A taper is a cone or spike shaped piece of jewelry that is used to stretch a piercing up a size. The shape of the taper allows the piercing to stretch smoothly as the taper is pushed through the ear. Certain tapers can also be worn as jewelry. Tapers are very helpful in stretching up the sizes between 14 and 0 gauge.
Also to know is, are tapers bad for your ears?
If you’ve only recently healed from a regular ear piercing, you may want to start out with 16g tapers, just to be on the safe side. There is no such thing as stretching too slowly, but stretching too quickly can cause scarring, injury, and prevent ears from healing evenly and properly.
Furthermore, how long do you leave tapers in before putting plugs in?
Because of the fact that everyone’s body reacts differently, this answer varies. It is recommended that you wait at least 6 weeks in between stretches. This will give your earlobes time to heal up and become a little loose. However, we recommend that you wait 2-6 months between each stretch.
How do you taper stretched ears?
Begin pushing the taper through the hole, inserting the thinner side into the piercing first. Go slowly. Expect this to be a little uncomfortable. Put your plug at the thicker end of the taper so you can insert it into the stretched piercing immediately.
What size can I stretch up to without permanent damage? There are a lot of different opinions on this topic, but the majority of professionals in the body modification industry recommend never going any larger than 2 – 0 gauge if you want your ears to totally close up where you can‘t see through them.
Acrylic manufacturers do not recommended acrylic for use in implantation, and piercing professionals warn against wearing acrylic in tongue or genital piercings. Acrylic may crack with age, which can lead to skin irritation, cuts, or abrasions when it comes in contact with your skin.
It may take a few weeks or more, but if you keep to a routine of cleaning and massaging your ears, the blowout will gradually heal back into the healthy tissue.
Treating the infection at home
- Wash your hands before touching or cleaning your piercing.
- Clean around the piercing with a saltwater rinse three times a day. …
- Don’t use alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, or antibiotic ointments. …
- Don’t remove the piercing. …
- Clean the piercing on both sides of your earlobe.
It’s probably for 2 reasons. First off, there’s a larger size jump between 8g and 6g. Up until 8g, there is only a difference of 0.6mm or less in between each size. After 8g, the differences get larger, and there is a 1 mm size difference between 8g and 6g.
The half size between 0g and 00g is 9mm and is occasionally called 00g.
If you are experiencing anything beyond a slight soreness, or you are bleeding, then you have stretched your piercing too quickly. Unfortunately, this means that you are going to have to backtrack to heal before you can consider stretching again.
You can make your piercing holes bigger by using stretchers. You can get them at just about any piercing shop or shop that sells bigger gauge jewelry. If you’re going to do it, remember to stretch slowly to avoid blowouts. Also, if you decide to go large gauge, your ears may not go back to how they are now.
Tapering is a long process, as you need to stretch the ear gradually, each time for a 1/128 or 1/64 of an inch. Mind that the skin could be ruptured if you would try to go for a big size from the start. Thus, it is needed to wait a few months between stretches. Tapers are not designed for long–wearing.