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Ah, Japan, always at the forefront (or, shall we say, forehead) of cutting-edge new looks. The folks at Vice recently hooked up with photographer Ryoichi “Keroppy” Maeda to find out about Bagelheads—a new underground body-mod scene wherein people inject their foreheads with medical-grade saline solution (a process that takes two hours) and press their thumbs in the middle of the bubble that forms (are you grossed out yet?) to make a bagel/donut shape in the skin.
Vice interviews Maeda—we've excerpted a couple of extra-detailed lines from the Q&A after the jump—and asks all the important questions. Like: Is there post-deflation saggage?
So you’re the man responsible for bringing it to the masses. How does the whole process work?· Japanese Bagelheads [Vice]
It’s quite easy—we use medical saline solution and using infusion we pump it into the forehead for about two hours, or until it’s ready.
Two hours! Fucking hell. How long does it last?
Just one night. The body absorbs it over time so by the next morning it just goes back to normal. We enjoy being freaks for the night, ha ha.
Does the skin ever start to sag?
No. Everyone I know who has done it, no matter how many times, their skin has gone back to exactly how it was before.
That’s good to know, I guess. Do people ever infuse saline anywhere else in their bodies?
Yeah, sure, you can inject it anywhere you want, really. It’s usually just the forehead, but sometimes we do scrotal infusions as well.