Tighten that Tackle or Leave it Alone? The Scrotal Ironing Trend
It always fascinates me that some celebrities try a cosmetic "treatment" they seemly don't have side effects, so they tout to everyone how great it is, and then a new trend is born. Some of the procedures that people undergo as forms of cosmetic treatments are pretty intense, and can have some major long-term side effects, so you really need to be aware of what can happen. As all of you know, I love to hop on trends that make your life easier, like laser hair removal, but I do think that we need to think about the procedures we want/get before we just jump into it. The latest trend in Hollywood? Scrotal Ironing, AKA "tightening the tackle", which was really brought into the spotlight by George Clooney a few weeks ago (and he won't confirm whether he was being tongue in cheek or actually had the procedure).
What is Scrotal Ironing?
Basically, the scrotum is made of very thin skin, just like the skin under your eyes, which can become loosened over time, and scrotal ironing is similar to a face lift....just for down below. By using a light laser treatment, the skin tones are evened, wrinkles are diminished, and hair is removed as well. The procedure itself takes around an hour (and you my need more than one session), with a cost around $575. The procedures have a small amount of pain associated with them, given the sensitive area and all, but numbing creams can be used to diminish the discomfort. And after all your treatments, you can turn back the hands of time and have a wrinkle-free, hair free, and nicely toned scrotum....if that's what you're looking for in life, but it is not without side effects!
Are There Side Effects?
There are always side effects with every procedure, and scrotal ironing is no different. They range from very mild, like skin irritation, or slight burns due to the use of the laser too close or too long in one area, which are temporary (but quite uncomfortable, I would imagine). Then there is a much more intense side effect, which is a risk of retrograde ejaculation; when men get to the point of ejaculation, the semen is unable to leave through the tip of the penis, so it goes into the bladder, and is removed form the body during urination. That will directly reflect a man's ability to procreate, because they cannot ejaculate semen from their penis into their partner (or sample jar- however you choose to do it), and it may have to be removed another way, if you are looking for a viable semen sample for procreation.
The Final Verdict?
If you feel the need to tighten your tackle or Iron your scrotum, for whatever reason you feel it is necessary, if you are fertile and looking to procreate, you should talk to your Healthcare Practitioner (HCP) before dropping $575 and booking that appointment. Retrograde ejaculation seems to be a much rarer side effect, but it is still a risk. And, I don't have a scrotum, obviously, but men seem so protective and hypersensitive about that area, I couldn't imagine all you men running to get this done, but apparently George Clooney has more than just a swooning effect on women! Just think about the risk vs benefit of a smooth scrotum before jumping under that laser!
Yours in Good Health