Tongue Splitting

Tongue splitting is exactly what it sounds like… It’s the process of splitting the tongue into two halves.

The tongue can be split all the way back to where the tongue meets the base of the mouth, but attempting to split past that would endanger muscles that should not be split.

It’s not recommended to cut the tongue in more than two pieces, as it will begin to affect lingual nerves, the lingual gland, and various blood vessels.

There are different methods for tongue splitting.

Oral Surgery requires an oral surgeon, who will generally use a laser to bifurcate the tongue. This method entails the use of anesthesia. This method may be more expensive than the other methods.

Tie-Off is a method that is used when the tongue is pierced. A tight loop is tied parallel to the split along the center of the tongue so that the loop rests on the front inside of the tongue piercings. The loop should be tied tightly, as it will slowly work its way through the tongue. Is is a very gradual method that can be very painful. Another option that is similar to using a loop is to have several tongue piercings that are stretched until the tongue splits.

Scalpelling occurs when the tongue is split down the middle with a blade. This is a bloody method to split the tongue. Many practitioners will want to start with a healed, largely stretched tongue piercing, whereas others will use the “clamp and cut” method where a clamp is used to compress the tongue; the clamp is left there for 45 minutes and when removed, the compression will create a seal to minimize bleeding.

Cauterizing is similar to scalpelling, except a heated blade is used to burn through the tongue in attempts to potentially eliminate bleeding. There is a higher risk of peripheral damage and extreme pain with this method.

Suturing is the method of tongue splitting the occurs when the practitioner pulls the top skin of the tongue down, leaving a more natural and rounded look.

Before you split your tongue, consider any complications that may occur that include excessive blood loss, damage to nerves and glands, infection, and scarring.

Primary healing takes about 1-2 weeks for healing, and up to a month for complete healing.

If you decide to reverse the split, you can have the skin in-between the split removed to induce healing. This is considered more painful than initially splitting the tongue in the first place. It is strongly discouraged to reverse a tongue split, as the scarring and general damage of the process can cause permanent damage to mobility as well as nerve damage.