Tongue Splitting

Sunday June 3rd, 2012 @ 5:30 PM

Filed under: Tongue Splitting

I got my tongue pierced about a month ago. They found that I have the third vein going through the middle of my tongue. They offset the piercing only a little, so I had asked them about tongue splitting and they said that I’d still be able to get it done, it would just be riskier than normal and that it would be slightly offset as well. With the piercing, I can’t even tell that it’s not exactly center. I was just wondering what your opinion would be regarding this, if I could still get it split (by a medical professional).

This is one of those I’d need to see it to help kinda questions.

Even if there is a superficial vein running down the middle of your tongue a medical professional should be able to easily identify it and avoid it.

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Posted by Ryan Mills | Permalink | 1 Comment

Bifurcation of earlobes

Wednesday May 16th, 2012 @ 2:36 AM

Filed under: Surgical

Has anyone ever bifurcated a pair of earlobes before? I’ve seen lobes worn split from torn stretched piercings, and I’ve seen lobes that were naturally separated pierced, but I can’t say i’ve ever seen a pair of cut lobes.

I was going through old entries for unique questions, this one is indeed a unique question!

I have spoken to a couple clients over the years that have asked about this sort of thing and as far as my research could come up, I’ve only heard of it (intentionally) happening in some African tribes. Basically they would do a series of large gauge piercings running up the ear, stretching them to quite large sizes and then cutting the bottoms of them all - giving an ‘octopus ear’ appearance.

I have never performed the procedure before, nor seen it done in a modern setting - but would love to!

The only issue that I think you would face is the fact that the ‘tails’ would naturally retract upwards (just as a hole will shrink over time) and eventually reduce the aesthetics of the procedure. You could always pierce the ends and wear thicker gauge rings, to help pull the skin downwards.

If anyone out there has ever done or seen this, be sure to submit them to BME so we all can check it out!

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

Tongue split

Sunday May 13th, 2012 @ 6:23 AM

Filed under: Tongue Splitting

I have been thinking of splitting my tongue for awhile now, and I just wanted to ask an opinion on something.

I have been to many doctors and have been told my tongue is too big for my mouth; I was diagnosed with sleep apnea at an early age and had my tonsils and a few other parts of my throat removed. The options I have been given from various ENT doctors is that to relieve the stress on my jaw from base of my tongue being too large, I can either have parts of the sides of my tongue removed or have my jaw widened, neither of which I feel comfortable with at all. Since I’ve been thinking about splitting my tongue anyway, and I am infinitely more comfortable with that procedure, I have been wondering if splitting it could possibly help relieve some of the muscle tension my tongue currently puts on my jaw if it were able to move more freely about my mouth, and not feel nearly as constricted. I suppose I’m just wondering if that could potentially relieve tension? (I plan on also talking to a doctor as well, but it may be difficult for me to find one who is open minded enough to even consider talking to a patient about splitting their tongue. Also, would you recommend I find an oral surgeon to do the split if I proceed?)

I have a close friend who has a huge tongue too, he didn’t have any tension issues - however it did effect his speech at a younger age. He found that after his split that his two halves ‘crossed over’ each other and he had a bit of a lisp (which is totally normal during healing) for a good two months after the procedure.

As far as relieving the tension, i don’t think it will work. A tongue split is generally (and safely) only normally done too just behind where your webbing starts - further back is unnecessary and can cause real problems during healing. I would normally recommend to find an experienced body modification artist to perform the procedure for you, as most oral surgeons won’t do the split - if you can convince one to do it for you, it may be in your best interest to reduce any extra risks.

Either way before you get it done, consult with a professional mod artist first and let them examine your tongue so they know exactly what’s going on. Make sure that they have a good quality HEALED portfolio to show you and that they answer all of your questions confidently.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | 1 Comment

Tongue Splitting

Tuesday May 8th, 2012 @ 2:56 AM

Filed under: Surgical

Before anyone asks: Yes, I have experience with body modification and I am not one of those people who just figured out that tongue splitting can be done and is rushing to have it done.

Now that that’s out of the way… I have been doing research for weeks now and have been thinking about splitting my tongue for many many months now. I am not looking to use the tie-off method because I have read some rather horrific stories with grotesque outcomes. I am looking into the electrocautery method. Should I get a larger gauge tongue piercing to serve as an “anchor” for this method (piercing is currently the standard 14g)? Also, any estimates on price? Thanks for the help!

-Chris

Most reputable body modification artists encourage people to NOT have a ‘tongue anchor’ before a split. You are far better to have nothing in there before the procedure as usually the split goes much further back than you can actually pierce.

Often the fistula (healed piercing hole) can cause more problems when stitching and often creates a ‘bump bit’ during healing.

I personally believe that your best option is to get it cut and stitched (most professionals do it this way) as it will give you a much more rounded appearance and a way quicker healing cycle.

As always make sure you check out a reputable body modification artist’s HEALED portfolio before you get it done. Every artist has their own prices and some charge more or less, depending on your area. Best to find an artist that you are comfortable with and then ask about prices.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

Tongue splits in Australia

Monday May 7th, 2012 @ 10:37 AM

Filed under: Tongue Splitting

Hi, I’m chasing any info on tongue splitting in Australia?

I worked as a piercer afew years back n toyed with the idea of it when Marco Pinto was over but decided I wasn’t ready. I’m now 24, heavily tattood and ready for another body mod. I live in Perth so I know I’ll need to travel interstate, I’d just like to get the ball rolling n start organizing flights n such.

Any info would be great as I don’t have Facebook so that takes some searching away?

My suggestion would be to ask around friends that have had body modifications done (ear points, tongue splits, lobe recons, etc) and find an artist through word of mouth.

In most countries, especially Australia, it can be difficult to locate a trained and experienced body modification artist. ALWAYS make sure that you ask to see fresh and HEALED pictures in their portfolio before you settle on an artist.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | 3 Comments

Tongue splitting and nerve?

Monday May 7th, 2012 @ 3:03 AM

Filed under: Surgical

Ok I’m 29 and am going to get my tongue split. I have done extensive reaserch and am going to go through with this. I have one serious concern, when I was 18 I was going to get my tongue pierced. Long story short, when the needle was about half way through, a terrible, almost crippling pain shot through my tongue and into my throat.I immediately stopped the procedure. The piercing by the way was marked for the middle of my tongue and it is the normal spot for this piercing. I am worried about damaging that nerve (that’s what I assume it was due to the level of pain). I have a webbing under my tongue and if I pinch my tongue there the pain is a duller version of what happend to me when I was 18. I am thinking I should first have my tongue pierced further up from the middle and then just get it split to the piercing. I want very much to have it split as far back as I can but fear irreversible damage. Can I get some help? What happend actually happend when I went to get my tongue pierced? Is there a way to get around the nerve? What suggestions do you have, other then don’t? Cause I’m doing this. I’m heavily tattooed, have sizeable plugs, and honestly no one is going to see it unless I want them to. I just want to be safe about this. Thanks in advance.

The tongue is not extremely sensitive to pressure on the outside, but is very sensitive to it on the inside. This is why a light bite of the tongue doesn’t hurt, but suddenly hurts more when the bite is harder.

You can’t really permanently damage the tongue in terms of speech as you only have nerve endings inside of your tongue (not actual nerves). If an experienced body mod artist does your split, I would not be worried about it at all.

As always, ask to see HEALED pictures of their procedure and make sure you are comfortable with their skill level before getting it done.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | 5 Comments

splittet tongue growing together?

Monday May 7th, 2012 @ 3:03 AM

Filed under: BME/HARD, Surgical

I wanna make a tongue split soon. I heard that there is a high risk that the tongue grows together after a time. And that the risk is lower when you have a 5 mm tongue piercing.

Or are there also other ways to keep it apart?

Tell me about your experience

Most reputable body modification artists encourage people to NOT have a ‘tongue anchor’ before a split. You are far better to have nothing in there before the procedure as usually the split goes much further back than you can actually pierce.

Often the fistula (healed piercing hole) can cause more problems when stitching and often creates a ‘bump bit’ during healing.

As always make sure you check out a reputable body modification artist’s HEALED portfolio before you get it done.

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Posted by Joeltron | Permalink | Comments

Earlobe Scalpelling

Friday May 4th, 2012 @ 8:22 PM

Filed under: Ear, Extreme, Surgical

I got my ears pierced about a year ago and they looked perfectly centered when they were pierced, but now that I’m stretching them you can tell that they’re a bit off centered. Would it be a good idea for me to get my ears scalpelled so I can get to bigger sizes without my ears thinning/ripping and to help them be more centered? Look at the picture I posted, I’m downsized from 9/16″ to 7/16″ and I’m holding up 1″ (my goal size). My ears thickened quite a bit when I downsized, but does it look like I will be able to get to 1″ or possibly bigger without my ears getting too thin/ripping? I originally wanted to get to 1 1/2″-1 3/4″, but I’m afriad of them ripping or getting extremely thin. My left ear looks a bit more off centered because of the way my lobe is shaped, and it’s a little thinner too. I don’t know, tell me what you think, thanks! I’ve asked a bunch of people about my ears, and they’ve all said I can make it to atleast 1″, but I’m still convinced I can’t.


With the correct amount of time between stretches and a good up down strategy you should be fine. Sounds like you already have a good grasp on how to downsize to promote tissue growth. During my years of stretching I would do 3 stretches followed by a downsize then repeat the process.

I would agree with those that have told you that you can make it to at least one inch. With your downsizing I expect you to see more tissue growth as well. By the time you hit one inch then you can re assess your goals.

I don’t think you are at the point where scalpeling is necessary, but if you feel comfortable with the discomfort involved there is no reason to avoid it either.

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Posted by Ryan Mills | Permalink | Comments

Split tongue

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:26 AM

Filed under: Tongue Splitting

Ok I need some help, and bare with me I failed English lol. I am currently 20 wil turn 21 in March and I am married. I have been wanting to split my tongue since I was like sixteen Iv studied it and I’m ready, the only problem is my wife. She’s just against it, she thinks it’s to far. I have many piercings so it’s not that she dosnt like mods, I think she believes itl feel weird when I kiss her or something. Is there any pointers on how to persuade her into letting me go through with this procedure???

This is a tricky one!! At the end of the day it is your body and your choice. All you can do is try talking to her about it, it is a pretty subtle mod and once its well healed most people don’t notice unless you deliberately show them,as for kissing it shouldn’t be too much difference.

Definitely do not lie and just go and get it done,but maybe explain how badly you want it,yes you are getting it done and you would like to have her blessing.

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Posted by Kylie Garth | Permalink | 1 Comment

Tongue Splitting

Wednesday May 2nd, 2012 @ 11:05 AM

Filed under: Tongue Splitting

Hello,

For more than a few years, I played with the idea of tongue splitting. Recently, I’ve solidified my choice, and want to begin stretching my tongue piercing in order to have a secure base. However, my current tongue piercing is slanting, with perfect placement at the bottom, but off-center at the top.

I was told by one (not-so-reputable) body modification artist that I could stretch the current piercing, but when I get it split, the base of the split would be crooked. I don’t mind, considering the current piercing is the perfect distance back to have the full split I desire. Would stretching the hole make the split more crooked at the base? Would I have to remove my current tongue stud, and get an entirely new piercing?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanx so much!

Depraved613

I once did the same thing, but i recently had my tongue bificated by a reputable artist, and my old piercing fistula (hole) was more of a problem than helpful.

Normally a split will be cut further than a piercing can be placed so an anchor piercing is pretty pointless. Make sure you research your artist and as always ask to see healed photos, I hope this helps :)

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