The gauge of your piercing is the size the piercer used to pierce you, however this gets complicated over a period of time. Piercing shrink or expand depending on what jewelry you wear in them. Let's say you had your tragus pierced and the piercer used a 16 gauge needle. After your piercing healed you saw this really cute ring and put it in your piercing and wore it for a month. Then you got tired of it and went searching for a new ring or stud.
If you remember you were pierced with a 16 gauge needle (not likely but possible) then you probably ordered a 16 gauge but you find it doesnt fit. That's because that cute little ring you put in after you healed was actually a 20 gauge. Now your tragus piercing is a 20 gauge.
Figuring out what gauge your piercing is currently is a difficult thing to do but you can narrow down the possibilities by taking a standard earring bought in any department store and putting it in the piercing hole. Standard ear wires are 20 gauge. If it fits perfectly then your piercing is a 20 gauge. If it's too big you may need to go down to a 22 gauge. If it's too small and the 20 gauge moves around alot in the piercing then you are probably looking at an 18 or even 16 gauge.
I believe you can always go to a piercing studio and have them figure out what gauge our piercings are as well.
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You can also stretch your piercing however I recommend you do it slowly and expect some minor irritation and potential pain. If you have a 20 gauge piercing and you want to go up to a 16 gauge you will want to go to 18 gauge first then go to a 16 gauge. One gauge at a time. You also want to keep a close eye on it while you are doing the stretching because the lack of air to the piercing hole will make it easy for an infection to start. This is also the reason it is important to know what gauge your piercing is when buying jewelry.
I would use some neosporin on the piercing to put in the thicker hoop (it will help it go in easier) and make sure to keep putting it on for a couple days to make sure an infection doesn't start but most of all I would run a search on stretching your piercing and get instructions from someone who knows more about it than me!
If you are hearing impaired or prefer written instruction here is a simple written guide to gauges.
On our listings you will find the gauge selection in the drop down menu on the listings along with diameters. If you find you are looking for 16 or 14 gauge earrings you can visit our thick gauge hoop earrings and if you are unsure what diameter you would like we have a how to measure your piercing guide also!
We also make a collection of earrings we call Illusions hoops for people who want a thicker looking earring but don't want to increase the size of their piercing hole. You can also watch our video on our illusion hoops
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