For stretched ears, flesh plugs offer a bold look that can either be subtle or extravagant, depending on what you’re after. Unlike flesh tunnels, a flesh plug is solid all the way through, giving the piercing a thicker and more eye catching appearance. You can get an ear plug in a variety of gauges, allowing you to wear something during the early stages of ear stretching as well as some of the larger body jewellery to really show off your stretch. They can also feature a variety of styles, including plugs that gradually expand at each end or those that feature a clear ridge to hold the body jewellery in place. Flesh plugs can be made out of a variety of materials, such as:
In the case of acrylic flesh plugs, designs can easily be added such as stars and eyes or even optical illusions to really make your stretch piercings stand out in a crowd. This is a plus for those who are looking for something with an alternative flair, although sleek black flesh plugs are just as popular for everyday wear.
You can insert flesh plugs when you’re stretching your ears with the help of a taper. Coat the taper with a water based lubricant and ease it through until the larger end is fitting in the lobe without pain. You can then place the ear plug at the end of this taper and simply continue to push the taper through, which will keep the hole large enough for the flesh plug to fit easily into your ear. Obviously the size of the taper and plug will need to be the same for this to work in the most effective way. You should remove your flesh plugs regularly to clean the ear and piercing, particularly if you use double flared jewellery (where the plug gets slightly larger at either end of the piercing) as the skin can tighten over time, making your piercing more difficult to remove.
Flesh plugs can also be used for ear stretching, though we would advise using tapers which are made specifically for this task. If you want to stretch with a plug then ensure you have a set that are made with a hardwearing material, items made of something flexible like silicone will result in an uneven stretch. You can then add Teflon tape and wrap it evenly around the outside, giving you a slightly larger stretching to insert. Whilst this won’t result in as even an effect as using a taper, it’s still preferable to dead stretching, where a larger flesh plug is inserted to forcibly stretch the ear. This can cause ear collapse and blow out and is not advised when ear stretching. Flesh plugs are ideal for those of you who want an eye catching look for your piercing and can be produced in a range of colours and sizes.
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