Tongue Splitting

To some, tongue splitting is seen as a form of body art and self-expression. But, tongue splitting can have many harmful side effects.


What is tongue splitting?
Tongue splitting is where a person’s tongue is split into two pieces, creating a “forked” appearance. 

What are the negative side effects of tongue splitting?
Tongue splitting can have many adverse side effects, including:

  • Bleeding.
  • Pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Nerve damage.
  • Numbness.
  • Increased saliva flow.
  • Infection.
  • Loss of taste.
  • Difficulty speaking.

What do I need to know about reversal surgery?
If you decide to undergo a reversal procedure, surgery to restore your tongue could be the most dangerous part of the tongue splitting procedure. Along with reconstruction costs averaging $2,500, potential long-term effects of this surgery include nerve damage, scarring and decreased tongue flexibility.


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