at Indysk8er87@aol.com, Trust me i know what i am talking about, been there done that. I have 1 question, how long do you have to keep a 1/2" in for it to never close. If anyone knows let me know.

Thanks

 

Answer by Jason
Submitted on 5/16/2004
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Hey whats up all, I was really thinking about getting plugs in my ears went to a couple piercing places and they said I could get pierced at A 6 gage to start and work my way down to A 0 ne ways my question is! if I do this what are the chances of the holes closing up completley when i finally do decide to take them out?  and will it be a tiny scar or nasty shrivled up in the inside of the hole? help me out if ya can thanks :)

 

Answer by ghastly
Submitted on 5/17/2004
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Jason I had an inch in my ear an I was going to get a job and if i woulda kept em in i prolly wouldnt have got so now there at regular holes any ear should go back


 

Answer by brittany
Submitted on 5/17/2004
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i have been stretching my ears for a few years... seriously for about a year. i started when i was a freshman with some 14 hoops i bought at pacific sunwear. i stayed with that gauge for 6 or 7 months because i was a volleyball player and i had to take my earrings out for games. since i'veseriously started gauging, i started from a 16/14 to a 12. then 10, 8, 4, 2, and now i'mat a zero.  i did skip 6, but from what i'veheard it's one of the easiest to skip.   i don't recommend skipping, and to all of you who think it's okay to bleed, it isn't. i have never bled while stretching, and the pain is always gone (minus a little soreness) within a few hours. i have done all my stretching myself and i recommend it because only you know how bad something hurts. only you know what your body is telling you.  i recommend gauging, but i don't recommend rushing. if you plan on stretching your ears, you should be planning on keeping them for a long time, and therefore it shouldn't matter if it takes you about 6 months to get to your desired gauge.  check with a piercing professional to see what their opinion is on your stretching and your type of ear.

 

Answer by wannabe
Submitted on 5/18/2004
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hey im loking to get my ears stretched but i was wondering what the smallest gague is in tunnels.. cuz i dont like the rings as much... and i want my ears to be able to go back to normal.. or at least 16 gague or whatever.. so yeah i just wanted to know what the smalles size of tunnels was... thanks you rock.. bye

 

Answer by cacoman
Submitted on 5/19/2004
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Hi, hey wannabe i think the smallest tunnels you can find are 10g, ive seen those but not any smaller. And i can assure you that your ears will look normal at 10g and will go back to 16g definitely.

 

Answer by shadowmoses
Submitted on 5/19/2004
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well. i have always wanted to stretch my ears... but only to a small gauge like 10 or 12...from an 18 or so... i need to know how to go about doing this. should i go to a parlor and get them to do the stretching dealy or what? i have no clue what to do . is the initial stretch a quick thing... do you get a gauge stretched each time you go to the parlor or do u have to slowly do it and wear a horn? please help me because i want to get flesh tunnels or plugs and i have not a clue... ps any good websites for me to do my research would be helpful. thanx.

 

Answer by elaine
Submitted on 5/20/2004
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hey i really want to gauge my ears, but i dont really know how. do you do it yourself? do you ahve to get it done? oh and are plugs or tunnels or whatever expensive? thanks!

 

Answer by bob marley
Submitted on 5/20/2004
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elaine. . .  u can go get it professionally done at any piercing/tatto parlor thingy. .  i did all mine myself. .  itz a bit mor painfull if u do it urself. .  but it is a lot cheeper. . . and flesh tunnels aren't too much. .  it jus depends where u get them from. .  i jus make all my own stuff. .  but if u hav to buy. .  jus order it offline(www.bodyartforms.com). . hope this helps. . . .

 

Answer by Ryan
Submitted on 5/21/2004
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bob marley you stupied noob you do it yourself and if you do it right and dont skip gauges it shouldnt hurt

 

Answer by elaine
Submitted on 5/21/2004
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sweet thanks guys

 

Answer by giggle he he
Submitted on 5/22/2004
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hey people just do what your ears can take. the biggest gauge u can start at without messing your ears up is a 2g with a pierce and a stretch. dont skip gauges if it hurts to much. oh yeah u will bleed to but its normal ive asked many profesional piercers. i recomend the 1 gauge at a time approach to keep ur ears in good shape though. happy stretching. oh ya im at a 5/8s

 

Answer by alex
Submitted on 5/22/2004
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hey, whats up? dont skip, im telling you, do not skip. I went from a 16g right to a 10g and my ear got badly infected. I had to go to the doctors cuz it was so messed...it hurt alot when it was infected!! even though it takes longer to stretch one size at a time, do it right. My ear has healed nicely, but i am lucky..i figured do it right, or dont do it. I went 16g, 14g, 12g, 10g, 8g, 6g, now im at a 4g. Im not going any bigger then that. i LOve them the way they are. Any ways i g2g,

later,
alex

 

Answer by alex
Submitted on 5/22/2004
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hey, i havent used tapers, and my ears are fine...im at 4, i just by flesh tunnels and sort of twist them around...thats the easiest way without using tapers

later

 

Answer by Car
Submitted on 5/23/2004
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I've gotten my ears to the larger size of pen, I know I'm going bigger so I don't want to go out and buy plugs and tapers etc. so is there anything that can take me to somewhere between a straw and a pen? Just a regular household-type item...

 

Answer by SUBL1ME07
Submitted on 5/23/2004
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I stretched my ears to a 12g yesterday and  I wanted to stretch them to an 8g but now that I read everyones comments in here...I've completely changed my mind. I think it is best to do it the right way and not skip gauges...that way you wont regret it in the future...and yes, I know for a fact it helps when u take a shower and then stretch larger. =)   **Tay**

 

Answer by converge
Submitted on 5/23/2004
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Hey, i've been stretching for about a year now. I started at a 14g and then to a 10 then a 6, 4, 2 and then 3 weeks ago i stretched to a 0. I do all the stretching myself and i used a taper. So i put in my 0g glass tunnels and my ears were pretty sore but not to bad. Then 2 days later, one of my ears started to get really swollen and it started to hurt alot. My ear felt like it was going to explode. I really didn't want to have to take out the tunnel but the pain was unbearable so i removed it. Immediatly after i removed it, my ear began to bleed a pretty good amount. I looked in the mirror and the hole was practicaly closed. i thought that it was just because it was so swollen and that once the swelling went down, the hole would be back to atleast a 2 or a 4g. After 2 days, the swelling had gone down a pretty good amount so i tried to put in a 4g plug and it wasnt even close to fitting. the 6g couldnt even fit. now my ear is at about a 8g which doesn't make me very happy at all. i tried to stretch it the other day but once i took the taper out, it got really swollen and i couldn't fit the 6g plug in. my ear is like really sensitive now. i dont know what to do to get back to a 0 when my ear is getting irritated so easily. does anyone have any idea of why this had happened in the first place and also i would like your opinion on how to stretch it back. i have been playing alot with a loop in it trying to stretch it and using a taper but once i remove the taper and try and put in the plug my ear gets to swollen and i cant fit anything in it. please help me and give me some ideas of what i should do and some stretching techniques that you think might help me.
Thanks

 

Answer by Ryan
Submitted on 5/24/2004
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Converge Same thing happend to me and i had to restretch after that happens try to just stay with plastic ear rings and stretch it more slowly an just dont skip gauges I kno its tempting but dont do it and eventully youl get back to a 0 right now im at a 00 and there nice lookin hope I helped


Ryan

 

Answer by converge
Submitted on 5/24/2004
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Ryan, i had the 2g in for about 2 months so they were healed well. after that happened to you, how small did they close up to? and was it hard for you to stretch back to what you were at?

 

Answer by bob marley
Submitted on 5/24/2004
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whats up with ppl sayen dont skip. . .  it all depends on the person. .  iv been gauging and all that 4 like 3-4 years. . . u can skip if u want. . jus b careful. . kuz if u try to force it in. . it will rip. . iv had mine like halfway ripped. .  then i let it close all the way. . then started over. .   im at a size a little bigger than a 00 now. . my order was. . . 18,12,8,4,2,00. .  and u dont always hav to wait. . b/c mine keep falling out. . and itz been in 4 like a week. . and itz adjusted. . . ppl can call me a new-b or w/e. . kuz i dont giv a f**k what u say. .  peace. . .

 

Answer by Ryan aim s/n smokeymcpots19
Submitted on 5/25/2004
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Converge, They went back to about an 8-6gauge it wasnt hard to stretch it it just took a little more time if you wanna talk to me over aol i/m me my sn is next to my name

later

 

Answer by Car
Submitted on 5/25/2004
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I've gotten my ears to the larger size of pen, I know I'm going bigger so I don't want to go out and buy plugs and tapers etc. so is there anything that can take me to somewhere between a straw and a pen? Just a regular household-type item...
(yes I posted this once already... but I need a response...)

 

Answer by erin
Submitted on 5/27/2004
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ha ha dorks...i went from 20g to 7/16" in a few months...the pain is worth the reward

 

Answer by -DI-DaGGer
Submitted on 5/27/2004
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ok well i must say that everyone who just shoves it in and rips it is stupid i mean i did that the first time because i just wanted it in there and everything.....i really wish that i hadn't had done it and everything.....well i have one question ok i went from 20 to 16 then to 4 and then to 0 and when i went to 4 i ripped the hole and  everything but it looked fine....but now i have 0 and when i wore my plug to sleep last night it slipped out a little bit and it was bleeding...i mean this might be because some one hit it but i was jsut wondering if it is ok.....it is swollen and everything and a little red but it isn't that bad.....yes it is bleeding a little i mean if i take the plug out and i don't think that it is pussing but i was wondering how bad it is

 

Answer by Chelsea
Submitted on 5/27/2004
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Hey I have a question I am at an 8 and I have 8 gauge 2 sided flared plugs and I can't get them... I have tried that whole after a hot shower thing but it didn't work... how should I go about putting them in?

 

Answer by alex
Submitted on 5/27/2004
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hey, i went from a 16g, 14g, 10g, 8g, 6g, now im at 4g...it didnt hurt me at all becuz i hadnet skipped...stupid idiots dont skip! im not planning on going any bigger though...i have no questions

later

 

Answer by kevin
Submitted on 5/28/2004
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i went from a 16 to 6 to 0 to 1/2 in in like a week and my ears didnt tear

 

Answer by Twitch
Submitted on 5/28/2004
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Hey whuddup.  Im twitch. I was reading about this dont skip gauges stuff. I really dont see whats so bad about it. Ive been skipping gauges since i pierced my ears, i mean, i pierced them with a 10 gauge needle. Then from that ten in at tha time I went straight to a six then I went from a 6 to a 2 in a space of about 3 weeks, no bleeding, no bruising, nothing..pain...but nothing medically wrong. I would like to know why Im not in a hospital right now for infection or sumthin. LOL...peace

 

Answer by guzznatch
Submitted on 5/30/2004
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well... i want to stretch my ears and i dont k now how... please tell me. i have standard piercings ( 18 gauge.. i think) and i want to  start stretching and go to a 12 or so.. please tell me how to do so...thanksalot

 

Answer by FourGunsOneKnife
Submitted on 5/31/2004
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I'm thinking about gauging my ears, I have been for about a year now. My question is, is it smarter to spend the extra money to get it done professionally or is that just stupid? And if I were to do it on my own what should I use to pierce my ears first off and all that hoopla!

 

Answer by THEDANWILKES
Submitted on 5/31/2004
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well guzznatch its ez you can either push the next gauge in or you can order stretchers off line or go to your local piercing shop or hot topic or if you live in the city or something then you can get them basically n e were
                  your friend,Dan Wilkes

 

Answer by penny lane
Submitted on 6/1/2004
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hey i have a question- i have 14s in now and have had them for the past week. ive tried putting 10s in, but it just wouldnt go. i have the 14 bars, which work fine now, and slide easily, no pain, but does anyone have any sugg's for 10s? i dont have any stretchers or anything like that, i just pushed the earring in. would anything else work? also im pretty cheap, the ones i have now were 40 bucks and i dont plan on spending much more, thanks...

 

Answer by lastnvmbr
Submitted on 6/1/2004
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ok fourgunsonknife what you wanna do is get a sewing needle that is about 16 gauge (about the size of a regular earing. take that and a cork or a potatoe if youre that cheap the cork is to put on the back of your ear so when you put the needle through it doesnt stab in to your neck you can also use it to pull the needle through as your replacing the needle with an earing...make sure everything is clean...your hands the needle and the earing...look up after care instructions on the internet...have fun...and oh by the way for all of you talking about skipping gauges and stretching to fast its ok when youre in smaller gauges but dont try doing it when you get up to 1/2 inch or so....i just had a blow out at 5/8 inch and believe me its not pretty....good luck

 

Answer by zack
Submitted on 6/2/2004
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My suggetion is that to keep good car eof them and ice them and i NEVER SKIPPED A GAUGE ! only once and that was only from a 14g to a 10g but didnt make a diff.

 

Answer by zombie666
Submitted on 6/9/2004
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90% of tou guys are dumb bleeding is bad but it is all right to skipp gauges as long as its no more than one im at a 0 ordered some 0s and im look ing foward to them and teflon tape sucks it sticks to the inside of yourear use bonage tape is good

 

Answer by PaganDream
Submitted on 6/9/2004
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Hey Yall. I'm at a 4. They look so sick. I'm wearing a spiked plug and it looks oh so nice. I think it's ok to skip ever so often. I just "listened to my body." When my lobes got "used" to the guage, I went up a size. Whether it be a week, two, or a month. My hardest stretches were actually 20-18 and 6-4. Tapers make it happen.

Viktor

 

Answer by flakey
Submitted on 6/10/2004
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hey im at a 4 right now and i was wonderin why one of my ears looks good when i take it out but the other one looks like a cats butthole. it doesnt even look big when the tunnel is out, why is that?

 

Answer by JenJen
Submitted on 6/10/2004
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Hey guys, i had my ears pierced about 6 weeks ago and theyre 1.2mm, when will it be ok to try and stretch up to 1.6mm? and also should you go from 1.6mm to 2.0mm to 2.4mm or can you go straight from 1.6mm to 2.4mm?

Sorry if thats confusing, hehe.

 

Answer by zombie666
Submitted on 6/10/2004
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hey flakey your problem is this you have to get to about a 2 before you can see through them but about one of your ears i dnt know ask someone im at a 00 in both ears

 

Answer by JJ
Submitted on 6/10/2004
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I HAVE 1 INCH GUAGES IN EACH EARLOBE. IT DIDNT EVEN TAKE LONG. BUT IT DID HURT. I HAVENT STRECHED THEM IN A FEW WEEKS BECAUSE IM HAVIN TROUBLE FINDING PLUGS LARGER THAN AN INCH. DOES ANY ONE KNOW WERE TO FIND BIGER PLUGS? AND IM ALSO WONDERING IF IM GONA BE STUCK WITH THESE FOREVER, OR WILL THE CLOSE UP.

 

Answer by alex
Submitted on 6/10/2004
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hey JJ, if you are at an inch, i am pretty sure they will not close up to nrmal size...they might go to a 2-4-6 gauge hole. Dont worry, they dont look big. I am at a 6 gauge flesh tunnel.they are awsome

cya

 

Answer by PaganDream
Submitted on 6/12/2004
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Well, to say this I will never go larger than a 0 or 00. I think it is crazy to go larger than 1/2 or 3/4 inch. I'm not saying it doesn't look good, it's just crazy. I am from Berlin, Deutschland and no one has them. Good luck!

 

Answer by Stini
Submitted on 6/12/2004
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Ok. When I first got my ears pierced, the right one bled a bit but the piercer told me to clean it, put neosporin on it and leave the earring in. I did and it was fine. About a year or 2 later, I started gauging them. They had both been doing fine until a few days ago. I never skipped gauges or anything and I was at an 8. I got 6s and put them in and it hurt a little but that soon went a way. A day or two later, they were bleeding. Since the earrings were plastic, I didn't want an infection so I took them out. They have scabbed a bunch and don't bleed nearly as much so I was wondering if I should put my 8ga metal plugs in to and just keep cleaning my ears and wait until they heal to go back to a 6

 

Answer by Sarah
Submitted on 6/14/2004
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I don't understand you people.  People on here are trying to help you and tell you skipping is bad then right under their post I see stuff like "Is it okay to go straight to a 6?".  Listen, or don't bother stretching.

 

Answer by just a guy who likes things
Submitted on 6/15/2004
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yo guys I'm at half inch in both of my first holes and 0 in both of my second holes i got a 4 gauge in my septum and a venom's in my tongue i got 3 holes in each eye brow  a couple projects in my ears and other various pairings like prince Albert and both my nipples up and down and left and right i really like 2 Peirce my body and stretch my body i love pain

 

Answer by david foux
Submitted on 6/16/2004
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ok i have 2 gauge in right now but im going to a 0 i know it going to hurt so im probly going to stop there do you know where any good plugs that r cheeper that the mall r something

 

Answer by lemonhead55
Submitted on 6/17/2004
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ok i guess i didn't start off doing this whole gaugeing thing right,  have had my ears pierced since i was little so i was just fooling around one day with some old earing hoops and i pushed the fat end around and woopps i had a gauge i asked my friend about what size she thought it was she said about a 12 so i kept it in then about a mounth later i actually went out and bought a pair of 10 gauges and then 8's and now i have a six.. my point is is that even though i did this the way i was saposed to and i followed the rules waiting a mounth or so inbetween gauges my ears still bleed from a 8 to a 6.  this is the only time i have ever had trouble and i think i am content with the size maybe go to a 4 but i doubt it.  

 

Answer by jorge
Submitted on 6/18/2004
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im 12 right now and im at a 12 gage.(i know its small) and i wanted to go strait to an eight gage. is that okay? e mail me at ItsDaTECKNIQUE1@aol.com   thanks.

 

Answer by Lana
Submitted on 6/18/2004
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For those who asked, Skipping gauges IS NOT BAD... It's just better/prefered NOT to.... because you end up tearing ur ear, bleeding, and just gettin' higher risk of infection. When waiting and doing it right  gets you the same thing. But that's just me, it's ur ears. tear them if you like. For me I can't skip gauges, I dunno how the hell you guys are doing that. (some explain that to me please) but I have to go from 16, 14, 12 and put the next size in hoping it'll stretch enough to get it in (I don't like pain that much), and it does stretch, so patience does work people. ~Lana~ (lawn-Uh)

 

Answer by Savior
Submitted on 6/18/2004
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I am at 00's and have been at this for a about a little over a year now. I actually started with some 14's i had shoved in my ear about 4 summers ago when i was 15. I didnt start stretching my ears thought until early 2002 when i went from a 14 to an 8. i went this way doing it every other gauge with my piercer who used needles rather than a taper. I went 8, 4, 2, 0, 00. I was too stoked then to ask any of the questions some of you guys are asking i simply stretched however i agree with some of the more senseless kids on here that there should NOT be any bleeding or a whole lot of swelling between stretches. You should stretch your ears at a guage every other month for it to be done correctly. Also i took my 00's out last july and left them out until this past february and they didnt close to a complete 18 or 20 guage but to a 10 or 12 which is more than i could have asked for and it was only a small hole and looked nothing like a cats butt haha seriously for those worried about how it will close take your time with it and when they are ready to go do the reverse in gauges (ex go 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, etc.) while taking vitamin e and aloe tot he ears will do wonders. also kids using acrylic be VERY careful. they are only to be used temporarily and should be replaced with regular jewelry.

 

Answer by jorge
Submitted on 6/19/2004
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hey please someone tell me wut to do?? im at a twelve gage and i got these 8 gage earings that r so cool (well to me) and i wanted to know how to stretch my ear to get that. should i use a taper?  does it hurt if i use a taper? thank you all so much please help!

 

Answer by Lana (lawn-uh)
Submitted on 6/20/2004
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Hey Jorge, i've never used a taper, nor skipped.... but I started with 18, 16, then 14, 12, but I skipped 18, since 16 slid in with no problem... But personally, I dunno how to strech them, I don't like to shove... heh. But maybe you can just go from gauge to gauge, but that's up to you if ur willing to wait. heh. unless someone else has an idea. heh

 

Answer by Chris
Submitted on 6/20/2004
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hey Jorge, i went from a 6 guague to a zero with the taper, if u dont mind a lil pain go 4 it.

 

Answer by jorge
Submitted on 6/21/2004
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hey guys thanks for ur advice. i got an 8 gage taper from hot topic.i put vasaline on it and i pushed it and it went through so i put in the earing. thanks for helping me!
            ,jorge

 

Answer by Lana (lawn-uh)
Submitted on 6/22/2004
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Hey pplz. Although some people said that you should wait a whole month or so to move up a gauge, you don't have to... If ur ears are the same as mine.. heh... newyz.. I had a 12g in my left ear... I'd only had it in for 2 days, and I took it out to clean it. While I was doing it, I didn't want it to start to close up (since I just put it in) so I put in a 10g pincher, and it fit perfectly! Just a thought to those who don't wanna wait.. heh

 

Answer by cgheese
Submitted on 6/23/2004
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ur gay

 

Answer by Lana (lawn-uh)
Submitted on 6/23/2004
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Whose Gay? Me? O.O

 

Answer by jb
Submitted on 6/23/2004
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hey lana (lawn-uh) person the reason why u could just put in a 10 gage was because a 12 gage and a 10 gage arent a big difference. i did that too. u have to wait months when ur in the bigger gages and ur ears have to heal and get used to the gage.so thats why u could just put it in. u wont b able to do that so easy with an 8 gage if u wanna just stick in the 8 gage like u did with the ten gage it will b really hard u will have to keep pushin the earing and ur ear will hurt until u finally get it through cuz that is wut i did. so u should use a taper and its a lot easier.and thats why u might have to wait a few weeks or a month.

 

Answer by Lana
Submitted on 6/24/2004
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Ok, Thanks JB, I'd rather hear that than someone calling me gay... although, I'm sorry if I sound really stupid, (since it wasn't really called for) I was just so bored that night.. didnt' have nething else to do.... Tanks ~L8rz

 

Answer by sinfulvirgin
Submitted on 6/25/2004
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i saw someone mention a sizing chart for gauged earrings.

20 GAUGE= 0.813 MM

18 GAUGE= 1.024 MM

16 GAUGE= 1.290 MM

14 GAUGE= 1.629 MM

12 GAUGE= 2.052 MM

10 GAUGE= 2.588 MM

8 GAUGE= 3.264 MM

6 GAUGE= 4.111 MM

4 GAUGE= 5.189 MM

2 GAUGE= 6.543 MM

0 GAUGE= 8.230 MM

00 GAUGE= 9.246 MM

ive found that organics work best for gauging your ears. heals much faster and you dont get stinky ears that metal jewelry is so very notorious for. my personal favorite is buffalo horn. i definitely recommend organic over metals. plus you get more unique jewelry. tata

 

Answer by jb
Submitted on 6/25/2004
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lana(lawn uh) sorry i waz mad at my girlfriend that day so i was in a grumpy mood sorry bout sayin that crap. i waz really bored that day too well  sorry . ttyl bye.           jb

 

Answer by Lana
Submitted on 6/25/2004
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Okay JB. That's fine... Didn't notice u were mad newyz... heh.. L8rz

 

Answer by raab himself
Submitted on 6/26/2004
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f**k all u lil c**ksuckers. . .  mine is  28 inches b**ch. . .  

 

Answer by atticus
Submitted on 6/26/2004
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i went from a 20 to 18-16-14-12-10-8 all in one night now its 7 months later and im at a 00g. all using a claw and teflon tape

 

Answer by BabieRia
Submitted on 6/26/2004
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I have a 18gauge in my cartlige. I wanna go to a 14gauge should i first go to a 16 n then a 14 or rite away to a 14. And does your ear hurt wen you get it stretched?

 

Answer by aaron
Submitted on 6/28/2004
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hey i got 00g in my ears what size is the next size cos i need bigger cos this is so much fun so any1 whats the next size

 

Answer by Buffneck
Submitted on 6/29/2004
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I had 2 guage ears, and I took them out for a job. Within 2 weeks they were at 12 guage. I decided I want my plugs back, and Now I have 0's. I don't worry about them no closing, because when I even take them out for a few minutes, it becomes a little tight to put them in. I have had many friends with MUCH larger holes and they closed up. If you REALLY wanna close your ears fast, put preparation H on them. It might sound gross, but that ass cream has a skin shrinking agent in it. It'll shrink your ear lobes the same way it does hemroids.

 

Answer by sinfulvirgin
Submitted on 6/29/2004
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heres an extended list of the sizes.

16ga  
14ga  
12ga    
10ga    
8ga    
6ga    
4ga    
2ga - 1/4"  
0ga - 5/16"
00ga - 3/8"  
000ga - 7/16"
1/2"
9/16"  
5/8"
11/16"
3/4"  
13/16"
7/8"  
15/16"  
1"  

 

Answer by Lindz
Submitted on 6/29/2004
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Hey guyz, I gauged my ears today from a 14 which i had in my ears for like 2 weeks maybe to a 12, they are not bleeding, and didn't bleed, but they are red and a little swollen as well as hurting.  i know no one really answers people on this, but i was hoping that maybe by chance someone would.  if you don't wanna do it on here my aim s/n is IzntLifeJuicee06 or my e-mail is Crazelilgurly06@earthlink.net  please help me!!!!

 

Answer by Lindz
Submitted on 6/29/2004
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Hey guyz, I gauged my ears today from a 14 which i had in my ears for like 2 weeks maybe to a 12, they are not bleeding, and didn't bleed, but they are red and a little swollen as well as hurting.  i know no one really answers people on this, but i was hoping that maybe by chance someone would.  if you don't wanna do it on here my aim s/n is IzntLifeJuicee06 or my e-mail is Crazelilgurly06@earthlink.net  please help me!!!!

 

Answer by sk8ter.3
Submitted on 6/30/2004
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Hey  i just wanted 2 say my parents arent letting me get it done they say that they will sag and they will have huge holes in them for years please tell me sumthin that will get them 2 change their minds please i want them done SOOO bad also what size should i start with?

 

Answer by Mike
Submitted on 7/1/2004
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i have 10 right now and i can get the 6 taper through very easily but i cant seem to line the taper and ring up. any suggestions to help me do it at home?

 

Answer by PLUGGINAWAY
Submitted on 7/2/2004
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If your not in a hurry, just wear the taper for a few days. Or just over night. If your gonna put a ring in it, do it right after you take the taper out. Put the ring in but dont wiggle it around alot because you my just wandder around in there and start to bleed. It sounds more complicated than it is. I got peirced on june 15th at a 14ga. On the 25th, I put in 12ga pincers no prob, didnt even feel it, about three days later I went and bought some 8ga pincers and put those through with no bleeding, just a little discomfort. 2 days later I put 6ga talons in, it was sore but not too bad, later that night I put little plugs in but when I did the o-ring channel on the plug made me bleed. Now, last night I put in the same kind of talons but a 4ga. Minor discomfort and no blood.

 

Answer by PLUGGINAWAY
Submitted on 7/2/2004
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hey im at a 4ga and i can stick locks in my ares, is this a good idea to do before i go to bed? i heard that my ears will stretch over the nights that i wear them. I know not in one night but how much can it stretch you and how much should i do it?

 

Answer by SpeakFree
Submitted on 7/4/2004
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Whats a taper? I want to strech my ears, i can do it myself right?

 

Answer by joker
Submitted on 7/5/2004
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i have 4G in right now. i went from a 6 to a 4 and it did kinda hurt i noticed a big difference right after 6. after 6G do they really increase in size?

 

Answer by kelby
Submitted on 7/6/2004
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iv got 5/8 right now and im loving em it is cool to gross people out by putting my finger thgough the hole in my ear!!!haha

 

Answer by dumb ass
Submitted on 7/6/2004
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TO SPEAK FREE....a taper is a metal or acrylic or whatever rod that has a small side and a large side and obviously you stick the small side in the hole and push it through so the bigger side ends up stretching the hole.

 

Answer by jade
Submitted on 7/7/2004
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you guys who are using tapers & lube.. just to let you know its better to use something less harsh on your ears than dial soap but at places like steelnavel.com (bodyartforms.com is also a great site for plugs & stuff if you're interested) you can buy gentler soap to use as lube.. they have other aftercare products too. oh yeah, try not to use vaseline.. it can harbor a lot of bacteria.

 

Answer by Car
Submitted on 7/7/2004
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lemme get this straight, vaseline ISNT good? I was told it was better and I've been using it throughout stretching.  Im currently at about an 8g (so far I just put in paintbrushes i found from when I was younger)
Do you know a place in Canada I would be able to find cheap plugs etc? I'm cheap and looking for a more permanent alternative to the paintbrushes.

 

Answer by barbie69
Submitted on 7/8/2004
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WELL... me and my homegirl started stretching our ears with a 0g and right now we are at 00g and we don't plan on stoping anytime soon.... (he he) you lames common if i can do it anyone can believe me and it don't hurt that bad i liked how it felt...*

 

Answer by tinsley
Submitted on 7/9/2004
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ok as far as tapers i carved crayons into spikes to use(im really cheap)..it works pretty good if you lube your make shift taper up really good with neosporin (so it doesnt get infected). im at a 2 gauge flesh tunnle right now that i made form an old radio antenna..but if you have sensitive skin i would recommend doing that..

 

Answer by James
Submitted on 7/9/2004
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People tend to make a big deal about stretching.  I've read "safe stretching" guides that recommend 1, 2, 3, even up to 4 months between single gauges.  For me, and people I have talked to, this simply is not the case.

I started stretching about a week and a half ago.  Keep in mind that when I started stretching, I had normal piercings for about 10 months, so everything was fully healed.  I started off with 14, and below is the schedule I used between stretches.  I started out by putting the 14g in, and it didn't hurt at all.

14 to 12 - 6 days (this one was smooth, and no pain)
12 to 10 - 2 days (this one was probably rushed, and ended up hurting quite a bit.)
10 to 8 - 4 days (this one seemed like the right amount of time, and there wasn't much pain).

I'm currently at 8g, and have been for a couple days now.  I tried to stretch to 6 this morning, but I couldn't get the plug to go through my right ear.  I haven't used any sort of tapers or anything of the sort, and everything seems to be fine.  My ears bled a little at 10g, and the holes are still quite red, but nothing very painful.

If you're smart, you'll just listen to your body.  A good test for whether you're ready to stretch to the next size or not is whether your ear hurts when you pull down on the plug.  If it hurts even a little, then you probably shouldn't stretch.

 

Answer by aaron
Submitted on 7/9/2004
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what material is best for gauged ears glass, sergical steel, natural(bone, wood), that would not make my ears smell cos i got 000g lobes and i want to know what is also good for cleaning

 

Answer by ducky
Submitted on 7/10/2004
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is it posible to get 28" holes i really dont think so cos that 2' 4" and thats longer then the africans do it they only do it about 10"or something like that , only reson i ask cos some 1 on here wrote theirs wus 28" and i want to know is it true can u, look back at it the date post wus 6/26/2004

 

Answer by chrissy
Submitted on 7/12/2004
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hey, my names chrissy i just turned 14 and i used to have 10s (hurt like hell)but then they closed up so i could hardly even get an 18 in there! but then i wanted to keep on going so the next week i made them 14s (didnt feel anything)then 2 hours later i made them 10s (hurt a lil)then the next morning i mdae them 8s (hurt a lil)so next week im gonna make them 6s and then the week after that 4s then im stoping! i think lol ....

 

Answer by CrazyBoB
Submitted on 7/12/2004
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Hello I've Been streching for almost a year now. I have an 8g tunnel in my left ear and a 14g right above that and a 14g in my carilage.   jus wanted to share a story for eeryone who skips.  I tried skipping from a 14g straight to a ten.  I did wear a 12 for maybe an hour. It phuckin' hurt and was sore for hours. It was so sore that I took in out and it started bleeding. that one shrank back to a 20 nd i had to stretch again.   ended up stretching the hole below it to a 8g.  So be carefull it isn't really a good Idea.  I used to believe in "Listen to your body" , but now I know better.

 

Answer by candiangel463
Submitted on 7/12/2004
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i wanted to kno how many people have had blowouts from skipping gauges and not waiting long enough, mostly cuz i want to kno how high of a chance i have of getting one

 

Answer by Blaine
Submitted on 7/12/2004
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i been gaging my ears for a year and i am  up to 3/4 last week when i guaged it it got infected at work from insulation and old house crap and it sucks its all the way back to 00 and looking way better i had to go get it looked at the doctors and they  where like i never seen any thing like that o ya mine probaly wont  go back i think i now 00 will i used to have that next to it i took it out a wile ago and i can barely fit a 4 in it

 

Answer by ryan
Submitted on 7/13/2004
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whats a blow out i have 7/16 and i just did all this gauging cos i wus bored took me 5 months to get this size on both ears no hurt only on 0g that wus it and i wus woundering whats a blow out

 

Answer by Ashley
Submitted on 7/14/2004
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ive had my ears stretched for about 5 or 6 years. at their biggest, they were about 7/16. i had those in for about 6 months and then went down to 00's for over a year. i decided i didnt want to have stretched ears anymore, so i shrunk them down gradually to about a 4g. i took them out totally about a month ago. my left ear is closing up okay i suppose, its at about a 10g now. but on my left ear there is skin around the hole that is wrinkly & kinda puffy.. but the hole is closing up okay.

what can i do about this skin around the hole? is there anything i can do to help my ears close up faster?? thanks!

 

Answer by ryan
Submitted on 7/14/2004
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ASHLEY                                         there is use like  preparation H i know it sounds sick but it helps to shrink skin, i used it on my 000g and they went to about 8 or so after about a month. may take shorter for u dont know.

 

Answer by CrazyBob
Submitted on 7/14/2004
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Hey All If you are actually serious about this stretching I would check out the following sites.  They have good jewlery and good tips and even pics and guides as well as message boards.  I highly recommend them.  The first s www.Tribalectic.com and the other is www.bmezne.com and another is www.onetribe.nu for good organic jewlery.

 

Answer by kale171
Submitted on 7/16/2004
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Hey, I when pierced my ear, i went right to a 14, then after a few weeks to a 10, ten 8, then 6, then 2, and a few days ago i put in a 0g, it still hurts, but it is not swelling. the only time it ever bled was when i put the 6 in, and it stopped in a couple of days. to answer if it will grow back, i have a friend that had both ears at 0g and now you can't tell he had his pierced at all, it does depend on the person though so just be careful and don't stretch them to fast.

 

Answer by Sierra
Submitted on 7/16/2004
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I had my ears at 3/8 and I was gonna buy 1/2 inch but the guy said it didnt look like I had enough gap and gave me 7/16..is this right?

 

Answer by Thrice182Ataris
Submitted on 7/16/2004
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well i'm gonna get mines strech but i plan to stop at 14 and what are plugs?

 

Answer by Spooky
Submitted on 7/17/2004
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About streaching, no, bleeding is NOT normal, it is a bad thing. Skipping gauges is bad, and can and most likely will cause damage to your ears. One of your least worries is the "butthole" effect which comes from streaching to fast. Streaching your ears isnt about "how fast you can get that size" It is about the patience of it from the aspect in which it came. Do not streach your ears unless you want them to stay like that, veiw them as any other mod as permanent. Be patient and know what your doing, you will not regret it and your lobes will thank you.

 

Answer by ^Rennaps
Submitted on 7/17/2004
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Fast stretching leads to lobe thinning, blowouts, excessive scar tissue, "cat butt" and really REALLY ugly earlobes.

What's more important? Being cool or taking care of yourself? Also I think many of you should be asking yourselves whether stretching is really for you. Do you want large gauge ear piercings in 30 years? Stretching should always been looked at as a permanent mod, so if you're concerned about going back to "normal" - don't do it.

 

Answer by haleybelliveau
Submitted on 7/17/2004
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good call spooky,
guys skipping gauges is a bad idea, you will end up with gross sore ears. doing this results in ripped skin, bleeding, does that sound appealing to you? i would hope not. Personaly i think you should lose this fourm and all these people that have no idea what they are talking about, actually take some time and read something correct do this
right.

http://www.bodyartforms.com/forumsV9/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=21

there yah go kiddies i even did the work for yah :)

 

Answer by Thrice182Ataris
Submitted on 7/17/2004
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ok i don't get it you guys are saying that if i strech my ears they will never go back to normal? what about if it's just a 14?

 

Answer by Spooky
Submitted on 7/17/2004
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No, 14g is still a size that is relatively small. Most people agree that 2g is "the point of no return" for closing them. Altho everyones body is different. Why streach tho, if you have no intent to keep it streached? As I stated they should be veiwed as permanent. Honestly to those saying that bleeding is normal, educate yourself, its not. It's not fine to skip a size.  Poor advice. Bodyartforms.com is not only a great place for jewlery but on the message board a lot of helpful advice, and nice people that know what theya re talking about instead of people that do stupid crap with their ears and claim it is normal. Thanks Haley =)

 

Answer by Thrice182Ataris
Submitted on 7/17/2004
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well i don't want my ears like that forever thats why i was asking.so maybe if  you go to 2 your ears won't close ohhhh i see so if it bleeds it's not normal?

 

Answer by jorge aka bungholio agogo
Submitted on 7/17/2004
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hdey guys its jorge again!!!  i had an 8 gage last time. and guess the fart wut. i got a freaKEN 2 GAGE. wut now playa. holla at ya BOYse idaho.  foshiz .  peace  

4 ever           ,jorge wit a heart

 

Answer by j boog
Submitted on 7/17/2004
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yo wut up its j boog from b2k. im stretching my ears too dogg. im thinkin bout stretchin my ears to an 18 gage. i got 20's in now. i was thinkin bout gettin 18 gage plugs. so im thinkin bout maybe stretching to an 18 gage. cuz i dont want my ears to have a big hole. .like my butt hole   will the 18 gage go back to a 20 if i take it out?   please help              tragic moment          

 

Answer by ^Rennaps
Submitted on 7/17/2004
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No it isn't normal - it's very bad! It means you've ripped the piercing, when you should only be *stretching* it, not *ripping* it.

The best thing to do to prevent tearing is to wait at least a month (sometimes longer!) between stretches, only stretch well-healed, healthy tissue, use the proper instruments, and plenty of lube. KY Jelly works best for me.

 

Answer by fernando
Submitted on 7/18/2004
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ohh my god guyz please help please! i got my ear pierced yesterday with a 22 gage. and i just stretched it to a 20 gage. will it ever go back to a 22. im so scared u dont even know. omg  ( im crying) please help me.  my ear hole looks so big. omg. it doesnt look like its ever gonna go down. i used 20 gage taper to get it in.    ( alot of pain ) please help!        , fernando

 

Answer by funny boy (named by my friends)
Submitted on 7/18/2004
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im  a foreign exchange student from iceland.  i need help. i have a  4.0 grade average so i thought id stretch my ear to a 14 gage. grade gage   heheheh it rhymes ( u dont have to tell me im funny i already know)i dont have my ear pierced tho hehe. i was thinkin bout using a 16 gage taper ( i think)    first   just to stretch it then ill try to shove a 14 gage in. ( the hole looks a lil too big ( i know ) but ima do it so i look different from everyone else.  a 14 gage is a pretty big stretc so please give me advice on how to put a 14 in.     im so scared but im so fartin tough that i know in my heart and my gigantic brain i can do it.                 solute             , edwin aka funny boy hehe

 

Answer by ^Rennaps
Submitted on 7/18/2004
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Fernando - you stretched what I'm guessing is a gunned piercing after a day? WHY? Of course it's going to hurt! If you're not happy with the size, put your old jewellery back in (preferably after taking to to be autoclaved) and stop worrying.

Can I just take a moment to frown? There seem to be a lot of silly, misinformed people on here. I urge you to RESEARCH at least a few months before starting to stretch - then you won't get so worried about things and get in a flap. Plus it'll stop you doing such stupid things!

Funny Boy - do it for you. Not to look "different". Have a hot shower, soak your ear with sea salt solution (1/4 tsp sea salt to 1/2" boiled water, let it cool) use, lube, and relax. Don't "shove" the jewellery in. You'll tear your lobe and be back here wondering what the hell happened.

Ok people. Bleeding is NOT good. Blowouts are NOT good. Stretching a fresh piercing is NOT good. Not doing research before starting to change your body is NOT good. Doing it to impress other people is VERY NOT good.

 

Answer by Ashley
Submitted on 7/18/2004
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i think all of you really need to think about how your ears are going to look in the future. i started stretching my ears when i was 14 (i am 21 now). back then, i would shove nails, pens, straws, etc... basically anything that would stretch my ear through my ear. my ears bled sometimes, but i didnt care, because i was more concerned with how they looked.

about 3 months ago or more i started shrinking my ears down from 7/16. when they got to a 4g i took the plugs out totally. my left ear is closing fine (but will most likely never totally close considering how long i had plugs). my left hole is closing also, but there is a piece of skin next to the hole that looks disgusting because i think at one point while stretching it years ago i blew it out.

my only advice to all of you is to think about how your ears are going to look years from now. you're not always going to like plugs. & plugs certainly wont make you look "different" because so many people have them now. don't skip gauges. let a piercer stretch your ears for you with a taper because they know what they're doing. if my ears stay this way i am thinking about getting plastic surgery to fix them. but that's what i get for being 14 & making decisions without thinking how it would affect me in the longrun...

 

Answer by Spooky
Submitted on 7/18/2004
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Thrice, correct bleeding is not normal, it is actually a very bad thing. Also if you do not want your lobes to look like that forever why do it? Well if you want shoot over to the bodyartforms forum, sign up and shoot me some PM'sif you want to know anything further, this place is actually giving me the creeps with these horror storys.

 

Answer by bikini
Submitted on 7/18/2004
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Hello again. Uh ya i totally agree with what is being said here. Research kids. I experienced a blowout while stretching my ears to 7/8 it sucked hard core, i had to take out my jewlery and let them heal, which took 3 months, then i had to restretch them. TAKE YOUR FRIGGEN time when you do this, be smart about this, it has the potential to be dangerous.
peace<3

 

Answer by bikini
Submitted on 7/18/2004
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Hint: bleeding NOT good, sign off blowout, which you will regret hardcore. If there is bleeding take out your jewlery and let your ears heal.And the healing process can take  from a month to alot longer. If you are not smart and do not depart your jewlery your ears will look very ugly, its bad enough you have big gaping holes in your ears but do you really want you ears to be big and full of scar tissue?NO. Another thing, no offense but guage 14, 12,10,8 seriously that isnt even considered stretching, thats bull, now the actual stretching is the big stuff like an inch and over like mine are. And mine will not shrink. But in my opinion anything from a 000g will shrink tremendously.ok im out peace <3

 

Answer by jb
Submitted on 7/20/2004
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eyo wut up peoples. im twelve years old. im a boy. lol .    well  ive  been stretchin my ears for like half a year. and in the beginning i was stupid enough to think that a 12 gage was a big stretch but my cuzin has 0 gages and im not even allowed to stretch my ears but i did any way.  well after the 12 i got the smalles flesh tunnel ever in a 10 gage and put it in then put in a 8 gage. i had to use vasaline cuz it wouldnt go. then i went to a 6 about a week later. (i only have one ear pierced). then a week after that my friend let me use a 4 gage plug and i put it in easily and later that day i just stuck a 2 gage into my ear. and ive had the 2 gage in for a while.

 

Answer by iverside2
Submitted on 7/20/2004
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I went from a 14 to an 8 and only one of my ears bleed.  You should use the earrings that start out small and and gradualy gets bigger.  

 

Answer by ^Rennaps
Submitted on 7/20/2004
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*slaps self in forehead*

For the love of God, don't stretch any further for a while, "jb". I'm not trying to stifle you, but even if you think you did a cool thing and it was ok, chances are if you carry on like that you're going to run into serious problems.

</nag>

 

Answer by ^Rennaps
Submitted on 7/20/2004
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You mean tapers? Stretching cresents? You shouldn't use those as normal jewellery - especially if you're pulling them through a bit at a time over a week or so. Tapers are a one-shot thing... Lube them up, ease them through, NEVER skip gauges. Just imagine how much bacteria and dirt you're tugging through your stretching piercing... No, washing it with Dial soap or whatever won't make it sterile.

 

Answer by lol
Submitted on 7/21/2004
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I just got my ears pierced..need some information on gaging.and im a girl.like how to u gage?do u gage when u get it pierced?or do u just need to buy a like 16g earing or sumtin whatever and put it in ur ear and stuff,and go from there..(do u need it pierced with the earing gage itself when u get it done??..respond quickly pleasee!!new at this gaging stuff!:)

 

Answer by steve
Submitted on 7/21/2004
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i had my friend peirce my ear (normal size) then a week later my other friend put in a 12 gadge in my ear it killed...then i went to a ten 2 weeks later. I bought a taper for a 6 ga and i put it in in about 4 hours i want to go to a 0.. should i get a taper for a two, or four??

 

Answer by sweetie4Him
Submitted on 8/2/2004
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hello! i just wanted to tell ya'llthat God loves you

 

Answer by anarchist_stretcher
Submitted on 8/4/2004
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I'm 5 years old and as of now i have 1 inch gauges in both ears,here is a few tips.                                                1-dont skip gauges,start at a 18 or 16 and work your way down to avoid a blowout.                                              2-a 2 gauge is a good ending point for those who want their ears to heal up completely.                                                                                        3-stretch about every 2 months.  

 

Answer by shabahambalamba
Submitted on 8/5/2004
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guess what guys and girls I'm only 13 and i took a vacation to the Philippians and i got bigger holes than any of y'all 8inches long and 8inches across

 

Answer by indysk8er87
Submitted on 8/8/2004
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Aloha, how is everyone doing, this isn't the first time i posted something. Ok i been stretching my ears for long period of time know. I know alot about it. I am at a 1/2" know. I know some tips on how to do it, I been through it all. I went from a normal size hole, and that is a 20G. Here are some gauges i went from. (20G-16G-12G-8G-4G-0-00G-1/2". You should do it the right way, i found out the hard way though, when i did my gauging, it kepted bleeding, thats not normal at all, and it took a long time to heal properly, but some people like to go bigger faster. I did that, nothing really happened, but i was really lucky. skipping gauges is a bad idea, you will end up with gross sore ears. Stretching your ears isnt about, "how fast you can get that size", its.It is about the patience of it from the aspect. Some of your people who think they are hardcore gets there ears done with, example 2 gauge, see if something does not happen with there holes. I have alot of experience with gauge your ears, i help so many people, its not even funnie, i learned a couple years back, its really bad to skip gauges, so on your be half, don't skip gauges do it the right way, so you can really enjoy them, and that pride.So if you need any help at all about gauging or need some good sites to go to for cheap prices earrings you can contact me at Indysk8er87@aol.com, Trust me i know what i am talking about, been there done that. I have 1 question, how long do you have to keep a 1/2", in for it to never close. If anyone knows please let me know. Here all Size chart for people to start gauging with

20g
18g
16g
14g
12g
10g
8g
6g
4g  
2g
0g  
00g
000g
1/2"
9/16"  
5/8"
11/16"
3/4"  
13/16"
7/8"  
15/16"  
1"

Thanks

 

Answer by jonas
Submitted on 8/11/2004
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tips:
1. use stainless steel tapers; dont ever guage with plastic ones you can get an infection easier
2. use rubbing alcohol to clean you hands, tapers, plugs etc.
3. always soak you new tapers/plugs for aleast 5 miutes in rubbing alcohol
4. i would strongly suggest not skipping guages if you've had previous problems with your ears i.e. infections or arent tolerant of pain
5. if you want to move a bit faster then skip 2-3 guage sizes at a time. going to fast risks infection keloids and other gross problems.
6. if you rip your ear i suggest taking out the guage and letting it completely heal before attempting again. if you leave it in keloids can form around the piercing and that's not attractive. also the more it would puss, and sometimes it smells pretty gross.
7. guage after a warm shower, it softens the ear lobe up so itd be easier to push the taper through
8. if you're planning on wanting your ear to go back to its original size i suggest guaging gradually and size by size
9. wait atleast 2-3 weeks between guage sizes
10. dont go to the next guage if your ear is tender, sensitive, infected, bleeding, swollen, pussing, or realeasing a strange odor. that means you're going way to fast and your ear needs to heal!
11. if you want a beautiful healthy guage follow what im telling you!
[ash]

 

Answer by jonas
Submitted on 8/11/2004
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WARNING: BLEEDING IS NOT A GOOD SIGN. DON'T LET IT HAPPEN. GUAGE SLOWLY AND SAFELY. IF YOUR EAR BLEEDS, TAKE OUT THE GUAGE AND LET IT HEAL. ITS NOT WORTH THE MONEY AND TROUBLE TO FIX YOURSELF IF YOUR EAR DOES ACTUALLY RIP. JUST TAKE YOUR TIME. TRUST ME YOUR PATIENCE WILL BE REWARDED. THAT'S ALL I GOTTA SAY. PEACE KIDS. [ASH]

P.S. AMATUERS STOP TELLING THE NUBES ITS OK TO BLEED! IM SICK OF READING IT!

 

Answer by idk_tom
Submitted on 8/11/2004
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hey im thinking about stretching my ear, i have had it peirced for many many years and its kinda stretched already i was thinking of goin straight to a 6ga....is that ok ? do u think its to fast ??

 

Answer by gamaster
Submitted on 8/12/2004
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i have a 7/16 in my ear and trust me that dosent grow back

 

Answer by ads
Submitted on 8/13/2004
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i  suck COCK

 

Answer by alex
Submitted on 8/14/2004
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hey steve, if you want to go to a 0g, put a 2g taper in, but lube it up first...i have 4g flesh tunnels in, they are sweet

later

 

Answer by aaron
Submitted on 8/17/2004
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what no 1 post here anymore how sad i wus liking peoples stories

 

Answer by screwface
Submitted on 8/17/2004
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Okay, I started with an 18g - 16g, whatever they pierced it with.  Well I had those for around 6 years.  I went to 14g, it was tough getting through my ear, but no bleeding, no discomfort after it was in.  I had them in for a year before going straight to 10g, again, no discomfort or bleeding.  DO NOT SKIP MORE THAN 1 GAUGE SIZE!  Going from 14 to 10 is okay, when using a taper, but make sure it is well lubed and clean.  NEVER EVER GO FROM 14g to like an 8g or a 6g...  Unless you are doing dermal punches or scalpelling.  Which are very expensive, but most shops do them.  I have done all of mine on my own, but never experienced bleeding or tearing, if you do, go see an f'ingdoctor...

 

Answer by tyler
Submitted on 8/19/2004
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bleeding is ok.....if you like having blowouts on your ears...i guess they look like nipples on the back of your ear....but ok...if you plan on having your jewelry til your like 70 then go fast...but if you plan on healing up ...go slow. you have the rest of your life to wait. why not make sure your body is healthy and "beautiful" depending on what you see as beautiful. blood and bruises to some. ) that's my jist on things ) i have 00's and they heal to 18's all the time ))

 

Answer by Wendy
Submitted on 8/19/2004
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You do not want to skip gauges, bleeding, bruising, and swelling are not normal. You want your ear you be slightly sore, if the pain is unbearable, you are moving to fast, and either will, or have torn skin. When you tear the skin in your ear, it heels and leaves scar tissue, which will keep your ear from returning to a smaller hole later on. Take streching slowly and be smart about it.

 

Answer by Chris
Submitted on 8/20/2004
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For about hmmm prolly the last month Ive been stretching my ear lobes. First off....LET THIS BE A WARNING it is extremley addictive....But anyway, I got mine peirced at a 20g and once the healed I stetched them straight to a 14.  I  know its not smart but skipping gauges that early on doesnt really matter.  After that I skipped 12g and went to 10g. After that i found skipping can get alittle sketchy. But ya then instead of buying new plugs everyweek I just taped the jewlery by putting one revolution of medical tape around my 10g every like 3 days.  At that rate its like stretching a gauge a week (depending on the thickness of the tape) and it is alot healthier for you ears. When I first started stretching I only wanted a 10g or 8g......now i have in 2's and am not planning on stopping anytime soon..extremley addicting..specially when they look so pretty....So ya happy steatching.

 

Answer by JeReMySsKaTeRcHiCk
Submitted on 8/22/2004
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I had my ears pierced regular and one day I decided to gauge my ears I went from regular earrings to belly button rings in my ears which are 14guages and I`ve had them for awhile I have horse shoe things in my ears...I want to gauge them to 00`s I`m like addicted now...So after awhile I`m gonna make the jump to a bigger size... 0`s will work but after time I WANT 00`s my email address is EtniesBabe4Ever@aol.com of you wanna talk! <3 ya!! email me!!

 

Answer by Erica
Submitted on 8/23/2004
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I actually have a question! Well.....i have never had gauges and i bought some....i bought an 8 and a 6 and well i was wondering how can i gauge my own ears without having to get materials???? And how bad is it going to hurt??????????? Thanks bye love all!

 

Answer by Bail
Submitted on 8/30/2004
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Yeah Ive had my lobes at a 4 now for a pretty long time so if your a newer stretcher...please guys take your time. And its not supposed to bleed and if you do it right it wont. But if your hurting a lot just ice them all the time and take lots of IB profin. Also warm or hot water helps the circulation in your ears so it makes it a bit easier to stretch. Have fun!!

 

Answer by me
Submitted on 8/31/2004
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Also, I recommend going to a piercing shop to get the stretching done.  However, if you don't, then before you use the taper, put some warm water on some paper towels and rub your ears.  The warm water loosens up your ear lobe.

 

Answer by Ryan H.__sXe
Submitted on 9/1/2004
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i have had my ears stretched since last September.about a year ago.over that course if time i have stretched my left ear to a 2 gauge.i only had that in for a week and i decided to stretch to a 0.i am using an acrylic taper and a stainless steel plug.when i went to stretch it i pushed it all the way through and terrible pain came.it then started gushing blood  nonstop.so i cleaned off the blood and put my 2 back in..........................................can anybody help me and tell me why it bled and when a good time to try again would be?also does anyone know an easier way to get plugs in after stretching,i always have to pop them through with  a little force.

 

Answer by monica
Submitted on 9/1/2004
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hey. when i started mine, i went from piercing to an 8. so basically doubled it. plugs too so it was hard to get them in.. now i have 4s in and i plan on going to 2s asap.

 

Answer by melissa
Submitted on 9/4/2004
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I just got my ears stretched to 14 from being a standard size. It didn't hurt at all but I'mworried because the holes are uneven. I had my ears pierced when I was a baby so over the years the holes got uneven. Right now I have hoops in my ears so one hangs a bit more than the other ... will this be a problem when I want to put plugs in? I don't want them to look strange.

 

Answer by speedbump
Submitted on 9/5/2004
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i started from normal piercing right to a 14.Then worked up to a 2 in bout six months.I took out for year and couldn't even tell they been stretched. After a year i could still fit a 10 gage.

 

Answer by Stini
Submitted on 9/5/2004
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Ok. I've been at 6z for almost 2 months and I got sum 4z yesterday. They are eyelets and I can't get them in..what should I do

 

Answer by Dresden Doll
Submitted on 9/7/2004
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i only have a 14 gage in 5 of my ear piercings. the other one is an 18. im taking that one slow. anyway. i think the best way to stretch your piercing is to take whatever size plug you want, hold your breath, screw it in slowly, scream if you must, then push it in really fast. i did that with my cartilage. i thought it would never get in there. but it did. and im happy now.

 

Answer by YelLoWcarD luVeR
Submitted on 9/7/2004
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hey everyone!! i have been gaging my ears too and i started with normal size holes (18g) and then my friend gave me sum 14g and i put them in no problem cuz i had had my ears pierced for years, so ne wayz then i kept the 14g 's in for a while and then started using household items i was creative and safe about it tho, then i bought 10g plugs and had them in for a while but then one fell out so i had put like three or four paper clips in that had that plastic like coating on them and they were fine and later i added another paperclip , and i just wore those for a while but i wanted to move on so i was looking around for earing but there were no good places to get some to since my ear holes were getting funny shaped cuz the paperclips didn't make it round it was like flower shaped so i had skinny golf tees in and my dad FREAKED so now i can't gage ne more but i really really want to still and i got mad but  my dad kept talking about how bad it is and that when i get old i will have huge disgusting holes and even tho i tried explaining to him that they close up right away and that minea ren't even big compared to may people he wouldn't listen but all  i do is take normal earings that have a ball at the end and i wear them but i stick the ball in my hole and it looks normal and my dad doesn't notice and then at night when i sleep i put the golf tees in so i am about at a 6g i guess.. so does anyone have ne thing i can tell my dad to change his mind b cuz i stil really want to continue gaging!!:-( PLEASE HELP!!:-)
ps.. I NEVER expierened ne pain , bleeding or discomfort!! i did it gradually over time!

 

Answer by biz
Submitted on 9/8/2004
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dood. im at a 4 gauge right now. and im sooo gonna go to 0. its gonna be awesome. i like using weights to stretch. they kick ass bro!

 

Answer by Punks.R.Us
Submitted on 9/9/2004
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I havent exactly skipped gauges i had them pierced at 12's and kept them in for about a month then i put tens in for a day came home put 8's in kept those in for two days till one of the balls stripped out un them and then i figured if i was going to buy new ones i might as well stretch so now im at 6's because my mom wont let me stretch any bigger
im only twelve so im lucky i got to go this far

 

Answer by guffster
Submitted on 9/11/2004
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I went stretch crazy when i was 18 and im 22 now and i have really nasty scars. If you are going to do it do it right or suffer the results. i got to 00 and took them out. that was a year ago and i can still put 2s in so be careful and use lots of Vaseline.  

 

Answer by BECCA ST.
Submitted on 9/11/2004
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HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT BETWEEN STRETCHES? I AM AT 6 GA NOW AND WANT TO GO TO A 0 GA. THE SIZES I HAVE ARE 8,6,4,3,1 AND 0 GA TUNNELS.

GET BACK TO ME SOON

<BECCA ST.>

 

Answer by BECCA ST.
Submitted on 9/11/2004
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HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT BETWEEN STRETCHES? I AM AT 6 GA NOW AND WANT TO GO TO A 0 GA. THE SIZES I HAVE ARE 8,6,4,3,1 AND 0 GA TUNNELS.

GET BACK TO ME SOON

<BECCA ST.>

 

Answer by jonny
Submitted on 9/15/2004
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how should i go about gettin me ears pierced n shud i strech at home?

 

Answer by Chris
Submitted on 9/15/2004
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I am at a 10 and i plan to get to a 2 in 2 weeks but i also teach lessons at a local gymnasium and i don't know if they would like it but oh well my question is will they go back to normal? if i take then out slowly going down gages and when i get to 14 put 18s in? just woundering
-Chris

 

Answer by crazysocks
Submitted on 9/18/2004
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ok so if i go to a 2 gage how long will that take to grow back at most?

 

Answer by HollyWood Hunta
Submitted on 9/21/2004
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I have come to the conclusion that guaging is an addiction, In the beginning I was going to go to 16 then I decided 10, then 8 then 6 now I'm at 4 and I am planning on going to 00 or maybe even 000, I have to make myself stop there though, Because I really don't want to go any bigger than that. Its just every time I put a bigger size in I'm like wow this is huge, then the following days after wards I'll be playing with it and thinking, wow this is really small, which in turn causes me to go bigger. Words of advice to newcomers, listen to these people when they say go slow, I can relate to being poor and not being able to afford plugs, I am unemployed and never have more than 3$ at a time which I use for cigarette money anyways, I have stuck many things through my ears, and somethings, there's nothing wrong with, but be careful with foreign objects and use common sense, raw copper wiring is a no-no, bullets are a no-no "lead poisoning" I stuck everything from steel sadder wire to nails in my ears getting to 10 guage, not the smartest thing ever, if i wasn't an idiot I would have thought about straws, my ears got infected twice going to 6 guage, the first time because I used that copper wiring I mentioned, the second time because I used someone else's plugs and didn't clean them properly (yes, i know, spare me),I went to the mall yesterday and bought some 4 guage inexpensively made plugs, which probably cost about 10 cents to produce, but somehow its ok to charge me $16.50, I won't pay that much again for plugs that i am only going to have in a week maximum, I have just decided to use straws until I get to my desired size in which time I will invest in a nice pair. The point of this is you better believe that after 2 infections I am very cautious about what I put in my ears, but If you just use your head and don't start sticking anything you can find in your ears, you can guage safely and effectively without giving Uncle Sam your college fund. Clean everything you put in your ears religiously, I'm talking wash it in dial, then let it soak in alcohol for a couple minutes, EVERYTHING, even straws, trust me its worth it,If you get an infection, you have to leave it out for a couple days, thus, making the hole go back to normal size, thus having you start all over, also don't rush guaging, I had a friend who just recently blew out the back of one of his ears, its not pretty. Welp, I hope my advice helped, I will return to let everyone know how the straws worked out, happy guaging.

 

Answer by bob marley
Submitted on 9/21/2004
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iv been gauging off and on for like a year or 2. . . i'v had my hole to an inch and 1/2. i had a lil mishap with a cracked film canister. .  and i had to start all over. .  in about 3 weeks it had shrank to a 0. . 2 weeks later. .  it was about a 8. .  i waited 3 mor weeks and nuthin happened. .  but it was healed. .  so i started back again. . once my ear had been that big. . it stretched rly easily. . .  i went from 8 to 0 to 1/2 to inch. .  in like 2 weeks. . . itz all bettet now. .  and i guess im rly lucky. . kuz my ear hasnt fallen off yet. . i rarely disinfect my earrings. .  and ill put random objects in it all the time (like 7 pens. .lol). .  but DONT DO THIS. .  im the most lucky at this stuff. .  iv only had 1 infection. and it was rly bad. . i had a 22 shell fro a bullet in it. .  and it was copper or w/e. . and the inside of my hole turned green and i had black puss. . it was so nasty. . after that. .  iv never had 1 infection. . .  i'v had like 8 blowouts though. . . . the best way to let ur hole close is. .  strecth it maybe a few sizes in 1 day. . it will probably b painfull. . but it will almost deffinetly close. . if u rip it a lil then it will heal faster. .  and preperation H works rly well. .  if ur gauging and u have a lot of pain in ur ear. . make some warm salt water. . and soak it in that. .  that should feel rly good. . . hope all this random $H!t helps.  . .. . . . . . . . . . . .  . . grow it.. roll it.. smoke it.. choke it.. toke it. . .

 

Answer by derekman
Submitted on 9/21/2004
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i have a 2g in my ears i did it my self i started from a normal ear peircing then to a 12-8-6-4-2 and i hope to get to a zero gage but i dont know its gonna hurt! but oh well its worth it

 

Answer by WantedEmoPet
Submitted on 9/23/2004
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Alright, b4 i started gauging i actually asked a piercer, and this is his and my advice combined. Take a hot shower, as hot as u can stand and massage ur ears. After use ur tapers to get to desired size, for lube use KY or ne water based lube (not vaseline.) Make sure u wait 3 weeks - 2 months depending on the gauge (i usually wait a month.) My ears r gauged at 14s,8s,6s on both sides and still going. i've never had ne problems with them.

 

Answer by trianglegrl9
Submitted on 9/25/2004
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you can skip 2 gadges at a time. No more. I learned this from a professional ear piercer. If you go faster, and they bleed you could get scar tissue and your ears will rot. It's NOT ok for your ears to bleed.

 

Answer by captain insano
Submitted on 9/27/2004
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why are people all worrying about stretching to 18' and 20's. What the hell is that sh*t? I have 1" and i look in the mirror still and dont think they are that big. And another thing, if you dont want to be in pain, dont do it. Pain comes along with the pride of having it done. Same thing with the results. If you dont want a hole there, dont do it. Dumbasses

 

Answer by aaron
Submitted on 9/28/2004
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DID THIS FORM die or soemthing grrr i like to talk to people about there ears

 

Answer by DarkestxTears
Submitted on 9/28/2004
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Hey, I have really sensitive ears, but I want to start using gauged earrings..Do you think thats a bad idea? or not? Please answer me!

 

Answer by Jeff98dinanm3
Submitted on 10/1/2004
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lol, you have 14 gauge, and you feel special.... i must feel REALLY special then, lol http://jeff98dinanm3.tripod.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/.pond/jbnhfgdsc00192.jpg.w560h420.jpg

 

Answer by blahblahblah
Submitted on 10/5/2004
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I skipped gages while i was doing my ear and guess what no ugly lobes here wow what a weird idea that's crazy isn't it.  I also never used tapers just shoved the next one in go ahead call me an ass I know you want to but its OK because i have the same results as everyone else in less time.  I have to also agree with someone Else post that you have to listen to your body it will tell you what you can and can not handle  Yes you also might experience some discomfort some more then other because everyone is different with the amount of pain they can handle.  My friend is a piercer and he also has skipped gages when your on the small gages it doesn't really matter, when you get to the big ones though its not a good idea.   Oh and yes your ear does bleed when you gage sometimes because you aren't just always stretching the skin sometimes the skin cant stretch and has to rip. Oh and I might add that i have never heard of anyone getting a 20 or a 22 piercing done the standard is 18.

 

Answer by Styles
Submitted on 10/16/2004
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As Far as fast stretching and skipping gauges go, I had 2's in and took them out, after about 2 days i put a 14 in my left ear but let my right close. I decided i wantd them pierced so i repierced my right ear with a pin and put a 14 in. 2 days later I put in a 12, then a 6 gauge taper and plug, waited a little, and put a 4 gauge in, that night i went to a 2, the whole process form 14-2 took about 2 hours and theyre fine now, i have 00 goin to 1/2 soon

 

Answer by allen
Submitted on 10/16/2004
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i had my ears pierced at a 6 gauge and then had them streched to a 2 gauge at the same time. thers nothing wrong with skipping gauges just make sure you take care of them

 

Answer by carlos
Submitted on 10/16/2004
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right now i am at a 7/16 and any of yall who say yalls ears r swollen, the swelling will go down after a couple of days cuz thats what happened to me. its ok to skip gauges but i would recomend yall owuldn't cuz u have a better chance of ripping your ears. i gradually went one size at a time so i owuldnt rip my ears.

 

Answer by phil04
Submitted on 10/17/2004
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Hi,
I managed to go from a 14 to a 6 in one day!
It hurt but its fine now (a month later), no infections or blowouts. I am now doing the other ear but im taking this one a bit slower just to be safe.


 

Answer by dane
Submitted on 10/18/2004
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u all people are wimps trying to gauge very slowly. i went from nothin to a 10 then to a 4 in 45 mins. you guys just need to suck it up go go with it

 

Answer by Ashley
Submitted on 10/18/2004
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hi guys i went from like down to a 14g to a 10g n it hurts really bad i did like 2 holes gauged to a 10 n is it like true if there colored ones cuz i got these at hot topic "morbid medals" n mom said it would poison me cuz there colored or get infected easily cuz there plastic wtf i need ur help

 

Answer by banana
Submitted on 10/19/2004
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When i was younger, i guess between 12 and 14 i went a 12 to a 6 back to a 10 and so on. I finally stopped. Then when i was 16, i went to a 12, then 10, then 8, then 6. I took those out for a school dance to please my mom. The closed to about a 12 by the end of the night, so i gave up for a while. I am 18 now, and i am pretty serious about my ears now. Any one who says its ok to skip and bleed, and puss is ok is so wrong. I regret doing what i did when i was younger. I have my ears at 4 now, and im doing it slowly and carefully, no bleeding or tearing this time, but i have so much scar tissue from before its harder to do everything, and the pain is so bad sometimes. Just be careful, most of the people on here dont know what they are talking about. Be careful, if this is something you really want and want to make a life long commitment to having larger than average holes do it, if not dont, its not worth the risk of possibly losing your earlobes. Thing about infections, like gangrene, and even or staph. Not fun things to have, and not being careful can potentially lead to these things.

 

Answer by juan
Submitted on 10/19/2004
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Im thinkin of streching to a 16 gage but if i do this will it leave a hole im my ear to were u can c threw it?

 

Answer by LuCkeM
Submitted on 10/20/2004
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Hi, I went from a regular ear piercing size to a 6g then to a 2g. then I let them close. About two months ago i went from whatever size my ear closed up to, to a 6g then to a 4g then to a 2g and then to a 0g in less then one week. I dont think the pain was that bad. I stretched my ears in the shower and I found it helpful by putting neosporin(sp?)on the taper,there isnt as much friction so it slides right in.And in about one week I am gonna go to a 00g IM SO EXCITED!!! O ya and for thoes of you who write and say you have no money e-bay has super cheap tapers and earings you should buy from l_and_h_general_store    That is who I buy all my stuff from its a freat deal and awesome product. I hope my answer will be helpful to someone out there C ya!
p.s. I will write again when I stretch my ears to a 00g

 

Answer by Danny Boy
Submitted on 10/20/2004
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Nothing to 6mm in 3 days... i'dsay thats an acheivement... i'mstopping for a few weeks for it to heel... then going at it slowly for a few weeks until i get to 1cm.

It's a bit swollen and bleeds a bit when i take the plug out, but i'mwashing it 4 times a day with savlon and salt water.

It hurt like a gun shot to my face when i forced the spike through, but it looks sweet now!

We got my mate AJ from 3mill to 1cm in one night... but i wouldn't recommend it.

 

Answer by Danny Boy
Submitted on 10/20/2004
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Nothing to 6mm in 3 days... i'd say thats an acheivement... i'm stopping for a few weeks for it to heel... then going at it slowly for a few weeks untill i get to 1cm.

It's a bit swolen and bleeds a bit when i take the plug out, but i'm washing it 4 times a day with savlon and salt water.

It hurt like a gun shot to my face when i forced the spike through, but it looks sweet now!

We got my mate AJ from 3mill to 1cm in one night... but i wouldn't recomend it.

 

Answer by Doorknoblet
Submitted on 10/20/2004
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GAH! so yeh i have i think a 12 ga in on e ear now and a 14 in the other... and the one with the 14 hurts like a bad mther and i wated to know if there was something you could buy or use to make it hurt less.. someone i know suggested ambasol, ( that stuff for your gums and mouth) but i'mnot sure what to do, got any suggestions?

 

Answer by i need help
Submitted on 10/21/2004
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hello people i want to gauge my ears to a 00 i'mat a two in one ear and what i was lend to belive was a zero flair...now when i take out the zero flair to go to and zero plug it wont fit i think it might still be a 2 how can i tell and the second thing is when ever i try to put in the 0 guages i bought from hot topic they wont fit into my 2 gauge ears why??

 

Answer by Kiki
Submitted on 10/21/2004
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Hey, I just started stretching my piercing, and i am up to a 14G. Where is a good place to get the plugs, and what is the easiest(and safest) way to do it at home? Please Help...

 

Answer by Brunette Hottie
Submitted on 10/21/2004
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K i have 2 questions. #1. I went straight to a 14 and i cant get the second one in!! What should i do?? #2. HOW DO U STRETCH YOUR EAR!!! I HAVE NO IDEA!!!

 

Answer by Bran
Submitted on 10/25/2004
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I went from an 18 to an 8, and it only hurt a little, and it didnt bleed or anything, now there fine, i think it just depends on the person!

 

Answer by Lance Ping
Submitted on 10/25/2004
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Damn, i hear all of you with your stories but that aint nothin. I just stretched my tounge ring to a 0 plug and it didnt hurt for n-e-thing but every time i stretch my ears they f-ing rip! It sucks! One time i was desperate so i broke the teeth of my comb and used thoughs but they were square and also if your stretching your ears, i like to use straws. You know like McDonalds, Burger King, Jack in the Box, etc. So have fun!!!!!!

 

Answer by chan
Submitted on 10/26/2004
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i went from a 18 to a 8 then to a 4 it hurt alot i did each jump in a day a it takes is a lot of lube

 

Answer by Skh420
Submitted on 10/26/2004
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Just get a spike (starts at a small point and get gradually bigger) that goes up to whatever gauge you want to have. Try not to go through too many gauges at once, bleeding should NOT occur. If you start to bleed you are doing it wrong. I would suggest not going past a 0, but thats just me. I am sitting at 0 right now, and it will heal.

Just be sure the spike is steril before you put it in.

skh.

 

Answer by C.T.B
Submitted on 10/30/2004
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go with a 2 it will save you alot of pain i have a little bigger than a 5/8 in my ear rite now and i did it fast and it hurt like hell i went from a 0g to about a 1/2 in one sitting dont skip sizes unless you like extream pain .does  any one know how much my ear will shrink if i take it out?

 

Answer by jack thrush
Submitted on 11/2/2004
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hey everyone my name is jack and i went from regular earrings to 18,16,14,12,10,8,6,4,2,0,00,1/2,5/8 and when i went from 1/2 to 5/8 i didnt know there was a size in between so when i woke up the next day my right plug was half way in my ear ouch it hurt so i took them both out after 3 weeks my left is completly healed and my right can still fit a 2 in it. so i just thought id let everyone in here know that even if you have a 5/8 in your ear they can close, if any one has any questions email me at P_I_M_P_I_N_03@hotmail.com

 

Answer by wick
Submitted on 11/6/2004
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This is the way I went about it.

Gunned holes for 7 years (LOL), I recommend "normal" 20g piercings for 1 year.

1. 20g to an 18g
2. 18g to a 16g
3. 16g to a 14g
4. 14g to a 10g
5. 106 to a 8g
6. 8g to a 6g
7. 6g to a 4g
8. 4g to a 2g
9. 2g to a 0g (tonight)

I waited about 3-4 weeks between each phase. My ear lobes look beautiful and even at a 2g my ear lobe holes are really tiny... BECAUSE I DID IT RIGHT. Trust me people, take your time!!!

 

Answer by Kath
Submitted on 11/7/2004
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I went from a normal size, like 18ga...to a 6ga in a matter of minutes, and about three weeks later i went from a 6ga to a 2ga. and it barely hurt, compared to the first stretch. When i went from 6 to 2 it healed so quick, i used tapers for both stretches. I've only been stretching for about a month, and im ready for 00ga! =) My advice: dont go to slow when stretching, it doesnt hurt that much and its way cheaper.

 

Answer by Monika
Submitted on 11/7/2004
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Hey wen I was like 6 weeks I got my ears pierced at the mall.  This September I gauged them to a 14.  Last week I gauged them to 10.  It didn't really hurt when I went to a 14.  It hurt a lil to go to a 10 but that might have been because I skipped a size.  I seriously don't recomend skipping any more than 1 size and even then, use a taper becuase I have a cousin that went from a 4 to a 0 and didnt use a taper and blew his ear out. Yall should be careful!

 

Answer by herbie
Submitted on 11/8/2004
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hey i got a 2 inch ear lobe and i want to go bigger how do i?

 

Answer by cristy
Submitted on 11/8/2004
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i'm at a 14 right now, i want a 0. whats the fastest way to get there?

 

Answer by Cassie
Submitted on 11/13/2004
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What is a taper?

 

Answer by sam
Submitted on 11/14/2004
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you can get back to normal size holes from 00s by letting them close for about a month on their own, then gauging up one more size and then letting them close the rest of the way

 

Answer by ptenopus
Submitted on 11/16/2004
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You can stretch fast if you want.... You can also get keloids and butthole ear when you decide to take them out later in life...

 

Answer by ryan
Submitted on 11/18/2004
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stretching your ears is gay why do you want a big hole in your ear and be looked at like freaks stretching ears doesnt impress me

 

Answer by kismatik
Submitted on 11/24/2004
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Hey guys my ears are at "1 and my advise is to take it slow use k-y to help put in the bigger jeweley and Wait till it heals some discomfort is normal. and  DO NOT GO THIS BIG IF YOU WANT THEM TO CLOSE UP CUZ THEY WONT!!

 

Answer by *M*
Submitted on 11/27/2004
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I have 16g and I'm gonna do it gradually too, because that won't hurt at all and they won't bleed..I used to have 18g, and when I stretched it to a 16g, I just took the earing I had in out, and slopped Neosporin (not Vaseline!) on my earlobe and the earring, then slowly slid it in, and it didn't even feel like it was stretching because it was so painless. I would recommend doing it gradually gauge by gauge with Neosporin, because that way your lobes won't split or bleed and the Neosporin is an antibacterial so your lobes won't get infected and it also lubricates it for easier sliding. I'm only going to a 10 gauge tho..I'm thirteen and my mom won't let me go farther for awhile. I want to eventually get to a 6, just to keep it simple so it wont look too stretched if I wanna wear regular earrings. And leave the earing in for at least two weeks as you are stretching so it will heal to that size and wont hurt when you do the next gauge up. Splitting isn't good..your lobe will become weaker and might rip through if your plug is heavy (I've seen this happen to my friend, it was NOT pretty and she had to get them stitched up and she's not piercing hers EVER again it hurt her so bad.) So just be careful with your ears..your body is a temple ;D

*M*

 

Answer by skelsoe
Submitted on 11/28/2004
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I went from 8 to a 2

 

Answer by jdlpunk89
Submitted on 11/29/2004
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is it ok to start out with a 10 guage?

 

Answer by james
Submitted on 12/1/2004
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what is the next size after a 00? whats the next size after that

 

Answer by jas
Submitted on 12/3/2004
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ear stretchings gay

 

Answer by tripoutart
Submitted on 12/8/2004
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ok! right now im at 7/16! i went form a 10-8-4-2-0 when i went to a zero i used plasic material plugs and my ears got super senstive and there was these wierd dryed rips in my ears (did i mention goo?) and i thought it was normal but i found out that if you are alergic to fake jewlery you are also alergic to plasic material (i can only wear like serling siler or gold) so i recommmend that you buy organic, wood, or the metal plugs the o-rings may also irritate it is best to buy flared plugs!!! i hope this helps!

 

Answer by Twinkie
Submitted on 12/10/2004
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Yo I Just Got My Ears Streched And How Long Do I Keep That Thing That Streches It In?????
its my 2nd day having it in and i tok it out and it bleeded iz dat normal?????

 

Answer by Sarah
Submitted on 12/11/2004
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Iv always found it easyer to put horse shoe earings in ur ears after gauging them. They make it heavyer on ur ears and easyer for you to gauge them again. Im at a 4 and there doin fine. I can get a 2 in w/ no problem.

 

Answer by dugan
Submitted on 12/12/2004
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i pierced my ears, then a few hours later went to an eight, then let them go down to a ten then left them out for a couple days then went to six then two then 0 then 00 then 7/16 and now half inch. my ears bleed every time i skipped they ripped hardcore style and when i didn't skip they got all puss filled. personally i'drather rip and bleed then to have that smelly-ass puss. p.s. my ears still close up and i got 1/2 inch

 

Answer by Kirsty
Submitted on 12/12/2004
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Hi everyone. I started out with a 18 gauge. i skipped 16, went to 14 and from there on i stayed on the numbers. But, when i went from an 8 to a 6, it hurt so bad, i dont have a high tolerence for pain. Now, i went from a 6 to a 2, and for some reason, it didnt hurt. Now, in my left ear, i have my cartilage at 14, my 1st hole at a 2, and my 2nd at a 14. in my right hole, i left my 1st hole at an 8... i  couldnt take the pain. i amy eventually get it to a 6... but yea... bye! o yea.. it is cool to show people.. everyone says ew.. haaha

 

Answer by you guys are stupid
Submitted on 12/13/2004
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Are you guys retarded?  You are all doing this to look "cool"??

Don't skip gauges, and wait at least 2 weeks in between gauging.  Wait even longer if possible.  The faster you do it, the less chance you have of them healing like a normal ear.  And the faster you do it, the more likely you are to develop a keloid.

Don't rush you piercing just to look cool as fast as you can.  And no, it shouldn't hurt.  None of mine hurt, and I am at 2 inches.  Just take you time, listen to your body, and keep them clean.  Don't do something now that you will regret later.

 

Answer by EMC
Submitted on 12/15/2004
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Hey i want to stretch my ears. Should i start at an 18g or jump to a 16g?

 

Answer by Jae
Submitted on 12/15/2004
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hey, im like, stretching my ears from a 10 to a 4. is that good or bad? it hurts like hell and i cant get it in!!! >.< owww!

 

Answer by chedderfish
Submitted on 12/16/2004
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I went from a 20 to a 10 basically in one day with no problems or pain but i played with my 20s so much they were that open enough to slide the loops through. I can't wear metal and I was lucky enough to find these plastic gradually thickening hoops that work great! I am moving on to a 6 tonight!

 

Answer by climergurl
Submitted on 12/17/2004
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hay everyone. it really dose deppend on the person. one of my ears was all easy i went from an 8 to a 4 to a 0 the other one i had to use every size its funky. so just do what feels right. and if it bleeds and swells dont freak out just wash it like mad and wait it out its worth it ! and running your ears under supper hot watter before gauging is a verry smart idea it helps a hole bunch. well good luck !

 

Answer by climbergurl
Submitted on 12/17/2004
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to car  hay i love the alternitive guagings   just keep finding stuff around the house. and i use the ends of things like makeup brush thinks, and pencils.  golf tees are also great ideas! good luck

 

Answer by Benjammin
Submitted on 12/18/2004
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I started at a 18g and waited 4 weeks until they were completely healed. I then went from my 18g straight to a 4g and they barely even bled. They ended up getting knocked out while I was at a party and got talked into a boxing match. Anyways they bled a little after that and the next morning they were starting to close up so I stuck my 2g in them because I lost my 4g. Anyways, I'm gunna see how they are after about 3 or 4 days and if they arn't any better I'll just take them out. I'm just wondering if my ears will close back up since I did such a huge jump from 18g to 4g?

 

Answer by Travis
Submitted on 12/19/2004
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Sup guys. If you want to gauge your ears w/ the least amount of pain possible, here is some advice. When I first got my ears pierced, I waited 3 weeks (not the 6-8 they tell you at the mall), took out the studs, and replaced them w/ 14's. It's easy to do b/c I gauge my ears after I take a HOT ASS shower. I run my ears under the water for 10 minutes or so and just tug my earrings slightly while in the shower so it just helps the ear stretch a little more. Then I use Neosporin + Pain Relief so you can't really feel anything. I hope this helps anyone who's a little timid about gauging.

 

Answer by Molly
Submitted on 12/19/2004
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I'm planning on gaging my ears I've had in 14 gage earrings in for the longest time and plan on going to to an 8 or 10. A friend of mine bought a set of plugs that go from 18 to 0 for $15. is that an ok price? i only need to the eight, i was planning on giving the rest to a friend.

 

Answer by Molly
Submitted on 12/19/2004
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i was just wondering what's the biggest item you can fit through your ears? cuz my friend jason can fit DD batteries in his

 

Answer by brandypunk
Submitted on 12/19/2004
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well, let me tell ya, im gaging my ears to a 00 right now-the jumps from size to size arent that big but when u get to a two the jump to zero is big-it hurt!!!! i went from a 24 to a 8 in one day-it didnt even hurt as bad as 2 to 0!! i jumped from a 8 to a two, it hurt, but if ur going directly to a zero....go to a two, if u wanna wait go to 4 then 2 then 0....it hurts-BAD!

 

Answer by Steve
Submitted on 12/21/2004
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i pierced my ears at a 4 gauge, it was the biggest needle i could get. Now 3 months later I am at 00g and i had a tear. This is just a warning to people who get large gauge piercing, make sure your scar tissue is completely healed before you stretch to large.
It healed fine but it could of been worse!!

 

Answer by gayhippiechild
Submitted on 12/22/2004
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okay so heres the scoop. i went from a reg. earing to a 16g then to an 8g it hurt a lot but healed up quite nice but the question is if the are pretty much healed but they itch and smell and leave a white residue on my plugs and i don't know if that is okay. i would appreciate someone to answer me via e-mail. (gayhippiechild@yahoo.com) thanks

~Aydyn

 

Answer by rayyan
Submitted on 12/23/2004
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i started my left ear at a 16 guage, went to a 14 a few months later, then after a few months with that in, i went from a 14 to a 4 with one taper.  i recently pierced my right ear with a safety pin, let it heal a couple weeks, put a 14 in it. after a week with the 14 i guaged it with a taper to a 4 in one shot, hurt like hell.  and i just put a 0 taper in my left ear, after having a 4 in for a week, its hurting a lot right now, but i was expecting that.

 

Answer by stretchy face
Submitted on 12/26/2004
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People learn how to spell gauge not gage , not gadge  its gauge.is it true stretching is addictive?

 

Answer by linkster
Submitted on 12/28/2004
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it is ok to go to 0s because they will still heal up  but im only at a ten rite now i went from a 18 to a 16 to a 14 to a 12 and now im at ten it took me like 6 months  i didnt wanna move too fast  my ears are in perfect condition rite now and if i keep going the way i am they will stay that way

 

Answer by danny M.
Submitted on 12/29/2004
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hey wuts up guys I gauged my ears from 16 to 8 in science class and i'd be lying if I said it did't hurt. My friends made me push the tapers right though.I had to put a 16 in a gain because im in 8th grade and my mother had seen them in. I had just pierced them the day before now I have a 00 in and my mom is still mad at me for puting 00's in because i have only had them pierced for 3 weeks it's about time to put some 000 tapers in so see you later

 

Answer by MTrawker
Submitted on 12/29/2004
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I went from 14,10,8,6 .. now I want to go higher but Im not sure what I should go up to to get a good looking flesh tunnel.. I dont give a * what ppl think but still. I dont want to look stupid.. some ppl think chicks look retarded with them so big.

 

Answer by MTrawker
Submitted on 12/29/2004
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I went from 14,10,8,6 .. now I want to go higher but I'm not sure what I should go up to to get a good looking flesh tunnel.. I don't give a * what ppl think but still. I don't want to look stupid.. some ppl think chicks look retarded with them so big.

 

Answer by Shawn
Submitted on 12/31/2004
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i have never gotten my ears pierced before and the parlor that i go to recommended that i go ahead and start at a size 4...is this ok?

 

Answer by Sunny
Submitted on 1/1/2005
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If you do decide to stretch your ears from a 14 to a 12 or to a 10 (but no smaller) do it in the shower.  I stretched mine from a 12 to a 10 and I did it in the shower and it went in fine, because the steam stretches your ears like crazy.  it works really well, and it's a lot less painful!

 

Answer by squid19
Submitted on 1/1/2005
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Whats a taper?

 

Answer by JackSkellington
Submitted on 1/2/2005
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When you stretch your ears you should be patient and let the hole heal or you may get problems, like infection or later you may get scar tissue build up. I have successfully stretched my ears by using tapers(00 gauge). I found it quite easy using them. I suggest using graduating(stretching) crescents, because they are tapered, and then after putting that through the hole, remove it and place your plug/ring/flesh tunnel or whatever into the hole. You need to clean the hole every day to make sure that infection doesn't happen, and when you are stretching listen to your body, because if not you are up for some painful stretching. You should NEVER skip gauges.

 

Answer by meangreen249
Submitted on 1/2/2005
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I went from a 6 to a zero pincher, didn't hurt to much, stings a little now and then, but not to bad

 

Answer by Penguin.
Submitted on 1/3/2005
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Well, I have a question. Do you have to do each step like one at a time? For example. Are you supposed to keep them in for like a month each, or can you just change them in like two days. Because I'm at a 12, but when I tried putting in 10 after like 2 days, it's not going in. Is at normal? Or do I have to take more time with having them in and slowly progress and stretch to 12?
Thanks.

 

Answer by danny
Submitted on 1/5/2005
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you should get tapers to a 2ga if you want to get them that small when I first gauged my ears in 4th grade I whent fron 16ga to 8ga in my science class then a month later I streched them to a 6ga then another moth to a 4ga. streching when I was that young it hurt. but I had to take them out later in 5th grade.

In 7th grade I streched them the same way i did before. it did not hurt at all. im in 9th grade now and I have a 7/16 every body stares and no body has pulled them, yet. but, my friend gauged his ears to 7/16 to and a wana be gangaster pulled his and he kicked his ass. he went to the office after that and got a towel for the blood and it was bad. the kid got his ass kicked many times after that from the same thing.  

 

Answer by pollshark
Submitted on 1/6/2005
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I am stretching my ears.  Is it alright to start with a 10 gauge from a stud?

 

Answer by Ville Valo
Submitted on 1/6/2005
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hey, you guys know those spool like earings that instead of having the screw on backs they have the rubber O-ring and in the front it curves up to keep it from falling out? yeah well....the front ripped through my ear backwards and it hurts really bad...what should i do?!?!?!?!

 

Answer by snowman
Submitted on 1/6/2005
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hey i just streched my ears to a 8 from a 16, almost the taper I got is slanted to a 8 for less than a half inch then the rest is all 8 I just cant seem to get the last part of the taper that gets bigger in because it slantes so much, and it is so small.

 

Answer by StrykerX
Submitted on 1/7/2005
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A couple notes about stretching for all of you with questions.  

Make sure that the piercing you are going to stretch was pierced properly in the first place.  Go to a professional piercer and have them pierce you at a 14 (they can also pierce you larger with a bigger needle or a punch but it is more permanent and won't shrink back as much), and don't get it done at the mall with a piercing gun; it will heal slow and be hard to stretch.  Make sure your piercing is centered; an off-center piercing is more likely to thin out and split at large gages.

Use A PIERCING TAPER!  I have read multiple posts of people sticking golf tees and knitting needles in their ears.  Use a Stainless Steel or Acrylic Taper, and put some anti-microbial soap on it as a lubricant (don't use oil-based lubes on acrylic, like Vaseline, it will dissolve it).  Using a taper will make your stretch ten times easier.  Absolutely do not try and force blunt jewelry through your piercing, you will traumatize your piercing and make get blowout on the back of your ear.  Go slow with the taper, it could take a couple hours to work it all the way through.  Once it is at the end, butt the jewelry to the flat side of the taper and gradually work it into place.

DON'T SKIP GAGES; this is the easiest way to screw up your ears.  You will split the fistula in your piercing and cause scarring and migration.  You may also get thinning, blowout, or scarring.  TAKE YOUR TIME and wait for your piercing to heal before attempting to stretch again.  Usually 6-12 weeks depending on how fast you heal, longer at bigger gages.

Very slight bleeding or bruising is normal.  Your ears will probably be tender for 3-7 days after you stretch.  You may get crusties for a week or two.  Keep your piercings clean with a good anti-microbial soap like Satin or Provone and you will be fine.

Some of the problems that can arise from improper stretching are:

Blowout - This is where the fistula on the inside of the piercing is pushed out the back of the piercing.  This results in a discolored lip of skin around the back of your piercing.  If you catch this early enough, immediately downsize your jewelry and your body should reabsorb it.  If you wait to long it will heal like that and you will need to go to a piercer to have it cut or tied off.

Thinning Lobes - Lobe thinning can result from stretching too fast or too large.  The lobe will not be round, but will look flat under the piercing in early stages.  If the thinning progresses your lobes could thin to the point that the skin dies (necrosis) and they split in half!  If you see thinning it can be fixed, downsize your jewelry and let it heal, then stretch again.  Repeated re-stretching will grow more tissue and fill in the lobe.

Keloids - Keloids are over-healing the body begins to grow scar tissue and doesn't stop.  The result is a large knob of tissue in the place of the healing.  This deformation is permanent and surgery is required to remove it.  Cartilage and lobe piercings are prone to keloids, especially when over-stretched.  Also, some African-Americans seem to be especially susceptible to keloids.

The best way to stretch is to have a professional piercer do it, but if you want to do it yourself you can, just use the proper equipment.  If you need tapers, jewelry, anti-microbial soap or other supplies, you can find them at your local piercers or online.

A good site for equipment is www.BodyArtForms.com

If you want more information, try www.BMEzine.com

 

Answer by Trix
Submitted on 1/7/2005
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"Don't skip gages" everyone is sayin it wont hurt if you don't skip. WELL heres some news for ya, I've been stretching my lobe for a week and a half, going up a gage at a time until it felt uncomfortable (this is called LISTENING to your body, you people should try it some time!)
but I've just got an 8ga plug, got I got an 8ga hole, and it won't even go in, every time I try it it hurts like hell. So there's what happens if you don't skip gages. I listened to a piercers advice, cleaned regularly, massaged my ear, took the rings out so my lobe could breathe, and I'm STILL in pain!!

 

Answer by Steve
Submitted on 1/8/2005
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I have 00's in my ears, and i screwed up some of the guaging process. i went from a 6 to a 0, which is NOT a smart idea. before that i went from a 14 to a 6, which pushed out cartalige. then guaging to a zero, i pushed out more. i went to guage to 00 and realized i had already been at 00(from pushing out so much).

from pushing out that stuff, my doctor says my ears will never heal up completely, if i take out my 00's the hole may over several years shrink down to maybe a 6, but never lower. i also killed the nerves in my ears, so i litteraly feel nothing in my ear lobes(meaning i can guage as large as i want)

so moral of the story is: dont guage too big too fast, take it slow. in guaging too fast it hurt A LOT(try imagineing someone stabbing ear ear 24 hours a day for 2 weeks)

 

Answer by dannik
Submitted on 1/8/2005
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I went from a 14 to a 6 in one shot, and I did it myself with a spike in the shower. It was hard to push through and it did hurt, but it worked very well and healed pretty quickly. I would definetly suggest gauging in the shower, it slips through much more easily than gauging dry.

 

Answer by danny
Submitted on 1/8/2005
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why do the answers take so long to post on this stupid Q and A?

 

Answer by Jessie
Submitted on 1/11/2005
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i was at a normal 18 and i put in a 16. 5 minutes later i put in a 14 and then 2 seconds later i put in a 12. am i going to fast? whats the worst thing that could happen while your streching them?

 

Answer by Corrie006
Submitted on 1/12/2005
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Some of you are crazy. Gauging is not suposed to cause any bleeding and only hurt and are a bit red for a few hours if even that. Some of you are not going to want these someday and you're not going to be able to get back down to a normal size w/o surgery because you went to fast. I personally know because I tried to start with a forteen and my ears got infected big time. Now that I have waited for them to heal, I started again with 16's waited two weeks and went to a 14, then a 12. Now I'm ready for 10's and my ears don't hurt, aren't red, and aren't bleeding. It won't kill you to wait at least two weeks before going to the next size. Think about your ears or you'll end up paying later.

 

Answer by newFayth
Submitted on 1/14/2005
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i've started gauging me ears in one of the best seasons (spring) cause your tissue in your ears relazes and you have an easier, maybe shorter time to stretch.  in the winter months it is almost impossible to stretch. if you rub your ears and pull on them then that will speed the healing process.  skipping gauges is ok for 22-10. cause.......taht's not really a stretch.  but below 10 to 5 inches you need to be carefull and take your time...or your ears will look like CAT ANUS"S<<<<for real =( but that's if you take them out for good.  my gauges are at 1/2 and inch and they have never been ripped....small amounds of bleeding form sleeping on them the night after stretching but nothing serious...just the soft tissue expanding and its quite sensative for the first few days....clean them as much as you can and you can't go wrong....cause the STINK if you don't... there's some help for some noob's to gauging and i've been there...what? what? what will happen? but this should help O))))) PEACE OUT ALL

 

Answer by bloodyjew@hotmail.com
Submitted on 1/14/2005
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hey, i went from a 16 gauge to a 4 gauge in a day and sure it hurt, but no bruising.  after like 2 weeks, i went to a 0g, and a week after(now) im at 00g.  im going to keep going until i find something else on me to pierce that i havent already

 

Answer by Stretch_that_motha
Submitted on 1/14/2005
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Ok, when stretching you can only stretch as quickly as your body will allow.  Actually you can stretch faster but the risk of a blow out, keloid, or other undesired effect.  It is not natural for your ear to bleed when stretching.  Ripping your ear will damage it.  Damaging your ears is bad.  Jumping stretchs is not reccommended but again, everyone is different.  If you encounter a blow out the best cure for it is to downsize the piercing and then restretch correctly.  Another thing a blow out is not ejecting a pieced of skin.  Its when you stretch to fast and the fistua (the actual name for a pierced hole) rolls out and creates an ugly disc on the stretch.  A cat butt effect mosty occurs when you are closing a big stretch.  When I say big stretch I mean one that is past the bodys natural healing limit.  From what I have read from BMEzine.com (the site for body modification) is 00ga.  If you want to help increase healing time rub lotion that is fortified with vitamin E, which helps regenerate cell growth.  Currently after strething for a year and a half I have perfect 7/8th lobes with no blow outs or any unsightly damage.  Also my 4 ga septum has healed quite nicely

 

Answer by matt
Submitted on 1/14/2005
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I've been gauging my ears since the beggining of the school year. This is how I did it...14,10,8,6,4,2,0.
The 0's were extremely difficult for one of my ears which is always tighter. Solution...find an object that is between the size 2 and 0...sterelize it and use it. I used a bic papermate smooth pen...kept it in for an hour..and then put the 0's in...they did bleed...alot...but my ears are fine now.

 

Answer by isabbbellla
Submitted on 1/15/2005
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good god, my ears hurt RIGHT NOW i started with a 16..went to 12 today and yes the sanmm day 2 hours later which is now i am trying to shove a damn 6 in my ear..but i think im gonna get in thwe shower doesent hot water stretch you ear lobes skin or w/e I DUNNO HELLP!

 

Answer by HotJeordie
Submitted on 1/16/2005
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I have heard from professional piercers that you should not gauge your ears too quickly (in fact, they said only go up 1 size every two months!) because it can rip and that is not good, but who wants to wait that long? I have also discovered that it is easier to gauge your ears right after you get out of the shower.

 

Answer by crabshaft21
Submitted on 1/18/2005
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hey everyone iv been guagin my ears for awhile and i went from a 22 to 12 to an 8 to a 4 to a 0 and it only hurt a lil bit except for the stretch to a 12 that really hurt but my ears never blead the were a lil sore but thats all

 

Answer by Jon
Submitted on 1/19/2005
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Hey Ive just had my ears pierced and i really wanna stretch them but i'm not sure how 2 start or how long 2 wait before i start after the six weeks i wanna get flesh tunnels eventually like tom Delonge i've heard this is a 4mmm stretch is this right? thanks xxx

 

Answer by spunkybotox
Submitted on 1/20/2005
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they'll heal up.. i had like 1/2 inche's in and when the one gotinfected i just took it out and withing a week.. i was back at a 6.. just make sure when ur gauging push it thru little bit little and spin it once and a while.. cuz if u just shuv it thru ur most likely gonna tip the ear and it will bleed. and thats how infections start

 

Answer by JenniPoo18
Submitted on 1/21/2005
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when i first started gauging my ears i decided to skip which left them all bloody and sore as hell but as long as you take them out everyday and clean them and use soap and some kind of healing cream like neosporin they'll be fine! I promise you that.  I also let mine close up over the summer i was at a zero and by the end of the summer i was at a 10....Nice huh. They also say that if you want to help the closing process you can also use neosporin I guess it works for everything. But as of now im back at a zero but when i plan on closing em up im gonna follow these steps!
No need to worry, but if you are then maybe this isn't for you!
*~*~*Jennifer*~*~

 

Answer by beckals
Submitted on 1/22/2005
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I had my ears pierced at a standard 20 gauge piercing gun size for about 12 years.  I started my gauging by going from a 20 to a 14 which wasn't hard at all.  I then went from a 14 to an 8 gauge, and that kind of hurt.  I'm now trying to go to a 2 gauge, but I figured out that it gets harder to skip gauges when you get to the bigger sizes.  My ears have never bled, but they do tend to swell up when I gauge them.  I think it's natural though.  And as far as household items that can double as earrings... regular earrings are 20g, safety pins are 20g, paper clips are 18g, and I just found out that standard straws are 2 gauges.  Lol.  Something that helps gauge your ears is to use lotion or neosporin on the rings.  It helps them slide easier.  I hope at least some of this has helped you with your gauging issues, and have a lovely day.

 

Answer by lisa
Submitted on 1/23/2005
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im wanting to start and stretch my ear, an i no this sounds dumb but do i go to a piercing studio to get it done, or do i buy a plug and do it my self? ive found reading all ur posts interesting, an helpful. please answer soon! cheers guys and gals!

 

Answer by CamO
Submitted on 1/23/2005
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Hey guys im goin from a 8 to a 6 and for somereason i got one in but the other wont go in...and its healed and ive been playin wiht it like crazy...lube isnt workin eather...any tips???

 

Answer by Jay
Submitted on 1/23/2005
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I Pearce all my friends ears i have ten of my own, I started out with just simple ear rings thin gaging them all the way down too 9/16 in about a half of a year, i allso got 0g in my septum right now, and among other things. Allso never think you can pearce  yourself sll alone,it took me a while to learn overything for a proffesional

 

Answer by poop poo brain
Submitted on 1/24/2005
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can i gadge my prince albert?

 

Answer by Nadia B
Submitted on 1/24/2005
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gauge your ears after your ear has healed from initially piercing it. i went from a normal hole size to a 14, then from a 14 to a 10 and that is where i am right now. i put the 10's in yesterday, its still sore but it will feel allright in a couple days. then im going to shove in some 8's and find some flesh tunnels and plugs =).

a tip for you all. gauge your ears right after you come out of the shower, they slide in so easy with a bit of pressure. it still hurts but its quick =).

also. i dont think gauging more then 2 sizes at a time is good for you. i went 14 t0 10 and from the 10 im going to an 8. you might rip your ear and bleed =\

 

Answer by Frank
Submitted on 1/25/2005
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I pierced my ears like a month ago and I'm already at a 4, and its healed up already. all of u guys are wimps

 

Answer by jaclyn
Submitted on 1/26/2005
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i have normal size piercings in my ears right now and im thinking about gauging them to 14. will it hurt if i buy some 14g earrings and just put them in my ear? is 14 a good size to start at?

 

Answer by when_stars_fall
Submitted on 1/28/2005
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i was wondering if it is ok to jump from a 14 to a 8 in one day...i went from a 16 to a 10 last year, but my mom wouldn't shut up about them so i took them out...i started stretching my holes yesterday morning and by last night, i had the 8's in...they hurt a little bit...they didn't bleed when i pushed the rings through...i was wondering if they will turn out ok...someone please let me know...thanks a bunch

alkalinlll@yahoo.com

 

Answer by Sara Bailey
Submitted on 1/29/2005
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Well, I don't now what ur talkin about when you say that it's alright for your ears to bleed when gauging......CAUSE IT'S NOT!!! I'm sure that someone has heard about what's called a funnel effect. It's when you go from one gauge to another that is way too big for the existing holes, and the force that you use to get that humongous gauge in forces the tissue in the ear to be pushed back wards, causing this extremely unsightly funnel effect. That is sickly to look at and is not beautiful in any way, shape or form. Not to mention the horrible scar tissue. Now it is fine to skip gauges but only if you can get them in without having to practically rip your head off, which sounds a lot like what some of you are doing. Now you don't have to take my advice, there's no way I can make you, so you just go ahead and rip and tear your lobes. And when one of you end up with this deformed ear email me...just so i can say i told you so.....although i don't expect you'd want to share it with me, just because i've warned you.

 

Answer by Lucky*
Submitted on 1/29/2005
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Wow Steve, that's not very smart man, you are guaging your ears way too fast! each size you go to, you should wait ATLEAST 3 weeks before resizing, even then that is too fast, the premium healing time is 4-6 weeks. are your ears bleeding a lot? have they bled before? if so. . .that means you ripped your ears, and this will cause scar tissue along with other problems, so now stretching is just gonna be that much harder! let you 6g's heal for a long time, probably 4 weeks, and keep them clean and healthy! they you should buy 4g tapers, and do the same thing, then 2g's, and eventually 0g's! have fun with that. . .and remember.  .let you ears heal! or you'll end up ripping your ear really badly and are going to have to downsize, or. . .you will get a blowout, and those are nasty and painful!

 

Answer by Lucky*
Submitted on 1/29/2005
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ATTENTION ANYONE WHO WANTS TO OR IS STRETCHING THEIR EARS!
-Hello there! I'm a body piercer and have my ears stretched twice on both sides to 5/8"(bottom) and 00g(top). I cannot stress enough how important waiting for your ears to heal is! every time you resize your ears, you should wait atleast 4 weeks until you stretch them again! Reasons for waiting this long-1)you won't have any rips or tears in your ears, which means you won't have any scar tissue 2)you won't have any blowouts 3)if you wait this long, chances are that your earrings are starting to fit loosely, and this means that your next stretch should be fairly easy, and less painful! 4)if you keep your ears clean, healthy, and in good shape(i.e. no scar tissue, no blowouts, no rips) then in the future if you want to downsize, they will downsize faster and look cleaner, without a bunch of scars or bumps.

 

Answer by kimbo
Submitted on 1/30/2005
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I have a question.

I had 16 for a while.. and it seemed pretty  much pointless because i'd had my ears pierced for a very long time, so it was already really stretched. I wanted plugs. So i figured if i skipped down to a 12 plug it would be fine. But i cant get the plugs to go in at all! Does anyone have any tips or anything? I really want my plugs =( haha

 

Answer by Liley
Submitted on 1/31/2005
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don't have an answer.have a question though.
my parents wont let me streach my ears but I'm a do em a+e ways.I have a pierced ear what size should I start with?

 

Answer by Liley
Submitted on 1/31/2005
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don't have an answer.have a question though.
my parents wont let me streach my ears but I'm a do em a+e ways.I have a pierced ear what size should I start with?Also how much will it hurt?any body know where i could get a good deals on a taper package?

 

Answer by Liley
Submitted on 1/31/2005
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don't have an answer.have a question though.
my parents wont let me streach my ears but I'm a do em a+e ways.I have a pierced ear what size should I start with?Also how much will it hurt?any body know where i could get a good deals on a taper package if so post.By the way i also have 3 other piecings will the streached one interfere with the rest.I know i ask to mny ? Just don't want to rgrt ths decision L8r n lfe

 

Answer by daner
Submitted on 2/1/2005
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Hey there! Advice for anyone who has LOST a plug and isn't in a position to get a new one: get a straw. Cut it up the middle, put another straw inside, tape. Do that for as many as will fill the hole. Should hold you 'til you can get your earring back in. Might want to put a rubber band on either end to keep it there.

 

Answer by liz
Submitted on 2/1/2005
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yes your ears will close up. i currently have 1/2" gauge plugs and my right ear got infected so i took out my plug. in about 2 days it closed back up to about around a 10 gauge. luckily it healed up, and i got it back from a 10 to a 00. the pain wasn't even as bad as when i first stretched it. it was actually rather easy.

and to those that are skipping sizes, you could easily blow out your ear. i almost blew out my ear stretching from a 00 to a 1/2". that was the stupidest decision i ever made while stretching my lobes and luckily i was smart enough to take them out to heal after i soaked up an entire napkin full of blood from just one ear.

you shouldn't be so proud of the fact that you skipped gauges because that could be the most idiotic thing you can do. it's just asking for an infection or for your ear to blow out on you. i don't think you want to go around with your ear all scabby and people continuously asking what happened to your ear.

i'vebeen stretching my ears for a good...maybe 2 years now and i'mgetting rather sick of them. i'vebeen thinking of just taking them out for good, but not for sure just yet. my mind tells me that i want to stretch them out, but buddha ears? no thanks.

 

Answer by joey
Submitted on 2/4/2005
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I was at a 22 gauge and went to a 2 gauge in the same day.Then four days later I went to a 00 and my earlobes are fine.What do U people out there think about that..? I was just wondering..

 

Answer by Bradley Thomas
Submitted on 2/5/2005
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I NEED TO KNOW IF I CAN GO TO A 00 AND THEN TO A 1/2" GAUGE? WILL IT HURT? E-MAIL ME BACK AT Bradley_Thomas30@yahoo.com.

 

Answer by Mike Chendes
Submitted on 2/5/2005
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I started at an 18 then 16 now to a 14 planing on going down to a 8 but what i do no from experience is then when your ears do start pussing and bleeding wipe them of and put the earing back and sleep on it because it's going to feel so much better and it should be healed up by morning and skip gauges isn't a problem it just goes along with your comfort level

 

Answer by guest
Submitted on 2/6/2005
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o god people... for those of you who said bleeding is normal... ITS NOT... you should never bleed from stretching... if you do start to bleed... then you're doing something wrong.

 

Answer by T
Submitted on 2/7/2005
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Without using a taper can you gauge your ears with the earing? I have used the earing before but it was the kind with rubberbands on each end. I got something different this time, like the part I would have to put in my ear is a circle and the part that would be in the earlobe is thinner than what I would have to force in. If anyone can understand what I mean, please tell me what I should do?

 

Answer by Alex
Submitted on 2/8/2005
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Hey, I'm 14 Years Old, and at 1/2", and if you people are wondering if it will ever close up...depends what size your at..i say that from a 1/4", it will close up, but further then that, it will be nothing but a medium sized hole.

thanks, Later.

 

Answer by Brian
Submitted on 2/9/2005
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Im at 5/8 when i was at 2g i went almost to 00g by cutting a circle out of dry sponge then getting it wet and putting it in my ear over night. In the morning it will be slightly bigger from expansion

 

Answer by lalalauren16
Submitted on 2/9/2005
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well i just started streching and it doesnt really hurt but the only thing that kinda bugs me is the SMELL! dont you think it kinda smells like cheese!

 

Answer by dreamsickle_07
Submitted on 2/13/2005
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i have a 4, which i want to heal back up...about how long will that take until i can get back to at least a 14? i have job interviews, and i have short hair, people notice them a lot, so i want to look presentable for this matter

 

Answer by necrosh
Submitted on 2/13/2005
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hey im 15 and got my ears peirced at 18g i just got the from 10g to 8g it hurt like hell but it did not bleed i was wondering should i go to a 6g or 4g and how long should i wait ???

 

Answer by lifeline
Submitted on 2/14/2005
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hey, i just gauged my ears with a 10 and they were fine with the tapers but they bled when i put the plugs in, and then i had to change to regular 20 gauge earrings constantly because my dad doesn't know that i'vedone it but i suspect my mom does and she wouldn't mind anyways but they bleed every time i change them so i just soak them in alcohol and they're fine, they've even stopped bleeding but YES!!! they do shrink back! and quickly too! i have to re-taper them a lot from changing so often

 

Answer by corey
Submitted on 2/15/2005
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i started at a 18g. I'm at a 12 now. Would it be  to go to a 8 or a 6g

 

Answer by Liz
Submitted on 2/17/2005
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hello, im Liz, im a 16 y/o and have had a few percings, my belly,and ears. i no nuthing special but, what can ya say? Ive had all my percings done profesianly, and would never do them my self. im just wondering how you guys find the self courage or "guts" to do it your self? i kno this is more of a question than answer but whatever lol. i would love a responce so here from u soon!

 

Answer by Tay-Tay
Submitted on 2/19/2005
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Okay, I just re-pierced my ears for the 10th time, and i have safety pins in right now, i bought some 6g stretcher spikes, and some 8g horseshoes. is it okay to skip gauges or not? there is about 50% of people on here say it is okay while the other half say it is dangerous. will someone tell me the truth?

 

Answer by Ruby
Submitted on 2/19/2005
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It is best to start out with a 14 gauge when first starting. And also it is best not to skip sizes, some people can take it, but unless you did it before my advice is don't skip. It can end up hurting extremely bad and the throbbing don't stop until you down size. It is not normal to bleed! it is called stretching because the skin stretches, it is not called ripping, it bleeds because the skin is being ripped which can cause pain or infection.

 

Answer by Jordan
Submitted on 2/20/2005
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It really isn't that good for your ears to bleed...my ear was pierced a 22 or a 20 and I wanted a bigger ring, so I went down to a 14, my sister helped me because she knows a lot about it.  She pretty much had to cram it through slowly...it hurt, but not terribly.  It didn't bleed, but a hurt a little bit for a few hours...I couldn't really touch it or sleep on it either.  But if you need help with it, piercing places can usually help you do it or how to do it and the right way.  Your ears shouldn't hurt too bad, they shouldn't bruise, and they shouldn't bleed...yep.  Sometimes it's ok to skip sizes, but not from something like a 14 to a 8, that's a huge jump...

 

Answer by ___Kandie
Submitted on 2/21/2005
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Wow, like people before have said, you guys are really screwing up your ears. If you want to gauge them, do it slowly. You have your whole life ahead of you to get those big beautiful lobes. If you intend on stretching them, why get it gunned to begin with? Why not spend a few extra bucks and get it done at a decent (14 or so) gauge by a professional piercer at a <i>clean, reputible</i> piercing parlor?
Again, go SLOW. play with your CBR's, or plugs, whatever. Use a taper, or better yet, get it tapered professionally. If you -must- do it yourself, and do it now, make sure you clean everything. On that note, don't try to clean acrylic with alcohol. It will shatter.  Wash your hands. And for gods sake don't stretch with neosporin. Use a water based lubricant, that way it can wash off if you have to much on. Don't clean your freshly pierced/stretched holes with alochol or peroxide either. It's bad for them. Use a sea salt solution (similar to saline for contacts)
But again, take it VERY SLOW.
And as one other person said, if you need help..
www.bmezine.com
They have quite a bit of free stuff you can look at and learn from, just be careful.

 

Answer by Leslie
Submitted on 2/24/2005
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i just recently took out my 0s. i went 18-14-10-8-6-4-2-0. my holes are now closed up to a 16 and i have the slits. Are the slits going to stay there forever? if so, i will continue my stretching and go for the 1/2. If you can handle skipping sizes go for it, i just don't like excessive pain. my conchs are still healing.

 

Answer by matt
Submitted on 2/26/2005
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I pierced my own ears myself and went straight up to a 10. Those are the easiest to get in and you don't even need a taper or anything to stretch it. You just have to push it through. After i had 10's for like 4-5 days i went to 8's. I just popped them right through also. I had them for about 1 week and i decided to go up but nobody i knew had 6's but they did have 4's and a taper for it also so I skipped 6's and it hurt a little bit but it didn't bleed at all. I had the 6's for about a week and a half then one day at school some friends dared me to stick a pencil through my ear (0 gauge size) so i went ahead and did it and it hurt a little bit and it didn't bleed at all so then i decided to go up to 0's. I had 0's for a week and a couple days and my friend that has 00's persuaded me to go up so I went to hot topic and bought 00's. I found a taper-like pen that was smooth and gradually went up that was perfect 00 size and so now I'm at 00's. My left ear is all healed up but my right one is still getting there. And I think i might have ripped my right ear in the back a little bit but its not a huge rip. So I went from not having piercings to having 00's in probably 2 months. I was wondering if I were to take them out in a year if they would still grow back cuz everyone has different opinions. If someone can get me true proof for an answer that would be great. Thanks

 

Answer by Allie
Submitted on 2/28/2005
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I am troubled. I tried 3 days ago to go from 14g to 12g. I was a wimp and only put the ring in about half way making it go to probably 13g. So the stoppers in the back of my ear were too big and wouldn't stay, so I used regular clear backings from regular earrings. Well they were a little sore the first day, I cleaned it with peroxide then the next morning they hurt SO bad it was unbarable, I took them out now they are scabbing and healing. So my question is did they get infected because of the cheapo backings I used or was I too much a wimp? Also, I wanted to go slow that's why I pushed the stretchers half way, should I tough it and shove them in all the way to a 12g? HELP!!! PLEASE

 

Answer by chris
Submitted on 3/1/2005
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I started out my obsession about a year ago, 11 months actually.  I was pierced at a 0 gauge, yes thats right a 0 gauge.  It was a custom job and the piercer who did it is amazing, I love you Christy!!!  Since then I have moved up from a 0 to 00 to 1/4 to 1/2 to 3/4 and I am now on a 7/8.  I am obsessed with stretching my ears but I think I have to stop here, professional reasons.  Anyways the reason I mention this is so that everyone knows that EVERYONE is different.  My g/f had 1/4 plugs in 6 months ago and took them out.  the hole closed to about the size of a dot. It looks like a normal earring hole. I however took out my 1/4 plugs one time for almost 3 weeks and didn't get any closure at all.  The best way to know is to find out for yourself and for god sakes leave the stretching to the professionals.  It's not worth the pain and agony of an infection.  Oh also the way that i stretched was by buying every single size plug and stepping up by 1 size every week.  just be sure to have advil on hand if you plan to use tapers.

 

Answer by Confused...
Submitted on 3/1/2005
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Um... I got my ears pierced for the third time because i think they got infected so i decided to try again. The lady who pierced my eras did this with a needle and it's thicker than a normal earring she pierced it with um a hoop so if i want plugs what gauge should i start with and what are some things to compare to plug sizes

 

Answer by pantera4756
Submitted on 3/1/2005
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I went from a 10 4 2 0 00 000 in a week. no problems here.

 

Answer by piercieng sean
Submitted on 3/3/2005
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what can i make at home to take my ears from oo to 1/2?

 

Answer by ross
Submitted on 3/3/2005
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im at a 4 gauge and one ear i can see perfectly through it and the other is all weird and has no hole when i take it out to clean it and it bleeds what is wrong with it?

 

Answer by wooHOO
Submitted on 3/5/2005
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i got my ears pierced at a swap meet at a 20g about 2 weeks ago n today i just pushed a 12g circular barbell through . felt js like getting it pierced . no pain just a burning sensation X1  peas

 

Answer by jet
Submitted on 3/6/2005
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can anyone help me im a kid jus starting to stretch my ear, i got a 4 mm in and i want a bigger one what is the biggest step to go up at a time? i really want a big hole.  
another thing........... anyone have any home made ideas of ear stretchers eg pens etc?

jet s xxx

 

Answer by kheebl
Submitted on 3/10/2005
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i have 10g in right now an i just bought 8g today, but i cant get the 8's to go in there. the 10's are really loose, but just wont go in.

 

Answer by dance kill mosh
Submitted on 3/11/2005
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still complaining about pain dont do it if you cant take it. people do it for the wrong reasons, such as it looks sick and they get alot of attention,  you should do it for yourself.

 

Answer by im a large penis
Submitted on 3/13/2005
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wow i have a 0g in my penis and its hot i can pee from both holes now its damn right cool

 

Answer by has_been69
Submitted on 3/14/2005
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i am at 10 gauge right now i was at 6 g. then i got my earrings ripped out i am planning on getting them punched to 0 or 00 and you can see through your ears at 10 g. i can anyways. EAR STRETCHING RULES! keep on keepin on man

 

Answer by ashxdee
Submitted on 3/14/2005
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14mm is the way foward!

 

Answer by Amanda
Submitted on 3/14/2005
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I don't have an answer, but I have a question: my ears are at a 4g right now(they have been for at least 6 months), and I bought some saddle plugs that are 4g.  The problem is that since saddle plugs are flared at both ends, the ends are a heck of a lot bigger than the middle, which is the 4g part.  I've tried angling them in there, but they aren't going in, so my question is, does anyone know of a technique to put saddle plugs in?

 

Answer by jiolent
Submitted on 3/14/2005
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in a month i went to a 2g

 

Answer by has_been69
Submitted on 3/15/2005
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WHY NOT SKIP GAUGES? its alright to just as long as you dont go from normal to like a 0 pincher or taper. i went from 10 to 2 today with a plug and after an hour i took it out and like 2 hours later i checked it in the lunch line at school and i could only get my ten back in there! my parents were totally against me stretching my ears so i did it anyway. i am not telling you to go against your parents but im just saying i did. LATA PLAYA'S R.I.P. TYLER MOLITER! WE MISS YOU

 

Answer by britt
Submitted on 3/19/2005
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i have my lobes at an 18 gage right now and i have my cartilage pierced.  the ring in there is about a 22 gage but i want to put an 18gage in.... i know cartilage doesnt give like earlobes do and i was wondering how bad it will hurt and will it shrink back to normal?

 

Answer by jaymee
Submitted on 3/19/2005
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im at a 8 guage now and my ears smell like ass...does anyone elses?

 

Answer by Jennifer S.
Submitted on 3/20/2005
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I got my earlobes pierced at 10 g. about a month ago I tried to use electrial tape to gauge them more , but it wont go through all the way , should I shove them though????

 

Answer by h the goth
Submitted on 3/21/2005
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I put my ears from a 18 to a 6 gauge with a pincher in one step, and it didnt hurt very much, and healed over fairly well.  But since i do most of my piercings myself i am used to pain. So i would say not to gauge your ears, or even put metal through your face because it makes it harder to get a good job, and you end up like me, working in the back of a factory for 4.50 an hour.

 

Answer by Jozey
Submitted on 3/22/2005
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I was just wondering if the 18g or 16g are the same size as any other earing..I'm planning maybe small plugs...tx

 

Answer by jeff_barbree
Submitted on 3/23/2005
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hey i have 0g's in and i went from normal piercing to 0g's 2 weeks later, well i was wandering if my ears will go to normal cause i need a job and i don't think that a boss will accept them.  and if u can email me a answer @ dracula200021@yahoo.com

 

Answer by Kate
Submitted on 3/24/2005
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Yeah, they'll shrink down. My ear is 7/16" and I took out my spacer because it was itching (part of the healing process; usually the next feeling after pain) & I went to sleep... obviously forgetting to put it back in. The next day I could barely get a two in it. So I went back up... & The best advice (since I've done this over and over and over since about seventh grade-I'm in eleventh now) is to go slow... It shouldn't bleed if you do, and if you give it patience, you have a better chance of healing, etc.
Blah, I'm all talked out.

 

Answer by Chase
Submitted on 3/26/2005
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Hey, im 15 and have 0g's. I went from a 14 to 10 to 8 to 6 to 4 to 2, and it only hurt when i went from 2 to 0. Does the increments get higher?

 

Answer by Mikey
Submitted on 3/30/2005
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i went from a normal piercing to 00 in a little more than a month..i stretched my ears a new bigger guage every day...it didnt really even hurt that bad but i wash them 4 times a day and put cream on them all the time.   Is it normal to stretch that fast or did i just mess up my ears badly? please answer.....sumbody!

 

Answer by FxYxIxE
Submitted on 3/31/2005
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My first stretch was a 12g straight to 0g and then 0g to 1/2"  it didn't hurt as much as people said. it stings a bit but yea will they ever shrink back because of the big stretches i took.\??

 

Answer by Grate ful dread
Submitted on 4/2/2005
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You dont have to wait a month to go further with your process I'm only going to wait two weeks...thats what was reccomended to me

 

Answer by Jenna
Submitted on 4/3/2005
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Alright. So yesterday I went shopping & decided to get gages, they're 16g. & I was wondering how long I should wait to get new ones, and when I do get new one's, what size should I get ?

 

Answer by Megan
Submitted on 4/3/2005
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Hi...Umm I just started gaging my ears..I went straight to a 12g I really wanna go to 10g....I was just wondering is it ok to like lube the plugs before I put them in...and whats a really good way to insure there will no infection?

 

Answer by scooter
Submitted on 4/3/2005
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i have an inch in my ear, and this is the second time i have gagged my ears. so it doesn't really matter how long you have them in or how big they are, they will eventually grow back

 

Answer by l0velessAnd Dead
Submitted on 4/5/2005
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yea, I had 1/2 inch in my ears, they close up perfectly fine, I suppose it all depends on how long you leave them in there.  I went from 20 Gauge to 2 Gauge in one night, and the next day I jammed in 1/2 Bearings from skateboard wheels..pretty sick huh?

 

Answer by _shAnit420_
Submitted on 4/8/2005
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hey i have a 10 gauge in my ear right now but i havent pierced my right ear yet (i figure ill just reuse all my old guages in my right ear when I'm done with my left ear) but anyways i was noticing that above my gauge it feels a little puffy..you cant really notice it by looking at it but when u touch it it feels a little more bigger than my right ear...i was just wondering if thats like bc my skin has no where ot go so its just getting a little puffy or if its infected or if its like a ball of puss in my ear that wont come out lol...alright well thanks for the help...peace

 

Answer by Jen
Submitted on 4/11/2005
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hey i think i am gonna gage my ears so want do i get and should i start at 14 and if u want them to close up can u still use regular earrings

 

Answer by Liz
Submitted on 4/12/2005
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Hey, I'm Liz i started guaging my ears months ago. When i started I played volleyball, written rule is no earing's, but i managed to keep them in. Eventually i had to take them out during games and stick them back in during breaks. i decided to take them out, but i missed them to much...so i went to a 16 to a 6...plus it was infected, didnt hurt that much. Now im at a 4 and going to a 0, hopefully it will work: / haha

 

Answer by robby
Submitted on 4/13/2005
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i did mine from a 18 to a 10 and they only bleed very minimal and they don't hurt and its only been 2 days

 

Answer by caley
Submitted on 4/15/2005
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hey ya-ll i went to the mall with my friends and i started at a sixteen which isn't anything then i just put in belly button rings which are fourteens then i went to a twelve then to a ten and now i want to go to an eight!!! i was wonder in how far i can go and be able to take them out and my ears will go back to normal!!??

 

Answer by The Mastermind
Submitted on 4/17/2005
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i got my ear peiced three nights ago, and im not sitting at a confortable 10 gage, i hope to go up to a 2 or 0 gage by next week, am i stretching too fast and can it cause damage

 

Answer by bob
Submitted on 4/18/2005
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I have a 00g's in and my left one got ripped out and now i have a ugly pink scar going down my lobes.  IT SUCKS!

 

Answer by derek
Submitted on 4/18/2005
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sarah with the golf tees i suggest using the round tapered earrings...they get bigger in the middle so you can gradually push them through

 

Answer by BReana
Submitted on 4/19/2005
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ORIGINAL POST:

ehhh. i lost my 0g plugs, and my ears only shrunk to a 4. they easily guaged back. with pain. I guess it depends on the person, and how long they are at that guage.

STEVE:

do it slowly, TRUST ME! do 4 then 2 and so on. if you guage to fast, it can really mess up your ear. Like rip the flesh, or get collaflower ear. ew.

 

Answer by Roxanne
Submitted on 4/20/2005
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i had regular earrings, then i put a 14g in. then like a week later i put a 8g in. Then about a month later, i put a 2g in. Then i went from 2 to 0 which didnt hurt at all and then i went from a 00 to a 000 but i put 00 plugs in, and as we speak, im stretching to a 000. My 00 stretched ears will NOT close back completely. NOT close back, you hear? itll go back to like...an 8 which isnt that bad, but when i take them out, u can see through my ear.

<3

 

Answer by Cat
Submitted on 4/21/2005
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i was reading ure stuff ppl and yalls crazy bleeding is not normal at all and puss does not mean they r healing it means more than likely they r infected and u dont wanna use dial soap its too strong and can make it worse a really good thing to do is take a t-spoon of sea salt and dissolve it in about 8oz of water and try to hold ure ear or what ever ure stretchin in it for about 10-15minute it takes all the infection and stuff out another thing is its not good to use acrylic for along period of time bc the chemical and dye in it can irritate it organtics or glass is best to use if ne one has ne  more questions feel free to email me at itsmine169@yahoo.com

 

Answer by a;slkdfj
Submitted on 4/23/2005
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go to www.bmezine.com for answers.

 

Answer by jess-o
Submitted on 4/26/2005
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I have stretched my ears to a 0 ga. about 6 weeks ago... if I take my plugs out for a few hours will the hole close up a little... and if it does and I have to put the taper through it to get back to a 0 ga. will it feel like the firs time I stretched to a 0?

 

Answer by Mitch
Submitted on 4/28/2005
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anyone know how to reduce the size of scar tissue?

 

Answer by scene in da boonies
Submitted on 4/28/2005
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i just started gaging, im at a 16 right now. how should i stretch them?

 

Answer by Dan borderline
Submitted on 4/28/2005
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I have 9/16 in right now, but I plan on going to a 5/8 that is the next step up. I don't think my ears will go back to normal.

 

Answer by deadtoyou
Submitted on 4/29/2005
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i got me ears pierced about half a year ago and i got them pierced with a 12 g needle. i waited about a month and stretched them to a 8 i skipped 10 its not bad to skip one size if its not that big its a waste of money to buy tapers and plugs for a size that your just going to get rid of in a week from 8i stretched them to 00  it took awhile but i didn't skip any sizes and my ears haven't bled at all i just went from 00 to 1/2 and i skipped 7/16th cause i didn't want to spend more money a plugs and tapers cause I'm just going to make them bigger. stretching your ears is fun.!@!

 

Answer by Kyle
Submitted on 4/30/2005
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I have a 4 gauge now but before i got to this point I had a 6 gauge and that got knocked out and within about 3 days the hole was almost to the point were I couldn't a 14 gauge in. So yes the holes close up fast until you go to a 0g or bigger.

 

Answer by BA
Submitted on 5/2/2005
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Its best if you use the hoops when stretching to a new size, its A LOT easier to get them in.

 

Answer by ff
Submitted on 5/4/2005
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Answer by sykes
Submitted on 5/7/2005
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do you just buy a earing and then stick it in? i want 16 gauge

 

Answer by jonny rotten
Submitted on 5/8/2005
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sop ppls i went from a 14 to a 6 then let it heal up to an 12 then strech ed to a 00 now im back to a 0g my advice dont skip the gauges unless you can take the pain so good luck

 

Answer by wutupfoo
Submitted on 5/9/2005
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Umm guys, it is NOT NORMAL for bleeding to occur. I have started out from the standard 16g stud peircing, (with the gun, i did it when it was trendy for guys to only do the left ear)well, i used a tooth pick to get it to a 14, then put a 14g single hoop in there. months later, i realized, wtf, people have huge holes, ima do that, so i went to a 12g horse shoe, then 10g single hoop. after i did the 10, i got my right ear pierced, thanks to metro, 10g peircing with identical hoop was 32 dollars, then a month later, went to an 8, 2 days later a 6, then a week later a 4, then a week after 2g holes, then a 0 2 weeks later, then 00 2 days later, well, to make a long story short, i am at a 1 and 1/4 inch hole, but i have never had bleeding or blow outs, go a size at a time, AND TAKE OYUR TIME it will be fine...

 

Answer by Zach W
Submitted on 5/11/2005
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I went from a 3/4" and it closed up in about a month.  I restretched it out again in three days.  Dont listen to people who tell you anything else.  I am now moving to 1".

 

Answer by Stellarize*my*eyes
Submitted on 5/11/2005
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Um... i have zero gueages... i think i want to go past 00 though...  i want to know the reasoning everyone gauges their ears?...i know people do it just because its a trend or whatever..but i actually have a personal/spiritual reason for doing it... i "metaphorically" believe that by gauging my ears... i am opening up my mind/hearing which enables me to hear more of the worlds perspectives on life...or it makes me more able to intake information...its not that i literally believe it..its just having them shows that i am an open person to talk to and will listen intently to anyones views... because if we just listen to people instead of talking all the time..we will learn more... anywho... haha does anyones ears smell of the exact scent of ass?...mine do... lol... check out my myspace... http://www.myspace.com/12665924

 

Answer by Xtopher
Submitted on 5/12/2005
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Boys and girls, it's simple. Skipping gauges = Unnecessary pain, lobe tearing, bleeding, and most importantly, infection. In case of infection, you can do two things. 1) Leave it in and clean the hell out of it, ALL THE TIME or 2) Take it out and clean the hell out of it, ALL THE TIME. Notice something similar? If it gets infected, if you feel a bubble, or if anything abnormal happens, you must clean it much more than you normally would to prevent long-term damage to your lobe. Trust me, surgery is expensive...

 

Answer by kat
Submitted on 5/12/2005
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hey.....PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ANSWER ME!!! but....I HAVE JUST HAD MY EARS PIERCED AND HAVE NORMAL EARRINGS IN THERE....I WANT TO START STRETCHING....WHAT GAUGE IS THE SMALLEST TO START WITH? PLEASE PLEASE ANSWER IM DESPERATE......<3 peace out luv Kat <3 xXxXxXx

 

Answer by LiZZiE
Submitted on 5/12/2005
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strech in shower.. while your in the and streching have your head actually under the water, make sure you've been in the shower for atleast 10mins though, it makes the cell's more active meaning your skin will beome more strechy!! and strech slowly and only go up gauge'severy month, or else you can have blow outs and have to back-step. if your ears bleed, take the plug, taper, or what ever out straight away and put your old earing in, then wait another month and get a smaller size and try agian!
:):) BE SAFE PPLS!

 

Answer by Amanda
Submitted on 5/13/2005
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i went from a normal sized 18g, and in my right ear i have a 16, and in my left i have a 14, no it didnt hurt, my right ear did only bcuz its been ripped b4

 

Answer by baby
Submitted on 5/15/2005
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i went from a regular piercing (whatever size that is) right to a ten, and that was yesterday and they dont even hurt. they didnt bleed at all. yay. just thought id share

 

Answer by Mad Max
Submitted on 5/16/2005
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Alright, I have a 14 gauge in right now and I want to go to an 8 or 6 gauge and then stop. I know i should not skip but would it be okay to go to 10 from a 14? Just wondering your help would be appreciated.

 

Answer by Dante
Submitted on 5/17/2005
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Hello  there, I have a 14 gauge in (very small) and I want to go to a 10 gauge. is that to big of a leap or should i go to twelve first. I need to know so if someone should help that would be very nice of you, what is the risk of that also, if you wouldn't mind.

 

Answer by elise
Submitted on 5/17/2005
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hey,
im lookin into to gaging my ears for the first time and i need some info on all the things that could possibbly happen when i start and what the best way to gage is. i just need lots of info on it to convince my old man that gaging is ok. so hit me with whatever u got. e mail me at URGIRL92@myactv.com. or i-m me. kk. bye

 

Answer by Bryant
Submitted on 5/19/2005
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i have my ears guaged to 3/4s on an inch...

 

Answer by Rae
Submitted on 5/19/2005
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my ears shrunk back from 5/8" in just a few days

 

Answer by clare
Submitted on 5/22/2005
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i made the mistake of trying to ram an 8mm through a 5mm hole so i got it REALLY badly infected but its ok now, the answer to any stretching is to take your time and do it properly unlike me. :P

 

Answer by cj
Submitted on 5/23/2005
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i dont know y sum people r compling about how much there ears hurt from gageing or if its ok for them to hurt.i pieced mine with a saftey pin n put in a 10 then just a 0 n with my second holes i went stright to an 8. my cartalige is a 4. they all hurt i guss but just do it before bed n then they wont hurt. i did mine during study hall in school . bad idea then they bother u the whole day.

 

Answer by jstagel
Submitted on 5/24/2005
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how bad does it hurt to skip gages. i want to go from an 18 to a 12 but i wanna know how bad it hurts...

 

Answer by hvy_mtl_hed666
Submitted on 5/25/2005
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You could go from a 6 to a 0 if you get the long ones and gradualy slide it through (over a few days) the size i went from a 4 to a 00 like that and im going from that to a 1\2 inch the same way. it saves money. Yes, i know im a cheap bastard

 

Answer by amanda panda
Submitted on 5/27/2005
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I just started to gage my ears. I am starting out on 16's and then moving down slowly. My friend said that I could do 14's, but I wanted to take things slow with this. hell my ears hurt from 16's. I think they are quite nice though. it's kind of fun messing with them.

 

Answer by andy
Submitted on 5/28/2005
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SLOW DOWN

 

Answer by stickit
Submitted on 5/30/2005
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gezz all u lil kids i have 5/8ths inch lobes and a 2 gauge tongue ring and a 8 gauge tongue ring! nothing wrong with skippin gauges and nothing wrong with bleeding its all normal..what u think was gonna happen when u put a bigger thing in a little hole? whell have fun and don't be scared cuz it looks awesome and u guys kick ass for supporting this!

 

Answer by currAnxx
Submitted on 6/1/2005
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Hey guys,

I got my ears pierced when I was 12 (I'm 15 now.) When I was 13, I wore eyebrow rings in my holes and then moved to bellybutton rings. On my 15th birthday I bought an 8g for my right ear. It wouldn't go in at first, so I put it in as far as i could with the rings around it. The next day the hole was a bit bigger but the stretcher wouldn't go on. After putting Triple Action Polysporin all over it it went in. I did this right before bed. When I woke up there was a bit of (skin?) at the back but it came off right away. At first it was hard to turn it or take it out, but everyday I took it out, cleaned my ear with the anti-bacterial liquid I got then I had my helix piercing and I put more Polysporin on it. I waited about 2 weeks to stretch it again. I bought a 6 from a piercing kiosk and it went in really easily. I also bought a plug and I still cleaned it (the plug) and my hole daily. The left ear was a bit harder to do, but it finally went in. Unfortunately it got pulled out and I lost the O-ring and the hole ripped a bit. I went to Cedar point and my stretcher fell out and the hole closed completely because it wasn't healed. I'm going to a 4 this Friday, after having the 6 in for about a month and I'm going to redo my left ear - slowly and safely - like I did my right.

Moral of the story - don't be stupid. take your time. If you stretch them really fast with unsanitary objects and you don't clean the hole, then your ears probably should fall off.

Much love,
currAnxx

 

Answer by xjuliex
Submitted on 6/2/2005
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is it ok to gage your cartilage b/c i have both my ear pierced up there, i have a 16g in it put i can fit a 14g in it.... also does it hurt to get a industrial and your tragus pierced??

 

Answer by goober
Submitted on 6/3/2005
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Take it slow. I am and it is not normal to bleed. My ears have never bled, and in a little over a month I have gone from the regular to an 8 gauge. Play with whatever you put in your ears for a few days or a week and it won't hurt as much when you gauge up.

 

Answer by For_The_Punx
Submitted on 6/5/2005
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u should go to 4 gauge. BTW u should never skip gauges, i ripped my ear badly once by going from an 8 to a 4. i have 00 now, but after i got to 4, i didnt skip gauges n e more. But to my question... Ive heard that 2g is the "point of no return" when speaking of it closing, well, i've also heard that its 00 gauge. i cant choose what is right. can someone give me what they have to say about your stretchings closing?

 

Answer by ElTrentz
Submitted on 6/8/2005
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on my left ear i went from a 10 to a 0, and on my right i went from a 16 to a 0, it didnt hurt that bad or bleed a lot until after, i just had a head ache for the day, i did both in like 10 minutes lol, that was a head rush, talk about sweating from pain.

 

Answer by ElTrentz
Submitted on 6/8/2005
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on my left ear i went from a 10 to a 0, and on my right i went from a 16 to a 0, it didnt hurt that bad or bleed a lot until after, i just had a head ache for the day, i did both in like 10 minutes lol, that was a head rush, talk about sweating from pain. but ive had them for half a year now, and they are fine, i plan on goin 2 sizes bigger, because theres more plugs,tunnels and other jewelry that i like that only comes in sizes 0 or bigger and they look better bigger, i plan on keeping them forever, my jobs gonna be guitar building, so i dont have to worry, im 17 now, and will start my job as a luthier(guitar building) in about 2 years, i was just wondering if anyone thats experienced with stretching knows if buffalo etched jewelry is comfortable, cause they have cool designs, but they are possibally uncomfortable, thanks, lou

 

Answer by mykala
Submitted on 6/8/2005
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hey i just started i had regular earrings then i went to a 14 and if u put them in while ur in the shower then its easier and if its ur first time dont try to push the earring in  just do it slowly in the shower get hott water on ur ear and then push it in slowly

 

Answer by Rae
Submitted on 6/9/2005
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well im at a 2g and it i take mine out they dont close up they shrink alittle but not much

 

Answer by sLipKnoT
Submitted on 6/11/2005
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Im new to this gaging stuff too i dont know lotts o stuff -> like what order to gage , can i go straight to a 12 ?

  Thx
              
                         SLIPKNOT
                               ROX

 

Answer by no_one_knows1188
Submitted on 6/12/2005
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hey,
    im 15 and have been thinking about stretching my ears for a while,i dont want to go to to big but i was wondering if it was ok to start with a 14g?


 

Answer by no_one_knows1188
Submitted on 6/12/2005
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hey,
  i was wondering if it was ok to go from a 18g to a 14g...and if it is how long should i wait before getting it to 14?

 

Answer by powerchordmasterguitarist
Submitted on 6/14/2005
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has anybody seen Travis Barker's(blink 182's drummer) gauges? how big are they? they're fkn awesome

 

Answer by Robert
Submitted on 6/14/2005
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Your should not skip sizes and you want to let your ear get used to a size before moving to a large one. In most cases you can do this every 3 weeks or so (from my experience) until you get past 00 size. I have been leaving mine until they loosen up enough to fall out with a slight touch before going to the next size.

In less than a year I have gone from 10 gauge, double pierce on each ear to 9/16" fronts and 00 backs on both ears with zero issues.

Keep your ears clear and soak in warm water and sea salts to sooth for a few days after you gauge them up. It will keep them clean and make them feel much better.

Don't share jewelry with your friends either, gross!!

My 2 cents

Robert

 

Answer by akhdak
Submitted on 6/14/2005
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dang you guys are selfish, you guys dont answer other peoples questions and dont be lazy and read everything, you guys ask the same question 20 times

 

Answer by ragahagon
Submitted on 6/15/2005
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hiya everyone, i am just wondering how you start off a flesh tunnel, i have a normal ear piercing that i want to stretch but i dont know how to go about it, can anyone help me??

 

Answer by kalli
Submitted on 6/17/2005
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i started with a 14,about a week later i went to 12 and the next day i went to 10. Using tapers is a GREAT and SAFE way to move between sizes in ORDER but thats about it. Skipping sizes can rip your ear and cause scar tissue...BE PATIENT!!! 14,12,10,8,6,4,2,0 ETC...

 

Answer by Nicole
Submitted on 6/18/2005
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It depends on how sensative your ears are. Mine are pretty damn sensative. Right now ima 6G. and i have tunnels. Plugs dont work for me.Im gonna be a 00 tho.

 

Answer by kaj
Submitted on 6/20/2005
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hey, ya i have 00 and they will close up and pain is normal bleeding is normal... don't take  your taper or plug gage or flares out. keep them in only let them close up when  you see puss

 

Answer by E
Submitted on 6/26/2005
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I went from 18-14-12-10-4-2-0-00, and now I am trying to close them up. I've had them out for a few days and there's not much of a difference. Any advice?

 

Answer by Nicole
Submitted on 6/28/2005
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Why would you gauge so fast? There are so many risks! Not only that but why would you want to go through all that pain just to have beautiful ears? I am an extreemly impatient person but still am slowly gauging. I started when I was 16 yrs old. I had gotten my first piercing when I was 5, so I figured that it would be safe to stretch (it was). I started with 16's and moved on to 14's. Then when I went to get 12's, that's where I made my mistake. I purchased a pack of gauges from a store in the mall (there were 3 pairs- 14,12,10). Apparently I had forgotten about the 10's. So I went and put in the 12's. They were great and didn't have any issues. I then figured they must've made a mistake. I then put in the 10's and my ears started to bleed. That's when I tried to suck it up but it just didn't work. I put the 12's back in for awhile. Then after that I just got sick of the earrings falling out (they were just metal bars with the black bands on both ends). Several months later I went to put in my 16's and they wouldn't even fit! So I put my 18's back in. Just three weeks ago I stretched to the 16's (which burned- didn't bleed) and just about a week or so ago I stretched to 14's. I'm not rushing on the gauging. I'm just listening to my body. So it has been going great lately and I hope to eventually get to a 4 or 2..? I just want to let everyone know that gauging quickly isn't the answer. For me, my stretching/gauging has never hurt (except the time explained above about accidentally putting in 10's). A gauge should never hurt or bleed. The worst that should happen is swelling, a burning sensation or a slight pain (but not bad enough to take aspirin/Tylenol!)

 

Answer by Mingo
Submitted on 7/4/2005
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