The length and girth of a penis can cause anxiety in many men. Fortunately, safe surgical and non-surgical procedures can help to resolve this. However, men undergoing these procedures need to be realistic about the results. Dr Gary Horn, a renowned plastic surgeon with extensive expertise in cosmetic treatments including penoplasty procedures, explains what happens, risks and a non-surgical alternative.
What is penoplasty?
Penoplasty is the surgical procedure used to increase length, girth or both of the penile shaft.
Is penoplasty safe?
Penoplasty techniques have been around for more than 20 years. They are safe as long as your surgeon is experienced with this surgery.
What happens during a penoplasty procedure?
Penoplasty surgery is performed in a hospital and requires general anaesthesia for most cases.
To increase the length, your surgeon needs to release part of the suspensory ligament; this is what attaches the non-visible part of the shaft to the pubic bone. The length gained varies between 1 to 3cms (half an inch to an inch and a half). However, this length is mostly visible in the flaccid state. The increase of length is barely visible or not visible at all during an erection.
To increase the girth, your surgeon needs to transfer fat from the areas where it is available, such as the stomach and inner thighs. This fat is transferred to the dorsal part of the penile shaft. Generally, 80 to 100ml of purified fat is injected deep into the subcutaneous layer of the penile shaft. The increase of girth that’s visible in both the flaccid and erection state varies between 2 to 4cm (1 to 1 and a half inches).
What are the risks of penoplasty?
Risks of lengthening the penis:
- Pain for about 10 days (alleviated by pain killers)
- 4cm scar in the pubic area (this will fade within six months)
- Swelling for three weeks
- Infections (prevented by antibiotics)
- Bleeding and haematomas (which are usually drained)
- The penis having a slightly more horizontal angle when erect
Risks of increasing penis girth with fat transfer:
- Pain in the donor area
- Fat lumps (prevented by massage)
- Fat resorption (depending on the technique used, this varies between 5 to 25%)
- Tight foreskin (phimosis) if fat gets stuck under the foreskin
And for both parts of this treatment, patients have to be aware of realistic expectations.
How long does it take to recover from penoplasty?
During recovery you must:
- rest for two weeks
- avoid the gym for four weeks
- wait six weeks before having sex
Is there a non-surgical option?
The non-surgical option is to get injections of hyaluronic acid. This filler treatment is performed under local anaesthetic in the clinic and takes half an hour. The amount of injections depends on your size and how big you want the penis to be. What’s more, it can be done in one or multiple sessions.
This filler will last 18 months and is a reversible product. If you don’t like the result, it can be removed with the injection of an enzyme
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