After size 00 ear gauges are expressed as fractions of an inch, or whole inches, such as one-half, three-quarters and one inch. Typically, gauges past 00 are plugs for stretching existing piercings.Continue Reading
Earrings and piercing tools measure in gauge sizes that correspond to actual measurements; gauge sizes are always even numbers. Most earlobe piercings use size 18 or 20 needles and jewelry. A 20-gauge piercing is approximately 0.03 inch and an 18-gauge is 0.04 inch. For cartilage piercings, such as the helix or tragus, a 16-gauge, or 0.05-inch, piercing is common. An industrial piercing, a long barbell stretching through two holes across the top of the ear cartilage, is most commonly a 14-gauge, or 0.06-inch, piercing. Most often, the intent of jewelry beyond 14- or 12-gauge is to stretch an existing earlobe piercing through the insertion of gradually larger pieces of jewelry. The final gauge size is usually 00, or 0.375 inch, after which jewelry goes by size in inches.
Stretching is a way to accommodate larger pieces of jewelry without starting with a large hole that could damage tissue and prevent downsizing in the future. Stretching is a slow process and each new stressing must heal before a new one begins; healing times vary from weeks to months, and stretching too quickly causes scar tissue. With proper care and attention, people achieve stretchings up to a full inch or more.Learn more about Piercing
Ear piercings on the lobe of the ear take about 4-6 weeks to close, on average. This is the amount it would take any hole on the earlobe to heal. This assumes that no earring is kept in the ear at any point in time, which would inhibit the closing or healing process.Full Answer >
According to the New York Times, in the 1960s, gay men often pierced only their right ear as a covert statement of sexual preference. However, by 1991, ear piercing was so common for men that it had ceased to have any relationship to sexual orientation.Full Answer >
You can pierce your own ears at home with a mirror, sterile needle, ice, an apple or potato, and a pair of quality earrings to put in the holes. Pierce an earlobe by marking the ear, numbing the lobe, holding a potato or apple to the ear, pushing a sterilized needle through the lobe and inserting earrings.Full Answer >
Fibroid tumors are round and vary from fractions of an inch in diameter to several inches, reports WebMD.com. They develop when muscle cells form fibrous masses inside the uterus. They rest under the uterine lining, between the uterine wall muscles or run from the uterine wall into the pelvic area.Full Answer >