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Tongue Split
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January 15, 2012
10:28 pm
vampyremage
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As there is not a whole lot of information about the actual experience of getting one's tongue split out there and even less on the healing process, I thought I would post mine which was done yesterday.  I'll post another update tomorrow and will continue to post updates until I get the stitches out, approximately a week from now.

 

My split was done bright and early at 9 am on Saturday morning. Yes, getting up that early sucked but it was for a good cause. Once I arrived at the place I was getting it done, I was asked to swish around some mouthwash for half a minute. After that it was onto drying my tongue with gauze and then making the marks, both on top of my tongue and below.

Once the marks were made, that's where the discomfort really started, although everything was actually pretty fast. Clamps were put on, with my artist's assistant holding the clamps. The actual time it took for the scalpel to go through the tongue was very short, probably somewhere around half a minute to a minute. Once the cut was made both sides were stitched up, I believe it was 4 stitches per side. That was the portion that was both the most uncomfortable and took the longest.

So far there has been a lot of swelling, both yesterday and today. My tongue is probably at least double the size that it normally is. There was a fair bit of pain all of yesterday as well, though a lot of that has gone away this morning and I'm mostly just left with a whole lot of swelling. I've been taking ibuprofen whenever the pain and swelling warrant it and drinking a lot of chamomile tea and water. Chamomile tea has anti-inflammatory properties so its a very good thing to drink.

I have been making sure to separate the two sides of my tongue every few hours in order to hopefully avoid them growing back together. When I woke up in the morning the tips had stuck together and I had to pry them apart, which was a bit uncomfortable to say the least.

I have been eating solid foods right from the beginning, although rather slowly and tenderly. I have been sticking to soft things that are easy to chew and taking very small bites. In some ways I think its easier to eat than it was when I got my venoms pierced many years ago due to the fact that I don't have to navigate around bars. After eating I've been rinsing with non-alcoholic mouth wash.

On the first day my salivary glands were working on complete overdrive and I found that to be almost more annoying than either the initial swelling or the pain.  They still seem to be more active than usual today, though it is dramatically reduced from yesterday.

If anyone has any questions feel free to ask. I'll post an update within the next couple of days about its continued progress.

January 15, 2012
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first off thank you for the post its realy interesting cause as you said theres realy nothing out there about the prosess do you need to do any unusual cleaning techniques or is it just a simple non alcoholc mouth rinse and i would love to see pics of the healing prosess and the finished product and again thank you so much for the post i cant wait to hear more

January 16, 2012
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Thanks for sharing!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
January 16, 2012
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I too, am curious about cleaning procedures outside of rinsing with non-alcoholic mouthwash.  I'm wondering if you rinse with salt water like one would for a typical oral lesion (granted this is much greater than a leasion LOL :) ), or perhaps even a deluded solution of Glyoxide?

January 16, 2012
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As promised, here is my update for day three of my tongue split.  While still very swollen, swelling does appear to have gone down slightly at this point.  Hopefully it shall continue to go down as the days progress.  I am starting to be able to have some independent movement of both sides of the split.  Every 2-3 hours I have been pulling the two sides apart in order to avoid regrowth.  I have also done this at night, setting my alarm to wake me up every couple of hours to do so.  After the first pull apart last night I did get a little bit of blood, presumably because the two sides had begun to grow back together at the base and I pulled them apart to prevent that.  

Aside from that, not much new to report.  I'll have another short update tomorrow.

January 16, 2012
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As far as cleaning it goes, that mainly consists of many non-alcoholic mouth wash rinses.  I'm not using any sort of cleaning solution outside of that nor am I using sea salt solution, though I suppose I probably could.  I'm usually a fan of just leaving my mods alone as much as possible and trusting my body to do the work for me.  I have to do a little more with the tongue split, given the nature of the procedure, but I'm mainly just focused on keeping it clean.

 

As for pics, I haven't been taking any pics of it healing thus far, but I should be able to post pics of it healed.

January 17, 2012
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awsome keep the updates coming cant wait to see the pics

January 17, 2012
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Here's my update for day 4 of my tongue split. Swelling has started to go down a fair bit, probably about half way there. My ability to speak coherently is also starting to improve, though that has a ways to go yet. S's, TH's and R's are especially difficult to pronounce. Upon waking up in the morning, there was a significant amount of pain in my tongue though that improved dramatically once I had some water and actually started moving it around. Aside from that, there has been very little pain to note. As far as regrowth goes, I am happy to report that there has been little to none at this point. I have been continuing to pull the two sides apart every few hours, though not quite as frequently as I was yesterday.
 

A question for those who have had their own splits and did end up with some regrowth. How long was it before you noticed it happening and did you do anything to try and prevent it?

January 18, 2012
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I'm curious 'cause you didn't seem to mention, why did you want to get your toungue split?

I think its bloody facinating, and amazing. I'm just wondering, why you personally did it.

January 18, 2012
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I'll do my update for day 5 in a little while.  As far as why I decided to split my tongue, its all part of the process of my personal external self-transformation.  My end result is to achieve a sort of demonic appearance and having a forked tongue goes right along with that.  Its difficult for me to give a motivation of one mod vs. another mod because the motivation for all my mods stems fromt he same thing and that is, largely, self transformation.  It is changing my external self to better reflect the image I have of my internal self.

January 18, 2012
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Here's my update for day number 5.  The swelling has gone down significantly by this point, at least 3/4 gone.  There really isn't a whole lot new to report here.  Speech continues to improve and my tongue continues to become more mobile again.  Still very little regrowth, no more than a millimeter and possibly not even that (I'm a little paranoid so I might just be making stuff up in my head).  I continued to wake myself up every few hours at night to make sure I could pull the two sides apart, but it didn't seem like I had any regrowth at night at all.  Aside from that, I can't wait to get the stitches out which will hopefully be this weekend.

January 18, 2012
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im glad to hear everything is going good sorry to hear about the sleep though thats gotta suck i always end up walking around like a zombie when i wake up multiple times when sleeping and good luck with the rest of your healing prosses

January 18, 2012
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Temporary discomofort for something that will be very much worth it in the long run is my philosophy.  I went through the pain of getting it split and then the severe discomfort of the swelling and difficulties eating so I'm certainly not going to let a little thing like uninterupted sleep for a week or two hold me back.  I really don't want to have to resplit so I'm doing what I can to avoid having to.  As much as I'm willing to go through pain for the end result, its not exactly something I Consider so pleasant that I want to go through more than once :P

March 1, 2012
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First let me say thank you for the insite into what to expect when i finally can get mine done. I've been looking for reliable info for a while now and couldn't really find much until today. Next I have to ask where in the USA (hopefully) you got this done. It's been even harder to find info on shops that will do the procedure. I'm currently in NW Indiana/ SE Illinois area, bout an hour south of chicago. Any info you could give me to help further my search would be appreciated. 

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March 2, 2012
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I am, unfortunately, up in Canada.  My artist is Russ Foxx, if you do a Google search his site will pop right up.  I know he does a lot of traveling around Canada so if you take a look at his schedule and you live anywhere near the border, he might be close enough at some point.  Otherwise I'm not sure that I know of any American artists to recommend, though I'm sure there are others around that might have a better idea of who might be in your area.

March 21, 2012
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i admire your courage to do this. how is your tongue now?

March 21, 2012
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Tongue is doing pretty great now.  As soon as the stitches were removed, talking returned completely to normal.  I did end up with a bit of regrowth, which is unfortunate but not unexpected.  Next year, when my vacation days renew, I plan to get it split further back and probably get my webbing cut as well.

March 21, 2012
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how far was the regrowth? glad all went well.

March 21, 2012
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oh, and do you plan on posting photos?

would love to see some, please.

March 21, 2012
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When it was originally cut, it was a little over an inch long.  Now its about 3/4 of an inch or so.  Virtually all the regrowth happened after the stitches were all ready removed.  So ya, a little disappointing but could certainly be worse.

 

As for pictures, yes I really should post some and pictures of some of my other mods as well but I'm lazy lol.  I'll see what I can do about getting some up soon though.

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