We can all admit to this one truth: feeling old is not fun. Every morning we wake up, look in the mirror, and see age spots, fine lines and wrinkles on our face — and other parts of our body. Now, “Scrotox,” a new plastic surgery trend among men, claims to give a “facelift” to one body part below the belt: the scrotum.
In 2010, Saturday Night Live (SNL) did a commercial spoof on Scrotox, which "smooths and plumps the fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin of the scrotum," reads the description. "Some loss of feeling is to be expected."
Botox injections to the scrotum, or Scrotox, aim to decrease sweating, reduce wrinkles, and make the scrotum appear bigger by helping the muscles relax. Typically, the drug is administered on the face to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is most effective on “dynamic” wrinkles that appear while people move their faces, such as when they smile or frown.
As the vaginal rejuvenation market is skyrocketing, men are seeking their own rejuvenation in the sack in the U.K. and the U.S.
“Over the past year, requests for scrotum Botox have doubled at Transform showing the huge demand and interest for this procedure,” Mark Norfolk, clinical director at Transform, a national clinic in the UK, told The Sun Online.
Transform does not offer Scrotox due to the possible risks and complications associated with treating this body part. Norfolk admits injecting Botox into the scrotum can alleviate any sweating issues, but it won’t have much of an effect on wrinkles.
"There is lots of loose skin on this part of the body, that an injectible treatment just can’t shift" he said.
The only way to remove excessive wrinkles and loose skin on a scrotum is to have surgery to remove it. Tightening the scrotal muscle and skin can greatly reduce the discomfort and irritation commonly reported by cyclists and runners.
A large scrotum can make a man self-conscious about his body and can make some physical activities uncomfortable or even painful. By tightening the scrotal muscle and skin, discomfort and irritation can be greatly reduced, according to Atlantic Surgical Associates. The surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis using local or twilight anesthesia, which takes about 30 minutes to little over an hour depending on complexity.
In this procedure, neither the penis nor the urethra is affected when the scrotum is made smaller. Although there are several options to scrotal surgery, the simplest way is to remove the skin only.
Meanwhile, the efficacy of Scrotox is still being investigated; it is likely to go from being a “hush-hush” option to one that is trending, wrote Dr. Jason Emer, a surgeon based in Beverly Hills, Calif., in the Cosmetic Surgery Times. Men are becoming interested in the cosmetic appearance of the actual penis and scrotum itself.
After all, “Who wouldn’t want to be a little bit longer, thicker, or have more sensitivity and a better sex life?” he wrote.
Or for those less daring, every morning, look at yourself in the mirror with one leg up, and appreciate your scrotum for its purpose — to help you keep it together.