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SUBMITTER’S COMMENT: Well, a little history I guess. These are my lobes today. (Please note they’re not actually this yucky pinky-red, I have a pink light which reeks havoc on my photo levels) I had them pierced with a gun when I was 12 at a hairdressers, where my aunt signed me off pretending to be my mum. Quality stuff, wonky and everything. I began stretching when I was about 18, I bought a nasty acrylic taper and similar screw-closure tunnels from the local goth shop. (The very same shop who have almost everything out to touch. One time my sister was in there, some girls stuck jewellery in their piercings and put it back, and the guy behind the counter got mad and said he’d have to “disinfect it all again”. Ugh. Just. No.) The girl who served me at the time said going from where I was to 3mm would be fine and to use vaseline. I did exactly that over the course of 2 days, along with a little blood and a nasty throbbing pain.
I know a lot better now. I later went up to 4mm by just popping the next size of acrylic in the day before an event.
I since let them shrink back, and have been stretching again using the correct methods shown in your stretching guide. (THANK you <3) I’m only back to a 2.4, but I’m kinda worried about the placement and any potential scar tissue? When I was younger I tried for 5mm, but one of my lobes was having none of it, which makes me think a little bundle of NOPE could be preventing me there. My goal size is 1” one day, but the way things are positioned I just feel like even with regular downsizing, my ears and going to look awfully thin. My local piercer said that the lobes should even themselves out over time and be just fine, but I’m starting to doubt their judgement after hearing some of the other stuff they’ve come out with. (I was told by the same guy that every surface piercing, even with a staple bar, will reject and they’re all pretty pointless.)
Magical mods, what are your opinions? These holes won’t close up completely as I had them out about a year before. Would it be worth getting them maybe dermal punched into a better placement and to remove any little bits of scarring?
WHAT’S AWFUL: Placement.
First things first: for the scar tissue, try massages. They’ll help break it up slowly over time.
I agree that the placement is not ideal, especially if you want to go much larger. I would try to get them to downsize as much as possible (while doing massages), and (provided they don’t close on their own) possibly look into scalpelling or having them closed by a professional and pierced again later. They’re so off from being centered that I’m not sure what your best bet will be at this point. If you send us your location we can try to help find a body modification artist near you that you can have a consultation in-person with.