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Antique Ear Weights – Can You Stretch Your Ears in a Healthiest Way

A flesh plug or a tunnel is placed inside the ear lobe, while an ear hanger hangs down. They can be made of different materials, but most commonly are made of wood and brass. They can be hoops, spirals, or hooks with dangling decorations. Ear hangers are available individually and in pairs for some designs.

It is the same way to hang ear weights but they are heavier. There are different sizes and weights of ear weights. For ear weights, the sizing does not need to be exact, unlike plugs and tunnels ear weights As an example, a 10mm ear weight will comfortably fit much larger stretched ears if the ear is stretched a minimum of 10mm. The ear weights we offer come with ‘minimum requirements’ for lobe size.

You can wear all weights up to ‘For 12mm and above, so you can wear ‘For 6mm and Above’, ‘For 8mm and Above’, ‘For 10mm’, but items labeled ‘For 14mm and Above’ won’t fit your ears.

Our ear weights can be worn by anyone who has a hole of 18mm or more since none of ours require a larger hole. However, weight is something to consider. For 6mm and above, a very light weight may fit in a larger stretch but may fall out. The design and weight of your lobes should guide your choice.

What are Ear Weights & How Does it work?

When it comes to stretching, ear weights will only stretch the skin on the very bottom of your ear lobe. This is something you want to avoid when stretching your ear. Make sure you stretch the entire diameter of your ear. When the skin begins to thin, it may break and even scarier, the blood may stop flowing, leading to the skin dying off.

Every person has their own way of stretching a piercing. You should listen to what your body is telling you. The skin on your body may be more or less elastic, or your body may heal faster or slower, so you should simply pay attention to what your body is telling you. In general, you should wait at least 3-4 months before stretching a fresh soft tissue piercing. It is often quite possible to stretch healed ear lobe piercings by one size (approximately 1mm to 1.5mm or 1/16″) every 30 to 45 days (minimum). A good practice is to stretch every other month, but the longer you wait, the healthier your earrings will be.

Can You Stretch Your Ears with An Ear Weight?

It is simple to answer this: yes, you can. However, you probably shouldn’t. Throughout history, people have stretched their ears with ear weights or heavy earrings, but it may not be the healthiest or most effective way for you to do so.

Generally, a heavy ear weight will stretch the lobe at the bottom of the ear more than the surrounding skin. If this happens, the blood flow might be reduced and the lower lobe may thin out and become less healthy. You want to stretch the skin evenly around the hole so that you obtain a healthy stretched lobe for a long time. So, the best way you would be able to stretch your ear would be to use tapers or plugs and tape. Please refer to our section on healthy ear stretching for more information.

Weights Are Ear Adornment, Not Stretching Tools

Especially heavy ear weights aren’t something you should wear around the clock, like other jewelry. Wear them out in the evening or on special occasions, but make sure to rotate them with your standard plugs and tunnels.

It has been shown that lighter weights tend to have fewer issues with stretching the ear, but they can also have a different issue. If they are too light and you wear nothing else other than that, your ear may end up shrinking if they are too light. In this situation, it would be a problem if the design of the weight meant your ear shrank and you were unable to remove the weight. As a result, it is a good idea to rotate wearing hanging designs and plugs of your usual size in order to keep your hole the size you want it to be.

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