Wearing tapers without plugs may cause some amount of pressure on the lobes or pull the lobes down, which is not a good thing if the ears have not healed properly. Because of the taper's length, it can be pulled or knocked, causing a tear in the lobe or irritation.
A taper is meant to be worn with the right size of plug. The size of the plug depends on how much a person wishes to stretch the ear. A water-based lubricant can be used together with the taper when inserting the plug in.Learn more about Piercing