What is Ear Gauging

The process of ear gauging is very gradual and this practice in which ear piercing is slowly stretched to accommodate larger jewelry can take years of patient work if one wants to reach a desired large size. This practice appeared in Asia and was widespread in South American and African tribes for thousand of years.

A typical ear piercing is done with 20 or 18 gauge needle and it is for insertion of standard ear jewelry. Such ear piercing heals easily and quickly. And such piercing is usually done by those who want to abandon the piercing later.
The smaller the number of gauge, the larger the hole and gauge sizes go to 1 inch.
The size to which the ear piercing is stretched influence the type of jewelry which can be inserted into it. There are cylinders and plugs of materials which fill the gauge hole totally and hollow jewelry and tunnels leave an open space in the middle of ear piercing. Thick captive bead rings are also popular.
Stretching is a way to accomplish ear gauging. And it should be done slowly to avoid the damage of piercing, infections and other problems. Tapers in bone, wood and some metals slowly inserted into the ear, help it become accustomed to the larger size. And some people just insert larger size jewelry and give the ears one or several months adjust before steeping up a size. There is another way to gauge ears by cutting them to enlarge the hole but it must be done only by professional piercer.
The time of healing varies and the larger the gauge, the longer the hole will shrink back down. You can speed healing process massaging the ear lobes with vitamin E oil.
Ear piercing is popular nowadays and large gauge piercing looks really great. Just remember, that it should be done by professional in a trusted place.