Scrotal Reduction or Tightening
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Undergoing Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery can be one of the most personal and private decisions a person can make. Yet, within the many procedures that we at Sierra Plastic Surgery do to help people create better lives for themselves, some are even more private that others.
Men who are self-conscious and unhappy with the size or shape of their scrotum may feel as if they have no one to talk to because the subject is so personal and private. They may keep their thoughts about their bodies to themselves, even while it makes them self-conscious in the bedroom and uncomfortable during many different physical activities such as jogging, bike or motorcycle riding or horseback riding.
Yet, Scrotal Reduction or Tighening, also known as Scrotoplasty, is a routine procedure. It treats stretched scrotal skin and muscle. It is an outpatient surgery that requires no overnight hospital stay and that heals relatively quickly with great results.
The Benefits Scrotal Reductions
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. Some men who before were self-conscious in the bedroom (usually due to a one time comment from their partner) often feel relieved and have more sexual self-confidence.
About Scrotal Reduction Surgery
The surgery is usually performed on an out-patient basis using local or twilight anesthesia. It takes from 30 minutes to little over an hour depending on complexity. Neither the penis nor the urethra is affected when the scrotum is made smaller.
There are several options to scrotal surgery. The simplest way is to remove the skin only. It may work well for some but the skin may and will stretch in time.
Another option is tighening the skin and muscle or performing Z plasty. Occasionally a small rotation of muscle or additional tissue graft is needed to reinforce the stretched and thinned out tissues. Retaining a natural shape along with all normal sensation is paramount. Self-dissolving sutures are used so you won't have to come in just to have the stitches removed.
Risks and Complications
All surgeries come with some level of risk, such as inflammation and infection. Choosing an experienced, qualified surgeon as well as strictly following pre- and post-op instructions will help to minimize the level of risk and complications. One of the possible complications of the surgery is a change in viability of the sperm. However, for most patients we see this is not a major concern.
A Time to Heal
After the surgery you may feel a little sore for a couple of days, but both the swelling and discomfort will diminish within the first week. Ice packs can help to relieve swelling or bruising. You will need to wear an absorbent pad for the first week as well and keep to easy activities.
You should wait to resume sexual activity and strenuous activity for six to eight weeks. The body will continue to heal itself in the months to come and you will notice improvements throughout the first few months.