A common misconception is that ear gauges are a slang term for piercings. The truth, however, is much different! Traditional African people have been using this type of stretching out their ears for centuries in order to make them stand out. Nowadays it’s becoming increasingly popular within other cultures as well.
How much does an ear gauge piercing cost?
Gauging the earlobe can be an exciting experience for those who have never worn earrings before, but may not suit everyone. Prices vary depending on the part of your ears you would like to pierce and what size gauge you want; most people choose between a 14 or 16-gauge piercing. It is recommended that if this is your first time gauging your ears, start with 14s rather than going straight to 16s as they are more likely to heal properly. The average cost per earlobe ranges between $20-$45.
Anyone looking to get their ears gauged as a DIY project should have a starter kit handy. Ear gauge kits start at $15 and are available for purchase online or in-person where earrings can be found. If you need your ears stretched before gauging, there is usually an extra fee involved that varies from $10-$20.
Ear gauge piercing details
Outer ears are the most common gauge. It’s not as popular to have your inner ear gauge, but it can be done if you want something different from most people.
When getting your ears pierced, the piercer will use a dermal punch to create an opening in which they’ll insert earplugs. One technique is with needle receiving tubes that are placed behind the lobe of each ear and then holding it securely by both sides before inserting them through your skin; another technique will be to place forceps on either side of your lobes for freehand piercing. They might even use their hands if you prefer not to have any tools used on your skin at all. Regardless of the method being used, there may be some pressure felt before hearing those satisfying clicks as the plug slides into place – secured by small o-rings so they don’t come loose.
Any extra costs to consider?
After gauging, the skin should be treated with oils to avoid infection and there are several products available for this. These treatments can cost $10-$20 depending on where you purchase them from, but most shops will give out oil when you go home after getting your ears done. Make sure that the oil you use will feature either Jojoba or vitamin E.
You’ll need to purchase plugs separately, and the cost will vary depending on what style or size you want for an average pair costing from $4-$15 per piece; however, MinkyMonky has gauges ranging anywhere from $2-$20 per set.
Now that you’ve got your ears pierced, it is important to take care of them. You probably won’t be thinking about this now but the piercing hole will not heal like a normal ear piercing and cosmetic surgery may be required to fix the damage. Ear surgery can cost anywhere from $200-$500 depending on how severe the trauma is, so make sure to take this into account.
Important tips to consider
Talk to the piercer for advice on gauges, sizes, and jewelry. It’s best if you see them in person so that they can help customize your piercing experience. If you want a more natural look without stretching your earlobes, choose between 14 or 16 gauge options; be warned of potential discomfort from larger diameters like 18-gauge.
To clean your ear gauges, remove your plugs and squirt or drip on them a pinch of dishwashing soap while rubbing it in. Once finished with the cleaning process, rinse out the ring thoroughly before applying emu oil to a cloth and rub it into the metal surface until all dead skin cells are removed from the gauge’s exterior. If you have an organic material plug (such as wood), do not apply additional oil at this time but use liquid hand soap instead; then make sure that both earlobes around piercing holes receive gentle scrubbing off any remaining debris, before ultimately placing the gauges back in your year.
As per one Reddit.com thread, an ear that has had the gauging process done on it can tear and become infected due to bacteria buildup.
The moment you get your ears pierced, it is important to take care of the wound. For instance, if you start experiencing soreness, discharge, itching, or some redness in either earlobe then these are signs that there may be an infection present. If this happens do not wait but instead, seek out help as soon as possible before serious consequences arise.
When you want to stretch your ears, it can’t be done all at once since this may cause damage. Experts recommend waiting for a full month before trying to go for a bigger size, because that will help your lobes loosen up just enough, and the slower you go, the better results are going to be.
Ways to spend less
With any new experience, it’s important to do some research beforehand so we know what we’re signing up for before committing ourselves fully. With piercings, there are plenty of bad decisions being made every day because people don’t take time to talk to enough artists. Make sure you get at least 3 to 5 quotes before you commit, but even so, don’t just go for the cheaper alternative, go for the cleanest and most professional facility instead.