Many people want to stretch their piercings so that they can fit higher gauge jewelry into them. This is a process that can take a long time, so the most important thing you need to remember to do is to be patient. There are many stretching kits that will allow you to safely stretch your piercing from a normal 20 gauge piercing to a larger 0 gauge or 8 mm. Be sure to pay attention to what your body is telling you. If you stretch too quickly, you could damage your skin, create scar tissue, and make stretching in the future much more difficult.
Begin by making sure your hands and your piercing are clean before you start this process. Wash your hands with antibacterial soap. The stretching kits will include stainless steel tapers and you want to make sure they have been sterilized before you begin. You can also soak your earlobe in warm water to increase circulation and relax the tissue. It is also helpful to lubricate the taper with Vaseline or liquid soap.
Begin by pushing the taper into the piercing until you feel slight resistance. Inhale slowly and as you exhale, push the taper through the piercing until about 1cm is left. It is normal to feel slight pain or a burning sensation, and there should certainly be some resistance.
The best thing to do is allow your piercing the necessary time to heal before you stretch it further with a larger taper. Typically, you should wait at least 1 to 2 weeks for your piercing to heal for the first few tapers. It may take 3 to 4 weeks for your piercing to heal for the larger tapers. Keep in mind that these time periods are subjective. For specific information about your piercing, consult your piercer and ask what they would recommend.
Once you have gotten the piercing to the desired size, you can purchase new jewelry or plugs. Whether you are looking for wood or titanium, here at Kolo Piercing we have a wide range of plugs and body jewelry for all piercings in many sizes available on our website. Have a look at our collection of tapers and body jewelry to view the numerous options available to you.