For some men, anxiety about the size or shape of their penis can have a profound effect on their confidence and can impact on their relationships or their enjoyment of sporting and other activities that might involve being naked in front of others.
Penis enlargement or augmentation surgery (known as penoplasty) might be the solution but should be approached with caution, as the results might not be what you expect.
Penis Enlargement: Am I suitable?
Judging what is acceptable penis size is difficult because some men can have a short fat penis when flaccid that stretches and expands considerably when erect, whereas other men can have a longer penis that won’t change size but just becomes more rigid.
There is no accepted definition of what is an abnormally small penis, but as a general guideline, those with a flaccid length of less than 4cm or an erect length of less than 7.5cm should be considered for surgery.
Penis enlargement: What’s the treatment like?
Penis enlargement can be divided into non-surgical treatments and surgical treatments.
Non-surgical treatments; there are many products that are aimed at penis enlargement but many of them are unproven or just plain fraudulent. Vacuum devices and weights may produce small increases in size but any increase is usually temporary.
Penis enlargement surgery; this is not suitable for all men so it is crucial that you do your research and find a reputable and experienced practitioner or clinic. Also, the long-term benefits of cosmetic surgery procedures are not well researched so should be carefully considered.
Penile lengthening; the most common penis enlargement technique is to cut the suspensory ligament then stretch the skin to cover the new length. What results have been collated seem to suggest that it can increase penis length on average from 0.5 to 1.6cm, which is not always what is claimed by some clinics. However, cutting this ligament will have an impact on the erect penis.
Penis enlargement: What about after?
You will probably be able to return to work after a week, but all strenuous activities, including exercise and sexual activity should be delayed for at least a month.
Penis enlargement: Are there any risks or side effects?
As well as the chance of bleeding or infection there are complications inherent in each procedure. Lengthening of the penis can cause scrotalisation of the penis, noticeable scarring and the possibility of the stretched skin ‘dying’ if it has a poor blood supply. Increasing girth; fat transfer can have a high degree of absorption and sometimes the fat can form into lumps beneath the surface of the skin.
Penis enlargement: What will it cost me?
There is a wide range of costs depending on the procedure you have. Fat transfer or body fillers can cost from £1,000 and lengthening surgery can cost from £3,000 to £5,000.