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MissKiddo
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Quote MissKiddo Replybullet Topic: Tried to stretch to 4mm (6g) but failed.
    Posted: May/14/2013 at 4:11am
I waited a month before stretching to 4mm (6g) from 3.2mm (8g). I only did 1 ear because it was quite painful and I thought I'd do the other tomorrow. When I woke up the ear was still very swollen and sore. I waited 24h before I decided to take it out and noticed there was a drop or two of fresh blood, and a tiny bit of dried blood, when I removed the plug. I have downsized back to 3.2mm (8g), and have 2 questions...

1) How long should I wait until I try stretching again?

2) Did I do something wrong or was my ear not ready for the next size? Stretching in the past has never caused me any problems.
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Quote scarecrow420 Replybullet Posted: May/14/2013 at 3:44pm
for your first question you should wait at least 2 months. I would do some sea salt soaks on that lobe as well. 3 times a day for 10mins. when i first start my sea salt soaks i use warm water for a week, then cold for the next 2 weeks or so. as for your second question, i would go to a pro piercer and have them stretch it for you. just shoving a bigger size in is a no no. taping, tapers, or weights is usually the way to go. hope this helps and hope you get more info to help you out in your stretching adventure.
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Quote MissKiddo Replybullet Posted: May/14/2013 at 7:07pm
I used a proper taper but I think I'll take your advice and go to a pro in 2 months time. Thanks
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Quote 120vdc Replybullet Posted: May/14/2013 at 11:46pm
There is a golden rule that says that one must wait 2 times the time it takes a piercing to fully heal before attempting an upsize.

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Quote wetizm Replybullet Posted: June/08/2013 at 7:11pm
I usually get some solid plugs with a bit of wight to them, when they start falling out or the flare can pull through without pain, then its time to go up in size... of course everyones body heals differently so Im not recommending that, but it usually works pretty good. I wear some pretty big headphones 8hrs a day which puts some pressure on the stretch. Plus I sleep with them in sometimes so it doesnt take long to get to the next size. After or during a hot shower helps too.
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