Scrotox: botox in the scrotum. Health or aesthetics?

When we thought we had heard all about new trends, something new always comes along. He scrotox It is the latest in cosmetic procedures.

The scrotum is a bag or sac of skin inside which the testicles are located.. If we combine this word with botox we have scrotox, a compound or amalgam of both terms.

This is a novel procedure in which botulinum toxin is injected into the scrotum in order to reduce wrinkles and give a larger look or feel. It is said that it started in Europe, but has gained great fame in the United States. It's really necessary? Works? It is painful? If you want to know the answers, keep reading.

What possible benefits does scrotox have?

Scrotal wrinkles have a role: The tissue is abundantly irrigated and is more extensive than it seems, to help maintain temperature and protect the testicles. That is why it stretches and shrinks, as needed.

Now the scrotox It started as a procedure for medical purposes. It was practiced to reduce inflammation and chronic pain associated with the veins in the area (varicocele) and the spermatic cord.

On the other hand, men who have a tighter scrotum and experience pain when there are low temperatures, as the skin around it contracts, as well as those with excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), have also found a solution to such problems in Botox.

But actually, the practice of scrotox for its aesthetic purposes or results. By reducing wrinkles, the scrotum appears larger or fuller, even in a relaxed state. Also change the texture.

It is stated that the scrotox can help improve sexual activity. However, there have been no studies in this regard that give scientific validity to these statements, which are based on the testimony of doctors or patients undergoing treatment.

There is research on the use of Botox in these areas, but the sexual part is not discussed. For example, a review on erectile dysfunction mentions that botulinum toxin, injected into the corpus cavernosum, can help with the maintenance of an erection.

Science has proven the effectiveness of Botox to improve erection, but in its application in the corpus cavernosum of the penis.

Read on: What is cryptorchidism or undescended testicles?

How is the scrotox done?

The procedure to carry out the scrotox it is apparently simple. It is done in three steps:

  1. The medical specialist apply a cream or ointment with anesthetic properties in the scrotum area.
  2. Once the anesthetic takes effect a needle is inserted into the scrotum to introduce the botulinum toxin, repeating the injection several times to cover the entire area.
  3. By last, cleans and disinfects where there is bleeding to avoid possible infections.

The procedure takes less than an hour. Even the injection of Botox can be done in less than 10 minutes. In fact, the scrotox it is considered outpatient. And, as can be seen, it is non-invasive and not very painful.

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Care after scrotox

As is the process, simple and direct, the recovery period is short in the scrotox. Convalescence or taking a day off is not required to do so.

If there are no complications, the person can go home shortly after the practice and even go to work. Unless it involves vigorous physical activity.

The only detail, apart from avoiding making efforts, especially lifting heavy objects, is that the person has to abstain from sexual activity for at least 6 weeks. And that's all. The results are not immediately apparent. The duration of effectiveness lasts for a period of 4 to 6 months.

What are the contraindications and side effects?

Botox for cosmetic purposes has been used for a long time in medicine, although its application to the scrotum is recent.

Contraindications for scrotox they are the same as with traditional botox. You must inform your doctor when you have been taking antibiotics or if you have neurological or muscular problems, as may be the case with the disease called myasthenia gravis.

In the same way, the side effects of the application of botulinum toxin can be present in any part of the body. Among these we have the following:

  • Feeling of paralysis or muscle numbness at the injection site.
  • Hypersensitivity reaction to toxin.
  • Bruising and bleeding
  • Swelling with a feeling of tightness.
  • Difficulty to swallow.

Usually, the side effects produced by scrotox they are mild. As for the risks, if the muscle does not contract properly, the testicles can be exposed to injury.

Finally, it is possible that the scrotox have a long-term negative effect on sperm count and male fertility, as the scrotum helps regulate the temperature of the testicles. Though there is no extensive research regarding the negative influence of scrotox in reproduction. There is only study, evidence was found in favor of this hypothesis, but in rats.

The treatment is not authorized in all countries

As with so many other cosmetic procedures, many people do whatever it takes to improve the appearance of some part of their body. However, they often fail to measure risks and consequences.

And while Botox for cosmetic use is approved by some agencies, such as the Food and Drug Federation of the United States (FDA), in Spain the use on the scrotum is not authorized. Botulinum toxin is allowed only for the treatment of wrinkles between the eyebrows, forehead and around the eye socket.

On the other hand, there is no research on the benefits of scrotox in sexual practice. Nor does it affect the increase in the size of the penis, if such a thing were to be thought.

Yes there are some benefits from a medical point of view, such as improvement of sweating in the area or relief of chronic pain. But in general, it is a procedure that is done more for cosmetic purposes.

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