Ear & Body Piercing/Gauges

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Question (I'm in dire need of some advice): I just stretched my ears from 0 to 00 after being at a 0 for two months and I did it the right way. I did it after a shower, held a hot wet rag to my ears for a few minutes, and stretched with vitamin E oil like I always do. I left the tapers in for about 30 minutes and then pulled them out as I simultaneously put the plugs in. The right one went in with ease but the left one is stuck. Its not all the way through and it hurts to continue to push it through or pull it out. I left it alone for about two hours and tried again but no matter how hard I push it won't go in or out. It just won't budge period. What should I do!?

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http://stretching.piercing.org/ explains what to do in this situation. The best solution is to take it slower, and simply wait until the piece is loose enough to remove, then downsize until it recovers. There are a number of safe options that will help you stretch without the force you experienced.

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Brian Skellie

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I can answer questions in regards to and not limited to: jewelry safety, specifically material, shape, proportion, and related issues; aseptic technique and sterilization as it applies to piercing safety; ethical issues of technique and bedside manner; the aftercare and recovery process for piercings. *Available for consultation.

Experience

Body artist and founder of Piercing Experience (1992), http://brnskll.com/ and SciCan Authorized Dealer of STATIM Sterilizers and related infection control products http://statim.us/

Organizations
Currently serving on the APP Board of Directors as President, formerly as Global Media Director 2013-2014, International Liaison 2010-13, Treasurer 1997-99. Over fifteen years with ASTM and APP.

Publications
The Point Journal of the Association of Professional Piercers, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Magazine, Creative Loafing

Education/Credentials
I regularly participate and teach in many APP and related body art educational programs. I keep current certifications for OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens, First Aid, and CPR.

Awards and Honors
APP President's Award, Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

Past/Present Clients
Tens of thousands of one on one client experiences as the founder of Piercing Experience in Atlanta, GA, USA http://www.piercing.org/ *Body jewelry design and safety expert: Member ASTM committee F04(www.astm.org)and former Member AAMI (www.aami.org) Research advisor and educator for the APP for over a decade(www.safepiercing.org) teaching advanced studio setup, sterilization and equipment management, freehand piercing, aseptic/sterile technique and much more. Distributor and Body Art expert for SciCan StatIM sterilization and infection control products. http://statim.us/ and http://piercers.com/

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