Stretched ears are a popular body modification, often chosen for the dramatic effect it has on one’s appearance. If you are reading this you probably think it looks bad ass. Unfortunately, there may come a time you will need to shrink your stretched ears. It is not always easy to go back to a smaller size once the earlobes have been stretched. This is because the tissue in the earlobe has been stretched so thin that it is unable to naturally heal itself.
If you have stretched ears that won’t close, there are a few things you can do to try to shrink them. Before attempting any of these methods, it is important to understand that the results may vary from person to person.
The first and most important step in shrinking your ears is to stop stretching them. If you continue to stretch your ears, you are only making the problem worse and it will be more difficult to shrink them back to their original size. You may also want to avoid wearing large heavy plugs or ear weights as the gravity will cause more stretching in your lobes.
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Use Smaller Plugs
One of the best ways is just to reduce the plug gauge size. So if you were at a 00 gauge you would start wearing a 0 gauge plug and let your ears reduce naturally. You body will always try to heal iteself. Your body is programmed to think that a giant hole in your ear is not supposed to be there so it will continue to try to fix itself if you allow it to. Smaller plugs will help reduce saggy earlobes
You can also use the taping method in the reverse way as if you were stretching your ears. If you have old smaller plugs. You can use PTFE tape or bondage tape on them to help keep the smaller plugs in your ears.
Vitamin E Oil and massage
Vitamin E helps promote blood flow into your ear which is essential to allow your ear to heal properly. It is a great thing to use when you first start shrinking.
We also recommend massaging your ear to break down scar tissue. Scar tissue will also constrict blood flow. Again, you need this blood to help assist in healing your stretched ear. If you combine Vitamin E with massage this is a great combo to start shrinking your ears and reducing your gauge size.
The Point of No Return
There may be a point where your ears just will not shrink any more. You may have stretched them to the point of not return. The point of no return varies person to person and will depend on the person. Typically we have found that the point of no return is if a person stretched their ears between 2 gauge to 00 gauge. If your ears have been stretched over 00 gauge they may shrink down, but may not close all the way. For more information about the point of no return click Stretching your Ears - The Point of No Return
If your stretched ears are not shrinking the way you want surgery is an option to consider.