Thread: The useless stretching post

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    Little bit gutted I retired my second lobe piercing . . once i'd got it to 2g it just looked like too much. At least my other lobe's at 2g, so I can get some use out of the pretty jewellery I have! Tempted to stay there for longer just cos i'm loving the galaxies!
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    Sorry if something like this has been asked before, but...

    I'm getting my conch pierced sometime after Christmas and I want to stretch it to maybe 6mm. How long would it be recommended to wait after the initial piercing to stretch it, and how long should I leave between each stretch?
    Current: 9mm lobes, 5mm left tragus, 5mm left conch, tongue web, nasallang, left rook, left anti-tragus, right tragus, right daith, right snug, right forward helix, bridge, 5mm septum, three-point left helix spiral, double left eyebrow

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    I think with cartilage it's really just about waiting until you feel like you can comfortably stretch it. Like I see a lot of people saying their cartilage piercings are fully healed in a year, and they could probably stretch them after a year and a half or so, while I wouldn't feel comfortable stretching my right conch which is 3 years and a few months old. But generally I'd say at least twice as long as you wait with lobe piercings, if not longer.
    Honestly if I decided I wanted my conches to be a larger gauge I'd just get punches over the piercings.
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    Not very experienced in stretching cartilage, but I'm sure you're meant to give it over a year to heal before attempting to stretch. And if I remember correctly, you should wait double your normal stretching time for soft tissue - so at least 3 month but more if you're particularly unstretchy.

    Though, same as with lobes you shouldn't be forcing anything and you shouldn't get real pain - only a very mild ache from the cartilage denting.
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    so going to leave my upper conch punch till dec time im on extra ivs and will be for my birthday so ive got to wait boo cant get a piercing like that when im extra ill boo.. lol..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coraz0ndeOro View Post
    I think with cartilage it's really just about waiting until you feel like you can comfortably stretch it. Like I see a lot of people saying their cartilage piercings are fully healed in a year, and they could probably stretch them after a year and a half or so, while I wouldn't feel comfortable stretching my right conch which is 3 years and a few months old. But generally I'd say at least twice as long as you wait with lobe piercings, if not longer.
    Honestly if I decided I wanted my conches to be a larger gauge I'd just get punches over the piercings.
    Thanks for the advice.

    I'd rather stretch it so I can decide along the way if there's a point where I want to stop stretching.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnyx View Post
    Not very experienced in stretching cartilage, but I'm sure you're meant to give it over a year to heal before attempting to stretch. And if I remember correctly, you should wait double your normal stretching time for soft tissue - so at least 3 month but more if you're particularly unstretchy.

    Though, same as with lobes you shouldn't be forcing anything and you shouldn't get real pain - only a very mild ache from the cartilage denting.
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    Yeah punching is pretty permanent! (says the wumman who's in the middle of arranging to get one ) so if you change your mind you're a bit stuffed. Well the skin might recover but the cartilage wouldn't.

    My 2nds are well tight, going to have to wear 5mm for a while again.
    what's a few seconds of pain for a lifetime of shiny?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitebunny View Post
    Yeah punching is pretty permanent! (says the wumman who's in the middle of arranging to get one ) so if you change your mind you're a bit stuffed. Well the skin might recover but the cartilage wouldn't.
    That's what I'm thinking too. Plus, there's the fact I'm not old enough to get punched. xD
    Current: 9mm lobes, 5mm left tragus, 5mm left conch, tongue web, nasallang, left rook, left anti-tragus, right tragus, right daith, right snug, right forward helix, bridge, 5mm septum, three-point left helix spiral, double left eyebrow

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    Really want to start stretching up again, considering starting to tape again but with a temperamental daith piercing in one ear and a freshish rook in the other, which is upsetting my forward helix, not sure it's a good idea yet.

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    Does anywhere in the UK sell either 4mm DF or 5mm SF wood plugs?

    I know I can get them on BAF but I'm thinking of speed. (and that I can order over $100 worth far too easily there, and customs charges)
    Last edited by kitebunny; 11-05-2012 at 10:23 AM.
    what's a few seconds of pain for a lifetime of shiny?

    Both lobes 1/2", 5mm, 1.6mm
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