Are you interested in double tongue piercings, but not sure they’re for you? This article will help! We’ll let you know the risks, the jewelry commonly used for piercing, the healing process and more. We’ve also added a couple of pictures so you can get a feel for what they look like. That will help you decide if this body modification trend suits you.
Two Tongue Piercings or Double Tongue Piercing
The name says it all, doesn’t it? It describes having your tongue pierced in two separate places, each with its own barbell. Double piercing is not the same thing as horizontal piercing, which gives you an illusion of two piercings but is actually only one.
For placement of the piercing pair, you can have them point in one direction or crossing – with one horizontal and one vertical. This makes it look like you have three piercings.
The photos in the following section will show you both options.
You can opt to have two horizontal piercings in the tongue, placed laterally on the outer margin of your tongue. This looks like four piercings, but only takes two.
Getting both done at the same time will keep you from having to live through the swelling and pain that follows piercing once, instead of twice. Alternately, if the thought of having two piercings done at one puts you off, you can have one done and wait until it heals before you have the second piercing done.
Healing Time for Double Piercings
When you have double tongue piercings done, the healing time runs between a month and six weeks. Complications like allergic reactions, irritation or infections may considerably delay your healing time.
Aftercare for Double Tongue Piercings
As is the case with all piercings, especially oral piercings, there is a chance for infection. Double oral piercings in particular need good aftercare to keep them clean and free from bacteria, to shorten your healing time.
Here are several measures for aftercare that you need to follow while your piercing is healing:
- Avoid hot and spicy foods. Eat soft foods only in the first week after your piercing. Some good choices in food include Jell-O, oatmeal, rice, ice cream, mashed bananas, protein shakes, scrambled eggs, applesauce, pudding and mashed potatoes.
- Rinse out your mouth with a saltwater solution three to six times daily. Dissolve 1/4 teaspoons of sea salt (the non-iodized salt is best) in a cup of warm (NOT hot) water. Pay special attention to rinsing after you eat.
- Avoid kissing, as well as oral sex, until your piercings have healed. Body fluids can transfer infections.
- Avoid all alcoholic beverages while your piercings are healing. It can delay oral piercing healing.
- Don’t touch your piercings, except to check to make sure that your barbells are tight. When you do touch them, first wash your hands well or wear gloves.
- Don’t play with the barbells by rubbing them against your mouth or teeth. Irritation can slow your healing time.
- Drink lots of water, and rest as much as you can.
- Don’t take aspirin or any other medications that can thin your blood. If you must take pain relievers, stick to acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Pictures of Double Tongue Piercings
How will you decide if double tongue piercing is for you? What do they look like? Pictures offer you insight, and we’ll include a couple here. You can select a pair of horizontal or vertical piercings, or a mix of both.
Vertical Double Tongue Piercing
This type of piercing allows various options. First, you could get a double center piercing. In this process, two separate piercings will be done vertically, at the center of your tongue, next to one another, along the length of your tongue.
Your other option is off-center piercing, sometimes called snake bites piercing or venom tongue piercing. In that option, you’ll have piercings on each side of your tongue. The name “snake bite” refers to the appearance, which is like the marks snakes leave behind when they bite. Whether you are suitable for a snake tongue piercing is dependent on your tooth structure, the shape of your tongue and the placement of your tongue web.
Risks of Double Tongue Piercings
When you have two piercings in the tongue, it doubles the pain, but there are also other risks found with any body piercings, the main one being infection.
The human mouth holds many bacteria, which is why oral piercings are more likely than others to becoming infected. Suspect that you have an infection if you note any of these symptoms or signs:
- Increasing pain
- Bleeding that starts after your initial wound heals
- Swelling that persists or comes back after it initially clears, for two weeks or so – Normal swelling should subside in three to five days.
- A red streak transcending beyond your pierced area, or one that appears to be covering a larger area as time passes
- Greenish yellow pus (discharge) – This may be accompanied by tongue discoloration in shades of green, yellow, purple or black.
If you think you may have an infection, seek antibiotic treatment immediately.
Damage to Gums or Teeth
Oral piercing jewelry may cause recession of your gums or chip your teeth. This is more likely if you use your tongue to play with the jewelry. This risk can be reduced by wearing jewelry that fits snugly and at tongue-level.
Allergies to Metal
You may also have an allergic reaction to the metal used in your piercing jewelry. This is especially common if you have an overactive immune system, although this condition is not common. In order to reduce the chance of reaction, use jewelry made from high quality, low allergen metals like gold, titanium or surgical stainless steel.
Swallowing your Jewelry
If you’re not careful, the jewelry balls can be swallowed accidentally. In order to avoid that problem, make sure the balls are fastened tightly. Make sure that you check them after meals and before you go to bed. Don’t tighten them so much that they irritate the piercing, though.
Rejection or Migration
The jewelry used in piercing is just another foreign body to your immune system. There is a chance that the body will try to fight it off. If that happens, your body will heal the area behind your jewelry – that is known as rejection.
As time passes, the jewelry may move gradually outwards. This is called migration. It is the eventual outcome of piercing jewelry rejection.
Prices for Double Tongue Piercings
Many things apply to the cost you’ll pay for a double tongue piercing. Your city location, local competition among professional piercers and your own preferences all impact your cost. As an example, if you have your piercing done with a stainless steel barbell, that will usually cost less than one done with a gold barbell or fancy bead.
Some professional piercers – professionals are the ONLY people you should trust for your piercings – will charge a flat rate fee for their piercing. This covers the jewelry and piercing, both. Others price the piercing process at a set rate and then you will pay separately for the jewelry you choose.
Regular tongue piercings range in price from $30 to $90, for a single piercing. Since you’ll be getting twice the piercings, the rate will be close to the middle or top of that price range.
Proper jewelry placement is very important, and you will want to have your piercings done in health-compliant and hygienic conditions. Otherwise, the risk is greater for infection and other possible complications. The piercing studio you choose should have their equipment autoclaved. Don’t compromise on this rule.
Double Tongue Rings
Technically, you won’t be wearing a “ring” type of jewelry. Instead, your piercer will use barbells. They are made with a solid center shaft and threads on both ends, where fastening balls are attached.
An exception to this is for piercings in close proximity to the tongue’s tip. In these cases, your piercer may use circular barbells or captive bead rings. A 14-gauge barbell is the normal starting size, but the piercing can possibly be stretched later, to a 12 or 10 gauge. Lower gauge = larger size.
Actually, many piercers use a 14-gauge, 3/4 or 7/8 inch stainless steel barbell when they do the initial piercing, allowing for swelling during your healing phase. It can be replaced later with a shorter, tighter-fitting barbell, like a 12 or 10 gauge.
Stainless steel is often used for double tongue piercings, since it is unlikely to cause any allergic reaction. Other materials may also be used, including gold, PTFE Teflon plastic or titanium.
You can choose from lots of decorative options for the beads on the ends of the barbells. From hearts to skulls to spiders and so much more, it’s a great way to define “cool”. Many colors are available. You can also find “no-see-em” beads if you’d prefer to hide your piercings a bit.