Bizarre Japan – Bagleheads

Japan baglehead trend photo

I just got sent a link from Weird Asia News on the “baglehead” body modification trend in Japan. I must say, it’s pretty unattractive.

What’s Bagledhead?

Apparently the “baglehead” body modification requires a saline solution drip that is used to cause inflammation and swelling in various parts of the body. The results speak for themselves.

Photo by Weird Asian News

Horrifyingly horrible certainly comes to mind.

Why would anyone want to do this? The only exploitation I can imagine is that it looks like the person in imitating certain Japanese Oni folklore style making themselves look like an ogre or troll.

Japanese Oni Mask

Notice any similarities?

It apparently wears off in 24 hours.

Japanese bagleheads

What the what?

Inflating facts from The Vine:

  • The professional body piercer will use a saline bag, tube and needle. It works in a similar way to a hospital drip, so the bag needs to be raised above the body part picked for puffing.
  • Body inflator’s never make their own saline solution and steer clear of tap water, due to the risk of infection.
  • The needle is placed under the skin but not in a vein – or the build-up of pressure could mean exploding blood vessels.
  • While it’s not that dangerous, some people who’ve done it regularly have found their skin has permanently expanded.
  • The most interesting place to inflate is the forehead, as the taut skin means the effects are extremely obvious.
  • Inflatees can prod the inflated lumps to make them look more interesting.

And since that completely terrifies me; to relax, here are some cat/bagel pictures.

Cat with bagel on its head

Bagel cat

So what do you think? Completely crazy?

10 Responses to “Bizarre Japan – Bagleheads”

  1. kim  on October 17th, 2011

    It’s horrible! Why would anyone want to cause inflammation? I think it’s stupid since so many are fighting diseases with unwanted inflammation.

  2. Travis  on October 18th, 2011

    I agree. I think it’s completely insane.

  3. Shani  on October 21st, 2011

    Just gross,and wrong. That’s all I have to say!

  4. Makoto  on November 2nd, 2011


  5. Travis  on November 2nd, 2011

    I know eh? Why would you ever do this?

  6. Cristal  on November 14th, 2011

    Oh my goodness, this was shocking and disturbing! So gross!

  7. narumaru  on December 22nd, 2011

    I’m Japanese, I saw this first. Disgusting.
    Some people did this only once, though I think not in vogue.

  8. Travis  on December 22nd, 2011

    Good to know :) I wouldn’t even do it once!

  9. ErinKMan  on July 13th, 2012

    Actually, it’s not unsafe or anything. It’s not quite disgusting either. It’s their choice. If they like it, let them do it. There’s no need in being [jerks] about such a thing. It’s just body modifications.

  10. alycat  on October 1st, 2012

    ErinKMan – If I think it’s disgustingm who are you to say it isn’t? It’s my personal precspective. I think it’s disgusting. It’s my choice. There’s no need to be a [jerk] about other’s opinions.

    Ever notice that people with attractive minds don’t feel the need to be so drastic in their body modifications??

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