Bleeding when Stretching

Monday May 7th, 2012 @ 3:03 AM

Filed under: Ear

I stretched my ear from a 3mm to a 4mm two days ago and I took out the taper today, and it was bleeding. Not a lot, but it shouldn’t bleed at all right? It hurt a bit when I was stretching, and it took a long time to get the tunnel in after I’d gotten the taper through but after I got it in it didn’t hurt and it wasn’t red or anything. I waited almost 4 weeks inbetween stretching from 3 to 4, and I haven’t skipped sizes. I did use acrylic tapers, but only because there is nowhere in the city I live in to buy stainless steel ones that I have found, and I’m not able to order any online, and I made sure to put in steel tunnels after the stretch. Why is it bleeding? I know its not supposed to and I’m very confused as to what I’ve done wrong. Should I downsize? How long should I wait before stretching again? Thanks, your website is amazing :)

Smaller sizes are always more problematic when stretching as its a larger jump (percentage wise). An example would be going from 20mm to 22mm is only 10% bigger, but going from 3mm to 4mm is 33% bigger.

It sounds like perhaps you stretched too quick, you need to listen to your body and ONLY put in jewellery that will be tight (but not bleed or hurt). Bleeding means you are going to quick and ALL forms of wearable tapers (plastic or metal) are a baddddd idea and promote poor stretching.

You could use PTFE (teflon/plumbers) tape or bondage tape and wrap it little-bit by little-bit around your smaller plug, to slowly stretch them up without causing damage (or having to buy more jewellery).

Alwaysssss take it slow, there is nothing sexy about blow out ears. Be patient and smart when stretching.

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tragust bumps 5 months old

Sunday May 6th, 2012 @ 4:19 PM

Filed under: Ear, Piercing


i have both my right and left tragus pierced with cbr. withing days they developed bumps.. its been about 5 months and they wont go away. i have stuck with sea salt soaks since i got them. i went to my piercer which she suggested i do the asprin paste. i used that method for about 2 weeks and stopped since i had no success. i then tried chamomile tea compress.. tea tree oil which irritated my piercings.. and hot compress. right now my right one its so much more worse than my left. the left has a tiny bump.. which i can live with. the right however.. the bump its very irritated and i have one in the back as well. i try not to sleep on them so i dont think thats a problem. i read online and i see that changing the jewlery to a labret will help.. however not only did i went to my original piercer but TWO more and they all refused to change it. they said that the piercings were too new and changing the jewlery will not help.

is changing them something that i can do on my own? or should i give them more time. please help!

Changing the jewelry is the next step that I would suggest. The CBR might be a small enough diameter that it is pulling into the skin below the piercing causing irritation and helping keep this “bubble” around.

You should be more than capable of changing the jewelry yourself but the first time can be a little tricky. If you can not find a helpful piercer in your area then you haven’t been left with much of a choice. Just make sure to be nice and clean while changing the jewelry.

Don’t forget we have some stainless steel labret studs and glass retainers in our shop

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Thinned lobe

Sunday May 6th, 2012 @ 3:40 PM

Filed under: Ear


So I have been stretching my ears for about a year and month and am currently at an inch and half in size. My left ear is very healthy and thick and no problems with it whatsoever. My right ear on the other hand…not so good.

The first time I got to an inch and a half my right ear kept splitting along the bottom of the lobe forcing me to downsize to about an inch and an eighth for a few months just to be on the safe side.

I now have it back to an inch and a half with my left ear but the bottom of the right ear is much thinner than the rest of the ear, and certainly thinner than my left ear.

I feel like this is do the fact that I was very dumb and tried using weights to stretch it at an inch and it caused an imbalance.

Is there anything I can do to help my lobe thicken up along the bottom of the right ear. I.E encourage collagen to grow. I’m currently using emu oil on the lobe before I go to sleep every night, I was just curious if there’s anything else besides time.

Goal size is 2 inches and this is holding me back which is a bummer.

Thank you for your time!

Sounds like you stretched pretty fast. I’m at 2 inches now and it took me 5-6 years to get there.

As far as promoting tissue growth I am a big fan of the downsize then restretch. This will put your goal of 2 inches further away but it will be worth it if you make it there with big fat lobes.

The emu oil is a wonderful product so continue to use it. While your using the oil make sure to massage it in deep. The massaging action helps increase blood flow and can promote tissue growth as well.

Good luck making it to the big 2

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re streching sown up ears

Sunday May 6th, 2012 @ 12:58 PM

Filed under: Ear

i have sown up my ears for the army before they were at 2 inches im soon going to be out of the army and i hella miss my 2 inch gauged ears can i re stretch them even tho they have been sown up and are now scar tissue, im pritty sure i cant…

You should be able to re-stretch them, however you will want to take it VERY slow as scar tissue is often weaker than normal skin.

My suggestion would be to go to an experienced body piercer that has a portfolio of large gauge lobe piercings and placements so they can ensure that you hit the road running.

You may not be able to get back to your previous 2″, depending on how much tissue you were left with and how well the procedure was performed.

Remember to always oil your lobes to continue to soften up the old scaring and only use quality jewellery (no plastic tapers or silicone!).

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Migrated industrial :(

Sunday May 6th, 2012 @ 12:33 PM

Filed under: Ear

So I’ve had this industrial since last may (7 months today)Everything seemed fine till today I felt my ear and had noticed something different. The top piecing of my industrial has either been rejected or migrated. I admit I haven’t taken the best care of it I have picked at it and been cleaning with soap and sea salt soaks. Right now i have taken the jewelry out. Is there any way I can close the piercing up with minimum scar tissue? About how long will it take to fully close up? And how long till I could re-pierce it (if possible)?

It appears as though your piercing may have been pierced too shallow to start with, often inexperienced piercers will go either partially or not at all through the cartiledge. This can cause all sorts of problem, mostly migration or rejection.

Taking out the bar was a really good idea, I would suggest to massage pure Vitamin E oil twice a day to help bring the scarred tissue as close to normal as you can. You should be able to get it re-pierced right away, however I normally recommend a good 2 weeks to 2 months to let it fully settle.

Make sure, as with ANY procedure, that you check out your artists HEALED portfolio before getting any procedure done.

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tragus ‘bump’

Saturday May 5th, 2012 @ 6:51 AM

Filed under: Ear


i have a seven month old tragus piercing that has been causing me some grief. i’ve had the dreaded ‘bump’ for about six months now. my doctor told me to take the piercing out, and my piercer told me to use cortisone cream. for a while it seemed to be going away but in the last few weeks it’s come back and is also bleeding and oozing again. i know cartilage can be a bitch to heal, but is this normal? what should i do about it?

It sounds like you have developed a hypertropic scar on the piercing, this is quite common with cartilage piercings - especially if you sleep on it or bump it frequently.

It could also be the jewellery you have in, I would suggest to go to a professional studio and get a titanium barbell for it - just to be safe.

I would suggest to do warm chamomile herbal tea compression soaks on it, twice a day, as part of your after care to relieve the scar tissue. It will promote more blood circulation and ’soften’ the scar tissue so your body can absorb it back. You may need to do it every day for a month for it to go back to normal and you should continue to do it for at least a couple weeks after it goes away.

This will only fix the scar, not fix the reason why it started in the first place. Make sure you sleep on your other side, don’t play with it and be very careful not to bump or knock it - or it will just keep lingering.

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Next Ear Stretch

Saturday May 5th, 2012 @ 6:25 AM

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I pierced my ears yesterday and am looking to stretch my lobes in the future. I’m not sure what gauge needle was used, however the earrings that are currently in do seem pretty thick. I would say that they’re about as thick as a safety pin. What I’m getting at here is i’m wondering if after I wait the 6 weeks healing time for the piercing, is it safe to put in the 16g tunnels. They are stainless steel 16g flesh tunnels. Thanks

I don’t think I have ever seen 16g tunnels, however you should be fine to put in 16g as your first size.

Remember to take it nice and slow, patience is everything with stretching. Try to always get your jewellery from a reputable studio so you know its going to be good quality and safe for your lobies. Don’t skip sizes, it should never hurt or bleed and stay the hell away from plastic tapers!

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Earlobe weights

Friday May 4th, 2012 @ 8:59 PM

Filed under: Ear, Piercing

Now I’ve seen many piercers using solid brass weights and they don’t seem to have any problem with it but I’ve heard from people that wearing weights can thin the bottom of the lobe or kill the skin tissue. I was hoping to get some insight on how to (if at all) ear weights should be worn. Thank you!

Wearing weights can cause directional stretching. Most people that use weights don’t use them alone. They use them as a combination of tools available to help stretch. I personally used weights to help me get from 1-2 inches. I would wear them inside of my eyelets, this way the pressure was directed downward along a larger surface area. Wearing the weights by themselves is ok but you’ll notice after a few hours the pressure can cause the tissue to become sensitive or inflamed.

Weights can also be purely decorative. Wearing them for a few hours a day then leaving your jewelry out for the rest of the day will prevent your ears from stretching. That’s probably the situation you have described.

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Earlobe Scalpelling

Friday May 4th, 2012 @ 8:22 PM

Filed under: Ear, Extreme, Surgical

I got my ears pierced about a year ago and they looked perfectly centered when they were pierced, but now that I’m stretching them you can tell that they’re a bit off centered. Would it be a good idea for me to get my ears scalpelled so I can get to bigger sizes without my ears thinning/ripping and to help them be more centered? Look at the picture I posted, I’m downsized from 9/16″ to 7/16″ and I’m holding up 1″ (my goal size). My ears thickened quite a bit when I downsized, but does it look like I will be able to get to 1″ or possibly bigger without my ears getting too thin/ripping? I originally wanted to get to 1 1/2″-1 3/4″, but I’m afriad of them ripping or getting extremely thin. My left ear looks a bit more off centered because of the way my lobe is shaped, and it’s a little thinner too. I don’t know, tell me what you think, thanks! I’ve asked a bunch of people about my ears, and they’ve all said I can make it to atleast 1″, but I’m still convinced I can’t.

With the correct amount of time between stretches and a good up down strategy you should be fine. Sounds like you already have a good grasp on how to downsize to promote tissue growth. During my years of stretching I would do 3 stretches followed by a downsize then repeat the process.

I would agree with those that have told you that you can make it to at least one inch. With your downsizing I expect you to see more tissue growth as well. By the time you hit one inch then you can re assess your goals.

I don’t think you are at the point where scalpeling is necessary, but if you feel comfortable with the discomfort involved there is no reason to avoid it either.

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Conch piercing afterpain?

Friday May 4th, 2012 @ 4:26 AM

Filed under: Ear

Hey! I got my left conch pierced about 3 weeks ago and liked it so well that I got my right one pierced too this past Saturday. I experienced very little soreness or after pain with the left one but the right one I recently got has been a pain in the butt. It has been so incredibly painful. It’s not so much a sore feeling as it is an irritated feeling. It looks alright and isn’t really red or irritated looking it just hurts so unbearably much on its own. The problem is is that it’s only the back of the piercing that hurts. The back of it feels so painfully irritated and I don’t know what to do. I know it’s the not the jewelry because I’m allergic to ss and had a 1/2 inch titanium circular barbell put in that fits perfectly and I know it’s not the aftercare because I’ve been doing the same things for all my piercings and it’s only this one that is giving me problems. I don’t sleep on it or touch it unless I’m cleaning it. I’ve been taking IB profin for it every 4-6 hours and it’s not helping.

So I guess my question is is it possible that my piercer hit a vein or blood vessel in my ear? He told me he didn’t and I figured he didn’t since it barely bled but I’m not sure. And should I wait the pain out or should I go back and have it taken out? Because this irritated, painful feeling is almost unbearable. And last question, if I was to have it taken out and repierced in a different spot, would I suffer the same fate? I really don’t want to take it out if I don’t have to because the placement is perfect and the angle of it is perfect.

Thank you so much, any help on this would be greatly appreciated!!


I would suggest to swap it to a titanium barbell instead the the CBB. Any ring in a fresh piercing often causes aggravation from the pressure it puts on it. They also can turn and drag crusties through just from normal body movements.

I would suggest to put a decent length ti ‘labret’ style post on it and see if the discomfort goes away.

Leave it in, you don’t have veins in your ear so that wouldn’t be a problem. It could have also hit a capillarity and caused much more swelling than last time and could need a longer bar than normal in it.

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