– This pretty jewellery would make a nice christmas present…
… I thought. I checked out the website. Puzzled. I explored some more. Then paused. And took a deep breath.
I can just imagine what my doctor would say if he saw me wearing those.
– Well, you refused me a pair of pink hearing aids!
Apparently these are now all the craze with the emo/hardcore crowd, although they have been around for a long time in the African and Asian tribes. Does stretching hurt? If you do it correctly, it shouldn’t do. If you’re going to do it, do it PROPERLY and do it SLOWLY. If you try to stretch too quickly, you may get a blowout, where the hole deforms itself by twisting inside out, with a section of tissue appearing as a circular flap on the backside of the piercing. These can develop into keloids. (And then you wouldn’t be able to wear your hearing aids. Whatever colour they are.)
If you catch a keloid in time, you may be able to remove them by downsizing immediately and allowing them to reabsorb. Frighteningly, keloids can continue to grow indefinitely and no satisfactory treatment has been identified. Here’s an extreme case …
Still determined? You can stretch your ears by
The most popular, cheapest and ‘safest’ way of stretching ears. You can buy stretching kits which involve inserting larger and larger tapers into the ear hole until you’ve got the size you want. One of the most effective ways is to stretch in the bath/shower as the steam relaxes your earlobes, making them more supple.
These are not so widely used, as they tend to cause piercings to migrate and can lead to a thinning of the tissue, resulting in disfigurement and corrective surgery. This method has been traditionally used by various tribes in Africa and Asia. Weights tend to be used by those who want larger stretchings as it is more effective when the fistula (hole) has been made bigger.
Once you’ve stretched them, you must look after them. Or they’ll rot! Stretchers must be sterilised and jewellery should be removed every day for a period and re-sterilised.
Even after years of having stretched lugs, your ears can still choose to reject the piercing, which is extremely painful. This tends to happen during the cold winter months, and involves the ear becoming extremely painful to the touch, bleeding and sometimes pus inside the hole. If this happens, you can go down a few sizes and sterilised your ear and jewellery every day to prevent an infection. Then you can slowly re-stretch your ear.
Hummm. How about this for a new fashion craze?
THINK OF WHAT YOU’LL LOOK LIKE WHEN YOU GET OLDER!