Asked by: Kari Blankenstein
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Are stretched ears still popular?

Last Updated: 31st March, 2021

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Yes, it did hurt.
There are many reasons for people to stretch their ears. With ear stretching becoming more popular as the years go on, it still doesn't make them any less of an anomaly.

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Similarly, it is asked, do people still wear gauges?

It will go back to normal. Yes, at a certain point they won't go back. Usually, that's past 10 mm. But even then, people who are thinking about whether or not gauging up is worth it have already considered this factor. Typically, gauges do go back to their normal size (20 gauge).

Secondly, are gauges bad for your ears? Skipping sizes or stretching when your ear aren't healed can cause a lot of problems. You can easily tear your ears. This can introduce infection, pain and bleeding, as well as hurt the elasticity in your ears. When you stretch your ears too quickly, you really aren't stretching your ears, but tearing your skin.

Similarly, you may ask, why is ear gauging popular?

"It used to go hand-in-hand with other piercings but now people just come in for ear stretching. "It is a slightly more committed body art than temporary practices or ear piercing. The more you stretch the skin, the more commitment you are expressing to a counter cultural look."

Can stretched ears go back to normal?

The truth is that most stretched ears will shrink at least a little if you remove your jewellery, but most will not go back to their unstretched gauge. Some people stretch to 6mm and find that their ears will not go back to normal, while others go far beyond that and their ears still close back up.

Related Question Answers

Arooj Erusalimchik

Professional

Why do guys stretch their earlobes?

The Lahu and Karen-Padaung Tribes stretch their lobes and wear intricate jewelry in their multiple ear piercings because they believe that the ears are the most sacred part of the body. In present day, ear stretching is reserved for married women and seen as a sign of beauty.

Lianying Rufete

Professional

Do gauges smell?

The reason your ear gauges smell bad is because they're sitting in your ear. Your skin sheds almost every hour on the hour and all of those dead skin cells are left sitting on the gauge. Thus the stinky smell. Take the gauges and rub them in antibacterial soap that's acceptable to use on sensitive skin.

Saadiya Zabaldica

Professional

What is the point of no return for gauges?

'The Point of No Return' is the point at which your stretched ears will most likely not ever go back to normal once taken out, and you will be left with holes in your ears forever, without the intervention of surgery. 'The Point of No Return' is roughly considered to be about the 8mm (0GA) mark.

Vinod Sineiro

Explainer

How big can you stretch your ears before its irreversible?

Most professional piercers will suggest around 6mm (2g) to 8mm (0g) for a safe size although even at this size there is a chance they won't shrink back down at all. When stretching your ears you must be certain of your choice and understand that there is a risk they may never go back to normal without surgery.

Louanne Baumgardten

Explainer

What does gauging your ears mean?

Stretching, in the context of body piercing, is the deliberate expansion of a healed piercing for the purpose of wearing certain types of jewelry. Ear piercings are the most commonly stretched piercings, with nasal septum piercings, tongue piercings and lip piercings/lip plates following close behind.

Hadda Philippe

Explainer

How can I close my stretched ears?

Try Without Surgery First
Gradually decrease the size of the gauge you wear. Go down one size, and wait until the size shrinks up around that smaller gauge. Once it fits properly, go down another size until you reach the smallest gauge. Once you reach this point, your hole should be able to close on its own.

Erikas Sacaluga

Pundit

How do you tell if your gauges are infected?

Symptoms of an infected ear piercing include:
  1. swelling.
  2. redness.
  3. pain.
  4. tenderness.
  5. burning.
  6. itching.
  7. yellow discharge.

Sekou Rajasimha

Pundit

Can you have stretched ears in the military?

Soldiers are prohibited from willfully mutilating the body or any body parts in any manner, including tongue bifurcation (splitting of the tongue), or ear gauging (enlarging holes in the ear lobes greater than 1.6 mm).

Malisa Alberternst

Pundit

What are ear holes called?

Strictly speaking we have two 'holes' in our ears, the one soft and the other hard. The first or outermost hole is known as the external auditory meatus (meatus Latin = passage). It is basically an opening through skin and underlying cartilage and is part of the outer ear.

Sharika Bechtoldt

Pundit

Why do Buddhist stretch their ears?

Gautama Buddha (563 BC)
Buddhists believe that long ears are a sign of an enlightened being. The weight of heavy gold earrings would stretch his ears. After the Prince left his royal family and all his lavish belongings and became the Buddha, his ears remained stretched and long.

Lyes Struck

Pundit

Why Buddha ears are long?

Although he was no longer weighed down by material possessions, Siddartha's ears were permanently elongated. Siddartha Gautama went on to become the Buddha, or "enlightened one." To Buddhists, Buddha's long earlobes symbolize a conscious rejection of the material world in favor of spiritual enlightenment.

Malam Lengua

Teacher

What are those earrings that stretch your earlobes?

The word “gauge,” when referring to the jewelry itself, is actually a made-up slang term for “stretched earlobes.” People who aren't too familiar with the proper terms used in body modification refer to gauges as the jewelry. The gauge is the size of piercings before they turn into an inch.

Caihua Arico

Supporter

What is a blowout ear?

Ear stretching blowouts are when a red, irritated ring of scar tissue develops around the back of the ear lobe hole from stretching your ears too quickly or too drastically. However, the number one cause of blowout is over stretching.

Sellam Feustel

Supporter

Can you use Vaseline to stretch your ears?

In a pinch you can use Vaseline or a generic petroleum jelly, but it's really not the best choice. Step 3: Get Stretching! The very best time to stretch your ears is when you have just stepped out of a hot shower.

Lindalva Guzanov

Beginner

How fast can you stretch your ears?

As a general rule of thumb, you should wait a minimum of 3-4 months before stretching a fresh soft tissue piercing, and healed ear lobe piercings can often be stretched at the rate of one size (about 1mm to 1.5mm or 1/16") each 30 to 45 days, minimum.

Tyrell Calaf

Beginner

Can you sleep with gauges in your ears?

I recommend you sleep with your plugs in your ears. Sleeping without them can cause irritation, dryness, and cracking. If you do end up blowing your ears out, take out the new jewelry and put in a smaller gauge of jewelry.

Noriko Carbajosa

Beginner

How long should you wait to put silicone tunnels?

Stretch with surgical stainless steel or glass, then insert silicone tunnels when the stretch is fully healed. Healing after a stretch usually takes one to two weeks. Never insert jewelry into your body that another person has worn, no matter how well you know the person or how clean the jewelry seems.

Vaitiare Gnirss

Beginner

Can you stretch your ears with coconut oil?

The reason this oil is such an effective moisturizer is because its fat molecules are smaller than the pores in your skin, allowing it to pass through for deep moisturization. However, when gauging your ears, you want moisture on the surface, so coconut oil is really only an effective pre-lubricant moisturizer.