2g to 0g problems

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Tuesday July 29th, 2008 @ 4:09 PM

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I’ve had my lobes at 2g for probably 2 years now and my goal size is 0g. I bought one kind of SS taper that allows a plug to rest inside the end of it when stretching and my attempts to stretch with that have resulted in all kinds of pain, even with lubrication, massaging, etc. Don’t worry, I wasn’t stupid enough to force it once it started hurting. Thinking it was the taper, I bought another one that just allows for a plug to be butted up against the end. It looks much smaller than the first, but when I gave it a go I had the same problems. No matter how much I prep my ears for stretching, I’m met with huge resistance (especially with my right lobe) and I have to stop. I’ve heard going from 2g to 0g can be hard, but I’ve been trying this for about a year now and I’m at my wits end. Am I doing something wrong? Would it be better for me to just get my lobes cut?


You and I, my friend, have a little something in common…although I was at 00ga trying to go to 7/16″ when I ran in to the same proverbial wall. Without seeing your ears, I can’t really give you much of a definitive answer. However, it’s likely that you have simply reached the limits of what your ears want to do…at least in their current incarnation.

Some people don’t like to believe it, but each of us has a limit to how far we can stretch…and of course, everyone’s limit is different. How far you can ultimately stretch depends upon your skin’s natural elasticity, the placement of the original piercings, how “nice” you’ve been to your ears as you’ve stretched (i.e., forcing it and getting blow-outs makes stretching harder), the original shape of your lobes etc.

In my case, I believe I had run in to the limits of how far my ears wanted to stretch in the downward direction. My lobes weren’t overly thin on the bottom, but there was far more tissue at the top of hole than the bottom. I believe that when I tried to stretch, there simply wasn’t enough tissue in relation to my natural elasticity to allow the stretch to happen without much pain…and undcubtedly much tearing had I forced it.

My solution ended up being to have my ears cut upwards and slight back. This served to allow them to get larger pretty much only upwards, as well as helping to make the holes more centered on my overall lobe.

I would be surprised if 2ga is simply the largest you will ever be able to go, but it is possible. If you have very small and/or very attached earlobes, you simply not have enough tissue anywhere to make them bigger. It’s more likely that you may need to explore some alternatives to traditional stretching.

My suggestion would be to visit a piercer with a good deal of experience. They should be able to advise you on what is going on and they should be able to offer up some options.

Best of luck.

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7 Responses to “2g to 0g problems”

  1. Maybe you could try going to 1ga first and try taping instead of tapering. That seems to work out for many people.

    Babysitter on July 30th, 2008 at 5:43 am
  2. 2 to 0 was my hardest stretch. It was frustrating cause my 4 to 2 was the easiest by far. My right ear was also stubborn, do you sleep on that ear? Cause that can irritate healing lobes making the skin tougher. But like the poster above said, taping is a good option.

    scenester gates on July 30th, 2008 at 10:31 pm
  3. Im having the same problem. I had a small tear going from 2g to 0g, but had absolutely no problems going from 4g to 2g (in fact, I didn’t even taper my lobes, I was able to dead stretch). It’s extremely frustating.

    Cam on July 2nd, 2010 at 9:59 am
  4. Theres’s sort of a large distance between 2 and 0 go to 5/16 then 0… take it slow man.

    lina on March 12th, 2012 at 4:34 pm
  5. I have the same problem with my right ear. I’m at a 2g, trying to go to a 0g. My left ear is already at a 00g, and I had no problem with stretching it. But with my right ear, it’s like the 0g taper doesn’t wanna go in at all.

    Trina on April 5th, 2012 at 11:19 am
  6. 4-2g was my easiest stretch as well, on both ears. Now my left ear is still a 2g, but I’ve attempted to stretch my right ear with a 0g taper. I’ve had literally no problems up until now, the 0g taper just won’t slide in smoothly no matter how I prep my earlobe. Therefore I’m keeping it in my ear a little more than halfway(like, three quarters of it’s whole length?) through and I’m soaking my ear in seasalt soaks daily. I don’t have a blowout, but I can feel the soreness.
    This might sound stupid, but I’m not sure if it’s okay to be keeping the taper like, three quarters through my ear? because the taper isn’t an even size there yet.

    N. on May 10th, 2012 at 2:37 pm
  7. My 0g for my right.ear didn’t hert at all and I sloped a 2g all I did was wear a heavy u shaped 4g it would also help to gage right after a hot shower

    nathan on June 18th, 2012 at 11:35 pm

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