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Stretching a piercing is a very ancient and currently popular practice. In essence, it involves widening the hole produced by an initial piercing with the use of inserts like O-rings. Piercings that are usually stretched are earlobes and nostrils, although lips are also less commonly stretched. You'll have to wait until your initial piercing has healed (usually 2-6 months for earlobes). When you're ready to begin the stretching process, remember you must always go up one size at a time, sequentially. For example, if you are pierced at a 16-gauge, you must stretch to 14g then 12g. You can't skip a size in between. This can cause damage to the skin and leave your piercing looking ruptured, not stretched.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|