This trend is ‘huge’ in Japan – literally.
People choose to – I repeat, choose to – have a saline solution injected into their forehead with a large needle. It takes two hours to hours for the drip to fill up the forehead and create the desired look; an enormous welt. The injecting practitioner then indents the bubble with their finger to achieve the appearance of a giant fleshy bagel. Or a donut – whatever takes your fancy.
The foodilicious look only lasts 16 to 24 hours, depending on how long it takes the body to absorb the saline, and was apparently inspired by the extreme body modification scene. It caused a stir last week when National Geographic released a feature on the practice, but Japanese photographer Ryoichi “Keroppy” Maeda has been documenting extreme body art scene for some 20 years and brought bagel-foreheading to Tokyo back in 2007.