What is the best way to shrink 20mm lobes?

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Sunday December 27th, 2009 @ 3:11 PM

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Hi,for the past 5 years I have had 20mm stretchings in both earlobes. I have now grown tired of them and wish them to heal up,although everytime iv tried this is in the past,they never seem to get smaller than a 10/12mm. I have friends that have gone from 25mm back to a 3mm,and I know everyones different,but surely there’s some way I can get mine back. I have searched the internet but nothing seems to be helpfull or sound safe,although I am willing to give most things a go. I have read about wearing acrylic and downsizing as slowly as I stretched as it will irritate the skin and give it something to heal,massaging it with vitamin e oil,even getting a scalpol and cutting the insides of the hole until it heals that,and then repeating the process! The last one which sounds most sensible is getting it stitched up on the nhs (britains free health service). Does anyone know if they do such a procedure and if they do it well? And what is my best option to get my ears back down below a 5mm?

While I don’t know how the final results of any of Britain’s plastic surgeons’ lobe reconstructions, that’s probably your best option.
When people choose to retired their stretched lobes, they’ll often simply leave the jewelry and vigorously massage the tissue a few times a day with vitamin e/jojoba oil, etc. This will stimulate the circulation and help them shrink up a bit.
I don’t think that cutting the insides of your lobes up would help them shrink up very much. It will cause extra unnecessary scar tissue as well.
At your size, you’re likely looking at surgery as the best option for reconstruction.

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7 Responses to “What is the best way to shrink 20mm lobes?”

  1. I’d be surprised if you could get that on the NHS unless you somehow convinced them that your lobes were causing you emotional distress/depression/etc (and, if they’re not, don’t lie about it - it’s horrible when people take advantage of the NHS).

    I’d get in touch with Quentin at Kalima (a studio in Worthing), he does lobe reconstruction - I’m not sure how much he charges, but I’ve seen some very nice results from him.

    Kate on December 29th, 2009 at 6:29 pm
  2. Hi,
    A good friend of mine recently had his ears reconstructed on the NHS.
    He went from 60mm to nothing and they’ve done a fantastic job!
    Worth looking into if you really want to get rid of them.


    Sleazy on January 1st, 2010 at 10:57 am
  3. roughly a year ago i had the same problem, i went through a few different people at the NHS and got told they would under no circumstances do a lobe reconstruction on NHS. the reason for me wanting it was to join the RAF, they wouldnt even do it to help someone join a force that protects the country.

    i had a few changed in my life, and my RAF dream has sadly ended, but i still have my tunnels, and i love them even more now!

    ross riot on January 29th, 2010 at 12:10 am
  4. i know that the cutting worked for me. ON ACCIDENT. a while back i tore at 3/4″. they shrunk to a 4g in a week and when the scabs and scarring healed. they were shrunk. it did me no good sadly because i had no intention to tear. cutting may work. it seems ery similar to what happened to me. THANKFULLY. i cut my ears cut out to 0 and successfully stretched to 1 1/4″ over the years.

    braydendtf on February 8th, 2010 at 1:54 am
  5. I was only simply at 19mm but I have shrunk down to less than 10mm. I only downsized to see how much I could shrink. I plan to go back up some day.

    I used a good soap and would massage them vigorously in the shower, almost to the point it would cause some discomfort. That is to say I would apply a good amount of pressure while massaging so that when I got out my lobes were all red and puffed up from the increased blood flow.

    I would then just use a simple oil and patients.

    Emu-Oil is one of my favorites but I have been experimenting with a variety of other products.

    My second favorite is Holey Butt’r by PunkMedics.com/(BodyArtPro.com) which also works wonders on fresh piercings that are just starting the healing process.


    I would also recommend the Simple Cleanse soap for piercings, but I have never found anything wrong with Provon either. The PunkMedics soap just seemed to provide some extra relief from discomfort because of the extra plant-based ingredients.

    I am in no way affiliated with BodyArtPro or PunkMedics. Just a really big fan.

    Best of luck.

    Alexander on May 20th, 2011 at 11:49 am
  6. i said take it to 22mm or 24mm and then dont used any piercing in your ears for a while thats work for me one time i went from 26 back to 12mm.
    sorry for the bad english kisses

    blankanieves on May 29th, 2011 at 9:17 pm
  7. Two weeks ago, I decided that I was done with my 25mm lobes. I took the plugs out and was just going to forget about them, but they very quickly got dry and chapped and were saggy and puckered. I went to the drug store and picked up some scar cream, which is a mixture of a silicone lubricant Dimethicone, an antibiotic and sunscreen Zinc Oxide, an antioxidant green tea extract, as well as Octinoxate which allows the other ingredients to penetrate the skin more deeply. I mix a drop of this with a drop of Vitamin E oil, which has great antimicrobial and moisturizing properties, and massage my lobes twice daily. While they are still at about 8mm, the skin has become less discolored, less puckered and more smooth and normal looking.

    I will admit, however, that the first time I stretched to an inch I got into an accident at a concert where someone unintentionally ripped my silicone plug out with their finger. I had a pretty terrible vertical rip along the inside of my lobe. Within two weeks of no plugs and daily cleaning, my lobe had shrunk all the way to a 00g. While I wouldn’t recommend doing this intentionally to your ear as that lobe now has a pretty substantial amount of scar tissue, I can understand why it is considered a fast way to shrink and downsize.

    Trevor Keith on October 5th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

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