Place a drop of Body Piercing Aftercare
onto the narrow end of your expander (and another drop onto your piercing if you like). Don't use too much as everything will end up very slippery. Slowly insert the narrow end of the expander into your piercing hole and push very gently, until it feels just comfortably snug. Take a breather and, when you are ready, step it up a level by pushing a little more - just until you can feel your lobe tingling. It may sting a little, but you should not let it become painful as this will mean that you have pushed the expander in too far.
Blood is an absolute no-no! If you draw any blood then you have damaged the tissue and you must cease stretching immediately for this session. It might be disappointing for today but remember - you cannot rush the stretching process at any stage because you will want to ensure that your ear remains healthy for the future. When your ear is back to normal, you can start the above process again.
If you are continuing with this stretch, always remember that you do NOT have to push the expander all the way through at this time. Push away any frenzied urge you may have to get the wider end of the expander all the way through your piercing today - the current size of your piercing really doesn't matter to anyone else and the only thing you will do is rip your skin tissue, and that is painful. Is it really worth it, no! When you feel the tingle, stop and feel pleased with the progress you have made today.
When you are happy with the placement of your expander, pop one rubber 'O' ring on either side of your ear and push them both along the expander snugly up to your lobe. And that's it! You can now relax and give yourself a pat on the back.
In the days that follow you can gradually push the expander through a little more, making sure that you only push to the level of the tingle again. If your ear starts playing up, don't push the expander any more and wait until it is completely settled before trying again. Take it easy at every stage, there's no rush! Follow this process until you have inserted the widest end of the expander into your piercing, which means that you have successfully stretched to the maximum size of that particular expander. As long as you keep the widest end of the expander in your piercing, or swap it for a plug or tunnel in the same size, your piercing will remain at that size. If you then want to increase further, you will need to buy a bigger expander for your next stretch.