Tips for stretching piercings and measuring earlobes

The following tips on how to stretch piercings are specifically aimed at measuring earlobes, where earlobe piercings can be enlarged to very large sizes to incorporate many different types of ear jewelry, including stunning flesh tunnels. .

Stretching piercings have been popular in many civilizations throughout history, taking many forms, from measuring earlobes to stretching labret and septum piercings. In the earliest periods of history, the materials used were wood, stone, bone, horn, shells, claws, and claws, shaped and carved to facilitate stretching of the piercings.

The earliest known incidence of humans measuring earlobes was discovered in 1991, on a glacier in the Otztal Alps between Italy and Austria, where a 5,300-year-old mummified body was found with tattoos and an earlobe piercing. the ear between 7 mm and 11 mm in diameter. Although the method used was definitely known, this may have been accomplished by a method known as dead stretching, in which gradually larger ear jewelery is forced through the gradually increasing diameter hole.


In preparation for measuring, make sure you have a good, fragrance-free, antibacterial soap. Next, you’ll need a sea salt solution; prepare it with three tablespoons of salt in enough water to dissolve it, and at least enough to bathe the earlobe. Never use hydrogen or any other peroxide as an antiseptic, the soap and salt solution will suffice.

You will also need some warm water to bathe your ear before each ear stretching phase, or alternatively you can take a warm shower first. This softens the ear and helps prevent skin tearing/scarring that could lead to bleeding.

Lastly, you will need some lubricant: avoid Vaseline or any other mineral oil or petroleum-based lubricant. Most piercing stretching tips recommend emu oil and jojoba, each of which offer mild antiseptic and skin-conditioning properties while also acting as a perfectly adequate lubricant.

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When stretching piercings, the two recommended methods are the conical method and the teflon method. The taper method involves inserting a tapered rod or pin into the bore, the narrow end being the same gauge as the bore and the wider end one gauge down. The size of the cone is that of the desired drilling gauge. So if your piercing is 16g, the taper will be 14g, with a range of 16g ​​to 14g. These are equivalent to 1.2mm to 1.6mm.

Never use a type more than one step down. However, since punch gauges are always even numbers, one step down is 16g to 14g or 12g to 10g. Also, as the gauge numbers drop, the actual diameter increases. So while 16g is 1.2mm, 10g is 2.4mm.

There are several different types of taper, including a tapered pin on ear jewelry, so simply insert ear jewelry that tapers from your current gauge to your new one. The problem here is that a fully tapered pin won’t stretch your ears evenly – the pin needs to be the same diameter all the way around, or the piercing might as well stretch with a taper.

To overcome that, you can use an insert rod, which is a tapered rod about 3 inches. After warming the ears with warm water or showering and washing them with antibacterial soap, apply the lubricant to the cone and apply it slowly. Once you reach the thicker end, follow it up with earrings of the new size and you’re done. Wipe away any excess lubricant and clean the ear with antibacterial soap and then a little of the salt solution.

An even more secure way is to wrap a layer of non-adhesive teflon tape around the ear jewelry pin and push it through the lobe. If you can see any space when you pull on the ring, then you can safely do this. Wait until the ear has accepted it and then do it again, and so on until you have reached the new size, when you can wear larger earrings.

If there has been severe pain or the piercing is bleeding, you should stop immediately and allow the piercing to heal properly before trying again. If you try to stretch your piercings too soon, before they have fully healed, you can tear the skin and even burst, making it difficult to stretch them back.

Ear Lobe Measurement: Aftercare

Aftercare when measuring your earlobes is pretty straightforward. It shouldn’t be so much a matter of tending a piercing back to health, but more of keeping it clean and re-sizing jewelry from time to time. You are waiting until the ear has accepted the new hole size permanently so that you can perhaps change the hole diameter once more. The stretched skin must be allowed to thicken and become tougher; wait about three times as long as it took for your original piercing to heal. If you want to use a meat tunnel, you can continue stretching the piercings until the diameter reaches an appreciable size.

If done correctly and the tips above are followed, stretching piercings is safe and relatively easy to do. Many extend the diameter of their piercings this way, and measuring the earlobes is probably the most popular form of piercing stretching done right now. Take your time: The wait is tough, but if your ear isn’t ready for the next stretch, it’s likely to get damaged.