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Scalpelled tongue split - sutures or not?
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April 26, 2011
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Oakbear
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I have the green light from SWMBO that my tongue is mine to do with as i please, as long as if i get it split when she isn't around.

My usual artist has done a few, but is inexperienced in suturing, and hasn't done so for the few splits he's done.

I am a little concerned about excess bleeding, as i have had a few procedures which have been a bit bloody, and don't fancy bleeding for days on end if i can help it.

I also wonder about how it heals, as some report it looking better with suturing.

 

So any advice or thoughts?

 

Would a disposable elecrocautery pen be any use in the event of bleeding? Or any other products which might help?

"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
April 26, 2011
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I'd be interested in learning more about this as well. I've been considering it for the last year or so and still up in the air about it, but I am curious about the healing of a split.

April 26, 2011
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hey man i have mine done and i got it done a while ago. i wouldn't recommend cauterizing the wound simply  cause of scabbing within the mouth. To be that seems way unpleasant. When I got mine done we just let it bleed out. It may seem like a lot of blood loss but in reality it's really not to much. The whole process took about 15 mins or so, from the first incision to me stop bleeding. It's alot of fun to have it done lol but for the most part since the tongue is the fastest healing muscle in the human body the whole healing process usually takes up to two months or so. But it also depends on how you take care of it. For the first 3 day's or so wet down a gauze pad and put it inbetween the tongue so it won't want to grow back together. But I would also use biotene mouthwash that usually works the best.

April 27, 2011
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Thanks for the info.

I need to phone my artist later, but maybe tomorrow…

I'm getting a bit nervous now!

"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
April 27, 2011
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lol HAILS! Anytime brotha, yeah man it's a little nerve racking at first but just concentrated on why you are getting the mod. Stay meditated on your focus point.The first initial cut is always the worst. I guess the only way for me to describe how it felt for me was, you know when you jump into a really cold body of water (lake, river, stream, ect.) and you whole body shoots with a numbing/cooling feeling then just a few seconds right after that it was pure bliss :)

April 28, 2011
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I spokw with my artist today, but he wants a cautery unit on stanby just in case.

So no split yet.Frown

 

Should ready in the couple of months though.

All advice welcome in the mean time!Smile

"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
April 29, 2011
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Oh nice man yeah it's always good to have a cautery pin ready just in case, but definitely good luck tho when you do go in to do it.

 

I'm curious tho how many church members have their tongue bisected? And what were your expierences with it?

May 7, 2011
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I'm seriously considering getting this done, probably soon.  I've wanted this for a while, and the artist I know will suture it (which I think looks better).  I know all the positive reasons to get it, but I'm wonding about the negatives like how hard is it to learn to speak correctly again (I hear you train your tongue sides to stay together), taking pills, eating, visibility, anything else.  Please could anyone with experience respond either here or email me at kmorgan1984@gmail.com.  Thanks!

 

About suturing, like i said I think it looks better for a final product.  Another thing I worry about is regrowth, so unless you have a healed tongue bar then the sutures can make an synthetic block for the regrowth, but I hear you still have to keep it seperated wth gauze when it heals as much as possible to prevent regrowth.  I hear electrocautery scalpels work too to seal the area but then you have to heal a burn in your mouth, and I'd rather take the sutures over that, but suturing it can take a longer time.

May 8, 2011
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Regrowth hopefully won't be an issue as i had a tongue bar at 10mm for a couple of years (although retired a few months ago). Should still hold.

 

I'm interested in a cautery split as the bleeding is one of the issues i'd rather avoid, but they don't seem to heal as crisply, if that makes sense. Apparantly they are very painful too (although pain tends to be a challnge to me nowerdays, and i'm a sucker for trying it!).

 

I am interested in others experiences too, so don't be shy!Laugh

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July 26, 2011
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I have done a few tongue splittings including on my now gf.However i didnt suture them because im not experienced in it.I would like to have my tongue done as well but im scared as hell lol.eventually ill have the guts to do it on myself.

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July 28, 2011
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I also have a future tongue splitting in mind although I haven't gotten to the point of really planning it out yet.  I have a number of different mods that I plan on getting before I get my tongue split.  Its one of the few mods that really intimidates the hell out of me.  I don't know what it is, but the idea of getting a scalpel down the center of my tongue freaks me out more than a little. 

August 6, 2011
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I've seen people do their own tongue, but it must be fiddly to get it right!

It did intimidate me too, but i'm not someone to give in to things like that! Scalpels give me the heebiejeebies, but i sometimes one needs to overcome these things.

I left the choice of method to my artist (both methods freaked me a bit and had pros and cons), and it was done electrocautery. I'm very happy with the result so far and would recommend it as a method (if you don't mind the ouch factor!).

My split is 3/4", but i'm thinking of getting it zapped further…..

"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
August 7, 2011
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I think maybe its good, sometimes, to have those things that intimidate us because it gives us something to overcome and that can only be a posative thing.  I'm sure that its something that I will get over when the time comes to actually do it.  I have a few things in the cue before the tongue split, so it'll probably be at least a few more years for me.  When the times comes, however, I'll just suck it up and go for it.  After all, I trust my artist completely and I know any fear I have is all in my head.

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