As I reported in my piece about scarification, young people today are not satisfied with tattoos or even piercings anymore, they are searching for more ways to modify their physical appearance and it is definitely getting weird.
It seems that a lot of the new and unusual trends come from Japan; “Bagel Heading” first appeared around 2000 but has really picked up steam this year. The procedure was featured in a new National Geographic show called “Taboo.” Which, not surprisingly, encouraged people to try it.
Unlike tattoos or scarification, bagel heading is not permanent. About 400cc’s of saline solution is pumped into a persons forehead making a large bulge, then a finger is pressed in the middle to create an indentation making it look like a bagel was fused to the persons head.
For some reason the people who get this done either believe it is an attractive fashion statement or want to scare the bejeezes out of their friends and family. It certainly evoked a reaction in me when I first saw it.
Tracie Egan Morrissey from Jezebel says, “It’s an intriguingly empty gesture, there’s no point to the whole thing, other than to wear a skin bagel.”
The process takes two hours and the swelling goes down in under a day as the body absorbs the saline. Risks include: The wrong concentration of saline could cause extreme dehydration. Non-sterile solution could cause bacterial or fungal infection. Those are worrisome but if careful shouldn’t be a problem, the last risk though is one that is the real deal breaker for me. Repeatedly becoming a bagel head could stretch the skin beyond it’s normal elasticity resulting in a lot more than a few wrinkles. Still people put themselves through it all the same, so in the future, if you see someone walking around with a flappy forehead, you can pretty well bet that they were a Bagel Head.