Historically, men have considered a larger penis to be a symbol of greater masculinity. Worship of the phallus as a symbol of creative energy has been central to virtually every world culture and strong traditions of phallic art exist throughout India, Egypt, Greece, and Europe. Previously, despite the lack of acceptance by society, many men chose to undergo surgical penile augmentation (phalloplasty).
Today, man is not only capable of understanding his own nature and anatomy but also of altering it. A man can modify the size and shape of his penis using procedures introduced by cosmetic plastic surgery. In general, tissue augmentation is a procedure that has been accepted and used for centuries all over the world by different cultures; however, in the past, medical professionals including psychologists and urologists have claimed that penis enlargement surgery is useless and even impossible.
During the last three decades this perception has changed. It is leading to more and more men taking advantage of surgical advancements to have the penis enlargement procedures that are now proved safe and effective. Nowadays, most augmentation procedures are considered cosmetic surgery.
There are several names for this procedure: phalloplasty, penoplasty or simply penis enlargement.
This form of surgery includes procedures to change and improve the appearance of the male genitals.
You will normally be recommended to rest and recover for a week following the operation, before returning to work. Exercise should be avoided for 3 – 4 weeks and sexual activity can normally be resumed in 6 weeks, although full results of the lengthening procedure may not be achieved by this point and can take 3 – 6 months.
The length of the penis can vary from a few centimetres up to 15 centimetres while at rest. In a recent study where penile length and dimensions measured at flaccid and erect status dimensions in 80 physically normal men before and after pharmacological erection, it has been found that the mean flaccid length was 8.8 cm., stretched length 12.4 cm. and erect length 12.9 cm. Neither patient age nor size of the flaccid penis accurately predicted erectile length. Stretched length most closely correlated with erect length. The reason why most patients want a penis enlargement is not that they feel the penis is too small when erect, but that is too short while at rest. We can modify the shape and size of your penis through two main procedures: girth enhancement and penis lengthening.
Girth enhancement is accomplished by injecting fatty tissue under the skin of the penis, resulting in a thicker penis. Today, surgeons have gained great experience in using the patient's own fat for cosmetic application as a filler. New techniques were developed to harvest the fat which resulted in better and longer lasting results where it was placed. Still, criticism of fat as a graft has persisted because of uneven results and unpredictability.
Great strides have been made when it was discovered that adding the patient's own Stem Cells rich resulting in almost complete acceptance of where fat is placed. The processing of these factors – previously common only in a hospital setting – are now available in the outpatient office setting resulting in the use of fat with its adherent advantages including no risk of foreign body reaction or rejection and usually an abundant supply. Scarring is minimal, usually one fourth of an inch, because the only incisions needed are for a small cannula.
Penis widening can be done alone or in conjunction with penile lengthening. We use several methods to help patients get the penile girth gain that is right for them.
Penis lengthening entails cutting the ligament that attaches the penis to the pubic bone. The penis drops forward several inches, causing the part of the penis that is visible to appear lengthened. The two procedures can be performed simultaneously, or as separate procedures.
This type of surgery includes procedures to alter and improve the appearance and function of the male genitals. This is a relatively new field in aesthetic surgery, but in later years this type of operation has become more popular. Many patients feel inhibited in their sexual relations and are also troubled by situations linked to swimming or sports.
During the consultation our renowned surgeons will discuss any urological and sexual problems, which may require further investigation. The length and size of the penis are evaluated, also its mobility and suitability for an enlargement.
Penile surgery, as with any surgical procedure, carries some risk. Our experienced surgeons will fully explain the procedure, take the time to answer all of your questions and treat your case with the individual attention and scarcity you deserve.
You will normally be recommended to rest and recover for a week following the operation, before returning to work.
Exercise should be avoided for 3 – 4 weeks and sexual activity can normally be resumed in 6 weeks, although full results of the lengthening procedure may not be achieved by this point and can take 3 – 6 months.
Post-recovery the functioning of the penis will be completely normal, both in terms of urination and erection ability.
Like all surgical procedures, there is always a possibility of complications or side effects and, although rare, these can include bleeding, infection, a reaction to the anaesthesia, blood or fluid collection underneath the skin (haematoma), nerve damage, and an irregular or a "lop-sided" appearance to the penis after the operation, most notably with the enlargement procedure where lumps may occur due to the position of the fat; massaging of the shaft can resolve this.
In general sexual performance is not known to be effected by surgery. Following penoplasty you should expect some pain and discomfort for a few days which can be treated with over-the-counter or prescribed pain relief tablets. There will normally be some swelling, numbness and bruising to the area which should fade after a couple of weeks.
With lengthening procedures you can expect a small, permanent scar in the area at the base of the penis, although this is often masked by the pubic hair once it regrows.
Erection ability is not influenced by the procedure. As long as no complications ensue, the sensitivity of the skin and the head of the penis is not altered. It is also important to have realistic expectations of what penoplasty can achieve to avoid disappointment with the results.
It is very important that you follow the advice of your surgeon carefully after penile surgery.
You will not be able to access these types of treatment via the National Health Service (NHS).
We would always recommend that you visit your General Practitioner before embarking upon a major procedure. As well as their advice and guidance they may also be able to refer you to a local NHS Hospital who can treat you in certain circumstances.
The NHS has set out the following guidelines on how to get cosmetic surgery through the NHS:
Results vary enormously depending upon both the patient and the skill of the individual surgeon, so outcomes for cosmetic surgery procedures will always be more variable than those for less invasive non-surgical treatments.
We have a huge amount of before and after images for Penile Augmentation surgery, that our patient education advisor will be able to share with you in a private education section.
Due to the psychological implications of such surgery, some surgeons will insist that men considering such procedures visit a counselor beforehand to discuss their particular anxieties and circumstances. In some cases, the appearance of a larger penis can simply be achieved by weight loss or shaving the hair at the base of the penis to create an optical illusion of sorts.
If all avenues have been explored and surgery is still considered the only option, then both lengthening and enlargement, or girth widening procedures are available with our world renowned specialists.
You can come and meet Mr Sforza at one of our London clinic, or alternatively we do have other nationwide locations in Birmingham, Leeds or Manchester. He will discuss the procedure with you in detail and answer any questions you may have.
31 Weymouth Street
Head along the A40 and continue straight onto the A501 Marylebone Road.
Turn right onto Harley Street.
At the second set of traffic lights turn left onto Weymouth Street.
We are located on the right hand side of the road.
It is number 31 and is the white building with 2 pillars by the doors.
The nearest tube stations are Bond Street (Central and Jubilee Line) and Oxford Circus (Victoria, Bakerloo and Central Line). Both are only a short walk away.
The following busses stop outside John Lewis, Oxford Street:
6, 8, 13, 15, 23, 73, 135, 137, 139 and 189.