Ever since the "free love" movement of the 60s and 70s, human sexuality in the U.S. has been a much more public topic of discussion and study. As more awareness and openness about sexual relationships became the norm, we saw changes in popular culture, the media, and the cosmetic industry reflect this. In the plastic surgery industry, this shift was reflected in the increased study and proliferation of intimate cosmetic surgery procedures. For men, the most popular procedure in this category is penile or penis enlargement surgery.
While the procedure's name sounds self-explanatory enough, most prospective penis enhancement patients don't really understand the surgical process behind the procedure, or know who is a candidate for it. A majority of patients also have misconceptions about the effectiveness and the availability of penis enlargement surgery.
Penis enlargement, sometimes referred to as phalloplasty, is the process by which a man can potentially increase the length and/or width of his penis. There are different techniques for this surgery, and the one patients choose will depend on their individual circumstances and needs. Penis enlargement surgery is performed by select plastic surgeons in the U.S., and it can help men achieve more physical and sexual confidence. However, it's still a procedure fraught with plenty of risk and controversy, so it's wise to know the facts before diving head-first into treatment.
Penis enlargement costs will differ by region and by enhancement method, but in total, penis enlargement surgery can cost anywhere from $5,000-$10,000—possibly more if patients are getting more than one procedure performed. Read on to learn more about the two main types of penis enlargement surgery.
The more widely accepted form of penis enhancement surgery is the procedure associated with increasing penis girth, or width. This process involves the injection of natural or synthetic tissue into the shaft to increase penis circumference. Today's penis enlargement technique for increasing width uses Alloderm® tissue, which is an Allograft Dermal Matrix derived from cadaver donor tissue. Alloderm is widely used for reconstructive surgery procedures throughout the country, for both its safety and its natural feel.
The means of increasing penis length is a little more suspect. Unfortunately, there aren't very effective methods for achieving this yet. While some penis enlargement patients try their luck with pills, pumps, "jelqing," and weight devices, the only real surgical method for lengthening the penis involves cutting into the suspensory ligament that connects the penis shaft to the groin area. Once this ligament is cut, more of the penis shaft is noticeable since it isn't being held so closely up to the body. The increased length achieved with this enlargement procedure is still fairly minimal, however, even when it is performed successfully.
Penis enlargement patients are typically men who are dissatisfied with their penis length or width. It's important to note that some men may feel inadequate, when actually their penis' length and width falls within the population average size—4-6 inches is the average length of an erect penis. This issue of self-perceived inadequacy in terms of penis size is referred to as penile dysmorphic disorder, and is better treated with counseling as opposed to cosmetic surgery.
The best way to assess if penis enhancement is appropriate for you is to go in for a penis enlargement consultation with a credible plastic surgeon in your area. They can answer your questions about penis enlargement surgery in greater detail, as well as give you their informed opinions and suggestions for treatment.