Should you go under the knife?.
Men have known for quite some time that, just as women have breast enlargement surgery, men have penis enlargement surgery as an option. This isn't a subject that's discussed too much. The idea of a strange man taking a scalpel to your penis probably makes every man cringe and whimper. Nonetheless, hundreds of men undergo penis enlargement surgery every year.
What does penis enlargement surgery really do? And is this a penis enlargement solution you should consider?
Penis enlargement surgery is also known as penile augmentation or penile enhancement surgery. There are two different types of surgery - one to increase length and the other to increase penis girth. Generally speaking, patients choose to have both procedures at the same time. Can you imagine having two separate penis enlargement surgeries?
The procedure surgeons use to increase penis length sounds somewhat radical and can have some unusual side effects.
The corpora cavernosa, the chambers in the penis that fill with blood during an erection, exist on both sides of the pelvis. Most men have penis tissue they never see, because it is held inside the body -- up to 50% of the corpora cavernosa are held, invisible, within the body. By severing the suspensory ligaments that hold the corpora cavernosa in place, the concealed part of the penis is allowed to move forward.
The result is a relatively substantial gain in flaccid penis size. Surprisingly enough, the size of a man's erection increases very little.
There are two rather disturbing side effects to this type of surgery. First, the penis is no longer anchored to the pelvis. This isn't a problem most of the time, but during sex, this means the penis can shift and slip around. Also, without suspensory ligaments, the erect penis no longer points at the ceiling. Sometimes, it points at your toes. Modern surgical techniques can minimize this effect, but there will be a change in the angle of erection.
The surgical procedure used to increase the thickness of the penis uses fat cells (usually removed from the abdomen or thighs) being transplanted into the penis. This procedure is frequently known as "fat transfer." The girth of the penis can be increased substantially, from 1-3 inches.
There are a couple of significant side effects to this procedure. The newly-transplanted tissue tends to feel rather soft... uncomfortably similar to female breast tissue. And if that's not bad enough, the fat cells are frequently re-absorbed by the body, so the increased girth is lost. But sometimes, this re-absorption occurs unevenly... leaving behind a lumpy penis.
An alternate to the fat transfer method, known as dermal transfer, eliminates the issue of absorption. In a dermal transfer surgery, a surgeon removes strips of skin and fat cells together and grafts them onto the penis. The main drawback with this type of surgery is that it is quite complex and there is a high risk of disfigurement.
Many, many surgeons simply refuse to perform phalloplasty or penis enlargement surgery. Despite the advances in the procedures and technology, the risks are just too great.
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