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The scrotum is a dual-chambered containment tissue sac that contains the testicles and its neurovascular pedicles. It is composed of numerous tissue layers of which the most obvious is the overlying skin. This skin is unique in its appearance in which it has an irregular textured surface. Whilst often appears as thin skin, it is actually thicker than it looks probably due to the intimate attachment of the underlying muscle layer. (Dartos fascia)

They scrotal skin/sac is well known to be very stretchable and this is undoubtedly due to the combination of being a hanging structure, having contractile capabilities as part of its function and having no supportive backing. While the scrotum needs to be easily distensible, its size can become too big from various causes. Aging, large amounts of weight loss and pathologic conditions such as hydrocoeles (to name just one) can cause excessive scrotal skin to develop. When this occurs the enlarged scrotum can cause functional problems such as skin irritations and physically get in the way between the two inter thighs. There is also an aesthetic distraction to it if it hangs too low.

Scrotal reduction is a procedure where the size of the scrotum is reduced. By definition it is also a lift by virtue of the way it is done. The most logical place to place to place a scar line on he scrotum is where one already exists. This refers to the midline raphe that extends from the base of the penis all the way around the scrotum in its midline. While not a true scar it is raised midline ridge of scar that provides the best scar camouflage on the scrotum. This allows the scrotal reduction procedure to be a vertical ellipse of skin that bisects the sac and creates a midline raphe closure.

While scrotal skin is well known to scar well due to its hair-bearing composition, it scars best along the midline raphe. This is also the natural relaxed skin tension line of the scrotum. Its placement there also prevents the risk of scar contractors should incisions be placed on other part of the sac skin.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana

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