Tongue splitting is one of the most common methods used in surgery. It involves cutting open your mouth so that part of it opens up, allowing food or liquid to enter through a small opening in the side of your mouth. There are many different ways to do this, but the main way is to cut into your upper teeth and then insert a tube down into your throat. Then, you swallow the liquid or food through the tube.
The procedure itself isn’t dangerous; however, there have been cases where doctors have had complications due to poor technique or equipment failure. Other times, people just don’t like their mouths opened up enough after all the work they’ve done on them with braces and such.
There are two main types of tongue splitting: partial and full. A partial tongue splitting involves only the lower portion of your mouth being opened up. A full tongue splitting involves everything from your lips to your chin being opened up. Both techniques have advantages and disadvantages, depending on what type you choose to go with.
With a full tongue splitting, you can fit more food in your mouth at once, which is ideal if you take large bites of food or want to eat massive quantities at a time. You can also chew very tough things like steaks and raw meat to a much smaller size before putting them in your mouth. A partial tongue splitting can be done with just the lower lip and chin area, though this is rare, as most tend to go all the way with it. With this procedure, you can easily speak and take smaller bites. It also doesn’t interfere with your natural bite size too much.
With either procedure, the bar that goes through the split will most likely be implanted into your jaw, so you don’t have to hold it in with your fingers. Tongue splitting surgery is one of the few surgeries that you can actually talk right after they are done. There is no need to stay silent for weeks on end as with other types of operations.
With either procedure, there is a risk of infection, but this is rare with proper care and cleaning. You will also have to use a mouthwash for at least a couple months after the procedure to get the dead skin and such off of your tongue. You’ll also have to be very careful when eating, since you can’t bite down with your teeth or use your front teeth at all for quite sometime after the surgery. Since you’ll only have the ability to slightly open your mouth for quite some time, you’ll be at a higher risk of choking on food. It’s recommended that you do not eat anything that is too tough or too large.
There are also speech impediments that can come with this procedure. Some people find it very hard to talk right after the surgery and need speech therapy.
If you are interested in this procedure, make sure you do lots of research and find a highly skilled surgeon. You’ll also want to take some time off of work since most surgeons require you to stay out of work at least a week after the procedure.
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Belly Button Piercing
Many people are seen on a daily basis with belly button piercings. The procedure, which involves putting a small barbell through the center of your belly button to give it a decorative flair, can be done at most tattoo and piercing parlors.
There is little preparation for this type of piercing other than not eating for a few hours before hand and taking care of any allergies you may have. The actual piercing part is quick and relatively painless.
The actual process goes as follows: After you sign a consent form, the artist will mark your belly button with a special pen so that they know where to pierce you. Next, they’ll wash their hands and take new jewelry out of the package. The jewelry is sterile and ready to be put in, but it must be used immediately.