Published On: Sun, Sep 30th, 2012

‘Bagel Head’ in Japan Sets a New Trend in Fashion Style (Photo)

Are you fond eating bagels? Imagine having something that resembles it in your forehead as part of your body. Would you be scared to death? Well, forget about your imagination because there are indeed people doing it for real.

National Geographic recently featured “Taboo: Bagel Heads” last Thursday, September 27, 2012 as a new fashion trend in Japan. The show featured three Japanese who opted to have injections on their forehead just to be “in” for the latest body modification trend in Japan.

Are you wondering how is it done? Practitioners will insert a needle in the forehead to inject about 400 cc of saline solution in order to create a swollen forehead-sized blob. The practitioner will then place his thumb to create an indentation to look like more of a bagel. The whole procedure usually takes two hours.

Three people having bagel-head treatments in Japan
Image Credit: National Geographic

Just the thought of it is horrible. Good thing that it is just temporary as the results will only last for about 16 to 24 hours, after which the saline will eventually get absorbed by the body and the shape of the forehead goes back to normal.

When asked about the feeling, one of the recipients of the treatment, John, said: “It’s kind of a relaxing sensation, kind of tingly, and also a kind of building pressure that’s kind of slow and steady that kind of feels like it’s putting me to sleep.”

Japanese artist “Keroppy”, whose real name is Ryoichi Maeda, popularized this bagel head fashion as a form of extreme body modification in Japan. He started reporting it on 1992 during his work stint at Nyan 2 Club, a small Japanese magazine focused more on the extreme part of body modification.

In an interview with Jamie Clifton of Vice in 2009, Keroppy was asked why do people do these things to which the artist answered: “Well, you know, people who like extreme body modification want to find their own way of doing things, and they’re always looking for new ways to do that. The more progressive the scene gets, the more these people have to experiment and go their own way.”

Did you miss last week’s airing of the show at National Geographic? Don’t worry because there will be a repeat airing on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 8 pm Eastern Time.

Below is the preview video of the show uploaded by National Geographic on Youtube (warning, not for the faint-hearted)

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