(Circumcision and Scrotoplasty)
Circumcision and scrotoplasty are procedures that are performed to remove excess skin from your scrotum and enhance its overall appearance. As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, leading to sagging skin or an asymmetrical appearance in the scrotum.
Historically, circumcision has been performed soon after a male child is born, although some men may prefer the appearance of a circumcised penis later in life. You might also choose to have a circumcision later in life for religious or medical reasons.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of your genitals or choose to have a circumcision for religious reasons, the team of expert urologists at Urology of Greater Atlanta offers circumcision and scrotoplasty procedures. Call one of our offices in Georgia today to schedule a consultation!
What Is Circumcision?
Circumcision is a surgical procedure that removes the foreskin of the penis. The foreskin is the loose skin covering the head (glans) of the penis. It’s one of the world’s oldest and most common surgical procedures. The procedure can be performed on infants, boys, and adult men for various medical, religious, and cultural reasons.
What Are the Different Styles of Circumcision?
The different styles of circumcision include the high and tight circumcision style, the low and tight circumcision style, the high and loose circumcision style, the low and loose circumcision style, and the revision circumcision.
High and Tight Circumcision Style
In a high and tight circumcision style, most of the outer foreskin is removed with an incision placed high on the shaft of the penis. This will cause an erect penis to feel and look tight without any loose skin.
Low and Tight Circumcision Style
In a low and tight circumcision style, less of the foreskin is removed. Also, the scar line is closer to the head of the penis.
High and Loose Circumcision Style
With a high and loose circumcision, you would have a scar further away from the glans and looser skin on the shaft.
Low and Loose Circumcision Style
A circumcision with a low and loose style would have much more loose skin on the shaft of the penis, with the incision made close to the head of the penis.
If you are unhappy with your previous circumcision, the team at Urology of Greater Atlanta may be able to provide a circumcision revision to improve the skin on your penis.
Some of the concerns the doctors can correct include:
- A buried penis where there was too much or too little foreskin removed
- A curved penis or chordee of the head of the penis (in an upward or downward position)
- A thickening of the foreskin (or skin bridge)
- A narrowing of the opening at the end of the penis (meatal stenosis)
- Chronic skin cracking and infections such as balanitis.
What Should I Expect After Circumcision?
Circumcision is a slightly more complex procedure for adults than infants. However, it’s still an outpatient surgery, and you can go home soon after the procedure to recover.
Your urologist will provide personalized aftercare instructions. There are minimal risks to the surgery, but you still need to check for signs of infection.
Recovery after circumcision takes between 2-4 weeks. Please follow your doctor’s instructions and call our office if you have any concerns. Your erectile functions should not be disrupted in any way after recovery, but you will have to refrain from sexual activity for 2 weeks after the procedure.
Am I a Good Candidate for Circumcision?
You may be a candidate for circumcision if you would like to improve the appearance of your penis or if it just doesn’t look quite right. Our expert healthcare professionals at Urology of Greater Atlanta can advise you on the next steps to improve the appearance of your penis (with or without foreskin).
What Is a Scrotoplasty Procedure?
Scrotoplasty, also known as a scrotal lift or ventral phalloplasty, removes the unnecessary skin hanging from your scrotum. A scrotoplasty procedure can be performed to relieve discomfort or for aesthetic reasons.
Whether you are considering a scrotoplasty procedure to relieve discomfort or for aesthetic reasons, our team of expert physicians at Urology of Greater Atlanta provides private consultations to discuss how to address the loose skin on your scrotum, asymmetries, to make your penis look lengthier and larger, or to improve the overall look of your phallic area. Call us today to schedule a consultation!
Reasons to Consider Scrotoplasty
There are a few reasons to consider undergoing a scrotoplasty procedure. One reason is to prevent the skin on your scrotum from becoming loose and saggy. Your scrotal skin is no different than the skin anywhere else on your body; over time, the skin on your scrotum can lose its elasticity.
You might live with discomfort if your scrotal skin is too loose and your testicles aren’t adequately supported or get in the way of sports or other routine activities.
Additionally, trauma to the scrotal area can damage your skin, leading to an asymmetrical appearance.
Am I a Good Candidate for Scrotoplasty?
Scrotoplasty is an elective procedure. In order to be a good candidate for scrotoplasty, you should be in good health, have realistic goals, and have sensible expectations of what cosmetic surgery can do for this area of your genitalia.
The physicians might recommend scrotoplasty to address certain issues, including:
- Too much skin around or hanging from the scrotum
- Pain or discomfort within the scrotum in certain clothing or during physical activities
- Embarrassment or severe self-consciousness about the appearance of the scrotum
What Happens During Scrotoplasty?
Scrotoplasty is usually an outpatient procedure. Depending on your needs, it takes approximately 30 minutes, and your physician provides either a local or general anesthetic.
Once you are ready for the surgery, your doctor carefully removes the excess skin and closes the incision, adjusting the remaining skiing for the best appearance and symmetry, as discussed during your consultation. Your doctor can also remove any loose skin that hangs between the base of your penis and scrotum.
The incisions are typically small, and your surgeon can place the stitches in areas that will hide any resulting scarring.
What Should I Expect After Scrotoplasty?
After a scrotoplasty procedure, your doctor will provide personalized aftercare instructions to help you recover at home. The average recovery time for a scrotoplasty procedure is two weeks. Typically, ice packs can manage any post-surgical swelling and discomfort.
While you can get back to most of your regular activities within a few days of your scrotoplasty, you should wait to return to the gym or any vigorous physical exercise until your physician gives you the all-clear at your follow-up appointment.
Call Urology of Greater Atlanta if you have any signs of infection or other issues or questions during your recovery.
Whether you are considering undergoing circumcision or a scrotoplasty procedure, the team at Urology of Greater Atlanta offers precise surgeries depending on your needs and desired appearance. Contact one of our offices in Georgia or make an appointment online today for expert advice and surgery!
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