Ear Stretching Guide

WARNING

If you choose to stretch your ears make sure you do it in a safe and sanitary matter.  When you begin stretching your ears, you are opening a wound on your body.  If it is not treated properly, infection may occur.  You may also find that you experience an allergic reaction to certain materials.  If any sign of infection or allergic reaction occurs, consult a doctor and stop using the ear stretching method.  

PLEASE CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL.  Your ears will thank you throughout your ear stretching journey.  Professional piercers will guide you to a even and proper stretch of your ears.

Number one thing to do while stretching your ears is take your time.  Stretching your ears too fast may cause damage that could blow out your ear and require plastic surgery.  Consulting a professional is advised.  Please do not assume to know what you are doing without researching first.  

Take it slow!  The best way to safely and successfully stretch your ears is by being patient.  Stretching your ears too fast can potentially result in damage of your ear and may require surgery.  Do not rush your ear stretching.
 

METHODS OF STRETCHING YOUR EARS 

TAPE EAR STRETCHING

The use PTFE or bondage tape is pretty simple.  Do not use other tape like duct tape as this might cause infection.  Start the process by adding a thin layer of tape to your existing post and reinsert the plug back into your ear.  The stretched hole will slowly become larger.  This is a very safe way. 

EAR TAPERING

The ear taper is a conical rod that is lubricated and pushed through the fistula until the widest part of the ear taper is level with the skin surrounding the piercing.  After the taper is put through it is replaced by a single flare plug.  We recommend using a taper method in increments of 1mm.  Only stretch your ears using this taper method up to 2G or 0G.

DEAD STRETCHING EARS

This is simply pushing a larger ear plug through the fistula when it is a smaller diameter.  This approach should be used with caution.  Make sure your plug is properly lubricated.  Never force the plug into the ear.  It should go in easily.  We find that this method is one of the biggest cause of blowouts as people are not patient with their ear stretching journey.

EAR WEIGHTS

This technique has been passed down through generations.  A heavier object is used in the ear hole, which will begin to stretch due to the weight.  If there is too much weight, the ear does not stretch uniformly.  More modern weighted hangers such as lighter wood or other organic materials will potentially give your ear a proper stretch.  Ear Weights are a great way to get stubborn ears that are having issues going from one size to the other.

EAR SCALPELLING

Sometimes scar tissue or thin tissue will make it harder for your ear to continue to stretch.  For instance, if someone has two separate holes in their ear the tissue in between may become rigid.  In this case it might be easier to use a scalpel and combine the two holes into one.  This is not a common practice.  Typically this is the last option while stretching your ears, and should be done by a professional

DERMAL PUNCH

A circular razor is pushed through and twisted through the skin of the ear.  The size of the blade may vary.  A glass plug is often placed in the ear to keep the ear stretched.  Do not attempt this without professional help.  Again this is not one of our favorite options to stretch your ears.

DO NOT STRETCH WITH SILICONE PLUGS

Silicone Plugs are soft and easily placed into the stretched ears.  Once in the ear they tend to expand and stretch the earlobe.  The downside of silicone is it’s porous surface.  It is more prone to bacteria and adding the risk of infection if it is not properly treated and taken care of. So we do not recommend stretching your ears with silicone.

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