Waiting time

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Friday October 12th, 2007 @ 11:30 PM

Filed under: Ear

I’ve always heard that after you get your ears pierced, you should wait atleast 4 months before you can start to stretch the piercings. But, my friend is stubborn and doesn’t want to wait that long. So, he asked his piercer how long to wait, and the piercer said a month and i thought that was way to short. Now for the question, and i know that you should always listen to your body first, but what is the best time to wait after getting your ears pierced before stretching them.

The best time to wait is when your ears are nice and loose. This could take 4 months, it could take six months, it could even take upwards to a year or more.

The faster you push the envelope the most risks that are going to be put in place. The faster you stretch the more you leave yourself open for causing micro-tears in the fistula which can create more scar tissue then desired, not to mention it can also create problems such as blow-outs,etc.

Personally nowadays I’m advising clients to refrain from actively stretching their lobes. Instead I instruct them to simply massage their lobes with some type of oil, ie: Vitamin E, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil Neem Oil,etc. They are to do this every couple of days and simply wait for their lobes to get nice and loose/stretchy. From there all they simply need to do is get one gauge size larger and with a lil bit of water-based lubrication, the jewelry should just easily slip in.

By doing this, you’ll eliminate all the problems/risks that can occur via actively stretching. People are often impatience, they’re going to do what they’re going to do. But that’s also why there are so many people out there with badly complicated stretched piercings.

Patience is a virtue that needs to be implemented when it comes to this form of modification.


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4 Responses to “Waiting time”

  1. would the massaging work with lobes that haven’t been stretched at all before?

    bee on October 13th, 2007 at 6:48 am
  2. not sure exactly what you mean. Are you referring to a scenerio such as say you have 14ga lobes and you want to start stretching from there, would it be good to do the massages?

    In that situation yes of course it would definitely help.

    Warren on October 13th, 2007 at 9:02 am
  3. I’ll second you there Warren. Massaging definitely helps, I’ve always massaged my lobes daily, and through patience, I made it to 1 inch after 4 years of semi-active stretching, just going up a size whenever my ears were ready. You definitely never want to force them, that’s how bad things happen to good earlobes. If you just wait and keep up the massaging daily for a good amount of time(15 minutes or longer) with a nice oil. I like Jojoba and Neem personally, but I am also a convert to Holey Butt’r from bodyartpro.com . If you go slow and just remain patient, you’ll eventually be at the size you’ll be happy with!

    Jean-Pierre Rogers on October 13th, 2007 at 3:30 pm
  4. Word like big bird P-dizzle

    Warren on October 13th, 2007 at 10:00 pm

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