Penile Enlargement Surgery – Why do men need it?

Penile Enlargement Surgery – Why do men need it?

 A vast majority of men are obsessed with the size of their penis. Given a choice, every man would want the size of their penis to be increased by at least an inch. In recent years, surgeries for increasing the penile length or girth are becoming increasingly popular, especially in private setups. Men often feel that the sexual appetite of women depends on the size of the penis. They believe in the ‘bigger is better’ myth.

Surgically, it is possible to increase the length or girth of your penis. However, there is very little evidence that can prove the safety and success of such operations. Penile enlargement surgeries can have serious complications and many men are eventually unhappy with the results of these surgeries.

Numerous people opt for penile enlargement surgeries owing to problems in judging their penis size. It is important to note that a flaccid penis varies considerably in size and can range between 2 inches to 5 inches in length. The size of an erect penis can range between 4.9 inches to 6.9 inches.

 Why men opt for Penile Enlargement Surgery?

 Men typically opt for penile enlargement surgery owing to one of the following reasons:

  • Cosmetic and psychological reasons: Men often opt for penile enlargement surgery to improve their sSmall Penis Syndrome imageelf-esteem and boost their confidence. A number of men suffer from severe anxiety related to their penile length. A lot of spam mails and advertisements are being circulated that falsely claim that a penile length of 5.5 cm is extremely short. These men are quite embarrassed about the size of their penis and are often ashamed about their anxiety. Such men turn to cosmetic surgeries to enhance the length or girth of their penis.
  • Legitimate medical condition: Some medical conditions can lead to penile shortening. Men who are suffering from prostate cancer and are undergoing radical prostatectomy accompanied by radiation therapy and hormonal treatments are often susceptible to penile shortening. Patients who are suffering from peyronie’s disease are also susceptible to penile shortening.

 People who opt for penile enlargement surgery need to be made aware that there is no universally accepted protocol for these types of surgeries.

 Complications associated with Penile Enlargement Surgeries

 In addition to the risks of infection and bleeding, common complications associated with penile enlargement surgeries are listed below:

  • After the procedure, it might appear as if the penis is arising from the scrotum rather than the wall of the abdomen.
  • Dog-ears might appear at either end of the operation scar.
  • The skin that is used for increasing the length of the penis might get poor blood supply leading to the appearance of a deep, ulcerated area.
  • If the operation involves increasing the girth of the penis by injecting fat, then there is a risk of loss of girth owing to fat reabsorption.
  • Nodules might start forming if the implanted fat does not disappear in a uniform manner. Fatty lumps might also appear all over leading to a deformed shape.

 People who are thinking of opting for a penile enlargement surgery should first visit a sexual and relationship therapist who can best advise whether to go ahead with the operation.



 • “Penile size and penile enlargement surgery: a review.” by B E Dillon et al. Published in May 2008 edition of International Journal of Impotence Research, accessed on 5 August 2015. Retrieved from:

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