The first surgical procedures performed on the penis began back in the 1980's. Originally these operations were used to correct physical defects, deformities and other anomalies of the penis. Over the years, the term "penis surgery" has become more commonly associated with cosmetic techniques used to increase the length and width of the penis itself. Here we'll examine a brief history of penile surgery and how various surgical enlargement procedures came into practice.
Phalloplasty, the technical term referring to artificial re-constructive modification of the penis, first began as a surgical remedy for a medical condition known as "micropenis." This congenital defect results in an abnormally small penis (less than 6 centimeters) and affects only a very small percentage of the male population. In subsequent years, the procedures and techniques involved in the surgery were redefined to focus specifically on increasing the length of the penis for purely cosmetic reasons.
The refinement of penis lengthening procedures is largely credited to a surgeon from China named Long Daochao. Dr. Daochao's contribution involved severing the suspensory ligament that anchors the penis to the body. This was done in order to allow the penis to drop more down and forward thereby increasing the amount of shaft that projects outside of the body. While not actually increasing the length of the penis, this technique does give the appearance of making the penis longer.
Not too long afterwards, a man by the name of Richardo Samitier began work on a specific technique designed to increase the thickness of the penis. A surgeon from Miami Florida, Dr. Samitier previously specialized in lip enlargements before shifting his focus to penis enlargement. His technique involved the use of liposuction to transfer fat from another part of the body and inject it directly underneath the skin of the penis. Although this technique did effectively increase width, it was plagued by problems involving the migration of fatty deposits which often resulted in misshapen penises.
Dermal Fat Grafts
To avoid fat migration, later refinements of this technique replaced pure fat injections with dermal fat grafts. This involves removing two narrow strips of flesh from a patient's abdomen or buttocks, sewing them together, and inserting the pieces beneath the skin through an incision near the penis head.
While this proved to be more effective at creating a smoother penis texture then when using pure fat injections alone, it can leave thick scarring on the penis and in the area where the flesh was originally removed.
The latest and most common method used today to increase penis thickness is to insert tissue harvested from cadavers beneath the skin of the penis. Called Alloderm Grafts, this technique is meant to avoid unnecessary scarring on the body and reduce the possibility of fat lumping by allowing blood cells to generate new tissue which is more naturally incorporated into the body.
The effectiveness of this technique is still questioned by many surgeons who believe the tissue will never properly amalgamate into the body. To date the FDA has still not approved the use of this harvested tissue.
Penis surgery has evolved quite a bit from the early days but there remains much skepticism in the medical community regarding its use for cosmetic enhancement. Although many surgeons still refuse to consider using such techniques on patients, there are others that specialize in the procedure. Incidentally, there are those who specialize in the repairing of botched operations. Regardless, surgical procedures designed to increase penis size are still being performed on men from around the world even today.
Posted by PRS
Monday, October 1st, 2007
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