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Penile Enlargement Surgery (Phalloplasty)

Phalloplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure to increase the size of the penis, and is also referred to as penile enlargement surgery. The surgery can have multiple outcomes, including increasing the length and girth of the penis and altering the size of the head of the penis.

This operation is not widely endorsed by the medical profession as it poses risks to an otherwise perfectly healthy organ, and many doctors feel that the risks outweigh any possible benefits. However, there are qualified doctors who will perform this surgery, but you will need to do your research.

What happens during the operation?

Various techniques can be used to enlarge the penis. These include:

  • Releasing two ligaments that lie at the base of the penis. This causes part of the penis that is normally hidden within the body to become visible.
  • Removing some of the scrotal skin (scrotalplasty) to make the penis appear longer.
  • The girth of the penis is normally increased by injections of your own fat, harvesting tissue from your own body and grafting it, or using other fillers, including an "Alloderm" graft (Alloderm is made from human collagen).

How will I feel after the operation?

There is some pain, but this can be well managed with pain relief medication. After the surgery, your penis will be wrapped in dressings that will need to be changed periodically.

How long does it take to recover?

You will be swollen for a while, but it should have resolved within 6 months or earlier. You should be able to resume sexual intercourse after one or two months, depending upon how extensive your surgery was. Strenuous exercise and smoking should be avoided for at least three weeks to allow good healing. You may need to do some manual stretching of your penis, or attach weights to consolidate the increased length. You will be advised on what is necessary by your doctor.

What sort of results can I expect?

On average, your penis will appear about one inch (2.5 cm) longer, although it may be more than this. In terms of enhancement of the girth or enlargement of the glans, the fat used may subsequently be reabsorbed by the body, minimising any permanent gains. In general, patient satisfaction with this type of procedure is a lot lower that for the more usual cosmetic procedures.

What are the risks?

The risks include:

  • The standard risks of a general anaesthetic
  • Infection
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss or reduction in sensation
  • Erections point outwards instead of upwards
  • Poor healing and scarring
  • Haematoma (pooled blood under the skin) which may require further treatment.

Risks of poor healing are higher in smokers. Your doctor may require you to have a psychiatric evaluation before proceeding with the surgery.

Are there any alternatives?

The Jes Extender is the best way of increasing the length and girth of your penis without surgery, but you will need to use it regularly in order to see improvements. Penis Enlargement Pills is a site dedicated to all methods of penile enlargement including some "self help" exercises. Viagra can help to provide you with a stiff penis if your problems are more to do with erectile dysfunction.