A Comprehensive Guide to Penile Enhancement Surgery
Being insecure about the length or girth of your penis can be incredibly crippling. It can affect your confidence not only in the bedroom but in all parts of life.
If your penile insecurity is taking over your life, you might want to look into your options like plastic surgery. We have you covered with everything you need to know about penile implant surgery.
Consider This Before Getting Penile Implant Surgery
It's important to realize that the information in this article is to give you all the tools and knowledge you need before you make your decision. Like any surgery you should always consult with a doctor before going under the knife, so you can understand any risks you are putting yourself in danger of.
There are also other things to consider. For instance, are there other ways you can work on your confidence besides going through an invasive surgery like getting a penile implant?
We try our best to give you all the information, benefits and risks on penis enlargement surgery that you could never need. Surgery isn't like getting a daring haircut. Hair will grow back, but most of the time surgery is forever and often painful or difficult to reverse.
This is why it is crucial that you should make absolutely sure that this surgery is right for you, which also means being realistic with your expectations.
Different Types of Procedures
Depending on what your goal is with your penile surgery, there are different options. If you want more growth, you may opt for a lengthening surgery. And if you're looking for more girth, you may look into an enhancement surgery. Here are your options.
Penis Lengthening Surgery
The most common technique for this surgery involves cutting your suspensory ligament, which connects your penis to your body. After this ligament is cut, then plastic surgery is performed to let the skin accommodate the extra length.
Since your suspensory ligament is what makes your penis erect or stands up, it's possible that after the surgery your erection will point downward. If you are getting this procedure to consider if you'd prefer your penis as it but with a straight erection, or your penis longer but with a downward erection.
Penile Girth Enhancement Surgery
If you're happy with the length of your penis but are looking for more girth or thickness, then you might want to look into a penile girth enhancement surgery. There are two common techniques used to get a girthier penis.
The first procedure includes liposuction which removes the fat from your abdomen or thighs, which is then injected under the skin of your penile shaft. Unfortunately, the results from this procedure might only be temporary, as fat is eventually absorbed into the body.
Another procedure is to use graft skin and fat from the buttocks and to inject it into the penile shaft. It has been said this is procedure lasts longer, but there isn't enough research to support this.
How Much Does Penile Enlargement Surgery Cost?
Another thing to consider when getting penile enlargement surgery is the cost. Unfortunately, there isn't a definitive answer, because the cost can vary based on factors like who your surgeon is, where you're located and what exact procedure you're getting.
Typically an implant surgery includes all surgeon and anesthesias costs as well as the price of the operating room and implant or implants. This can come to around $20,000, but this can change based on what kind of implant you go with.
Sometimes Medicare or your insurance can cover the cost of surgery, but only after you get pre-certified. Be sure to check with your health care provider to find out what the policy is before you commit to your surgery.
The cost of this surgery can vary based on where you are located. For example, the average cost of penile enlargement in the UK is somewhere between $5,100 to $7,300 U.S. dollars.
In the U.S., this price comes to closer to anywhere between $6,000 to $15,000. And in Germany, which actually happens to be the most common place for this surgery, this procedure can cost around $10,000 US dollars for a combined girth and length enlargement.
In other words, the exact cost varies based on what you want, where you get it and who does the procedure. So consult with your doctor to get the exact price
Penile Enlargement Implant Surgery
If you're considering an implant, to enhance the girth, this is known as penile enlargement implant surgery. There are different types of implants you can get with this surgery, here they are:
A Dermal Implant
A dermal implant is used mainly to enhance girth, but can also help increase subtly length. In this procedure, which is somewhat rare, fat is taken from other areas of your body such as the thighs or abdomen and is transplanted into the penis.
Often surgeons avoid this procedure because it can be hard to properly distribute fat cells evenly without clumping. If clumping happens, then the penis appears lumpy. Another issue that can occur is the head of the penis can't be enlarged, resulting in the head and shaft not being proportional.
Because dermal implants can be a little unpredictable, inflatable penial implants tend to be more common in the United States. Most inflatable implants are made up of two pieces, while some others have three pieces.
The two-piece model is made up of two cylinders that are inserted into the penis and attached to a pump in the scrotum. There is a small fluid-filled reservoir that is also part of the implant.
Similar to the two-part model, the three-piece model also has two cylinders that are inserted into the penis and a larger fluid-filled reservoir. These models are different in the three-piece model.
Both of these inflatable models work similarly. Before intercourse, you would have to squeeze the pump and fill the cylinders with a saline solution from the reservoir which will cause an erection. After intercourse, the cylinders would have to be deflated.
The three-piece implant tends to produce a better erection than the two-piece system. Other benefits of the three-piece implant include the ability to inflate and deflate on command. There's also a reduced risk of damage from constant internal pressure to the inside of the penis with this model.
Semi-Rigid Rod Penis Implants
There are also penis implants that consist of malleable rods that are placed in the erection chambers of the penis. These rods can be bent into an erect or not-erect position. However, these implants are always firm which means there will be a constant pressure on the inside of the penis.
But there are some benefits like it's less expensive, the surgery is simpler and there are fewer parts than inflatable penile implants.
Penis Implantation Procedure
Penis implantation surgery can take up to 90 minutes and also can be done as an outpatient procedure. In some cases, the patient needs to stay overnight in the hospital.
During surgery, which involves general or sometimes spinal anesthesia, a catheter is put in the bladder through the urethra to drain urine. This catheter is usually removed within 24 hours of surgery.
During the surgery, the surgeon makes an incision below the head of the penis at the base of the penis or lower abdomen. The location of where this incision is made depends on what kind of implant is being used and the surgeon's preference.
Then the surgeon will dilate the corpora cavernosa, which is the tissue filled chambers inside the penis. Next, the area is flushed with antibiotic fluid to stave off any infection as the cylinders or rods are implanted.
If the implant is an inflatable penis, the surgeon will place the pump on the outside of the scrotum, and then place the fluid-filled reservoir on the scrotum or fluid-filled reservoir in the scrotum or lower abdomen. Then when the device is in place the surgeon closes the incisions.
What to Expect After the Surgery
Your surgeon will give you a list of instructions to follow after your surgery. This aftercare list may include taking antibiotics to prevent infection and wearing clothing and underwear that is loose until your scars have healed.
You should be able to get back to any strenuous physical activity about a month after surgery. You also should be able to resume sexual activity about four to six weeks after surgery. You should consult with your doctor, as this can vary from person to person.
You should also know that penile implant surgery is permanent and if it is removed, you could experience erectile dysfunction.
Risks of Penile Implantation
Like any procedure, there are risks with penile implant surgery. Risks of this surgery include infection and mechanical failure.
The more components of your implant the greater the risk there is for mechanical failure. This means that there is a greater risk of mechanical failure with a two or three piece implant than there is with a semi-rigid rod system. At the same time. a three-piece inflatable implant is considered to be the most effective to produce the best erections.
Does Penile Enlargement Surgery Actually Work?
It's hard to say how effective penile enlargement surgery as there hasn't been a ton of clinical research to support it. Most of these statistics are from patients who measure themselves rather than a clinical study.
Most people who are actually seriously considering penile enlargement, are looking for substantial results and might be disappointed with the mere half inch of girth or length these procedures deliver.
Results have been reported using pumps, extenders, and daily penis enlargement exercises. Overall it tends to show that unless you have some sort of physical defect you're trying to fix, penile enlargement surgery is probably best to leave as a last resort when all other attempts to gain length and girth have failed.
Are You Eligible for Penile Enlargement Surgery?
Another thing to consider when looking to get this surgery is to find out if you are a candidate for penile implant surgery. Not everyone is a candidate.
To be eligible for this procedure you have to have trouble achieving erections and are not responsive to erectile dysfunction drugs, suppositories, injections or vacuum devises. If you have Peyronie's diseases or a disorder that is identified by pain and bending of your penis during an erection, or if this disorder happens with erectile dysfunction, this procedure might be right for you.
Before the procedure, your surgeon will also have to take a careful look at your history as well as do a physical exam to see if you are a candidate for this surgery.
During this exam, your surgeon will try to find out what causes your erectile dysfunction and if there are any co-existing problems like loss of desire, the inability to ejaculate or premature ejaculation. Your surgeon will also check out the length, stretchability and overall condition of your penis.
If it is determined that you are a candidate for this procedure and want to go through with the surgery, you will get a large list of what to do before the surgery. This list will include which medications you can and cannot take leading up to the days of your procedure.
Your surgeon might also tell you to bathe with an antibiotic soap before your surgery to reduce your risk of infection and you will be told not to shave your penile area.
Find Out if Penile Implants are Right for You
If after reading this you still want to get a penile implant surgery, it's important you speak to your doctor right away to see if you are a candidate.
Make sure you really understand everything that goes into the procedure from the cost to life after the operation. For more information on this procedure and other plastic surgery procedures, be sure to check out our blog.