An elongated scrotum can occur genetically or due to the natural aging process. Elongation can cause irritation, discomfort, and for some men, embarrassment. A scrotal lift, or scrotoplasty, removes excess skin to shorten the length of the scrotum to a more comfortable, aesthetically pleasing position.
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About the Procedure
From labiaplasties and vaginal tightening, to penis implants and fillers, cosmetic enhancements below the waistline are becoming increasingly popular. Scrotal lifts are not only a cosmetic enhancement, but can improve the quality of life for men as well. As with the skin on the rest of the body, the scrotum will lose elasticity during the natural aging process causing elongation of the skin. For others, a lower hanging scrotum is genetic and can cause lifelong discomfort. This elongation can cause chaffing, inability to wear tighter fitting clothes, as well as personal embarrassment. A scrotal lift can be performed in several ways depending on the need of the patient. For those who experience elongation due to excess skin, a simple excision of tissue is needed to restore the position of the scrotum while only needing local anesthesia. The groin area will be cleansed and numbed. A portion of skin will be removed on the top portion of the scrotum, beneath the penis shaft. Incisions will be customized to meet the needs of the patient. Other patients may need tightening of the cremaster muscle for increased improvement. Muscle tightening may also be done so results are not comprised in the future by the natural aging process. A tissue graft may also be needed to reinforce stretched and thinned out tissue. Incisions are sutured and dressing will be applied.
The goal of a scrotal lift is to reduce the length of the scrotum, whether for pain reduction or aesthetic reasons.
What to Expect
A scrotal lift, or scrotoplasty, removes excess skin to shorten the length of the scrotum to a more comfortable, aesthetically pleasing position. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a scrotal lift procedure.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications 4 weeks prior
- Stop taking diet diet pills 4 weeks prior
- Do not take diabetic medication the morning of surgery
- No eating or drinking for 8 hours before
- Local anesthesia with sedation
- Excess skin removed on the top portion of the scrotum, beneath the penis shaft
- Muscle tightening and tissue grafts if needed
- Sutures to close
- Bandage applied
Swelling is to be expected for a few days. It is advised to refrain from doing any strenuous activities for up to six weeks.
The ideal candidate for scrotal lift surgery suffers from scrotal pain due to length or are self conscious due to the length of their scrotum.
Not Recommended For
Scrotal lift is not recommended for patients who have not yet determined if any other medical problems may be causing the scrotal pain.
Side effects of scrotal lift surgery may include bleeding, scarring, infection, poor wound healing, asymmetry, open wound, keloid formation, and chronic pain. Surgically elevating the scrotum may change the surrounding muscle's ability to position the testicle and may result in sterility or decreased viability of sperm.