Men are forking out thousands of dollars for botox on their balls
Most people these days are familiar with botox: the practice of injecting a (pretty dangerous) substance into the face in order to relax the muscles and soften the appearance of wrinkles. What people might be less familiar with, however, is 'Scrotox' - the same procedure... but carried out on the testicles.
"Scrotox is the use of botox, or one of the three neurotoxins for muscle relaxation, injected into the scrotum," explained Dr. Jayson Oates, the principal surgeon and medical director of a clinic dedicated to "male enhancement procedures" in Australia.
"The most common reason we have guys asking for Scrotox is because their scrotum is tightly contracted, squeezing up on their testicles and it’s painful," he said. "The relaxation of the scrotum helps the testes to hang a bit lower and offers some relief."
While some people undergo Scrotox for medical reasons, however, other people choose to get the procedure for purely aesthetic purposes.
Sean, a man who himself has undergone the Scrotox procedure, spoke to Australia's news.com.au in order to elaborate on his experiences.
"It’s a very safe medication and has been around for a long time," he said. "Scrotox injections aren’t made into the testicle itself but into the skin, and it’s absorbed into the nerves right where the injection is done, relaxing that muscle in the local area."
Sean had a grand total of 55 injections during the procedure - but says that it didn't hurt much at all.
"I think I felt maybe two little pinches, that was all, and while that was going on Dr Oates and I were talking about sailing," he said. "Before I knew it, it was over."
For a few days following, Sean says he was a bit numb "down there", but says it wasn't anything he couldn't deal with. After the initial adjustment period, however, he noticed a difference.
"A week later, when I inspected the area, I saw a change. It was less wrinkly and red … fuller and smoother," he explained. "I don’t know if it’s all aesthetics, but it definitely looks better, less like a medical car crash."
As with all medical procedures, though, there is some risk involved.
"If anyone is interested in having this treatment, I can’t stress enough how important it is to do a thorough research – not only into the practitioner but also around the product they’ll be using," Mark Norfolk, a Clinical Director, told Femail.
"Also, patients should manage their expectations in terms of results, it could prove very costly and nervy racking to go through, for very little in return."
In 2019, however, it's hardly surprising to hear that people are going under the knife (or needle) for weird and potentially dangerous procedures.
Here's one woman talking about her dangerous butt implants, and how she's worried they could explode:
As far as some men are concerned, then, the procedure is definitely worth the risk and cost (and the dozens of needles in their genitals).
But it is worth noting that this isn't a one-time fix; just like regular botox, the cosmetic enhancement needs to be carried every nine months or so, in order to maintain the smoothness of the scrotum.
So, it pretty much goes without saying: if you want to get this done, you've really got to... have some balls.