Penis size and enlargement surgery



Men generally fall into two groups regarding their penis size and appearance. A lot of men ask for enlargement surgery. And a very few ask for reduction surgery.

Enlargement surgery is pretty uncommon, so most men who ask for it will be disappointed.

Many men are obsessed with the size, and particularly the length, of their penises.

Women will probably find this incomprehensible, but there are actually numerous websites and blogs on which males discuss their penile length with each other and on which they advance ideas as to how it could be 'improved'.

Most of this concern about the length of the phallus is pretty pointless, since recent research has shown that the majority of females could not care less about the length of the partner's organ.

However, some of them do say that, given the choice, they would prefer a thicker penis to a thin one.

Anxiety about the penis

Almost all men, of whatever age, experience anxiety about the size or appearance of their penises at some time. For most males, these feelings will pass but, for others, they can be persistent and disabling – and lead to requests for surgery.

A man's concern about his penis can lead to avoidance of sexual relationships, and even of sporting and other activities where other men might see him naked.

Such men are not only embarrassed by the apparent smallness of their penis, but also very often ashamed about their anxiety.

Problems with judging penis size

Men generally fall into two groups regarding their penis size and appearance.

Some men have a short, fat, rather elastic penis when flaccid that stretches and expands very considerably during erection.

Others have a long, impressive-looking flaccid penis that barely changes in size when erect, and simply becomes more rigid. Men in the first group who see men from the second group naked in the showers are likely to feel inadequate.

Both groups are normal, just different.

Obesity and very thick growth of pubic hair may make the penis appear smaller.

Obese men develop a pad of fat in the pubic area and the flaccid penis becomes buried in it. Weight reduction will improve appearance, as will neatly trimming excessive pubic hair.

Very obese men might not be able to see their penis at all, because of their large and pendulous abdomen.

Men should also remember that the penis will always look shorter when you look down at it, compared with looking straight at their penis in a mirror or across the changing room at another man's penis. This is a simple optical illusion.

What is a normal penis?

When measuring penis size, it is important to distinguish between the respective sizes of the flaccid, stretched flaccid and erect penis.

Many men are concerned about the apparent size of their flaccid ('soft') penis, and worry that other men will laugh at them in the shower, or that sexual partners will ridicule them when they see them naked.

The flaccid penis varies considerably in size, ranging from less than 2 inches (5.1cms) to over 5 inches (12.7cms). The size of the flaccid penis does not determine the size of the erect penis.

What is an abnormally small penis?

No widely accepted definition of what is an abnormally small penis exists, but guidelines for selection of men for penis enlargement (penile augmentation surgery) recommend that only those with a flaccid length of less than 1.6 inches (4.1cms) ) or an erect length of less than 3 inches (7.6cms) should be considered for surgery.

Penis enlargement treatments

Treatments aimed at increasing penile length or girth can be divided into two groups:

  • non-surgical treatments
  • surgical treatments

Non-surgical treatment

  • vacuum 'developers'
  • weights that attach to the penis to stretch it
  • magnetic or electrical devices to stimulate penis growth
  • 'hormone' therapy, sometimes containing testosterone or related sex hormones (steroids)
  • remedies that contain assorted herbs from around the world.

Vacuum devices and weights may produce very small, short-term increases in size, simply because the penis is elastic and can be stretched. However, like an elastic band, it snaps back with time.

More worrying are private clinics that advertise penile augmentation (enlargement) procedures, and make extravagant and misleading claims about their results. Surgery can be of benefit to a few men (particularly those with micropenis), but certainly not all of them.

Current cosmetic surgical procedures are largely unproven by research, unreliable in their benefits, and may carry the risk of serious complications. Urologists generally consider this type of surgery to be still experimental in nature, and not a standard procedure.2

So seek advice from a trusted doctor- urologist, about the nature and standards of the clinic and its operations before asking for a consultation.

Surgical treatment

1. Penile lengthening

the most common technique to lengthen the penis is to cut its suspensory ligament and then perform plastic surgery to provide additional skin to cover its new length.

2. Increasing penile girth (thickness)

this treatment may be performed with a lengthening procedure or on its own. There are two techniques in common use:

  • injection of liposuctioned fat, from the abdominal wall or thighs, into the dartos fascia, under the skin of the penile shaft
  • placing grafts of dermis (a layer of tissue from under the skin surface that is well supplied with blood vessels) and fat from the groin or buttock area within the penile shaft.

The results following injection of liposuctioned fat can be deeply disappointing. Up to 90 per cent of the fat can disappear within a year. Grafts seem to do rather better, but there are no reliable published data on long-term results.

To know more please contact :

Dr. Gautam Banga

MBBS,MS,M.Ch (Urology)
Urologist, Andrologist and Genito -Urinary Reconstructive Surgeon
Contact no. : 91- 9886624303 | +91-9999062316
Email:- info@urethraandpenilesurgery.com