Rare Tongue Piercings

tongueTongue piercing is among the most popular piercings in the world. However, a classic tongue piercing is not the only possible placement. Typically, tongue piercings are performed transversally through the tongue, roughly at the center. This is a very effective placement and it’s not surprising it’s so popular. Still, it’s just one of the possible ways to pierce a tongue.

If you are interested in tongue piercings but you’re looking for something more unique and unusual, try some of the rare placements. These can be very effective & sure make for a more unique piercing.

Rare Placements

Here are some of the rarer tongue piercing placements. Some of them are considered separate piercing types since they vary significantly from the classic tongue piercing. The more unique tongue piercings include:

  • Horizontal Tongue Piercing
  • Tongue Rim Piercing
  • Tongue Web Piercing
  • Tongue Surface Piercing
  • Lingum Piercing
  • Scoop Piercing

A good thing about these piercing types is that they are unique enough to truly make a difference, but also popular enough to have piercers with experience doing those types of piercings.

Also, a special tongue body modification is tongue splitting. This is a more extreme modification and it’s not considered a piercing in the strict sense of the word. However, it’s a procedure some people prefer to conventional piercings. If you wish to have a tongue splitting it’s important to find a very experienced piercer specialized in this type of procedure. Keep in mind, it deviates from usual piercing procedure and it’s more extreme in nature.

Horizontal Tongue Piercing

This is a horizontal variant of a tongue piercing. It goes through the tongue tissue horizontally, from left to right. As such, it passes through more tissue than a conventional (vertical) tongue piercing, and it’s therefore considered a more extreme type of a piercing.

When performing this piercing, it’s vital to preserve the tongue’s functionality. Your tongue has to remain in a good shape to eat and talk, so it’s crucial to choose an appropriate spot to pierce. While it’s possible to pierce any part of the tongue horizontally, it’s important to choose the one that will not interfere with speech and other functions of the tongue.

It is vital to choose an experienced piercer. Your chosen piercer has to have knowledge and experience performing this type of piercing – you should not rely on someone who’s performed classic (vertical) tongue piercings only. A good piercer will know not only how to identify the best placement that will not interfere with normal tongue functions but will also know how to find the major blood vessels and adjust the placement based on them.

Keep in mind that this piercing is anatomy-dependent. Not everybody is well suited for horizontal tongue piercings.

Another thing to know is that this type of piercing is more painful to perform than standard tongue piercings, since the piercing goes through more tissue. The healing time is also longer – you can expect this piercing to heal in 5-6 months and more.

Typical jewelry for horizontal tongue piercing is a long straight barbell. The barbell can be made of any body-friendly material. For initial jewelry, flexible barbells are recommended since they don’t put so much pressure on the tissue.

Tongue Rim Piercing

This is a specific placement for a tongue piercing. Instead of piercing centrally, tongue rim piercings are located on the outer edge of the tongue. While it’s possible to get a single tongue rim piercing, the most common variation are pairs of tongue rim piercings, one on the each side of the tongue.

Typical jewelry for tongue rim piercings are rings. They look very effective when placed on the tongue. However, a proper care has to be taken since these piercings and their jewelry can cause damage to the teeth and gums.

Tongue Web Piercing

This rare piercing is done on the thin web under the tongue. It is an unusual but relatively simple piercing with a short healing time. It is not known to cause much trouble for the wearer. The only thing to pay attention to is aftercare: it’s important to clean your new piercing after each meal and at least in the morning and evening.

This piercing is typically problem-free, but there is one downside: it is rarely visible. One needs to open mouth in a specific way for this piercing to be visible. As such, it doesn’t offer much aesthetic value but there are still other reasons why you might want to have this unusual tongue piercing.

Tongue Surface Piercings

There are many different types of tongue surface piercings. What they have in common is that they are done on the surface of the tongue, meaning, the tongue tissue is not fully perforated.

There are numerous ways to perform these piercings – almost any point of the tongue can be pierced on the surface. Also, it’s possible to choose between top and bottom placements, which create completely different effects.

As with any other surface piercing, keep in mind that these piercings may be prone to migration and rejection. Proper placement, experienced piercer and body-friendly jewelry will help preserving these surface piercings for longer.

The most popular types of tongue surface piercings are Lingum and Scoop piercing.

  • Lingum piercing is a tongue surface piercing that goes through the lower part of the tongue.
  • Scoop piercing is a surface tongue piercing done horizontally on the tongue. This piercing differs from horizontal tongue piercing in that it doesn’t go through the full tongue tissue: it is located on the surface of the tongue.

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.”