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Botox is a type of botulinum toxin injection that has a wide range of cosmetic and medical uses. Today, Botox injections are available in more than 78 countries around the world.
Clinically, Botox is used for the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), urinary incontinence (caused by detrusor overactivity related to neurologic diseases such as multiple sclerosis), cervical dystonia, blepharospasm (related to dystonia), spasticity (due to spinal injuries and cerebral palsy), migraines, and overactive bladder (OAB). In addition, it is also used off label for treating acne and TMJ syndrome. Conventionally used to treat wrinkles and lines such as crow’s feet and frown-lines, Botox is now being used for many other cosmetic purposes, including scrotum enhancement. While it may sound bizarre, Botox for scrotum is hugely popular in European countries, and rapidly gaining momentum in other regions. Cheekily called “ball ironing,” the procedure has similar smoothing effects to regular Botox.
Botox is formulated with botulinum toxin type A as its active ingredient. As its name implies, botulinum toxin is a type of neurotoxin that has muscle relaxant properties.
The mechanism by which Botox for scrotum acts is fairly simple—it inhibits muscle contraction. Once administered, the neurotoxin attaches itself to motor nerve terminals to prevent acetylcholine (ACh) release. Consequently, this denervates the muscle, resulting in reduced muscle stiffness and activity.
The face is often the first thing that comes to mind when we think of wrinkles. In reality, other body parts, such as scrotum, can develop wrinkles too. Due the fluctuation in temperature, the scrotum constantly undergoes contraction (in cold conditions) and relaxation (when it is warmer). This eventually leads to the formation of wrinkles. Having wrinkle-reducing properties, Botox helps to smooth out the wrinkles on the testicles for a smoother texture. At the same time, Botox helps to enlarge the testicles and allows them to hang further down (this is one of the main reasons why men use Botox for scrotum). Apart from making them appear larger, Botox injections are able to enhance the sex life of patients, making intercourse more enjoyable. Many patients and doctors have attested to the dramatic effects of Botox for scrotum. The injection process is minimally invasive, and only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Therefore, Botox for scrotum is ideal for busy patients who are always on the go. In fact, many patients are able to complete the treatment during their lunch break. Notably, Botox may be effective in the treatment of scrotal pain (although this is yet to be verified and still being studied).
Although the area is delicate and sensitive, treatment is not as painful as one would expect. In fact, when used in combination with local anesthetic, Botox injections are virtually pain-free. The patient is not likely to feel any pain once the anesthesia effects kick in. Some patients may experience minor soreness after the injection. However, the discomfort is short-lived and will disappear in a couple days.
The results are generally seen one week after the procedure. Regardless, the onset of action may differ among patients.
Botox for scrotum is designed to deliver long-lasting results. In general, the “ironing” effects can last for around four months. Please note that individual results may vary.
When used corrected, Botox is generally safe and well tolerated. As with all aesthetic injections, Botox for scrotum may cause adverse effects such as injection-related pain and swelling.
In order to minimize the risk of complications, Botox injections should only be administered by qualified medical professionals. Self-administration of Botox can potentially cause serious harm. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the possible side effects of Botox. Patients should see a doctor right away if serious (or unexpected) side effects occur.
While Botox is well tolerated by most patients, it is not suitable for everyone. As a general rule, Botox should not be used in patients with known allergy to type A botulinum toxin. Additionally, patients who are hypersensitive to any other inactive ingredients in the formulation should avoid using Botox.
Botox is intended for adult patients or more than 18 years of age (except for the treatment of lower limb spasms). Due to the lack of safety data, it is not recommended to use Botox during pregnancy and breastfeeding, unless it is medically justified to do so. Prior to the procedure, the doctor will need to perform a medical examination as part of the screening process.
Scrotox injections cost the same as regular Botox. On average, the treatment cost ranges from approximately $530 to $860. Keep in mind that the price may vary among clinics and providers.