Penis enlargement surgery involves both urology and plastic surgery. It is very interesting to observe that numerous men seeking elongation actually have normal length penises, but perceive themselves to be small, a psychological condition termed ‘penile dysmorphophobia’. Every year thousands of men try to add a few extra inches to their external male genitalia. Penis enlargement surgery is one method that many men long to get. Let us have a deeper understanding about this highly demanded channel of getting a longer penis.
What is Penis Enlargement Surgery?
A penis enlargement surgery is a medical procedure that is carried out to increase the length or girth of the male sex organ, penis. The penis enlargement surgeries can be primarily done in the following ways:
- Taking fat cells from other parts of the body to increase penis length and width
- Cutting of the ligament that holds the penis, that would make it look longer
- Insertion of silicone implants
- Use of skin grafts to increase the size of the penis
There might be some other approaches other than the above mentioned ones, which may take the form of cosmetic surgery to give the appearance of a longer penis. Currently, the Penuma implant is the only FDA-approved cosmetic surgical procedure to increase the size of the penis; which has generated much reputation as a potentially safe way for men to increase their penis size.
Who can get a Penis Enlargement Surgery?
As per the Urology Care Foundation (UCF), a penis enlargement surgery is required only when a person has a medical condition called micropenis; a term that is used for a penis that is 7.5 centimeters or shorter when erect.
What is the approximate Penis Enlargement Surgery cost like?
In most cases, penis enlargement surgery is a cosmetic procedure. Most insurance policies do not cover cosmetic surgeries such as these, so the patient would have to pay out of his own pocket; which is why some might find it to be quite expensive. Insurance may cover the surgery in cases of true need, such as to correct disorders that disrupt the function of the penis.
The procedure itself can cost thousands of dollars, and a person also needs to factor in the cost of taking time off work and other activities to recover. Penuma can cost somewhere around $15,000 with an upfront $1,000 deposit. But it is currently not covered by insurance, and not cleared to treat erectile dysfunction.
How does a Penis Enlargement Surgery work?: Is it Effective?
Increasing the width of a penis is just as same as increasing its length. It is just that some men prefer it thicker, while others want it longer. The surgery for increasing penis length might offer a result of an increase of 2 cm or a bit more, from the original size, on an average basis.
There is another kind of penis lengthening surgery that involves cutting off a ligament that holds the penis. In such a case, the surgeon is supposed to sever a ligament and that would bring changes in the angle of the penis, thereby making it look longer. On average, this kind of surgery usually adds 2 cm length to the operated penis.
Interestingly, a 2018 study noted that the Penuma option is capable of offering an average 56.7% increase in the girth of the penis, as well as high patient satisfaction and improved ratings of self-confidence and self-esteem, even after long-term follow-up. Further, the Penuma process may aid with conditions affecting the penis. A 2019 study notes that using a silicone implant helped correct a retractile penis, allowing more of the penis shaft and glans to be visible.
Another 2019 study found that cosmetic penis enlargement using a combination of a silicone spacer and fat transfer provided satisfactory results. The procedure increased the length and girth of the penis and improved its function, even 12 months afterward. However, there is no guarantee that penis enlargement surgery will be effective.
Penis augmentation via injecting fat cells may not be satisfactory in many cases. Research suggests that the body may reabsorb or break down roughly 30% of the injected fat within the first two months. A 2017 review suggested that the fat graft may decrease in volume by 20 to 80% within a year. The same review also noted that the outcomes for people undergoing suspensory ligament operations are not consistently favorable either. Patient and partner satisfaction rates for this procedure range from 30 to 65%.
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Penis enlargement surgeries?
Like any other surgical procedure, even a penis enlargement surgery comes with a set of advantages and disadvantages. Patients should thoroughly discuss each of these pros and cons with an authorized healthcare expert before deciding upon getting under the knife.
Advantages of Penis Enlargement Surgery
- Some patients do get the desired increases in their penis length and/or girth.
- Achieving the desired penis size obviously offers one much self-confidence and relief from self-consciousness or image consciousness.
- Penile enlargement can boost sexual pleasure or a much better overall sexual experience for both the patients and their respective partners.
- For some men with medical conditions, such as Peyronie’s disease, penile enlargement surgery can be of great help to get relief from the deformity.
- An improved overall wellbeing and quality of life.
Disadvantages or Side Effects of Penis Enlargement Surgery
The severe adversaries involved in penis enlargement surgery are severe shortening, curvature, edema, infection, non-healing wounds, sexual dysfunction, etc. The patients may experience wounds as mentioned below:
- bruising at the operated spot
- bruising along the penis
- changes in the shape of the penis
- bleeding at the incision
- temporary loss of sensation in the penis
- pain with erection
Unfortunately, a 2018 study looked into the complications of penis enlargement surgery and reported that some study participants experienced curving of the penis, sexual dysfunction, and wounds, did not heal at all.
There are also prerequisites that are required to be considered before surgery. For example, the patient must already have a circumcision to undergo enlargement with silicone implants, and if not, he would require a circumcision before the procedure. There are also some other risks involving the anesthesia during the surgery, like the following:
- problems with heart rhythm
- allergic reactions to anesthesia
- confusion upon waking up from sedation
- awareness during surgery
Also, patients with problems like sleep apnea, might be at a higher risk of complications during and after a general anesthetic. The problem here is that the anesthesia can make the throat close up and make it much more difficult for the patient to wake up and breathe post completion of the penis enlargement surgery.
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