PA Stretching Advice subbmitted by Wolf

Hi,
Concerning PA stretching, especially for larger gauge (00 and beyond), – a painful pleasure as it simply is-, the utmost sensitive skin in the PA piercing will likely be irritated and possibly somewhat inflamed upon successful
insertion of the new, heavy jewelry.

The day after the stretching could become uncomfortable with sometimes extremely slow progress for less pain in days to come when jewelry moves or is bumped.
With heavy PA jewelry, wearing a jock strap with the jewelry nested down at the balls (rather than up) also helps manage less movement.
It is important to shower/bath jewelry morning and evening, for some type of tiny crust could develop and cause serious pain upon movement.

I also elected to use anti-inflammatory Ibuprofen 200mg 2x a day, and may be another one later in the night.

This does help amazingly but should not be taken with major alcohol consume; a small amount is ok and kidneys won’t “give up”.
My PA is actually an Apadravya  (vertical through gland) and lends itself to heavy jewelry. A regular PA may not take the weight over time and rip open as it may migrate.
The Apadravya piercing therefore would be my recommendation in order to achieve higher, extreme goals.

WOLF

Body Jewelry Chain Gang Customer

Stretching Nail

Stretching Nail

The Stretching Nail is made using only 316LVM Surgical Grade Steel. This piece will give you a sharp look and can also be used to stretch you’re piercing to a larger gauge. There are tons of places that you can use this piece.

Will My Piercing Shrink Back to Normal After Stretching

Stretching Crescents to Stretch a Piercing GaugeYour piercings can shrink back down after stretching them, as long as you do not stretch them too fast. If you stretch your piercing to fast you can cause a tear in your piercing that will develop scar tissue. The key to keeping a happy piercing is to stretch slowly.

Body Jewelry By The Chain Gang has Double Ended Stretching Crescents which you see to the left and are great to very slowly stretch to another gauge. It is a slow process, but you will not tear your piercing either which other then the obvious, will also help you if you should ever want to let your piercing shrink down some.

Once you have stretched the piercing out some using the Crescents or Weights, then you can use the Insertion Tapers to insert your new larger body jewelry.

Another way to help stretch safely is to use additional weight. If you like to use weights to stretch your piercings make sure you do not use a really heavy weight, because it can cause your piercing to disfigure and this will prevent it from healing back to normal.

Another thing to factor in is how big did you stretch you piercings. Most piercings that are no larger than a 0 Gauge normally do go back down as long as you did not cause any scar tissue during the stretching. This process may take a while but there is hope. Over the 00 gauge, may shrink down some, but it is unlikely that they will ever go back to where they started.
And last but no least, how old is the piercing? If it has been several years then it may not go back either. Stretching is something to take very seriously as you may have these holes that you made for the rest of your life.

My best advice is to stretch slow and do not do this “just because”. Think about it just in case it is not what you want to have for the rest of your life. I always look at anything like this as if it was permanent, that way you are sure when you make your decision.