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About Penis Enlargement

Penis enlargement, also known as phalloplasty or penile enhancement.

A phalloplasty is a surgical procedure that permanently increases the length of the penis, usually by slightly more than an inch. Other penile procedures to increase the circumference of the penis are available.

Fortunately, significant complications associated with penis enlargement surgery are very rare, but keep in mind that all surgical procedures do have some degree of risk. This includes scarring, allergic reactions, changes in sensation, infection and bleeding.

How is it performed?

Not many people realise that around a third of the penis remains within the body, beneath the pubic bone. In the penile lengthening procedure, the ligament that suspends the penis is cut, causing the penis to extend further outside the body. Typically this is achieved via a small incision in the pubic area.

After the procedure, your erection will point downwards but will function completely normal. Some individuals have a scrotum that is attached higher up on the penile shaft than normal, and by partially disconnecting the scrotum in a 20-minute outpatient procedure; your surgeon can produce the appearance of a longer penis.

Penis circumference is most often increased by transferring fat from other areas of the body with liposuction and inserting it into the penile shaft through a syringe. Some surgeons are using a newer procedure that involves the transfer of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your own blood supply.

Following the procedure your penis may be covered with a dressing that needs to be changed at intervals. Your sexual performance will not be affected nor will your ability to urinate.

What are my options?
For some men, an apparent increased length of the penis can be achieved without surgery by significant weight loss or liposuction of the fat pad in the pubic area. Your doctor will discuss with you whether this will improve the projection of your penis, or recommend surgery if this will not produce results for you.

What will my penis enlargement incisions and scars be like?
A small incision is made in the pubic area and will be covered by pubic hair. There is no incision to the penis. Sometimes an additional incision will be made behind the glans penis.

What result can I expect?

The results of phalloplasty are permanent. If liposuction has been performed around the pubis the results may be altered by subsequent weight gain. You may require additional repeat treatments if a glandular enhancement has been performed. For safety, as well as the most beautiful and healthy outcome, it’s important to return to your plastic surgeon’s office for follow-up evaluation at prescribed times and whenever you notice any changes. Do not hesitate to contact your surgeon when you have any questions or concerns.



  • Increased length and width of your penis.
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem.
  • Enhanced sense of masculinity and potency.


  • There may be no significant increase in the size or width of your penis.
  • There may be scarring, reduced sensation and less rigid erections.
  • The procedure is irreversible.


Once anaesthesia wears off after surgery, you may experience some pain, bruising, swelling and redness. If you are unsure, you should contact your surgeon immediately to check these are normal or signs of a problem.

Recovery Time 
It is essential you follow all patient care instructions given to you by your physician. It is important to realize everyone’s body is different and so the amount of time it takes to recover varies between individuals. You should wear loose-fitting garments and avoid overexerting yourself. Do no heavy lifting for approximately one month and refrain from sexual relations for a month to six weeks. Your doctor may instruct you in a course of stretching exercises or a system of weights to ensure optimal results. It may take three to six months before you see the complete results of this surgery.

Limits & Risks

Fortunately, significant complications from penis enlargement are infrequent. Your specific risks will be discussed during your consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk.

Some potential complications of all surgeries are:

  • Adverse reaction to anaesthesia
  • Hematoma or seroma (an accumulation of blood or fluid under the skin that may require removal)
  • Infection and bleeding
  • Changes in sensation
  • Scarring
  • Allergic reactions
  • Damage to underlying structures
  • Unsatisfactory results that may necessitate additional procedures.
  • Blood clots in your legs or lungs

Other risks specific to penis enlargement are outlined below: Reduced sensation Fewer rigid erections Problems with urination. You can minimize the risk to you by carefully following the instructions and advice of your plastic surgeon before and after your cosmetic surgery procedure.

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