As with any body modification, it is important to know how permanent the changes you are making to your body will be. Many people wonder is their stretched ears will go back to normal, and it is an important question to answer before you begin ear stretching. Unfortunately the most honest answer is not particularly helpful: it varies from person to person and there is no guarantee that your stretched ears will go back to normal.
The truth is that most stretched ears will shrink at least a little if you remove your jewellery, but most will not go back to their unstretched gauge. 10mm is often cited as the point of no return, but the fact is that everyone is different. Some people stretch to 6mm and find that their ears will not go back to normal, while others go far beyond that and their ears still close back up. My advice is to think of stretching as a semi-permanent procedure and only stretch to a size that you would be willing to live with permanently.
How To Close Stretched Ears
If you want to close your stretched ears, there are a few things that you can do to encourage the shrinking process. Firstly, remove your jewellery and clean the ear thoroughly. Then massage daily with a natural oil such as jojoba oil, extra virgin olive oil or almond oil. This will soften the skin, increase blood flow to the area and encourage healing. Then it is just a case of waiting to see how much your stretched ears will close up on their own. While your ears will not close up completely, they may reach a smaller gauge that you are happier with. For example if your ears shrink to under 6mm and you wear solid plugs in them, they will be much less noticeable than your previous gauge.
If your ears do not close up on their own, surgery is the only guaranteed way to get them back to their former size and shape. Ear lobe reconstruction surgery can give good results but is usually expensive. I would always recommend giving your ears the chance to close naturally before going down that road.
This post is part of our Ear Stretching Guide 101 series. Click on the link to see the whole series.