Men with underdeveloped or missing testicles may suffer a significant blow to their self-confidence and sense of masculinity. While there are many reasons for this issue, the result is often the same – a negative impact on personal relationships and self-esteem, which can translate to many aspects of a man’s life. Testicle implants offer a way for men to restore their appearance and balance out their private area for greater confidence and satisfaction with their partners and in general.
Professor Moore performs testicle implants at the Australian Centre for Cosmetic and Genital Surgery. He works with each of his patients at the initial consultation to identify needs and determine whether this surgery might be the right choice. He and his team will strive to ensure patients are comfortable throughout the process and with a variety of options available, he will tailor your procedure to your precise needs.
Reasons for Testicle Implants
Testicle implants can be used to balance the appearance of uneven testicles or replace a testicle that has been damaged or removed. Men commonly seek testicle implants for the following issues:
- Undescended Testicles – While this problem usually corrects itself during youth, those that do not see the testicle descend may opt for an implant to create a natural appearance.
- Testicular Torsion – This condition occurs when a testicle becomes severely twisted, blocking blood supply and causing severe swelling and pain. In some cases, the testicle cannot be untwisted and must be removed.
- Trauma to the Testicle – Injuries to this area are often attributed to sports accidents.
- Testicular Cancer – When the testicle must be removed as part of the cancer treatment, implants are often considered to restore the appearance of the scrotum.
- Infection or Other Disease – Other medical conditions can require the removal of a testicle in extreme circumstances.
- Cosmetic Reasons – Some men seek testicle implants to restore the appearance of smaller, non-functioning testicles or create symmetry between testicles of two different sizes.
During the consultation process, Professor Moore will help you decide which implant size is best suited to your existing anatomy and proved a detailed explanation of the procedure, so you are fully prepared for your operation and the recovery process afterward.
Psychological Impact of Missing or Underdeveloped Testicles
From a medical standpoint, men can live a healthy life with just one testicle. In most cases, the remaining testicle will produce sufficient testosterone to maintain hormonal balance in the body and will typically provide enough semen to preserve fertility. When those functions are altered through testicle removal, hormone replacement therapy or fertility treatments may help to reverse those issues. However, even when the medical impact of a missing testicle is minimal, the psychological effects can be significant.
Men with a missing, undescended or underdeveloped testicle may feel inadequate in the bedroom, affecting their personal relationships. Performance anxiety is a common problem that may require sex therapy to overcome. They can develop body image issues, impacting their self-esteem in areas other than the bedroom. For men reeling from the psychological consequences of the loss of a testicle, an implant can help to restore their appearance, their confidence and their quality of life.
Testicle implants in Australia come in both saline-filled and silicone options. The saline implants consist of a soft silicone shell and are filled with a sterile saline solution. Silicone implants feature a silicone gel inside the shell, which tends to look and feel more like the natural scrotum for some men. Both types of testicle implants come in a range of sizes, so the Professor Moore can match your implant to your unique proportions.
The procedure to insert a testicle implant takes about one hour and involves general anaesthesia. A small incision is made in the scrotum, a pouch is created, and the implant is inserted into position. The incision is then closed using sutures and bandaged to help with fluid absorption and constriction of movement during the healing process. Patients usually return home the day of the operation and head back to work after about two weeks. Sexual intercourse can be resumed after six weeks.
There is some discomfort for the first 24 to 48 hours after testicle implant surgery. Professor Moore will prescribe pain medication for the early part of the recovery process. The bandage will remain for a few days to support the scrotum as it begins to heal. The scrotum will also be swollen and tender to the touch during that time, although you will be able to urinate as usual.
Complications associated with testicle implants are rare but may include infection, hematoma (blood loss into the surrounding tissue) and poor wound healing. Rejection of the implant is extremely rare since it is constructed of a biocompatible material designed to work with the body’s tissue. If proper post-surgery care instructions are followed, the risk of complications is relatively low, and pain is easily manageable in most cases.
Are Testicle Implants Right for You?
The choice of testicle implants is a highly personal one that should be made between a man and his surgeon. Men that are in good health and non-smokers are the best candidates for this procedure. Prior surgery or treatment of the scrotal area will be considered before a recommendation of testicle implants can be made. Professor Moore has extensive experience in all types of male genital surgery, including testicle implants, and can help you determine whether this procedure will meet your aesthetic goals.
If you are self-conscious about your appearance due to an underdeveloped or missing testicle, help is available. Contact the Australian Centre for Cosmetic and Genital Surgery today on 0414 251 234 to schedule your consultation with Professor Moore and find out if testicle implant surgery is the right option for you.