The bagel forehead is the latest in the Japanese fad underground culture of body alteration, highlighted in a Sept. 23 episode of “Taboo,” television feature from National Geographic.
This bizzar plastic surgery procedure involves injecting about 13.5 ounces of salt water into the person’s forehead to form a huge lump, then pressing a thumb in the middle to create an indent. The process takes about two hours, and the swelling goes down in a day.
In a 2009 interview by Vice with the bagel head innovator, Ryoichi “Keroppy” Maeda, the artist explained the bagel head look and other forms of physical modification are about in
“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,” Maeda explained to Vice.
“The more progressive the scene gets, the more these people have to experiment and go their own way.” He added that the injections, which last approximately 16 to 20 hours, can be done anywhere on the body — including the scrotum.