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Pierced at a 8g, and stretched to a 6g.

About two months ago I began getting very interested in the body modification culture. More specifically ear lobe stretching. I started seeing it a lot and thought that it was a pretty cool idea. I mean, why have small holes if you can have big ones right? I started doing some research about it to better understand how it is done. After I had decided that I wanted to begin doing it, just like a lot of people I wanted to start stretching fast. I soon realized that it's not a very quick process after doing more research. 

At the time I had pretty standard ear lobe piercings (18g). I had decided that eventually I wanted to stretch to 5/8g. It was obvious that it was going to take some time, but I was curious to know if there was anyway you could go a little faster. I immediately went to BME and read that you can be pierced at a larger gauge, and then immediately stretch down a size, so that when you start stretching, you are already at a bigger size than just standard. I waited about 2 weeks and then decided I wanted to do it.  

I called up my piercer and told her what I wanted to do. She said that she could pierce me at an 8 gauge and then stretch me to a 6g. I said that's exactly what I wanted to do, and she said it would be about a week before the supplies for it came in. I'm fairly patient so this didn't bother me at all. 

Finally the day came. I was kind of nervous, but nothing extreme. She is a very good piercer and she had also done my tongue and lip. I waited for about 15 minutes then went to the back. She pulled out the supplies and was cleaning everything and preparing. The needles didn't look bad at all. Next she had to mark my ears for the piercing part. This took a while. Because I got my ears pierced at some mall kiosk, they weren't exactly perfect. We found that my left lobe was pierced a little further inward than the right. We finally decided that we were just going to pierce next to the old hole and say screw it. We figured that as big as I decided I eventually wanted to go, the hole would probably just become apart of the new one. So now I was marked up and ready to go. I laid down on the table because Tee (my piercer) thought it would be easier for her. She said that first she was going to put the needle through. She told me it would be a little pain, but nothing bad. The right ear was first. She told me to take three deep breaths. I did, and on the release of the third one, the 8g needle went right through. It felt like an intense prick. It's kind of hard to explain but it feels like exactly what it is, a larger needle going through your ear. The needle kind of hung out in my lobe for a bit while she got the taper out. She explained to me the same thing and told me to take three more deep breaths and she would do the stretch. I did, and this time on the second breath she slid the taper through. I honestly think this part hurt the most, not that it hurt to bad. This part feels more like a pinching feeling. It was also slower than the needle going through so that also added to it being more painful. After that she put in my new 6g plug. Wow! That wasn't nearly as bad as I had thought it to be! After that she did my left ear the same way. No problems.  

She explained to me the cleaning procedures. Soak in warm sea salt water twice a day for five minutes on each ear. Also wash them with anti-bacterial soap twice a week and rotate them. It cost me $75 dollars, the same as she had quoted me before. I was very happy with my ears. After I walked out I started feeling them throb, and it kind of sent a shot of pain through them when I would hit a bump in the road. I got home, took some Tylenol to help with the pain, and that was that. She had told me that the healing time was about two months, and that some people heal faster, and some slower. Currently I am a month into my healing process. They are healing very nicely. 

I highly recommend this procedure if you are ready to start stretching and want a head start. Some words of wisdom make sure you do soak them in the sea salt water every day. For about a week I slacked off and didn't soak them cause they seemed to be healing fine. I noticed they started getting tender again, so I quickly began soaking again. The last thing you want is an infection. Also, pull on the jewelry sometimes so that when the time comes for the next stretch, your ears will be more accepting of it (but make sure you have clean hands!). I hope this was helpful to someone! Happy stretching!

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submitted by: Anonymous
on: 28 Feb. 2006
in Ear Piercing

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Artist: Tee
Studio: Dogstar+Tattoo
Location: Durham%2C+NC

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