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Scrotox Is Botox for Your Scrotum

We are doomed.

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Once again, the world of cosmetic “beauty enhancement” has come up with a new fix for a nonexistent problem. It’s called scrotox, a portmanteau that describes Botox for the scrotum. The UK’s Metro writes it will run you about $3,600 (£2,800).

The procedure isn’t completely new. An Urban Dictionary entry for scrotox, which states the “treatment is...gaining popularity in Europe and the [U.S.] west coast,” dates way back to 2004. But the popularity of the treatment seems to have increased precipitously more recently.

“Over the past year, requests for scrotum Botox have doubled at Transform showing the huge demand and interest for this procedure,” said Mark Norfolk, clinical director of Transform Plastic Surgery.

The supposed advantages of injecting Botox into your scrotum are threefold. It decreases sweating, makes the scrotum appear larger (as if anyone cares) and reduces wrinkles. Norfolk advises that the latter benefit may be minimal.

“In terms of results, injecting Botox into the scrotum...won’t have much of an effect on wrinkles as there is lots of loose skin on this part of the body that an injectible treatment just can’t shift,” he said.

Jason Emer, a Beverly Hill-based dermatologist, says he’s seen a rise in guys who are totally onboard with this scrotox thing.

“I have many younger male patients who are interested in this,” Emer said in an article for Cosmetic Surgery Times, to which we should probably all subscribe. “As the vaginal rejuvenation market is skyrocketing, men are seeking their own type of rejuvenation. Who wouldn’t want to be a little bit longer, thicker, or have more sensitivity and a better sex life? These men are also becoming interested in the cosmetic appearance of the actual penis and scrotum itself.”

Emer, who calls himself an “innovator” in the area of penile enhancement, claims scrotox is “not only cosmetic,” and notes that “marathon runners and cyclists who get inner thigh rubbing and irritation from sweat, benefit from this treatment as it decreases skin burn.”

If you’re interested in scrotox—and why wouldn’t you be—make sure you don’t overestimate how much it could change your scrotum and your life.

“Patients should manage their expectations in terms of results,” Norfolk told Metro. “It could prove very costly and nervy racking to go through, for very little in return.”

Now please enjoy this unexpectedly prescient 2010 SNL fake commercial for scrotox, which fake doctor Alec Baldwin explains is a “botulism toxin that we shoot straight into your scrotum.”

Kali Holloway is a senior writer and the associate editor of media and culture at AlterNet.

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