Last week I was reading Cosmo…
How about that for getting things going with a bang? All because your well-coiffed scribe needs to stay up with the most current trends. Anyway, I came across something that left me a little weak.
For years, men have been getting an increasing number of cosmetic procedures. A number that’s risen 355% from 2000 to 2015 – face lifts, alterations, Botox, all the standard fare. But just when you thought you’d heard it all….
Men have begun injecting Botox……into their scrotums.
I’ll give you a few seconds to catch your breath and remove your hands from your package.
Cosmo reports that “The procedure is called ‘Scrotox,’ a term made famous by a 2010 Saturday Night Live sketch.”
“Scrotox mimics the effect of a warm day: the balls appear lower and look smoother with fewer wrinkles.”
It was then I recalled how many times I’d thought, “I sure wish my testicles were hanging like they do on a warm day!” (said no one ever…)
The focus of the piece was a 29-year-old doctor who said that for he and his girlfriend – also a doctor – the determining factor was that Scrotox made his balls hang lower and looser, allowing for better contact with her skin during sex. Within a week, he felt his scrotum was more relaxed than before.
And as we all know, a relaxed scrotum is a happy scrotum.
We watched Kenny Rogers undergo procedures that left him looking like Joan Rivers and Wayne Newton looking like at 75-year-old lesbian. But nowhere has the cultural and self-imposed pressure been greater than on women today.
Whether it’s the Kardashian factor or pure vanity, it’s getting out of hand and happening and increasingly younger ages. Two weeks ago, 25-year-old single mom of a 1-year-old, Ranika Hall, flew from Kansas City to a Florida clinic to have a Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) performed.
For those of you who don’t know how this procedure works, a doctor uses liposuction to remove fat from other areas of the body, most often the stomach, hips and thighs. That fat is then injected into the patient to improve the appearance, lift and contour of the butt. It’s risky and has proven fatal on more than a few occasions.
In Hall’s case, she lapsed into unconsciousness, stopped breathing and died.
She risked her life for a $3,000 procedure to make her butt look better.
I didn’t know her personally, but you’d have to think there were a million other ways that money could have been put to more effective use.
Hall’s mother, Nicole, created a GoFundMe page to pay for Hall’s funeral and expenses as the family could not even afford to bring her body back to KC. To put the whole picture in context, with no additional commentary, I’ve included the GoFundMe plea, exactly as written;
”My beautiful daughter went to miami,Fl to have a high profile procedure done which was take her fatty tissue out her stomach and placed elsewhere.My baby left wednesday 3/15/17 perfectly fine and healthy which was the last time i talked to her and seen her.Her procedure was schedule for 3/16/17 at 1:30 Miami time she sent a text at 11:40 thursday morning letting ys no it was about that time.Never knew that would be the last time i would hear from her.She has a beautiful 1yr old daughter that i need to bring her body back for a proper burial.If you can donate anything please please do so.Thank you”
To date, the page has raised over $10,000.00 from 200 donors.
Culture speaks loudly when the size of a rear end is more important than the gray matter between the ears. Where were this single mom’s priorities? Why did she feel this was what she needed, a year after giving birth? And what for? To get back in the game and do it all over again?
What has happened to our values and self-image? I know a doctor in KC who treats herself to a cosmetic procedure each year for her birthday and it already looks like it took a million dollars to build her.
Is it considered a WIN if you need a casket shaped like a cello?
Worst of all, not too many years from today a child is going to ask, “What happened to my mom?” and some adult is going to have to explain the story to her.
Will that answer make her child understand why her mom is no longer with her? And what’s the ultimate price of that decision going to be, in the end?