August 7, 2018
by BBC News
People who have their tongues split deliberately are putting their health at serious risk, surgeons have warned.
The procedure involves cutting the tongue in half to create a lizard-like forked effect.
But experts said it came with the risk of significant blood loss, infection, nerve damage and problems with breathing and swallowing.
They also warned that tongue and lip piercings carry serious dangers, such as tooth fractures and gum damage.
Tongue splitting is popular among body modification enthusiasts – people who make deliberate changes to their anatomy or appearance, often with the use of plastic surgery.
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