Stretching means to enlarge a piercing by gradually inserting bigger jewelry. The effect is to turn the piercing from semi-permanent (for the first twelve to eighteen months a piercing will close rapidly if jewelry is not worn) .to permanent. If you decide to go for stretching, it is important to be extra-patient, proceed slowly and respect healing times at all stages. Rushing the process will only cause problems later on. Each individual is different and the amount of time required between stretches can vary. However, it is advisable to wait at least six weeks between one stretching and the next and, as always, to seek the advice of a professional on whether or not stretching is appropriate to a particular piercing.