Stretching your ears can take months or years, depending on how large you want them to be. During this time, your ear will be sensitive. However, they should never be painful or stressed. A good rule of thumb is to go up one gauge size every four to six weeks.
- With this said, it generally takes anywhere from 4 months for smaller gauges to a year or more for larger gauges. Some of the factors that contribute to how long it takes to close your stretched ears include: Whether or not you had any blowouts, scarring, or other damage to the tissue during the stretching process
- 1 How long does it take to stretch an ear?
- 2 Is ear stretching painful?
- 3 How long does it take to stretch ears to 4g?
- 4 How long does it take for your ears to shrink after stretching?
- 5 Can I stretch my ears every 2 weeks?
- 6 How much should ear stretching hurt?
- 7 Why do gauged ears smell?
- 8 Can stretched ears go back to normal?
- 9 How do I know when my ears are ready to stretch?
- 10 Why can’t you use Vaseline to stretch your ears?
- 11 Are stretched ears permanent?
- 12 Are gauges reversible?
- 13 Should I take my gauges out?
How long does it take to stretch an ear?
That said, you’ll be looking at a few months, usually around 4 months for smaller gauges, all the way up to a year or two for larger gauges. Note: Whilst there is a common ‘point of no return size’ for ear stretching, every ear is different and some may not close at all after a certain size.
Is ear stretching painful?
Stretching your ear safely shouldn’t cause sharp pain or bleeding. These are signs that you’re trying to stretch your ears too quickly.
How long does it take to stretch ears to 4g?
4g to 2g – 3 months. 2g to 0g – 4 months. 0g to 00g – 4 months.
How long does it take for your ears to shrink after stretching?
Try Without Surgery First Go down one size, and wait until the size shrinks up around that smaller gauge. Once it fits properly, go down another size until you reach the smallest gauge. Once you reach this point, your hole should be able to close on its own. This entire process usually takes at least 2 months.
Can I stretch my ears every 2 weeks?
You should never attempt a new stretch again though until your ears are completely healed from the previous one; one to two months is a good rule of thumb. Many people find this waiting period to be annoying as they want to be at ‘x’ gauge as soon as possible.
How much should ear stretching hurt?
What does ear stretching feel like? After stretching your ears may feel warm and often feel a slight tingle or sting. (but not enough to be in pain). But if you stretch too big too fast then you may feel sharp pain and it will hurt longer than usual, and other complications may arise.
Why do gauged ears smell?
Why does this happen? Your body secretes a substance called sebum, sebum is an oily secretion which helps your skin keep lubricated and keep it waterproof. The sebum mixes with the dead skin cells between your ear and the jewellery to make this unpleasant odour.
Can stretched ears go back to normal?
If you stretch your lobe to 00g or smaller, you are a much better candidate for your ear going back to “normal”. If you stretched your ear a year ago or a few months ago, your ear has a much better chance of shrinking back to its original size than if it has been stretched and fully healed for several years.
How do I know when my ears are ready to stretch?
First, apply 3-5 drops of oil to the front and back of your piercing and gently slide the stretching taper in until you experience mild discomfort. If your skin turns white around the taper, back the taper up slightly – a white ring of skin is a sign that you’re stretching too fast!
Why can’t you use Vaseline to stretch your ears?
Why is it not recommended to use Vaseline? Vaseline is very thick. It will not allow your ears to breathe properly and there is the potential for a buildup of bacteria. Just make sure you clean your tapers and your ears on a daily basis so you don’t get an infection.
Are stretched ears permanent?
Almost any hole in the ear eventually doesn’t close. So, for the people stretching their ear holes with the gauges, it’s a permanent thing.
Are gauges reversible?
Once you reach a certain point, ear gauging leaves permanent results. So, if you ever want to remove the gauges from your ears, you will be left with a big hole that can only be reversed with surgery. By working with a professional, your chances for closing gauged ears without surgery is greater.
Should I take my gauges out?
If you have followed the guidelines on proper ear stretching, you should be able to take out your plugs whenever you feel like it! Once your ears have fully healed you should look at cleaning your plugs and stretches a couple of times a week as a standard, but more if you feel they need them.