Step 1 Gradually close the hole in your gauged ears by "gauging down." Gauging down is when you gradually decrease the size of the hole by wearing smaller and smaller pieces of jewelry. Start with one gauge size smaller than you normally wear. Wait for the skin to shrink so that the gauge fits correctly, and then put in the next-size-down gauge jewelry. Repeat this process until you are wearing the smallest gauge. After your earlobe skin has shrunk around the smallest gauge, remove the jewelry and let the remaining hole close.
Step 2 Choose lightweight gauge jewelry to reduce the weight on the earlobe and reduce stretching of the skin.
Step 3 Wear flesh-colored gauge jewelry to conceal the hole while you are gauging down, if you want to hide your gauged ears. The flesh color of the jewelry blends in so that the jewelry is not noticeable at a quick glance.