For ear gauging professionals, the proper healing period between stretches is over sizeweeks. But this could differ from one person to another. To be on the safe side, you should wait more than seven weeks before you dive into the bigger gauge.
This is because ear stretching should not be rushed, lest you cause long-lasting damage to your ears. If you skip two or more gauge measurements from your last, more damage could result from it, including ones that require surgical operations. This is the same way with not waiting for the previous stretching to completely heal and going ahead with the next gauge.
Rushing stretches, then, is not a healthy option. Instead, it becomes a health liability. Once you push your ear’s limits, this could lead to blowouts, bleeding or infection, then leave ugly scars or keloids on your lobes. Besides, once the ears are damaged, gauging for the larger measurement could become more difficult.
So it’s best to wait for a month or more, then once you’re confident the latest stretch has healed, you could move on to the next step. At this time, your ear flesh is thicker and more elastic, and ready for the stretching to the next level.
Also ask an ear stretching professional if you intend to wear two-flared tunnels or plugs because they might pose risk as well. Your ears might be too small or the flesh too thin for such objects, and flares might cause tissue damage.
More importantly, don’t do the stretching on your own unless you’ve totally understood how to go about the process. Only do so when you’re perfectly comfortable because if you let another person do it for you, they might over-stretch and cause harms. So understand how to go about going to a bigger gauge, then do it properly.