Penis size is a huge concern for a lot of men. Because of this many penis enlargement methods and procedures have been developed to address this issue. One such procedure, called penile enlargement surgery or phalloplasty, has been available since the early 1990's. It is estimated that over 250,000 men worldwide have undergone this procedure and roughly half of those from within the continental United States. Here we'll look at how this surgery is performed and some recommended treatment following it's completion.
While penile enlargement surgery is not new, it still remains a very controversial method due to the inherent risks involved and often unpredictable results. The surgery itself is comprised of two separate procedures; one to lengthen the penis and another to increase it's width.
Surgical lengthening of the penis is achieved by making an incision at the base of the penis and cutting the ligament that anchors it to the pubic bone. By cutting the suspensory ligament, the portion of the penis that is normally hidden within the body is allowed to protrude. This allows more of the penis to be exposed and gives the illusion of more length. This procedure will usually add the appearance of anywhere from one to two inches in length.
Penis widening is done to add girth (thickness) to the penis. This procedure requires the insertion of a filler material under the skin of the penis which can be accomplished in the following ways:
- Fat Transfer - involves taking fat cells from the lower abdomen or inner thighs via liposuction, purifying the cells and then injecting them directly beneath the penis skin.
- Dermal Augmentation - involves removing two strips of tissue (consisting of skin and under lying fat) from the crease of the buttocks, and then grafting these strips beneath the skin of the penis.
- Alloderm Graft - usually involves the layering of cadaver skin which has been treated and freeze-dried around the penis to build up the desired girth.
Both of these procedures are fairly expensive with penile lengthening ranging from $4,000 to $6,000 and penile widening from $7,000 to $10,000.
Unfortunately there is no guarantee regarding final penis size and these methods may also bring on post-operation complications including deformation, permanent numbness, infection, scarring, impotence and penis shortening. Some surgeons recommend traction devices or weights to be used after the stitches and incisions have healed to help sustain the increase in size. These methods expose the penis to a constant stretch which reduces the chance of retraction and allows the expansion of the skin and tissues that were not surgically modified. Many patients choose to maintain this traction for up to a 6 month period after surgery.
It should be noted that penis traction methods by themselves have been shown to significantly increase the size of the penis without the surgical procedure. While this does take a longer period of time than the relatively quick penis enlargement surgery, it is still infinitely safer and far less expensive.
Posted by PRS
Friday, August 10th, 2007
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