Penoplasty is a type of cosmetic surgery on the penis, aiming to increase the size of the penis (in length and/or thickness). More and more men are opting for such operations, and the subject is becoming less and less taboo.
What is penoplasty?
Penoplasty, also called phalloplasty, is a surgical intervention on the penis in order to improve how it looks, make it longer or thicker. There are two types of penoplasty:
- reparatory penoplasty: this is for malformations such as having a micropenis or certain deformities.
- aesthetic penoplasty: this increases the size of a penis considered “too short or too slender”
Aesthetic penoplasty includes three different interventions: lengthening, thickening, or the two combined (lengthening and thickening).
Lengthening penoplasty can add between 2 and 4 cm to the length of the penis. The operation works via the following principle: the suspensory ligament is cut (the link between the dorsal base of the shaft and the pubic bone), which allows for the part of the shaft behind the pubic bone to be brought forward, thus lengthening the penis.
This can increase the diameter of the penis by 30 to 50%. This enlargement is made via fat transfer techniques or “lipofilling”, which means fat taken from another part of the body (the stomach, the thighs, etc.) is centrifuged and transplanted to the penis. This technique is completely distinct from hyaluronic acid injections (another possible intervention to increase the size of the penis).
Who is penoplasty intended for?
Penoplasty is aimed at people for whom the size or shape of their penis negatively affects their sex lives and self confidence (for example, when wearing a swimming costume, or in a changing room, etc.). The patient shouldn’t however have unrealistic expectations. They are required to be “mentally healthy” (not suffering from psychological problems). This type of operation is not recommended for people suffering from erectile dysfunction, and prior testing for dysfunction is vital.