Gauging ear piercings is one of the most prolific body modification trends out there right now and it’s one of the lucky trends that’s moved from a more obscure following to one that’s more mainstream. But, even with more and more people stretching their ear piercings in Victoria, TX, there are still a lot of questions that people may have. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common questions and answers, so that you feel more educated when it comes to making the decisions to stretch your piercings!
How are the gauge sizes measured and what do they mean?
All piercings are measured with gauge sizes—with a normal ear piercing generally done at an 18G, which equates to 0.8mm. From there, gauge sizes generally go down in sizes of 2G increments, while the inch size of the piercing itself goes up incrementally for each gauge. Good markers of gauge sizes can be seen at 14G, 8G and 2G, which are 1/16, 1/8 and ¼ inches, respectively.
Is there a point of no return for healing after you gauge your ears?
One of the biggest concerns of people who increase the size of the piercings in Victoria, TX is that they’ll get to the point where leaving them out no longer means they’ll heal up. This is absolutely the case for larger piercings and generally, 2G (1/4in) is considered the “point of no return.” Really, the tendency for healing depends on the person and their skin, but you can rest assured that the larger you go, the longer it’s going to take and harder it’s going to be to see your piercings heal entirely.
How long does stretching take?
If you’re making the decision to stretch your ears, know that it’s not a process that’s going to happen overnight and if you rush it, the complications can be painful and lasting. Gauging your ears take between 30-45 days per size and each time you increase your gauge, a taper should absolutely be used to help you achieve growth. Furthermore, if you’re thinking about stretching a “new” piercing, plan to wait about three months for that site to fully heal. A good rule of thumb to remember when stretching your ears: if it hurts, you’re not ready!
What side effects come with stretching?
Aside from larger earlobes, stretching your ears can have a few other common side effects that are good to be knowledgeable about, so you can tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy stretching.
- If your gauges or jewelry has a certain distinct odor to them (sometime compared to cat food), it’s a sign that the piercing site is still in the healing process. Be sure to thoroughly clean your jewelry every day, along with the piercing site, and refrain from gauging up until the piercing is completely healed.
- If you notice crust on your jewelry, it’s one of two things: dried skin cells or scab residue. If it’s the former, you have nothing to worry about—this will discontinue as your ears adapt to being stretched. If it’s the latter, stop stretching immediately and take care to help your ears heal!
Make sure you’re speaking with a professional piercer before you decide to go all in on ear stretching—what you learn about the process might be different from what you thought you knew!