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November 13, 2011
5:56 pm
Brandybryan97
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I am thinking about gauging my ears… I don't want them that big, maybe like 1/2 inch or so. Can someone who has their ears gauged tell me about their experience? was it worth it? How should I start?

 

Thanks :)

November 14, 2011
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If you want to stretch your ears, then the best advice that I can think to give is to go slowly and listen to your body.  Don't stretch more than one size at a time and leave, at minimum 1-2 months between each individual stretch.  Listen to your body, if you try to stretch and it hurts, then you're going to fast.  I have also found it helpful to use some sort of water based lubricatant and to do it immediately after taking a shower when you're ears are at their stretchiest.  In the smaller sizes I usually used a taper, although I know many peope have found tape wraps to be effective, particularly when getting into the larger sizes.

November 14, 2011
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Thanks so much. I think I am going to use tapers until I get it to the size I want.

November 15, 2011
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Just a warning. If you are going to use tapers try to use surgical steel or titanium ones & don't wear them as jewelry. Using acrylic,plastic, or tapers made from other materials can really damage your ears. Wearing tapers can cause your lobes to get very uneven, thin, & lopsided.

November 16, 2011
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Ok, Thanks for the tip :)

November 16, 2011
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Strat with a profesionally done piercing at a good studio you trust. Let them know your stetching intentions and they can advise re initial gauge and placement.

After that wait 3-6 months before starting.

Tapers are fine for small size (as mentioned steel or titanium nothing else). The taper and jewellery should be cleaned with bactericide and rinsed in sterile saline, or even better put through and ultrasonic and autoclaved.

Many studios will offer a tapering service for a reasonable price. This saves the cost of buying decent tapers and worring about cleaning. If you're unlikely so be stretching other piercings this could work out cheaper.

If you do it yourself, I use jojoba oil as i find water based lube gets sticky. It isn't sterile, but i've not heard of any issues from using it.

Gently taper slowly. If you feel resistance or discomfort stop. Wait a few weeks and try again.

2-3 months after the piercing seems fully healed with no discharge or redness you can consider the next stretch. You can leave more time, and that's often better in terms of a good result. 90% of problems you can have are about impatience. Go as slow as you can tolerate.

Think you are going slow enough, then go slower.

 

Tapers aren't suitable after about 1/4" imho. You can then tape with bondage tape. A wrap every couple of weeks, 2-3 month break in between sizes.

Jewellery should be glass, stone, ptfe, titanium or good quality steel. Wood, horn silicone or acryllic are not suitable for stretching.

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November 16, 2011
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I couldn't resist mentioning that gauging means measuring. What you want to do is stretch you lobes.

I know many people use the term gauging to mean stretching lobes or gauges to mean plugs or tunnels, but this is poor English and often indicates a lack of understanding and knowledge regards piercings and stretching them. You'll get a much better reposnse from pros and the informed if you use the correct terminology.

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November 22, 2011
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I just went up to 7/8in… and I had my first blowout =(  Its very small but its still a blowout, so Ill be downsizing and sea salt soaks. 

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November 23, 2011
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Jewllery out until it settles, saline soaks, then see what size you are.

 

Go slow then go slower…..

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November 23, 2011
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Oh man my ears are a lot worse off than originally thought. Ill be going bare for a few weeks. I cant believe I made a noob move on the last and final 1mm, definitely should have waited.

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November 23, 2011
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I think that most of us who have been stretching for a while have made that mistake at least once.  The important thing is to learn from it so your ears remain happy and healthy from now on.  Good luck :)

November 24, 2011
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Yep been there, done that!Embarassed

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December 7, 2011
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Thanks for all your advice. I will definetly try to do it the right way :)

April 23, 2012
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I've been stretching my left lobe for 4 1/2 years and am currently at 1 1/8in, with a blowout.

I had some problems due to the way I originally stretched (Using Silicone), which I'll admit is a bad idea.

Taping is the preferred way of making your lobes even as well as keeping them healthier in the long run.

I have rushed a lot of my stretching and my ears have definitely paid the price.

It's easier to wait as long as you can before stretching simply because it will keep your lobes healthier in the long run.

It's worth the wait!

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April 24, 2012
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also remember to wash your ears you don't want smelly gross ears get in the habit of rinsing them in the shower 

April 24, 2012
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Definitely agree with you, Strommer.
I always hate it when my ears smell.
Keep 'em clean. :)

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May 12, 2012
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I haven't switched my piercing from a stud and i got it pierced 8 months ago. It doesn't really hurt when it gets pierced but for the next few weeks, it will hurt to touch your ear it all.

May 13, 2012
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Getting my ear pierced was so annoying because I couldn't sleep normally until it healed.
Same with stretching.
I can never sleep on it afterwards.
Still worth it. xD

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May 13, 2012
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I think the same could be said for most mods.  For me, the pain is all part of the process and that aftercare period means a lot for me and the entire experience.  For the very few mods that I've had that I didn't feel like there was much pain or aftercare involved in the healing, it just felt like something was missing. 

May 13, 2012
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I feel like the pain is the part that separates people from wanting and not wanting to get modified.
They're scared of pain.
It's a poor excuse to not want it, but one of the most common I've ever heard.
I for one, feel like the pain is one of the greatest aspects of bring modified.
Kind of has that 'No pain no gain' motto behind it.

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