'Bagel Head' Saline Injections Are All The Rage In Japan

Todd Rigney

So-called "bagel head" saline forehead injections are the latest fashion craze to hit Japan, according to the Daily Mail. In a recent episode of National Geographic's Taboo, the show explores the extremely bizarre trend of making one's forehead appear as though someone stuffed a bagel beneath their skin. The body modification is certainly eye-catching, though it looks more like an unfortunately large tumor than anything else.

In the episode of the aforementioned television program, three "bagel head" wannabes are chronicled as they embark on a quest to have over 400cc of saline injected directly into their foreheads. The process reportedly takes about two hours to complete. Once the solution has found its new home beneath their flesh, the administrator of the saline then presses her thumb into the middle of the blob, giving the bump its bagel-like appearance.

Innovative Japanese artist Keroppy reportedly stumbled upon the "bagel head" trend at a body modification convention in Toronto, Canada way back in 1999. "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," he explained to Vice magazine last year.

If you're considering having your very own saline bagel injected beneath the skin on your forehead but don't want to walk around for the rest of your life with a deformity on your face, then you are in luck. According to The Huffington Post, the "bagel head" look only lasts for around 16 hours. This is about how long it takes for your body to properly absorb all of that saline.

The episode of National Geographic's Taboo featuring the Japanese "bagel head" craze is currently slated to air on Thursday, September 27 at 10 pm. Would you consider having saline forehead injections for the sake of fashion?