Ear lobe stretching or gauging is the process where progressively larger “jewelry items” are placed within the ear lobe, and the body “adjusts” by stretching to accommodate the larger jewelry. If done gradually, the lobe will be able to hold quite large pieces of jewelry. Believe it or not, many people believe that stretched earlobes will merely shrink back after the jewelry is removed. THIS IS FALSE. A gauged (or stretched) ear beyond the smallest sizes will NOT shrink back.
Please consider this FACT BEFORE you start to gauge or stretch any part of your body!
You will need to be totally committed to this look for the rest of your life! Because after you start, you cannot go back.
Like obvious tattoos, this type of modification (obvious gauging of the ears, nose, lips, brows, etc.) is banned by many companies, the military, and may be a source of great frustration a few years down the road!
If you have any consideration of joining the military, gauging of any obvious part of your body (with or without the jewelry), will remove this career path from your options. Other large companies, have policies regarding permanent body art, please look into this BEFORE you begin something that may impact your ability to get a job down the road.
So think about your potential future! If you are independently wealthy, and expect that to continue that way the rest of your life, then go head, but if you will have to work for a living, gauging is a non-reversible decision that some employers will discriminate against. . . And it is NOT against the law. There are laws against discrimination based on sex, race, handicap, and age, but not tattoos or piercings. They can deny you a job based on this. Please check companies policies on gauging on-line and see the potential discrimination you may face.
Other people find that when they are not in the jewelry while jogging, swimming, working, waking up first thing in the morning etc., the un-jeweled ear looks “unsightly”.
It looks unique with the jewelry in, but less than desirable without the jewelry. Maintaining that look is like wearing make up all the time (and some people do), but it can be a burden. Just like a pierced ear without an earring, it doesn’t look complete. But with a pierced ear, it also isn’t as obvious. A loop of flesh hanging, twisted and wrinkled, is hard to hide. Think long and hard about this before proceeding.
Surgeons are advertising their services to repair ears for people who already regret getting their ears gauged. Follow the link on the picture below and watch their video.
And if you are going to gauge your ear, please let a professional advise you on the process and make sure you are very very very convinced you want to do this.