Username: Stay Logged In
 
Password:  

Add Beeunique on Social Media...

Beeunique Facebook Beeunique Pinterest Beeunique Google+ Beeunique TwitterBeeunique YoutubeBeeunique Instagram

NOTE: Beeunique ship worldwide - including USA & Canada

Author Topic: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings  (Read 15525 times)  Share 

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

  • Junior Hair Addict
  • **
  • Posts: 44
  • Thanked: 18 times
Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« on: 09 Feb 11 / 06:33 PM »
http://www.howtostretchyourears.com/ - a really good website to consult.

You must wait until your piercing is fully healed to stretch it, otherwise you will cause your skin to tear, which is a very bad thing. On average, you should wait at least a month after getting a piercing. After that, a good rule of thumb is one stretch every other month.

Don't let a piercer stretch things for you. They have no way of feeling your discomfort and because of our golden rule (LISTEN TO YOUR BODY), you should do it yourself. Go to a piercer for advise and proper equipment, sure, but do the stretching yourself.

A note about jewellery- when you're first stretching, you want titanium or stainless steel, plasticy things like acrylic aren't suitable for initial jewellery, and you shouldn't wear tapers as jewellery because they can put uneven stress on the hole and make it wonky. Invest in some plain bars and take your time, make sure to sterilise (boil in water for a few minutes) jewellery that you get before putting it in your piercing. Use metal tapers to stretch with and bars/tunnels (once you get to that size) afterwards as jewellery. Avoid double-flared jewellery until you've been at your target size for a while- the flares mean you don't need O-rings, but they are a bit bigger than your hole. Remember that some people, even if they've been at a certain size for ages, still have difficulty with flares. Again, don't force things and you'll be fine.

It's pretty common to have one side that is stretchier than the other. Massaging your lobes with vitamin E oil will increase the bloodflow and help with elasticity, so give that a go once they're well-settled.

You want your ears nice and prepped to minimise the damage to them. The most important thing with stretching is that you listen to your body. Stretching shouldn't hurt, a bit of resistance is ok, but if it's sore then stop, look after your ears for a bit, and then try again at a later date.

Tapering
To do a taper stretch, you're going to need to buy some surgical steel tapers and a pair of plugs one size larger than your current gauge. Never skip sizes! Doing this can cause blowouts, tearing, bleeding, and other horrors which will ruin your piercing. Wash your hands and lube up the taper with a water-based lude like KY Jelly or the oil you've been using. Insert the narrowest end and take a deep breath. As you exhale, push the taper through in one fluid motion. You should NOT feel pain, nor should there be any blood. At most you should feel a little discomfort and pressure- try slowing down, but if it hurts or bleeds, immediately remove the taper and reinsert your old jewelry. Allow your ear to reheal before trying again.

You can either immediately put your new plugs in, or you can wait to let your lobes "cool off" a little first (basically just wear the taper until the discomfort subsides, usually about an hour or less). To put your plugs in, butt the end of the plug up to the widest end of the taper. Push the taper all the way through and replace with a plug. You're done! Stretching and changing jewellery can be easier after a nice, hot shower. Just take your time.

As you work your way up to bigger sizes, smaller increments in your stretching allows you to keep your skin healthy and supple. A lot of people use taping to facilitate this.

Taping
The taping method is probably the safest and most comfortable way to stretch your ears. Go to any hardware store and purchase a roll of PTFE (Teflon) tape. This stuff is inert and contains no adhesive (make sure to double-check when you buy it) so it won't cause any bad reactions with your skin. Pop out your plugs, wrap a couple layers around the jewelry, and reinsert them. Every couple of days, add a few more layers until you reached your desired size. It's a little hard to work with at first and some people find that the tape gets stuck in their piercing. If you run into this problem, consider buying bondage tape from a p**n shop. It's got similar properties but is more adhesive and a little easier to work with.

Taping should be done with some sort of oil, like Vitamin E or jojoba. Wrap the plug in tape (it's easiest to do this with a single flare plug, I like to use glass plugs), then saturate the taped plug in oil. Then rub some of the oil on your ear- it'll help the taped plug slide in a lot more easily, and helps keep the tape from bunching. PTFE tape dries the hell out of some peoples' ears, so you can add a drop of oil to the plug before you pull it out, to keep the tape from pulling off. You want keep your ears moisturized, especially with PTFE, because your lobes can dry out so much they'll bleed.
-= The Girl Anachronism =-
 

  • Dye-Hard
  • *****
  • Posts: 1528
  • Thanked: 281 times
  • Freakishly Delirious
Re: All members wanting to know about stretching piercings
« Reply #1 on: 14 Feb 11 / 02:57 PM »
Stretching is something that needs to be done with even more attention than piercing I find. At least with piercing you can go to a specialist and it's done in just a few seconds. With stretching the responsibilty is mostly yours.

My local piercer will help you stretch for free as long as you buy the taper from her. You can bring your own taper and she'll charge you 2. As teh_niarr said it needs to be metal stretchers, preferably titanium  - NOT wood, plastic or bone. Wood and bone are both porous, they can collect little particles and cause infections in your freshly stretched skin. Acrylic or plastic tapers can be mis-shapen and lead to uneven stretching.

So, you wanna stretch those ears? You dunno where to start? Dont just go looking across the internet or ask your mates... go to your piercer! Ask for professional advice. Any good piercer will help you and maybe, like mine, will even give you some free help.

So what the best way to start? Well it depends on the hole size you have. If you just have a regular piercing then the chances are your hole size is 1.0mm. But again, ask your piercer to confirm this coz your starting size is essential.

If you do indeed have a 1.0mm hole then the next step is to go up to 1.2mm. After that it's 1.6mm then you're up to 2mm. After that you should only go up 1mm at a time. Some places don't do 7mm or 9mm stretchers - that's no excuse to go up 2mm at a time! Your piercer should be able to get the uneven numbered size you want, if they can't you can get them on ebay but beware! Get the size checked out the minute they arrive at your door. I ordered a set of 6mm tapers once and they sent 8mm by mistake. Luckily I had the chance to rectify it before I used them.

So... how? Very Gently! It can take days, even weeks to get the stretch to it's full size - do not rush it! Must you really have a 4mm hole by the weekend? I think not. So take your time.

At each new stretch your ear will feel "hot" but it should never feel sore and it should certainly never bleed. If it does either of these then it's not ready yet. Each person is different and just because your best friend went up a size in 2 weeks that doesn't mean that you will. Personally the bigger I stretched the more time it took for each stretch. Going up to 2mm took me 3 weeks, going from 11mm to 12 took 2 months!

Remember the skin inside the pierced hole is not only being stretched, it's also renewing itself. This is new skin! It's delicate and needs love and attention - give it some! Use the oils that teh_niarr mentioned, keep them clean at all times, massage them even if you're not stretching them for a while. Keep that new skin as good skin and they will love you for it.

What if it goes wrong? Ok this happens and it sucks but it's not the end of the world.

First off... it's too sore so what do you do? Simple, put your last piece of jewellery back in. If you were going from 5mm to 6mm and it got sore, put the 5mm back in. Give it at least a month to recover - yeah you heard me a month! That ear wasn't ready for the stretch and now you made it sore. Let it recover, let it heal and get ready.

So... what if it starts to bleed? Well that can happen. I had one that gushed, turned out I'd got a spot inside the hole and when i pushed a new taper through it split. So back down a size I went. So there's a lesson learned, check the hole before you stick anything in it! Unfortunately bleeding can occasionally lead to "blow outs" - more about that coming up next.

What the heck is a blow out? If the skin is stretched too early or has received an injury while stretching the injured part or most commonly the back of the hole starts to become mis-shapen. It looks as though the skin is forcing it's way out the rear of the hole. It creates a kind of lip around the edge of the piercing. If you catch it early you can go down a size and let it fall back inside the hole as it recovers. Plenty of massage is required to help it go back in.

What if I can't cure my blow out? Then you have 2 options and 2 options only (unless anyone cares to mention a 3rd or 4th?) You can stick with the size you're at and leave it or you can get the excess skin removed - by a professional pleeeease! If I hear that anyone on here has taken to winding dental floss round the skin to remove it I will personally find out where you live and track you down!  >:(

Removal should be done at a specialist place - your piercer should be able to help you find one or maybe they can do it themselves. Be warned that if you do get the excess removed stretching afterwards is a big no-no. The removed skin has caused a scar which will not stretch, so you will be putting undue stress on the remaining skin to stretch for you.

What if I'm a complete ninny and decide to stretch up with a blow out anyway? Well then the blow out will stretch too - it's part of what you're stretching! This means that the lip will grow and eventually flop over the back of your flesh tunnel, looking unsightly and also making it a pain to put in the jewellery you just spent your hard earned cash on.

What if I want to stretch up to a much larger size, how long should I wait between stretches? Well that's up to each individual. My own personal advice is to wait until the new size you have has settled. Basically if you go from an 11 to a 12mm stretch then wait until the 12mm feels comfortable and the jewellery slips easily in and out of a freshly washed hole. When the hole is washed there will be more for the jewellery to stick to and a hole that's not ready will find it hard to push a flesh tunnel through when the hole is clean. After a while your ear will cope with this and you'll find it very easy to push the jewellery through. At this point you can consider going up a size. I've heard of some people being able to do this after a couple of weeks but I would not recommend that. I would say leave it a month or so. If you're still forcing your 12mm jewellery through a 12mm hole then it's obviously not ready to go up to a 13mm. If in doubt, ask a professional!

So basically, listen to what your body tells you, if you make a mistake and you can rectify it, wonderful. If you can't and you have to stay at a certain size then I'm sorry... Your body has spoken.
"If less is more then just think how much more MORE would be!" - Frasier

Awarded "Dye-namite Poster" status by Forum Admin & Moderators.
This member's knowledge and help on the forum is recognised as to DYE for!
 

  • *
  • Posts: 3391
  • Thanked: 307 times
  • Pippa: A term for a girl who always hurts herself
  • Current Colour: faded pravana violet, manic panic atomic turquoise, special effects napalm orange and directions cerise
Re: All members wanting to know about stretching piercings
« Reply #2 on: 14 Feb 11 / 03:32 PM »
thanks for that guys. it's really useful and informative. it's really lucky we have such a wide range of knowledge about shiz on this forum *high five's*
Spreading rainbow domination acro
Awarded "Dye-namite Poster" status by Forum Admin & Moderators.
This member's knowledge and help on the forum is recognised as to DYE for!

Please click the *heart* button on the top line if a post is helpful to you.
 

  • Junior Hair Addict
  • **
  • Posts: 44
  • Thanked: 18 times
Re: All members wanting to know about stretching piercings
« Reply #3 on: 15 Feb 11 / 09:36 AM »
Added more to the OP :)
-= The Girl Anachronism =-
 

  • Dye-Hard
  • *****
  • Posts: 1528
  • Thanked: 281 times
  • Freakishly Delirious
Re: All members wanting to know about stretching piercings
« Reply #4 on: 16 Feb 11 / 11:23 AM »
Amended my post a little to make it easier to read (I hope?) and added a bit about the time between stretches.

Thank you teh_niarr for getting this started. ;D
"If less is more then just think how much more MORE would be!" - Frasier

Awarded "Dye-namite Poster" status by Forum Admin & Moderators.
This member's knowledge and help on the forum is recognised as to DYE for!
 

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 11
Re: All members wanting to know about stretching piercings
« Reply #5 on: 24 Feb 11 / 12:02 AM »
Ah. Now I know I can ask my piercer whether she'll help me stretch, I'm terrified of doing it myself. I didn't want to go in and be laughed at, as I know many people get theirs done by themselves, but now I know that some help if you ask. Hopefully mine will!
 

  • Dye-Hard
  • *****
  • Posts: 1528
  • Thanked: 281 times
  • Freakishly Delirious
Re: All members wanting to know about stretching piercings
« Reply #6 on: 24 Feb 11 / 12:07 PM »
They should ALL help if they're asked. If they don't help then I wouldn't class them as a "professional" at all! Most piercers sell stretching equipment, tapers and such so they should be able to give you advice on how to use them. If they can't then they shouldn't be selling the tapers in the first place. If your piercer can't or won't help, find one that will. I would rather someone spend a few days searching for good advice than go rushing in on their own and making a mess of it.

Remember this is your body! It's not like a painting that can be re-done or thrown out. This is a permanent part of you and it should be respected as such.
"If less is more then just think how much more MORE would be!" - Frasier

Awarded "Dye-namite Poster" status by Forum Admin & Moderators.
This member's knowledge and help on the forum is recognised as to DYE for!
 

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Posts: 11
Re: All members wanting to know about stretching piercings
« Reply #7 on: 06 Mar 11 / 12:08 AM »
I went in and asked my local piercer, she said she doesn't help people stretch their lobes, but then told me how to do it myself. I bought 2 tapers, assuming the smallest one is 1.2mm and then one up from that so I don't have to go back for a good while. I then asked how long would I keep it in for, and she said for 2 weeks solid then go up a size. I got home and realised I only bought 1 of each size, I sat puzzled and thought... "She said I keep it in for 2 weeks solid? yet didn't comment on me buying 1 of each size instead of a pair" I then assumed perhaps people only stretch their lobes one at a time, and thought it sounds rather strange.

After looking online, some articles I have read that, no one at any time should anyone keep their tapers in for long periods and they shouldn't be worn as jewellery. So I'm now thinking, how long do I approx keep a taper in per day, and what jewellery (not keen on those curly ones...) do I put in when the taper isn't in?

I also noticed, plastic tapers shouldn't be used, yet my piercer sold me two.

If anyone can give me direct links to the 1.2mm taper and 1.2mm jewellery, so I can start myself off, then I'd really appreciate it!
 

  • Junior Hair Addict
  • **
  • Posts: 44
  • Thanked: 18 times
Re: All members wanting to know about stretching piercings
« Reply #8 on: 06 Mar 11 / 09:06 PM »
http://www.jobananas.com/steel-straight-ear-stretching-expander-kit-3-taper.html

You can find bars (just your normal piercing bars: http://www.bodyjewelleryshop.com/online_store/steel_mircro_barbell_12mm_3461282.cfm) at the right thickness for the smaller sizes, and use steel/titanium non-flared tunnels after that. You can keep the taper in for maybe an hour if you want but generally you can switch to the jewellery straight away.
-= The Girl Anachronism =-
 

  • Dye-Hard
  • *****
  • Posts: 1528
  • Thanked: 281 times
  • Freakishly Delirious
Re: All members wanting to know about stretching piercings
« Reply #9 on: 07 Mar 11 / 02:40 PM »
First off I'm not impressed with your piercer! If you're going to charge money for your services the least you can do is at least familiarise yourself with all forms of the art of piercing, that includes stretching.

Secondly no she shouldn't have sold you plastic stretching tapers. You can wear them afterwards if you want but I wouldn't advise stretching with them as plastic can be uneven, so your stretch would work out crooked too.

Thirdly, two weeks is a ridiculously short time to wait between stretches. You need about a month so your skin can relax into it's new size. That way it's ready to go up to the next one.

If you're worried about how long to leave the tapers in then get some PTFE tape. Each day use the taper and go a little deeper each day then add a layer of tape onto your regular jewellery to keep the hole open just that little bit wider. Eventually the taper will pass through and then you can use the new jewellery at the new size.

About the stretching one at a time... Personally I would go with that. Only because I'm a person who sleeps on their side and if I had stretched both of mine at the same time I wouldn't be able to put my head on a pillow with a sore ear on each side. If you sleep on your back I guess it's ok to do both sides simultaneously.

Basically if your piercer isn't going to help you then find a piercer who will, then recommend the heck out of the helpful one and maybe the noob you went to will either lose business or else start to learn about what the heck they're doing. (Sorry but I'm peeved that you got short changed that way.)
"If less is more then just think how much more MORE would be!" - Frasier

Awarded "Dye-namite Poster" status by Forum Admin & Moderators.
This member's knowledge and help on the forum is recognised as to DYE for!
 

  • Junior Hair Addict
  • **
  • Posts: 44
  • Thanked: 18 times
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #10 on: 04 Apr 11 / 12:11 AM »
http://www.howtostretchyourears.com/

I have put this in the OP but I thought I'd add a post here for people to hopefully see.
-= The Girl Anachronism =-
 

  • Dye-Hard
  • *****
  • Posts: 1528
  • Thanked: 281 times
  • Freakishly Delirious
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #11 on: 04 Apr 11 / 01:21 PM »
FAB! Thanks for that teh_niarr!
"If less is more then just think how much more MORE would be!" - Frasier

Awarded "Dye-namite Poster" status by Forum Admin & Moderators.
This member's knowledge and help on the forum is recognised as to DYE for!
 

Lexxy

  • Guest
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #12 on: 23 May 11 / 08:25 AM »
This topic is extremely helpful! Thank you!
I have a 14g septum which I stretched from a 16g and everything went perfectly but I'm nervous on moving up from my 14g ears to 12g. I am wanting to be at a 00 eventually.
 

  • Dye-Hard
  • *****
  • Posts: 1528
  • Thanked: 281 times
  • Freakishly Delirious
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #13 on: 25 May 11 / 01:31 PM »
The American "g" sizes confuse me lol! For anyone wanting a conversion from USA to UK measurements here we go:

Gauge    Millimeters    
18g            1.0 mm    
16g            1.3 mm    
14g            1.6 mm    
12g            2.1 mm    
10g            2.6 mm    
8g            3.3 mm    
6g            4.1 mm    
4g            5.2 mm    
2g            6.5 mm    
0g            8.3 mm    
00g            10 mm    
7/16            11 mm    
1/2            12 mm    
9/16            14 mm    
5/8            16 mm    
3/4"            19 mm    
7/8"            22 mm    
1 "            25 mm    
1-1/8"    28 mm    
1-1/4"    32 mm    
1-3/8"    35 mm    
1-1/2"    38 mm    
1-5/8"    41 mm    
1-3/4"    44 mm    
1-7/8"    48 mm    
2"          51 mm    
"If less is more then just think how much more MORE would be!" - Frasier

Awarded "Dye-namite Poster" status by Forum Admin & Moderators.
This member's knowledge and help on the forum is recognised as to DYE for!
 

  • Senior Hair Addict
  • ****
  • Posts: 224
  • Thanked: 8 times
  • I'm a dork!
    • Twitter
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #14 on: 25 May 11 / 07:05 PM »
yea the guage's confuse the hell outta me too
'SUICIDE IS THE PROOF OF LIFE'
 

  • Dye-Hard
  • *****
  • Posts: 1048
  • Thanked: 33 times
  • Current Colour: CC - Apricot & black
  • Location: South Yorkshire
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #15 on: 04 Aug 11 / 10:43 PM »
i decided to have a read through this and it seems i did a lot of things wrong *oops* but still my ear isn't all wrong. it smells now and again if i miss a wash but that's it. i'm not aloud to stretch my other ear or go any bigger yet, but i tried my 1.2mm through my left unstretched ear (duh) and it went straight through, straight in and out, so i put in my 1.6mm (i think, or 1.8mm?) and same, so i tried my 2mm and it started itching really bad, like crazy, so i took it out, re-boiled it, coated my ear in tea tree oil i got from [link-removed] - sorry links to this website are not allowed with my scaffold, washed it off, wet the stretcher and tried again, same thing! it was quite hot and throbby when i was at early stages on my right ear, but it got easier especially the longer i left the hole to heal. but srsly, it never itched this bad or anything :<
 

  • Junior Hair Addict
  • **
  • Posts: 44
  • Thanked: 18 times
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #16 on: 12 Aug 11 / 02:32 PM »
Just realised there's a problem which I totally overlooked - don't let a piercer stretch things for you. They have no way of feeling your discomfort and because of our golden rule (LISTEN TO YOUR BODY), you should do it yourself. Go to a piercer for advise and proper equipment, sure, but do the stretching yourself.

Copying this into the OP as well.
-= The Girl Anachronism =-
 

  • *
  • Posts: 3391
  • Thanked: 307 times
  • Pippa: A term for a girl who always hurts herself
  • Current Colour: faded pravana violet, manic panic atomic turquoise, special effects napalm orange and directions cerise
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #17 on: 12 Aug 11 / 08:45 PM »
i made the mistake of letting a piercer stretch for me and it ripped! first time that it had ripped as well. was soooo sore!
Spreading rainbow domination acro
Awarded "Dye-namite Poster" status by Forum Admin & Moderators.
This member's knowledge and help on the forum is recognised as to DYE for!

Please click the *heart* button on the top line if a post is helpful to you.
 

Katt

  • Guest
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #18 on: 06 Sep 11 / 06:53 PM »
Never let a piercer stretch for you? That is ridiculous. Sadly, there are plenty of bad piercers out there. Even more sad, theres a whole lot of them out there that cant stretch. Though, the difference lies in choosing the right artist - as can be said for any tattoo or piercing aswell - being willing to travel a bit, and knowing what to look for. As a consumer, you have a responsibility to educate yourself well enough to understand why and how to do this, the information is in fact out there and it isnt hard to find at all!

A good piercer will be able to stretch your piercings for you - often free of charge or for a small service price - using the best, highest grade, sterile titanium tapers by brand like Anatometal. I do. Sure, you could try buying those yourself, but expect a whole different price range then the crappy acrylics youll find at Hot Topic. A good piercer will only use the highest grade, smoothest pollished titanium or glass jewelry. Again, sterile. A good piercer will be able to help you stretch a maximum of 1 mm each 1-3 months, but will also be able to stretch up 1/2 sizes or less with custom jewelry - as not every fistula is the same. A good piercer knows what to look for, knows when and when not to stretch, has a good knowledge of anatomy and dermatology, knows how to work aspectic or even sterile and has studied (and still does) for many years to even get to that point. Plenty of these things cant be done at home with some stuff you read online.

As for US natives, things are a bit easier then it is out here. Look for a studio that is a member of the APP (safepiercingDOTorg). Usually, you'll be in great hands. The website will also provide you with good information on all aspects of safe body art - which is universal.
 

  • Junior Hair Addict
  • **
  • Posts: 44
  • Thanked: 18 times
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #19 on: 06 Sep 11 / 06:56 PM »
Aaand what about the whole, y'know, everyone is different thing? There's no problem getting good supplies and advice from a piercer, but you know your body best, and how a stretch feels is a damn important thing to know.

There are degrees of help, after all.

Oh wow, you're a piercer. What gives you confidence that people will have an awareness of how much stuff 'should' hurt? I mean, yeah, going in increments after waiting the right amount of time is something that a piercer can definitely help you with, but using me as an example, my ear has been at 3.2mm for aaages now and isn't liking the next stretch, and I certainly wouldn't want someone to do it that couldn't feel the resistance.
-= The Girl Anachronism =-
 

Katt

  • Guest
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #20 on: 06 Sep 11 / 07:12 PM »
Like I said, a good piercer will be able to asses your skin and the fistula. One thing that differentiates a good piercer from a lesser one, is the ability to work with all these tiny differences. Sure, you can feel whether or not something hurts or not, but do you actually specifically know why it does?And aren't you allready going too far when you do feel it? It isn't as much about treating a problem at that point, but preventing it alltogether. You shouldn't "feel" anything. Ever. Its the subtle things that can make a world of difference; like a super smooth transition between taper and jewelry. That might sound silly, but Id be a mighty rich lady if I got a dime for everytime Ive seen people come in with DIY problems due to exactly that. The internet is good for many things, but there is a reason there are professionals.
 

  • Junior Hair Addict
  • **
  • Posts: 44
  • Thanked: 18 times
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #21 on: 06 Sep 11 / 07:13 PM »
But this is the thing, no, you shouldn't feel anything, but people will let someone else hurt them if they're impatient. I mean, obviously people like this would rush when doing it themselves as well, but I have a feeling they'd be more willing to let someone else hurt them than do it themselves.
-= The Girl Anachronism =-
 

Katt

  • Guest
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #22 on: 06 Sep 11 / 07:35 PM »
A piercer willing to "hurt" anyone by stretching up to fast, is an idiot. Theres not much more I could make of that. Its not like we do not have the right to refuse clients, if what they re asking for just isn't a safe choise.

And yes, I am a piercer. Ive worked around the globe. And the only thing I can expect is for people to ask when they have questions. Be interested enough and have enough self-respect to educate themselves and take care of their bodies. Though it may seem otherwise, educating people is a huge aspect of my line of work. But still, I cant answer questions that aren't asked. There has to be an initial iniative to look past what your friends tell you, or the internet dictates. I dont feel like that they own that much to me, but to themselfes. Isn't that the whole reason you wrote this topic?

As for your personal problem; what size are you trying to stretch up to? How long have you been waiting? What materials are you using? Have you had the fistula examined by an artist? I've had plenty of clients with the same issue, and there can be various solutions - as various as people are. In some cases, even if all of the above is perfect, it could very well take your skin longer to relax. I've had people having to wait between 3-12 months before being able to go up a size. In other cases, making more gradual steps can help (like 3.4, 3.6 or 3.8 ). But that said, even for me it isn't possible to clearly asses the issue without a consultation.
 

  • Junior Hair Addict
  • **
  • Posts: 44
  • Thanked: 18 times
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #23 on: 06 Sep 11 / 07:39 PM »
Eh, it's all good but there has to be an element of catering for the lowest common denominator, 'cause some really thick people want shiny things.

I've been at this size for... God, about 6 months. I'm seeing my piercer once I move closer to him in a couple of weeks so he can advise me :)
-= The Girl Anachronism =-
 

Katt

  • Guest
Re: Stretching (it is NOT called gauging) piercings
« Reply #24 on: 06 Sep 11 / 07:51 PM »
I'm not saying people should never stretch their own ears, I'm mearly saying there are other options. Safer options, when you do your homework beforehand. If only because of exactly what you said before: everyone is different. And theres a good possibility this kind of general, online advice might not be the best way to go for everyone. If anything, advicing people to not let professionals touch them sounds.. silly.

Up untill you visit your piercer, it might be beneficial to massage your lobes with a drop of vitamin E oil or emu oil about 3 times a week. This will improve the condition and bloodflow. Sea salt soaks have also been proven to be beneficial for that.
 

 

There was an error while thanking
Thanking...
The Hair Dye Forum uses cookies, please click here for more informations
Created & Maintained by Beeunique © 2009-2016

Alternative Hair Dyes and Accessories