Ear & Body Piercing/Lobe stretching

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Virgin ears pierced at 8G approximately a year ago, got a pack of tapers, thought they would be labled, but they weren't. I massage my lobes with vitamin E oil and push what I believe is the 8G to 6G taper through seamlessly. Should I just wear the 6G for a few months then move to 4G or is it okay to try the 6G to 4G taper? I'm just so confused as to why there was no resistance with the 8G to 6G taper and if that is normal?

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Hi Kinzena,

You should be able to progress gently by just purchasing autoclave sterilized larger jewelry and trying it on. Tapered jewelry can aid in the process if used gently over many days/weeks, but simply getting tapered pins will be tearing, not stretching.

Stretching is a natural process aided by gravity and massage. An oil such as jojoba, olive or coconut can help soften the collagen and elastin bonds in the skin and make it easier to stretch if used as a daily massage in the area.

More helpful information here: http://www.piercingexp.com/faq/stretching-gauging-enlarging-piercings.html

Happy enlargement!

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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.

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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/

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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.

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

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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.

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APP President's Award, Best Freehand Piercer, Best of Atlanta

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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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