Tongue Splitting Procedue FAQ


Split (or cutting) the tongue is one of the most original ways of modifying the body in the last fifteen years. The “snake tongue” was aggressively perceived by society back in 2002 but the situation changed radically after almost a decade and a half and now more and more salons offer a “split” service as demand for it is growing.

Cutting the tongue has a thousand-year history and goes to the roots in the civilization of the Maya peoples. High priests were obliged to make themselves bifurcation of the tongue (sometimes it was divided into 3-4 parts), which was a kind of brand.

The ritual of dividing the tongue took over the teaching of “yoga” after several hundred years. The ancient minions of this doctrine believed that a forked and elongated tongue would help them carry out special exercises that brought their owner closer to realizing being and going beyond life. Many Indian deities had just such a tongue. It was believed in the Christian religion that only the servants of Satan had a bifurcated tongue.

More and more representatives of different subcultures choosing split in our time from gloomy ready and emo, to punk, metal and freak. The goal of a split, as well as many other body decorations (piercings, tunnels, tattoos) is self-expression of personality. But since the earring in the ear and the tattoo on the hand can’t surprise anybody and it is difficult to stand out from the crowd in such a way, brave young people decide on such an operation.

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The procedure of bifurcation of the tongue is quite simple in theory. However, it does not mean that every second master who can handle the scalp can do it. When choosing a master for split, use the following criteria:

  • The level of professionalism, first of all, is the availability of a certificate of training. There are courses of masters in Moscow, where they can give it out;
  • The tools for the procedure must be disposable and opened directly for you. Otherwise, ask the master about the methods of processing the scalpel, or leave the salon;
  • Ask the master to present a portfolio of his work and, if possible, talk to his former clients in advance and read reviews. Feel free to sign up for an appointment if everything suits you.


Regardless of whether your tongue was cut by a surgeon or a master in the salon, deciding on a procedure, you should be aware of the possible risks. They are as follows:

  1. Allergy or personal intolerance to anesthesia. The patient is given local anesthesia right before the split. The master must provide his client with papers about possible secondary risks.
  2. Loss of blood. In connection with the fact that there are a huge number of blood vessels in the box, with loss of control over the procedure, a lot of blood can be lost. If you make a slit of the tongue in a medical facility, then such a probability is minimized.
  3. The cut of nerves or glands. It is possible with a deep bifurcation of the tongue only. If this happens then emergency hospitalization is required.

As for contraindications this procedure is not recommended for persons under the age of 18 with a low pain threshold and poor blood coagulability. Individual contraindications should be consulted with a specialist.


Divided halves of the tongue can fuse or fester in the first few months, so during this time your language needs competent care. This is also important for preventing undesirable consequences in the form of a disease.


The most unpleasant day is the first. The masters usually advise you to stay at home in complete peace, devoting all of yourself to care. In the early days you will experience very abundant salivation. Spitting at the same time will be quite difficult due to the fact that the tongue will swell.

It will be necessary to wear a homeostatic sponge after cutting of the tongue for the first few weeks, which is located between the cut pieces. It must be changed at least 4 times a day and every time after eating.

Consult with the professional master ONLY in occasion of preparations, means of anesthesia and disinfection! In any case do not take on faith advice from strangers, forums and social networks.

It is necessary to categorically exclude alcohol and cigarettes for the healing time of the split.


You should also be aware of all the possible consequences if you decide on the procedure for cutting a tongue:

  1. The tongue can’t return to its original state after cutting with a scalpel, if you do not resort to a special operation only. But it will be more painful and expensive.
  2. A split tongue will affect your diction. You will begin to lisp when talking and, most likely, will spit.
  3. The first time after the cut it will hurt to talk and eat. The pain will go away after a few months.
  4. The tongue can start fester in case your master does a bad job or if you decide to cut your own tongue by yourself (by no means!), so the split can be performed only in a medical facility (a good studio must have a proper license).

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