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Truth about tunnels stretching

For how much longer is it acceptable to stretch tunnels during one procedure? 

- No more than 2-4 mm. The bigger diameter of your tunnel, the bigger area of damages.

Skin neogenesis isn’t an instant process as an undue pressure and tensity of damaged tissues, it needs time to recover.

Otherwise you can damage the future tunnel and it will cause cracks or total burst and complicate the regenerative process. 


During the first stretching of healed up piercing (for 5 mm and more) tissues are under ultimate load. Indolent tunnel is quite big wound in comparison with piercing, that’s why recovering period is longer. Total recovering usually takes max 2 months.

It’s possible to keep stretching only after complete recovering of all damaged tissues. Scar tissue isn’t so elastic unlike intact skin.

If you hurry and keep stretching, you will provoke a serious injury and inflammation process that often causes a blow-out in 1 or 2 weeks.


 What I should use to stretch tunnels?  

- A lot of people still uses pencils, art brushes, tools for make up and other unmeant tools. 

In case infections or impurities, our skin will respond immediately. 

Contact experienced master to stretch your tunnels by special tool – taper.

If it’s impossible in your city and you want to stretch the tunnels at home, you can order some sets of tapers or per item on our website.

Write in an order form and we will sterilise it for you (autoclave).

Don’t use acrylic tapers due to its angle of slope that can injure your skin.

There is lots of jewelry for healing. Don’t forget to sterilise them. But it’s not recommended to use silicone or other organic materials for recovering.


The best option for “autonomous” inching of tunnel is "tapers" or "captive rings".

Your tunnels will stretch slowly within the gravity power of jewelry without any additional actions.

But be careful with weighting. Your skin should rest and reactivate a blood circulation and elasticity. 


What is the right way to stretch tunnels? 

- Don’t hurry up. No more than 1-2 mm per month;

- Stretch no more than for 2 mm per one procedure;

- It’s better to put your tunnels from different sides after procedure to avoid a blow-out.

- Sterilise your jewelry and tools;

- Use a lubricant to anoint a taper, for example drugstore's vaseline or panthenol-сontaining cream (Panthenol, D-Panthenol, Bepanthen).


What are the consequences of too fast and constant stretching?

Often - ragged ears, inflammations, infection or blow-outs.

The most common problem is inflammation. Earlap becomes red, dropsical and starts to sting.

Any not spongy material (acryl, silicone, steel, titanium, glass and some stones) could be the reason of intertrigos and skin itching in case of wrong care and treatment: treat using antiseptic, keep dry, treat by cream and oil with biologically-active agents which promote skin regeneration. 

Silicone tunnels or rubber stoppers often become the reason of intertrigos. 

There are possible material and extraneous body allergies. 

We recommend using no lacquer coating wood or buffalo horn for everyday after complete recovering.

Buffalo horn and natural bone is the most bio-friendly material for human. 


Infection. Acute edema, redness, inflammation. 

All of it is after-effect of dirty tools, unsterilized jewelry or inappropriate general care and no personal hygiene.

In case of serious inflammatory process with fever it’s necessary to contact a doctor and assign an aggressive treatment. 


Pathologic scars (atrophic, hypertrophic, keloidal). Prominent scar tissue.

The process of its formation is very complex. Contact professional.

If it’s impossible to cure by anti-scar remedies, it should be removed surgically. 


"Blow-out" is a growth of extra tissue either side. It looks ugly.

It usually appears after irregular stretching and should be removed surgically.


Freezing injury. This problem can also be the reason of unpleasant consequences for those people who live in cold regions. For example tissue atrophy (blood vessels of stretched skin can’t carry nutrient materials fast, and nutrition stops at low temperatures), which causes an inflammatory process. In this case you should take your jewelry off immediately otherwise there is a strong possibility of atrophic necrosis. Keep some rules and you will avoid such painful process:

- in cold weather it’s recommended to wear jewelry made of organic porous materials due to high thermal conductivity (transmit frequency of low temperatures is also high);

- wear head-dress which covers your tunnels, in cold weather.

It’s the most dangerous in winter period to wear metal and silicone jewelry.


"Ragged ear". There is a possibility to break an earlap while too fast stretching. 

There is always severe load on some part that’s why this part can be the future location of tear. Even in case of crack tissue can be damaged like in case of freezing injury.

If you notice your earlaps become thinner it’s recommended to take tunnels off for 2-3 months. Just after that you can try to stretch them again, but no more than for 2 mm per month.


Finally, tunnels stretching may be said a big responsibility. But if you are bent on doing it, don’t spin out money; don’t hurry up to stretch them to big size. Weigh all pros and contras, find a good piercer, order good tunnels or plugs with twist-off border and care of your tunnels all the time (even after complete recovering).

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