Testicle Lift What Is It and Who Needs It?
You’ve learned how to groom your beard. You learned how to dress. You even mastered shaving your balls. You are a modern man, and you keep up with the trends. You’re ready for anything life can throw at you! Except, you might not be as ready as you think. The biggest new cosmetic trend for guys is a testicle lift. Does that sound ominous to you? Well, there are reasons that it probably should. There’s also a whole lot you don’t know about this topic, so today, we’re going to explain everything about testicular lifts. You’ll understand exactly what the term means, who needs one and whether or not you fall into that category. Get ready to test the limits of your enlightenment and trendiness.
Let’s start with the basics. Testicle lift goes by a lot of names that include testicular lift, scrotal/scrotum lift and scrotoplasty. The short answer is that it’s plastic surgery for men. The idea goes something like this. The scrotum can have a bunch of extra saggy skin. Sometimes it’s genetic. Sometimes it’s the result of an injury. A lot of times it just comes with age. You get the idea.
The point is that an extra-saggy sack can actually create problems for a guy. For the most part, those problems come in one of three forms. The first is pain. We’ll delve more into the medical explanation for this kind of pain later, but there are guys who suffer legitimate pain from having a too-saggy ball sack. It’s a real thing.
The second form of the problem is discomfort. To help distinguish this from outright pain, we can consider the most common discomfort. Your balls are already naturally itchy, and you have to be pretty careful when you scratch. If you add extra folds of skin into the equation, you have more chance of irritation, and you can kit pokey little pubes stuck between the folds. In extreme cases, ball itch can flirt with being debilitating. It’s hard to get through a work day when your scrotum feels like fire.
The third issue is psychological. Some of you will read this and scoff. Others will not along. In general, men today are charged with putting a lot more effort into their appearance than in the past. We’re expected to manscape, after all. So, for guys with particularly wrinkly/sagging sacks, or for guys with confidence and self-esteem issues, a ball lift could possibly do some real good.
That’s the basis of what a testicle lift is all about. Now, let’s get into the mechanics of it.
How the Lift Works
Scrotoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure. That means you don’t have to stay overnight in a hospital. Usually, the entire procedure is pretty sure and minimalist, and you get to recover at home. Some of you with unrealistic nurse fantasies might be disappointed by that, but the truth is that after having your sack sliced, you’re going to crave the comfort of home.
So, every medical procedure varies with each patient (apparently we’re all different), but there are some reasonable expectations with this particular surgery. Because it’s outpatient, many doctors prefer a local anesthetic to general anesthesia. That means you won’t be put to sleep. Instead they’ll just dull the area where the operation happens, and you can chat happily with your doctor while he does God-knows-what to your genitals. Pretty cool!
On a more serious note, the bulk of the procedure involves removing excess skin from the area, shaping the scrotum, and adjusting muscular tightness to hold the new shape. That means most of the cutting will be shallow and only get rid of the sag you didn’t want. Still, depending on what it takes to beautify your nuts, the surgery can run a little deeper and more involved.
For doctors who prefer local anesthesia, the procedure usually takes 30 minutes to an hour. That’s pretty quick, even for a small cosmetic surgery. In general, this procedure is similar to any skin-tightening work. It just happens to be a little easier for the doctor (because your balls are so small) and a lot scarier for the patient (because what do you love more than your balls?).
Hypochondria is setting in. Since you started reading, you’ve adjusted your sack way more than normal. You’re also not sure why it’s suddenly so itchy. Maybe you need a scrotal lift after all.
If any of this crossed your mind, you might be wondering who is eligible for this surgery. The short answer is that most people can elect for a ball lift if they really want to. Obviously, the doctor will want to make sure you’re healthy enough for any surgery, but most adult males under the age of retirement qualify.
But, just because you can have the surgery doesn’t necessarily mean you should. For the most part, the doctor doing the procedure will want to talk to you about your motivations before they agree to cut. The most common candidates for a scrotoplasty will be men who have excess or stretched skin. It’s usually due to age or trauma. The other ideal candidates might feel pain or discomfort during physical activity (due to the sagging scrotum). Additionally, patients whose mental health is overtly impacted by their perception of their scrotal beauty are considered.
In less medical terms, if your sack gets a dip every time you take a dump, you’re a candidate. Likewise, if you can’t even drop trow because you’re so embarrassed by the look of your junk, you should consider the surgery. As long as you’re fit enough for the operation, you’re good to go.
All of that said, there are two more specific medical conditions that led to the development of scrotal lifts in the first place. The first is cancer. Prostate and testicular cancer can both lead to some pretty serious stretching. Once the cancer is treated, guys can be left with sacks that are seriously impacting their lives. Some can’t even wear normal pants anymore it gets so bad. Recognizing that this is a problem worth solving, doctors created scrotoplasty.
The second medical condition is pain while ejaculating. This isn’t the only pain that can come from an enlarged scrotum, but it can have the most severe impact on your life. In general, this is a condition that comes from a combination of stretching and a short spermatic cord. When these conditions strike, it can hurt quite a lot every time you get off. If this is you, talk to your doctor about surgery as a possible solution.
Lastly, we have to talk about medical causes of stretching. We mentioned age and trauma, but another common source of stretching is a condition known as varicocele. This occurs when the blood vessels don’t properly drain pooled blood from the sack. Over time, this leads to stretching. We’re bringing it up because you have to resolve the underlying cause before the scrotal lift can do any good. In this case, the Urologist will fix the varicocele, and then the plastic surgeon will restore your sack. The point is that you might be in for a few different doctor’s visits and procedures before you have the sack you always wanted.
After reading all of this, at least one of you is now seriously thinking about this operation. One of your biggest questions will be in regards to recovery. How much do you really have to suffer to get a ball lift?
The answer to every medical question ever asked is, “It depends.” That’s right. Human bodies are variable, so there’s always a degree of uncertainty with this stuff. That said, here are some general expectations. Assuming the surgery is a success, you get to go home the same day. There’s absolutely going to be some pain while you recover, but this is nowhere near th most uncomfortable thing a doctor can do to your nuts. It’s primarily mild pain and discomfort while the area remains swollen, and that usually lasts around three days.
From there, you get a lot more fluctuation in the recovery process. For the most part, you can expect to be banned from sex for at least three weeks, and possibly more than six weeks. You also won’t be doing any running or playing vigorous sports for that same period of time. Basically, you don’t want your recently snipped ball sack to be jostled around violently. For that same reason, you and your doc are going to have to have a candid talk about self-love. Depending on how you get down, masturbation may also be off the table.
With all of that said, the primary pain of this operation is giving up orgasms for a while. As long as there aren't any complications, the literal, physical pain isn’t so bad.
We can’t talk about a medical procedure without discussing side effects. Before we get into it, it’s important to remember how side effects and complications work. They aren’t the norm. You don’t expect to be hit by them, but there is a risk they can occur. These are the ways you fear a procedure might go wrong.
Let’s start with generic surgical risks. Any surgery that uses anesthesia can have complications. Bad reactions to the stuff can be deadly, which is why surgery always has to be taken seriously. Of course, the risks of a deadly reaction go way down when you aren’t put completely under. More importantly, if you’ve ever had surgery before, you have a history with anesthesia. That should set your expectations for future surgeries.
Besides the pain management, all surgeries come with a few other risks. If a doctor cuts you open, there’s a chance the cut can get infected. You should already know that. Bleeding, scarring and chronic pain are also inescapable risks of any surgery.
Now, when it comes to the specific procedure of knifing you in the balls, there are less-common risks to consider. The first one you already suspected. If things go wrong, this procedure can impact your fertility. It’s one of the reasons the procedure is more common among older guys. They’re done having kids anyways.
Another risk is sexual performance. They’re operating on your sex organs. When things go wrong, of course it could lead to erectile dysfunction and other sexual problems. That should be obvious.
What’s less obvious is that this surgery could potentially change the production of testicular hormones. When you think about it, it kind of makes sense. The surgery is somewhat adjacent to castration. It only seems reasonable that a slip up could change how your body produces those special, manly hormones.
Those are some scary risks, but here’s the reminder one more time. These are the risks for when something goes wrong. No one can guarantee that it won’t happen, but complications are the uncommon occurrence.
Ok. We’ve gone pretty deep in the medical talk. Let’s be a little more candid. What about money? How much does the procedure cost? Will insurance cover it? Do I have to sell a kidney just to have pretty balls?
For starters, this is cosmetic surgery. It’s not as cheap as a bottle of antibiotics, but as far as plastic surgery goes, it’s not the worst. Depending on where you get the surgery done, it could be as little as a few thousand dollars. That’s still a chunk of change for most guys, but it could be a whole lot worse.
The bigger problem is that insurance usually doesn’t cover a testicle lift. In most cases, the surgery is both elective and cosmetic. Insurance companies love to find excuses not to pay for your stuff, and these are two of their favorite.
That said, it’s not completely impossible to get a ball lift covered by insurance. There are times a doctor will prescribe it as a primary treatment. Those cases usually involve pain or are tied to other issues you read about (like cancer). Still, it’s always better to work with your doctor and see if there’s a way to get the insurance to offer up a little cash. Anything to take the sting out of your wallet is great — especially since your balls are going to be stinging for a few days.
How Many Guys Really Do This?
Now, we can get into some of the gossip. After everything you just read, you have to be wondering. How common is this? Before you worry that you’ll be the only guy in the locker room with a wrinkly sack, calm down and keep reading.
If you do a quick Google search, it’s going to feel like ball lifts are the new manscaping routine. Everybody's doing it! The simple truth is that the surgery isn’t accessible enough to be truly mainstream. Instead, it’s acceptance of the surgery that has become mainstream, and that’s probably a good thing. Why should guys feel stigmatized for undergoing plastic surgery? If we can steal Brazilian waxes from women, why not cosmetic surgery too?
The real increase in popularity is awareness. More doctors recognize it as a treatment for symptoms they see in patients. Those symptoms are uncommon, but it’s nice to have a more mainstream treatment for guys who need it. So, the cosmetic surgeons feel like their practices are booming, but you don’t need to be afraid the next time you shower in a locker room.
Ok, But Should I Do It?
We finally get to the crux of it all. Should most men put their balls to the knife for the sake of a cosmetic improvement? There’s no question that this answer is different for every man. A lot of guys won’t risk their junk to remove prostate cancer, so plenty of you reading this are completely unwilling to consider an elective surgery on their nuts.
For those of you who are toying with the idea, you should probably talk to your doctor. They’re going to have a conversation with you about your motivations. If you stand to gain a genuine quality-of-life improvement that justifies the risk, then you just might be the next guy to get a testicle lift. The good news is that you know you don’t need to feel any shame in doing it, and you can show off those beautiful, lifted balls once you’ve recovered.