Tongue Splitting – The Wilder Body Modifications

Body modifications have changed rapidly over the years. Modifications that used to be taboo are now greatly accepted. Tongue bifurcation or tongue splitting was not well known in the 90’s, however, now in this day and time almost everyone has at least heard of it and a lot of people have done it. Body modification enthusiasts get this alteration done for many of their own personal reasons.

 

There are a few different methods in which a forked tongue can be achieved. The safest, most recommended procedure is done by an oral surgeon. This procedure can cost anywhere between $500 and $3000. The doctor that does the procedure will use anesthesia and a laser to bifurcate the tongue. The laser cauterizes the tongue as it splits it, which prevents excessive bleeding.  This procedure is usually only 15 minutes long. Healing time usually only takes about one to two weeks.

 

 

Tie-off is another method that is used. This involves the tongue already being pierced and healed completely. Dental floss or sutures are used to tie a loop centrally along the tongue. Over time the loop has to be tied tighter and tighter. This process takes a while and can be very uncomfortable. Most people will make it half way and decided to cut the rest of the way to the tip of the tongue with a blade. Gauging the already healed tongue with either a larger barbell or multiple barbells also can be done to help split the tongue.

 

 

Cutting the tongue with a blade or scalping is another process that can be done. However, this is the bloodiest way the tongue can be split.  There are large blood vessels that run through the tongue, this being said, cauterizing the tongue while it is being split is the best way to stop the bleeding. Cauterizing the tongue can be very painful. Suturing the split tongue is very popular because it makes the tongue look more rounded which looks more “normal”. 
The Risks Involved
Tongue splitting does have risk like all other body modifications. Severe bleeding can occur if the process is not done in a controlled professional environment. After the process is done the heal time can last up to a month. Swelling and tenderness is definitely not uncommon. Talking and eating will be very difficult at first, until the tongue is healed. Preventing infection is a major factor. It is not recommended to smoke after this process is done before it heals.

 

It is not uncommon that the tongue will regenerate after it is split. Its part of the body’s natural response to an open wound; heal it. After the initial split, the tongue will start to re-grow back together, even up to a year later. To prevent the tongue from growing back together, sometimes it is necessary to keep the wound open. This can be done by taking the smooth part of a Q-tip and placing it in-between the spit tongue periodically. The best way to help prevent re-growth before the split is done, is by gauging a tongue piercing to a lager gauge and allowing it to heal completely. This way the tongue is already “prepared” to stay open to the spot where the tongue ring once was.

 

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Doctors say corset piercings, skin implants very dangerous

CBS News has recently posted a rather disturbing slideshow of much more extreme body modifications, such as tongue bifurcation, transdermal skin implants, and corset piercings. Doctors are concerned about these procedures, saying they are risky business.

Body piercing, the practice of puncturing a part of the body to create an opening for jewelry, is not a new trend. Ear piercings and nose piercings have been documented back more than 5,000 years. Facial piercings in the lip and tongue have been found in African and American tribal cultures long before its popularity among young Americans. Even nipple and genital piercings can be documented in literature dating back to Ancient Rome.

A more contemporary form of piercing is corset piercing. It is often associated with erotic behavior and most are intended to be temporary. Corset piercing starts with the creation of two rows of piercings on either side of the spine. Once these heal, they can be laced with ribbons and pulled taut. The wearer must be diligent about keeping the area clean, which is difficult when the piercings are on your back. Risks of this kind of body modification include infection, rejection of the jewelry, and unsightly scarring.

Tongue bifurcation, or splitting the tongue into a “fork”, is performed by cutting the tongue along the middle from the tip back to about midway along the tongue. The practice can be traced to Hatha and Kumbhaka yoga practices where it is used as a part of breathing exercises. Of course Hindu mythology and Christian religions associate a forked tongue with evil.

Healing takes approximately 2 weeks to one month, and during this time, a person may be unable to eat a normal diet
or speak clearly. An oral surgeon can perform the procedure, but – according to one source – will charge around $500 to $3000.

Some piercing studios may also offer tongue bifurcation, which should be examined by a consumer very closely to ensure a sterile environment to prevent infection. Other risks of having the procedure outside a medical office include loss of blood. The tongue contains major blood vessels and amateur practitioners may accidently cut one and not be able to control the bleeding.

Although some subdermal implants have medical purposes (the Norplant contraceptive device is actually a type of subdermal implant), the kind of implant used for body modification is described as a kind of body jewelry
placed under the skin, allowing the body to heal over the implant and creating a raised design. Some examples include “raised brows” which cause the face to look feline-like or metal spikes which protrude from the body. Health risks include infection both from the procedure (if not performed in a sterile environment) or from the implantation of a foreign object into the body.

The most risky procedure highlighted in the CBS slideshow is eye tattooing. Some people are choosing to color the whites of their eyes (sclera) in wild colors such as red and blue. Pigment is injected under the top layer of the eye using a syringe. Ophthalmologists are supporting bans of the procedure. Last year, the state of Oklahoma made it illegal to color the sclera of the eye.

Some doctors have gone as far as to call extreme body modification a sign of mental illness. A recent paper published in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics suggests that there is a link between some body modification practices and symptoms such as depression, negative emotionality, and participation in high risk behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse.

“People have the right to make their own choices,” says Los Angeles and Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Jon Perlman. “I think it’s a terrible idea to try and produce the bizarre.”