Ear stretching allows people to wear unique types of jewelry in their ears known as “spacers” or “gauges.” Some people stretch their ears because of cultural traditions, while others just like how it looks.
Why are stretched earlobes so popular?
- Stretched earlobes are popular in the 21stcentury because they are a step onwards from normal piercings, and with tattoos so ubiquitous there are few ways for young people to express their individuality. Stretched piercings are one way, and stretched earlobes are currently considered one of the safer forms of gauged piercings.
- 1 Is stretching your earlobes bad?
- 2 Why did people start stretching their ears?
- 3 Can stretched earlobes go back to normal?
- 4 When should I stop stretching my ears?
- 5 Is it normal for ears to hurt after stretching?
- 6 How do I stop my earlobes from stretching?
- 7 What do stretched ears symbolize?
- 8 Is ear stretching permanent?
- 9 Can you fix stretched ears?
- 10 Are stretched ears still popular 2020?
- 11 Do ear blowouts go away?
- 12 How do you get your ears gauged?
Is stretching your earlobes bad?
There is no such thing as stretching too slowly, but stretching too quickly can cause scarring, injury, and prevent ears from healing evenly and properly. Find out what size your earlobe piercings are.
Why did people start stretching their ears?
Many young, western people have adopted the practice of stretching ear lobes for aesthetic reasons. Historically, the practice has been used for the purpose of achieving social status, to scare enemies in war, and for aesthetic purposes.
Can stretched earlobes 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.
When should I stop stretching my ears?
It is recommended that you wait at least 6 weeks in between stretches. This will give your earlobes time to heal up and become a little loose. However, we recommend that you wait 2-6 months between each stretch.
Is it normal for ears to hurt after stretching?
Once you’re happy with your stretch, slide a smaller o-ring onto the stretching taper, and stop right before the o-ring touches your skin. It’s normal for your piercing to feel uncomfortable for a few days, and you might also experience throbbing pain, itching or swelling.
How do I stop my earlobes from stretching?
Preventing stretched earlobes can be a matter of practicing the following habits:
- Replace heavy earrings with lightweight ones.
- Remove your earrings while sleeping to avoid injury.
- Stay away from earrings that may get caught in other objects often, such as large hoops or ones comprised of wicker or “grabbing” materials.
What do stretched ears symbolize?
Traditionally around 15 years of age and before marriage, a girl’s lip and ears are pierced. The stretched ears and lip show that the girl has grown into a woman and is now able to have children. It is a custom that allows the tribe to distinguish their women from those of other tribes.
Is ear stretching 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.
Can you fix stretched ears?
The process of lobuloplasty, or earlobe repair, is generally straightforward. But the chances of a cosmetically acceptable result diminish the more your lobe is stretched. You can’t simply cut away skin and reattach it, it won’t survive.
Are stretched ears still popular 2020?
Body modifications like stretched ears were rarely seen (except in traditional tribes). In the Western culture they were mostly seen in groups like punks or goths. Nowadays it continues to be on the rise.
Do ear blowouts go away?
It may take a few weeks or more, but if you keep to a routine of cleaning and massaging your ears, the blowout will gradually heal back into the healthy tissue.
How do you get your ears gauged?
If you’ve always wanted to stretch your ears to accommodate gauges, you can do so from the comfort of your home. Just get your ears pierced at a local studio, then use professional tools like tapers and surgical tape to stretch the holes out over time.