Just Google it! Yeah, it’s not always right…

Just Google it! Yeah, it’s not always right…

We’ve all done it, ‘I’ll just google it first’ and before having laser tattoo removal it is important that you do you research and find out as much information as you can about the procedure. However, lately we have been getting strange questions and odd incorrect information from clients which they say they have found online. So I decided to do my own research from a clients point of view. In this blog post I’m going to highlight some of the information I’ve found, both good and bad. All of the information detailed below comes from the 1st page of Google search results when typing in general search terms i.e. what is tattoo removal, laser tattoo removal information, does tattoo removal hurt, can tattoos be removed completely etc.

The first thing I seemed to find was greatly exaggerated pricing. with some stating that prices per session began in the £100s for small tattoos. This is completely untrue, our prices begin at £20 per session for small tattoos. We do not have set pricing, we cater the prices based on the size and complexity of your tattoo as this determines how long your sessions will take and therefore how much of our time is taken up for 1 session. The amount of sessions you will need all together is impossible to tell as it depends entirely on the person and how quickly their body get rid of the ink. If someone tells you it will be gone after 1 session, they’re lying.

Waiting times between sessions also seems to vary depending on where you look. Some say 4 weeks, others 7 or 9 weeks. The time left between treatments is to make sure that your skin is healed completely before your next session. How your skin heals is largely down to how you look after the area. If you keep up with your aftercare, it should heal fine, but if you neglect the area, it will prolong the healing process. We usually leave 5 – 6 weeks between sessions, however if you arrive for your treatment and the area to be treated isn’t completely healed we would reschedule your session to reduce the risk of scarring and further complications.

Anything that mentions going over the area more than once in a session is NOT what we do!! This method is called R20 Tattoo Removal or Accelerated Tattoo Removal and can be very damaging to the skin and will more than likely end in scarring. If you want to find out more about R20 tattoo removal and the dangers of it you can take a look at one of our earlier blog posts here.

Local injected anaesthetics are administered before treatments, now this may be true if the person carrying out the procedure is qualified to administer anaesthetic i.e. a doctor or practitioner (Ask for their credentials if you’re unsure). A standard laser technician has the qualifications to operate the laser competently but this does not make them qualified to give you local injected anaesthetic. If you would like the area to be ‘numb’ before treatments we suggest using a topical numbing cream such as Emla, which you should apply about an hour before your treatment. No needles will be used at all if you have laser treatments with us.

You will be scarred- scarring only occurs in a limited number of cases after laser treatment. Some people are more prone to scarring, however if your laser technician is experienced and follows the correct procedure e.g Fitzpatrick skin typing and risk assessing and gives you aftercare information that is followed, the risk of scarring is greatly reduced. Also, if the tattoo you want removing is already scarred through the tattoo process, the scarring will be more prominent when you have had several laser sessions and the ink has broken down. This scarring is NOT from the laser.

And now onto pain, you will feel it! There’s no denying that, it is likened to an elastic band snapping against the skin but this depends entirely on the person’s pain threshold and where the tattoo is placed (more sensitive areas will hurt more). The pain should not be unbearable and if the laser technician is experienced and has correctly assessed you skin type it will not be. I have found articles that MASSIVELY exaggerate the pain referring to the laser machine as ‘the fire spouting mechanism from hell’ and ‘On a scale of one to a hundred, laser tattoo removal pain is, like, a gazillion’ (I know, super helpful -.-). If you are worried about the pain, as stated in the previous paragraph, you can use a topical numbing cream.

What I’m getting at from this blog post is that not all information you find online is correct. Click bait and fake articles are a massive problem so if you are wanting information and have questions before going ahead with tattoo removal, reputable laser clinics and technicians will be happy to help you.

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2018 Updates

It’s been just over a year since our last big shop update (I know, where’s that gone?!) and since then quite a bit has changed.

First of all, Taattoo Wombwell recently celebrated it’s 9th Birthday!                                  Yes, we’ve been repeatedly stabbing people, providing them with new artwork and lovely new sparklies for 9 years.

The biggest change since our last update is that WE HAVE MOVED!!

We’re still in Wombwell but we are now at 2 High Street, inside The Old Bank (pictured below). If you want more info about the building we’re now in, Click Here to visit The Old Bank Wombwell blog.

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We’ve been in since May and now have much more space and NO stairs, yep, we’re all on one level. Check out the reception area below and keep on reading for more info about the changes in each of our service departments.

 

You’ve also got more time to pop in and see us, we’re now open until 6pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Tattoos

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The boss is still designing everything for you guys and keeping the rest of us in check as usual.

 

Our main tattooist Andy is working away in his lovely new room (pictured above). If you want to keep up to date with Andy’s work you can follow him on Instagram: @andyattaattoo

 

Kris has now finished his his apprenticeship and is working away in his own little room (pictured above). He’s done a lot of designing and tattoos since starting, all of which you can take a look at and keep up to date with on his Facebook and Instagram profiles:

Here’s a couple of his favourites from the past year..

We are, however, down an tattooist as our second apprentice, Ellis, left us earlier in the year. We wish her well for the future.

 

If you’re wanting to keep up to date with the general antics in shop (Including our birthday video masterpiece), you could always go and give our Facebook page a like: Taattoo Wombwell

Piercings

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Both Sophie and Poh are still here. Sophie’s been with us for an eternity (just over 4 years) and Poh’s been with us for 2.

Since moving, they’ve been able to pierce twice as many people with their very own piercing bays (pics below) complete with NO stairs. They have a lot more space to move and are no longer falling over each other when trying to pierce.

While the piercers have stabbed many peoples over the past year, I’ve asked them to narrow it down to a couple each and here they are…

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This summer’s been jammed packed with little kiddies get their lobes pierced. If you’re interested in what the piercers get up to you can keep up to date on their social media pages:

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We’ve also had a couple of changes over in the laser department. As well as a brand new room, we have a fancy new laser machine to provide you guys with the best quality laser treatments. Our new room and laser machine are pictured below.

Our Laser Technician, Ema, has flown the nest and is no longer with us. We wish her well in all she does and we’re certainly going to miss her.

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So, now we can introduce, our new laser tech, Hannah., She’s fully qualified and ready to remove tattoos and smooth out your skin with carbon facials. If you want to get in touch with the laser department, head over to their Facebook Page: Lumiere Professional Laser Clinic.

And… That’s it, you’re all caught up, I’m sure we’ll have more updates for you in the future. Thanks for reading!

 

Know your crystals!

Know your crystals!

We all love a bit of ‘alternative medicine’ – especially when it’s simple, cheap and easy to do at home.

Welcome to the world of crystals/gemstones!

There are HUNDREDS of different stones with different properties to help with a whole range of health problems from your mind, down to your toes. Here’s just a handful that we stock, broken down for you.

 

Rose Quartz

rose quartzProbably one of the most well-known stones, and for good reason. Rose Quartz is considered an excellent all-round healing stone, commonly used by those wishing to find inner peace, a calmer mind, more loving nature and a more forgiving outlook. Health-wise, Rose Quartz is said to be one of the best stones used in the treatment of migraines and headaches, as well as promoting fertility. It is also a great stone for those recovering from emotional/physical trauma and to help bring inner peace and self-love in its place.

Amethyst

amethystIs considered to be a very good spiritual stone, used for healing and meditation as it works wonders soothing and calming the mind. In a physical sense, Amethyst is said to bring harmony to the body’s organs and stimulate the immune system – making it a fantastic stone to use alongside other healing stones to alleviate/treat a number of health problems. It’s even said that keeping Amethyst under your pillow at night can help against insomnia! Many stone-users recommend keeping an Amethyst cluster in your home, because of its energising and cleansing properties.

Sunstone

sunstoneSaid to be a very joyful, light and inspiring stone, which has the ability to clear all chakras. Sunstone is especially good for those with poor mental health, as it has extremely effective anti-depressant properties, enabling the wearer to nurture their self, be more optimistic and empowered. Sunstone is also useful for those with trouble saying ‘no’ and/or letting go and cutting ties with toxic people in their life; such as possessive lovers or parents and helping the wearer become more liberated and independent. Sunstone is said to be the wearer’s “light in the dark”, letting them see the brighter side of situations and also being very effective against seasonal affective disorder. Being a very personal stone, it is said that the best results come from wearing the stone or having it on your person in everyday life.

Ametrine

ametrineIs a combination of Amethyst and Citrine, making it a very energetic stone which shows in its healing properties. Great for those who have hit a slump in creativity, it supports control over one’s life, bringing clarity and harmonizing perception. Ametrine strengthens concentration and aids clear and rational thinking, calming the mind and making it a fantastic stone to use in meditation. Physically and mentally, Ametrine’s mind-calming qualities are beneficial to a number of illnesses and symptoms, such as; chronic fatigue, depression, tension headaches and stress-related diseases.

Snow Quartz

snow quartzIs a great all-around stone to use alongside others in everyday life. It’s particularly useful in supporting the wearer/user whilst learning lessons. It’s also said to be useful for those who lack tact and need to ‘think before they speak’. Snow Quartz brings clarity to many aspects of your life, making it a useful stone for those wishing to let go of overwhelming responsibilities and/or overcome victimhood. Whilst Snow Quartz doesn’t offer as wide of a range of perks as other stones, it is always useful when combined with other stones which have similar properties.

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Aside from general Quartz properties, Green Quartz has additional qualities. It is used to stabilise the heart chakra by those in touch with their spiritual side. It’s also another stone which transmutes negative energy, both from the wearer and others directing negativity to the wearer. Also a great stone for inspiring creativity.

 

Sodalite

sodaliteLike many stones, has a wide variety of qualities for different uses, and is a great stone for use with others. Considered a stone for the mind, Sodalite assists in bringing emotional balance, making thoughts more rational – because of this, it is recommended for use in group work environments, as it stimulates trust and companionship, gives a wider perspective and aids those who are oversensitive or defensive. Health-wise, Sodalite is said to be useful in the treatment of high blood pressure and it’s said to help balance metabolism. Not only that, but Sodalite is another stone which, due to its healing properties, is said to aid sleep and combat insomnia.

Rhodonite:

rhodoniteConsidered an ’emotional balancer’, Rhodonite helps to ground one’s energy and aid in achieving one’s highest potential. Rhodonite is a fantastic healing stone for those with deep-rooted mental and emotional scarring, from self-destruction and/or abuse. It can also be used as a ‘first aid stone’, to heal initial emotional shock and panic. At a time when the wearer is ready to let go of past situations and toxicity, Rhodonite helps make this happen – helping to clear emotional scars and wounds they caused and aiding forgiveness from long-term abuse. Similarly, Rhodonite helps the wearer stay calm and collected in dangerous and upsetting situations, avoiding conflict, retaliation and revenge. Best worn near the heart, Rhodonite can be worn on a necklace at all times to feel the beneficial properties.

Turquoise (Tibetan):

tibetan turquoiseWhilst all turquoise forms share generic properties, Tibetan Turquoise has additional attributes, one of which is it’s amazing ability to heal suppressed self-expression – perfect for those who need a helping hand expressing themselves openly and confidently.

Turquoise itself is a very efficient healer and provides solace for the spirit and well-being for the body – bringing harmony to overall health. It’s also known as a purification stone for its ability to dispel negative energies and pollution in the atmosphere (perfect attribute to take advantage of if you live in a high-pollution/smog area). Health-wise, Turquoise is said to be best used to aid exhaustion, depression and panic attacks. Similarly, it aids anxieties and nerves when public speaking and also stabilises mood swings. Bringing overall harmony to the mind, body and spirit, Turquoise is a fantastic stone for everyone and anyone and it’s perfect for combining with other stones to create a stronger aid for illness, disease and challenges.

Howlite:

howliteConsidered one of the best calming stones, most of Howlite’s qualities aid the mind, emotionally and psychologically. Perfect for use in meditation, Howlite helps to calm the mind, teaches patience and stills erratic thoughts. It can also help calm turbulent emotions and when kept in a pocket or on your person, it’ll absorb the wearer’s anger and also any anger directed to the wearer. Put Howlite under your pillow at night to fight insomnia – especially if caused by an overactive mind. Further Howlite qualities include; strengthening memory, stimulates a desire for knowledge and also helps one to let go of the past and eliminate present-day triggers.

Magnesite:

magnesiteA very loving stone, Magnesite’s healing properties revolve around the mind and soul, promoting positive energies. Perfect for those with low self-esteem in need of confidence and reassurance. It helps to bring all forms of self-deceit to the surface, helping overcome feelings of doubt regarding oneself – basically giving the user/wearer a more positive outlook on life, situations and relationships. Where love is concerned, be it a partner, family member or friend, Magnesite promotes unconditional love, making difficult relationships easier and more tolerable. On the flip side, Magnesite can also aid egotistical people by bringing them and their feelings back down to Earth and teach better listening and understanding of others. Those who’re anxious and/or fearful can wear Magnesite for it’s calming properties and help overcome obstacles. Health-wise, Magnesite is said to prevent epilepsy, thanks to its muscle relaxant properties – which also works for menstrual and gastric cramps! It’s also said to detoxify and neutralise body odour.

Agate (Tree & Moss):

tree agateAgate stones, like Quartz, have generic properties underlying – however, each particular Agate stone (tree & moss, for example) have additional qualities.

Agate itself is considered a very stable crystal which brings great strength, but works slowly. Soothing and calming to the mind and body, Agate is used in meditation alongside other stones. It can dissolve inner tension and anger, encourage truth, overcome bitterness of the heart and bring greater awareness to the wearer/user. Agate stones gently facilitate acceptance of ones-self, promoting self-love and acceptance. It can also improve concentration and aid self-awareness.moss agate

Moss Agate, for example, is a very optimistic stone commonly used to fight depression, by bringing light to the cause/roots of the problem. Similarly, it can boost the immune system, speed up recovery from illness and even help fight against cold & flu! When the stone is placed on a problem area, Moss Agate acts as an anti-inflammatory and can also lower fevers.

 

Jasper (Yellow & Red):

jasperJasper is the main stone used by many to align the chakras – each colour of Jasper is appointed to a specific chakra (heart, throat, etc). This provides balance, calm and protection for the user/wearer. Jasper, like some other stones, absorbs negative energies from the wearer and those directing negativity to the wearer – the perfect stone to use at times of stress. Jasper can also clear electromagnetic and environmental pollution, including radiation! It has also been said to prolong sexual pleasure and stimulate the imagination. Health-wise, Jasper supports the user/wearer during prolonged illnesses and hospitalisation by reenergising the body.

 

 

The Dangers of R20 Laser Removal

The Dangers of R20 Laser Removal

R20 laser tattoo removal is sometimes referred to as ‘Accelerated Tattoo Removal’. It essentially works the same as standard tattoo removal by shattering the ink in the dermal layer of the skin but has a very different procedure. While standard tattoo removal involves passing over the unwanted tattoo once per session and waiting 5-6 weeks between sessions; R20 removal procedures consist of multiple treatments in 1 day (usually 4) spaced around 20 minutes apart. The patient then has to wait 8 weeks before their next R20 session. The 20 minute wait between treatments is to allow ‘frosting’ that often appears with laser tattoo removal to subside(see pictures below) and ensure the laser pulses are not blocked on the next passing.

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This image is before & after a standard tattoo removal session to illustrate ‘frosting’.

So, why should you avoid R20 removal?

First of all, there is only one published study on the R20 removal procedure which uses a Q-Switched Alexandrite Laser. This type of laser is uncommon and not as powerful as the Q-Switched ND-YAG lasers that are more widely used now. You can take a look at the abstract from the study here. The study itself has quite a few problems:

  • The sample size for the study was very small (12 participants)
  • As stated above, the laser used in the study is very uncommon.
  • The starting intensity of the laser was very aggressive for the first treatment.(5.5J/cm², 755nm, 100-nanosecond pulse duration, 3-mm spot size) . The starting intensity should be tailored to the skin type using the Fitzpatrick scale.
  • No darker skin tones were tested which are the most prone to pigmentary changes.
  • The method was only tested on black and blue inks.

The method has only been tested with one type of laser which is not as powerful as some of the more modern lasers which are more commonplace in practices. The more modern lasers have not been thoroughly tested with the method and so there is an even greater risk of extensive damage.

The R20 method can also cause greater epidermal injury to the treated area and this is stated in the study abstract (link above). There is also an increased risk of texture changes although it also states that none of the participants suffered scarring.

A standard tattoo removal procedure can take around 15 minutes whereas the R20 method can take anything from 80 minutes+ depending on the amount of time that is left between passes. This means that patients will have to take more time out and practices will have to book more time out to accommodate the method.

The method is also way too aggressive for sensitive skin types and would more than likely cause scarring or extensive skin injury. All patients should first be categorised using the Fitzpatrick scale so that the laser intensity is suited to their skin type.

The R20 procedure may fade tattoos quicker than standard methods, it is doing so at what cost? You may have to wait a little longer with standard removal but your skin will thank you for it.

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How to get a piercing 101

In this week’s blog post, we’re going to educate you on how to get a piercing!

So, first of all, you’ve decided you want an ‘x,y,z’ piercing. You’ve had something substantial to eat and drink on the day of the piercing along with a shower/bath and you’re on the way to the studio.

First, when you arrive, you’ll need to fill out a consent form. This is an important part of getting a piercing! The form will consist mainly of a little information and risks about piercings, your details such as phone number for our records and a little health questionnaire to check that you’re fit and healthy and able to be pierced!

The golden rule from this point onwards:

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Stay chill and calm. The more stressed and anxious you are, your heart rate will go up, your breathing will become shallow and it’ll make you feel 10 times more nervous! Deep breathing and remembering that you want this piercing and are willing to endure the second or 2 of pain, can really help ease the mind.

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With that all done, you’ll be taken upstairs to the private piercing room with your piercer. You’ll take a seat on our piercing bench whilst the piercer has a brief chat with you about the piercing you’re after, such as; healing times, tips for that particular piercing, jewellery options and just general chit chat while they prepare the equipment and tools.

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Once you’ve chosen the jewellery and you’re ready to get started, the piercer will thoroughly clean the area to be pierced. Then, depending on the piercing you’re having, the piercer will mark the area, usually with a small dot or T shape. You’ll have a chance to see the mark in the mirror and change it if you’re unhappy with it. Once you’re happy and the piercer is ready, the piercing procedure will begin!

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Congrats! At this point, you’ll now have a fresh new piercing! 

The piercer will explain further any information you may need to know, primarily regarding aftercare and timescales for downsizing/check-ups (depending on the piercing). Before you leave, this aftercare information will be given to you in written form to take away with you.

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Post-piercing, it’s important to look after yourself for the rest of the day. We always recommend bringing a sugary drink, like Lucozade, to the piercing anyway but eating and drinking plenty of sugary things after a piercing can help keep your blood sugar up if it takes a tumble. Remember that your body has just been injured, and whereas it may not be a massive trauma, you may be a bit more fragile.

The only thing left to do now is to keep your piercing happy and clean!

If you follow the aftercare advice we give you and come straight back to us if you have any issues, problems or questions, your piercing should heal swiftly and easily!

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As always, if there’s anything we’ve missed that you’d like to know more about, or you just have a few questions, message us on social media, come and see us at the studio or give us a call on: 01226 340065.

Piercing Trends 2017 – EARS!

Summer is pretty much over, but the piercing trends keep on flowing!

It may not be the weather for showing off your blingy mid-drift, but there’s plenty of other statement piercings that can be on show all year round!

EARS!

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Ears are definitely one of, if not the most popular places to get pierced. Pick a spot on your ear and there’s a name and piercing for it! But, with every individuals’ ears being so unique, it’s useful to think practically when choosing your next ear piercing.

Do you have enough anatomy/skin/cartilage for that piercing?

Will it interfere with any piercings you already have?

Will your planned piercings be aesthetically pleasing on your ear shape or around your existing piercings?

Most don’t think that much of it, but it’s interesting to have a look at your own ears and see how much they differ from even your siblings or parents! As with most piercings, we want them to complement and enhance what we have so placement and jewellery choice can mean the difference between any old regular upper ear/helix piercing and something that looks unique and fitting to your ear!

For some, less IS more! For others… THE MORE THE BETTER!

Whatever your style, aesthetic, goals, etc, there’ll be something out there that enhances that!

We ESPECIALLY looooove this rad lady’s ears! Just because you have an ear-full, doesn’t mean it has to look hefty and punk-ish.. CLEARLY! Whether you like sparkles, gold, opals, gems, chains, colours, rings, studs, chains or spikes, you can completely customise your body and accessorise it however the hell you like!

One thing we always stress, don’t out-right copy someone else’s piercings. By that, we don’t mean that just because Sally from level 2 hair & beauty college has her nose pierced, that you can’t.

We simply mean, choose your piercings based on YOU: what you like, what you want to look like, how your anatomy is/is shaped/etc. You’ll end up with a more unique, fitting and aesthetically pleasing outcome!

We’re always happy to discuss ideas, show you jewellery and placement options and work with you to achieve the look you want, whilst keeping it realistic and as unique as you are.

Don’t be a Veruca Salt…

“I WANT BIG 20MM LOBES BUT I WANT THEM NOOOOOW!”

Doesn’t work like that, unfortunately. Stretching takes time and patience. Stretching too fast can lead to some pretty grim consequences… Which we will document below!

“But my uncle’s best mate’s daughter’s boyfriend stretched his ear to 10mm in 3 days!”

“But my bestie’s cousin’s god-daughter stretched hers in a month and hers is fine!!!”

Good for them, they’re very lucky!

We can’t tell you what you can and can’t do, we can only recommend and advise. We just PLEASE ask that if you ask us, then choose to ignore our professional advice, we cannot be blamed if any of the following events happen to you and there’s a 99% chance we won’t be able to do anything to fix it for you.

 

Outcome #1 – Blowout

You’ve probably seen gross photos of blown-out earlobes online many times before. Some blow-outs are less severe than others and can SOMETIMES be rectified by stopping stretching, down-sizing and waiting! Some, however, can only be sorted by surgery/reconstruction by a surgeon or body modification studio.

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Ain’t too pretty to look at, right? These are blow-outs, and they’re caused by stretching too fast and/or jumping sizes. As you insert the taper, the hole will slowly stretch to that size, but if your ear isn’t settled at its current size, what basically happens is the fistula (inside of the hole) is pushed outwards, creating a ring/ridge of scar tissue. The top photo is from stretching too fast and only wearing tapers – which weighs the ear down and angles the hole, which makes the blow-out worse.

Believe it or not, blow-outs like these are really really common! And that’s not a good thing.

 

Outcome #2 – Tearing

Your skin has the ability to stretch, however, this must be done slowly and carefully. Stretching the skin too fast or jumping sizes (not doing it gradually) can cause it to tear. It’s quite common with larger gauge stretched lobes, as the skin thins out as you stretch anyway, which makes it more and more delicate. If your lobe is already thin/thinning and you rush your stretching, there’s a chance it will put too much pressure onto the hole and rip.

Once this happens, the only way you’ll get your ear back to normal is by reconstruction.

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Outcome #3 – Thinning/Unevenness 

Before tearing/ripping comes thinning. Obviously, as your ear is stretched larger, the lobe around the stretched hole will thin, but there are ways are means around this to still have a healthy stretched lobe. The thinner the skin gets, the slower you should stretch and take extra care when doing so to avoid tearing/ripping. Some folks are blessed with big chunky lobes which can get to 30mm+ before starting to thin, but if you have relatively petite lobes, it’s important to keep an eye on the condition of the stretched skin and take precautions to aid the process – such as massaging the ear with Vitamin E Oil, Emu oil or similar.

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We hope you’re all feeling a little queasy after reading this post, ’cause we sure do!

We’re not here to preach or tell anyone they can’t do something, we simply want to educate our clients, give our professional advice and help you achieve healthy, happy piercings and modifications!

Way too many clients walk through our door with problems to do with stretching that could have been easily fixed or avoided. Way too many clients ask for stretching advice and then ignore it and get upset when their ear blows out or tears, too. But again, we can only advise!

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If there’s something we haven’t covered that you’d like to know or have any other piercing questions, come and see us! Or send us a message on our social media pages, email taattoobodypiercers@gmail.com or call us 01226 340065 – we’re happy to help.