Penis enlargement surgery, commonly referred to as phalloplasty in the medical community, is not only a risky procedure but also a very expensive one. The actual cost of penis surgery will vary from one surgeon to the next with the price mostly depending on the exact type of operation being performed. In this article we'll examine some of the more common penis enlargement surgical procedures available today and discuss the various costs and risks associated with each.
Upfront Costs and Liability Waivers
Before we get to the pricing for individual penis enlargement procedures, it's important to understand that there will usually be some non-refundable fees that must be paid upfront. These can include an initial consultation fee (average cost $250) plus the costs involved with gaining medical clearance through preoperative testing such as x-rays, EKGs and blood tests.
Assuming the results come back OK and you're cleared to undergo a surgical procedure, you'll then need to agree and accept preoperatively (before surgery) that you've reviewed the recommended surgical technique and understand the associated consequences such as scarring, bleeding, infection and the need for postoperative management (follow-up care).
You'll also need to confirm that you understand the side effects of penis enlargement surgery which include temporary swelling, discomfort, bruising and possibly numbness. Penis swelling and bruising can often last for up to 2 or 3 weeks and changes in sensitivity as long as 8 to 12 weeks. Other possible side effects include shortening of the penis, a reduction in the upward erect angle of the penis, skin incision separation and erectile dysfunction.
It's usually recommended that patients avoid strenuous physical activity for 2 weeks and abstain from sexual intercourse for up to 6 weeks after surgery. Surgeons generally advise the use of a penis traction device beginning at 3 to 4 weeks after the procedure which helps to maximize the results as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that traction devices have also been shown to gradually increase penis size over time without the need for surgery.
Penis Enlargement Financing
As already mentioned, penis enlargement procedures can be very expensive. The cost of these procedures must be paid in full prior to having the enlargement surgery. Since health insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery procedures, and this includes penis enlargement, you will most likely need to obtain separate financing.
Just as when qualifying for any loan, you'll need to display an established credit history with a good rating (no missed or late payments). Some medical institutions offer their own financing to patients with credit limits from $500 to $25,000, if qualified.
Now let's examine some of the specific procedures performed as well as their individual costs.
Surgical Penile Length Enhancement
The first type of cosmetic penis surgery we'll look at is length enhancement. As the name implies, this procedure is aimed at increasing the overall length of the penis. This is accomplished by severing the ligament that anchors the penis to the body. Because a portion of the penis is actually hidden within the body, cutting the suspensory ligament allows it drop outward and exposes more of the shaft.
This procedure does not actually lengthen the penis but rather uncovers more of it which gives the appearance of more length. Since the ligament is responsible for the upward pointing angle of a normal erection, severing it also means that the penis will no longer stand straight up and instead will point forward or downward when erect.
The average cost of this type of surgery is between $3,500 and $5,000.
Surgical Penile Girth Enhancement
The next type of procedure we'll discuss is girth enhancement - this involves increasing the width or thickness of the penis. It's usually accomplished by either injecting fat cells harvested from one part of the body into the penis or by using skin grafts.
The first method uses liposuction to transfer fat from one area of the body to the penis. Fat cells are often taken from the abdomen, thighs or buttocks and injected into the penis to increase thickness.
Unfortunately the results of penis widening by liposuction are frequently not permanent and can lead to complications. Usually only about 30 percent of the fat injected into the penis survives after one year, the rest is reabsorbed back into the body. The injected fat may also shift which can cause the penis to appear uneven. Repeat injections are often needed to fill in these defects.
The second method, the graft technique, involves transplanting small strips of skin and fat onto the penis. Sometimes these donor grafts are taken from your own body (dermal fat grafts) and other times from the body of a dead person (Alloderm grafts).
One disadvantage of dermal fat grafts are that they leave large and unsightly scars where the tissue was removed. The grafts can also pull loose from the penis or actually shrink.
Alloderm grafts on the other hand do not involve scarring since the tissue is not taken from your own body but instead from a cadaver (a dead person). Sometimes however the foreign tissue is rejected by the body and the procedure will fail.
Penis girth enhancement is more complicated than length enhancement and therefore more expensive. In general it can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $8,500.
After the enlargement procedure is finished and enough time has passed to allow for healing, some men may decide that additional surgery is necessary to improve the look of the penis. For instance, one unfortunate side effect of girth enhancement is that the penis head will appear smaller once the shaft has been thickened. To make the penis seem uniform in size requires another surgery (glans enlargement) which usually entails a skin graft. The average cost for this type of surgery is approximately $4,000.
Men are also sometimes unhappy with the scarring left behind from certain procedures. These flaws can be somewhat improved through the use of laser skin resurfacing which can cost between $2,500 and $3,500.
Other Costs and Considerations
As we've seen, the cost of penis enlargement surgery can run between $3,500 and $8,500 for each independent procedure. Many surgeons do offer "specials" where they will give a discount if both operations (length and girth enhancement) are performed at the same time. Discounts of this type can range anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000 for combined procedures.
There may be additional costs above and beyond the surgeons fee that aren't factored in to the pricing so it's important to check what exactly is covered.
Possible Additional Fees
- anesthesia fee
- operating and recovery room costs
- assistant fee
- related surgical supplies
- post-surgery pain medication
- followup care
A Better and Cheaper Alternative to Penis Surgery
Men who are considering penis enlargement surgery usually share two things in common: 1) They have money to spare and aren't concerned with price, and 2) They are willing to take risks even if it means that they may cause irreparable damage to their penis.
For the vast majority of men, penis enlargement surgery is simply too expensive and not worth the risk. In my opinion it makes no sense to endanger the functioning of your penis and spend thousands of dollars in the process just because you are too impatient to practice a safe and alternative method of enlargement.
Putting aside all obvious safety issues and looking at it purely from a financial standpoint, penis surgery will likely cost in the neighborhood of at least $3,500 and all the way up to $15,000 depending on what procedures are performed. On the other hand, a penis traction device will run between $200 and $400 for one that is well-constructed and durable.
Let's look at a price comparison between using a penis traction device and undergoing penis enlargement surgery:
Penis Enlargement Surgery (low estimates)
Consultation Fee: $250.00
Length Enhancement: $3,500.00
Girth Enhancement: $5,000.00
Glans Enlargement: $4,000.00
Penis Enlargement Traction System (from SizeGenetics™)
Traction Device Only: $199.95
SG Ultimate System Package*: $190.00
*Optional package includes 16 way comfort system, penis exercise DVD and instructions, moisturizer cream, traction powder, carrying case, spare parts and more - see full details here.
For those men who are insistent on undergoing penis enlargement surgery, do yourself a favor... order a penis traction device first and use it for just a few months before you make any firm decision about getting a procedure done. The SizeGenetics™ System even comes with a full 6 month guarantee which means it won't cost you a dime if you're not happy with the results. There's a good chance that you won't need surgery after all and you'll have avoided danger and saved yourself a lot of money at the same time!
Posted by PRS
Friday, November 11th, 2011