Following recording photographic images of the tongue-tie and administration of anaesthetic, treatment is commenced.
The tongue is elevated and held in an extended position (using a simple retractor or a pair of haemostats) to provide access for the laser. The laser is then used to make the correction underneath the tongue. This usually takes less than 1 minute. The attachment of the sublingual frenum is modified to allow the elevation of the tongue to a more normal range. The increase in mobility is immediately evident.
There is usually a small amount of bleeding associated with treatment which rarely persists for more than 5-10 minutes.