Penis Size Anxiety – what can be done about it?

Penis enlargement is somewhat of an unspoken subject amongst many groups of males, which seems odd, considering that it has been reported that half of all men would like a bigger penis.

Then again, it’s hardly surprising that this isn’t a popular choice of conversation for many penis-conscious males. It’s not something you bring up at the dinner table, or talk about down the pub with your pals, is it?

If you are unhappy with the size of your penis, you are unlikely to share this information with your friends, perhaps due to embarrassment or the simple desire to keep the matter private. This can be referred to as ‘penis shame’. The lack of common communication and discussion around ‘penis shame’ may be contributing towards the apparent shroud of mystery that surrounds the idea of penis enlargement.

Does it Actually Work?

Is it actually possible to manually extend the length of your member? There are lots of doubts and concerns around this subject, many of which may have been spurred by dodgy catalogue and telephone-line products advertised in shady phone boxes throughout the 80s and 90s.

Things have come along way since then, with major technological and medical advancements in cosmetic surgery making this procedure more achievable and safer than ever before. So let’s discuss whether penis enlargement is actually, really¸ possible and talk about some of the elements involved.

Extenders and Medieval Contraptions

First off, let’s reveal those methods and courses of treatment that definitely do not work. Going back to the aforementioned dodgy telephone-line products – like a penis extender or penis pump – some of these contraptions are almost medieval like! You probably do not need to read this article to know that they do not work, yet the internet is awash with websites selling such products by the thousands.

Penis Pumps

This rather daunting technique involves placing a tube over the penis and pumping the air out, using a hand pump, to create a vacuum. The idea is that the vacuum is supposed to draw blood into the penis and makes it swell. This is often used during sexual foreplay and can be a short-term solution for those suffering with impotency – but it most definitely not a long-term solution for increasing the size of your penis.

Penile Extenders

Penile extenders can work in two ways – with the use of an extending frame or by placing a weight on the end of a flaccid penis to stretch it. There is absolutely no clinical evidence whatsoever to suggest that this works and may actually cause permanent damage.

Pills, Creams and Medicinal Treatment

Forget pills, creams or any other form of medicinal penis enlargement treatment, too. Again, there is no clinical evidence to prove that these products work, despite their impressive claims. Think about it, if it was as simple as rubbing in some cream to make a body part bigger, we’d have people walking around town centres with arms the size of tree trunks! And penises the size of…well one can only imagine!

In many cases, these products can be dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. Changing the size of your penis requires changing your anatomy – no pills or creams can help you achieve this.

Penis Enlargement Surgery

Penis enlargement surgery has recently become quite popular and widely available, for the simple reason that it actually works. The results are visible immediately and will last permanently if you follow the correct post-operative instructions. Surgery typically lasts between 1-3 hours and is performed under general anaesthesia – meaning your total stay in hospital could be as little as 4-5 hours.

There are different types and techniques when it comes to penis enlargement surgery, including:



This operation involves cutting penis ligaments to allow the ‘hidden’ base of the penis to extend outside of the body (all men have a part of the penis that extends inside of the body and is not externally visible). This makes the penis appear more extended and therefore longer.

Prosthesis Insertion

Penis enlargement can be achieved through modified penile prosthesis implantations. The process can be likened to breast implant surgery, but the effects are much different. This achieved results will not only affect the aesthetic appearance of the penis, but also the sexual function. Patients with severe erectile dysfunction often undergo prosthesis insertion surgery.


Complete Penile Reconstruction

This procedure involves disassembling the penis completely and reconstructing it again. In doing this, a gap is created between the glans cap and the shaft. Cartilage taken from the patient is then inserted, creating increased length. This process is sometimes combined with ligamentolysis to produce the desired outcome. However, due to the complexity of the operation and rehabilitation time, surgeons will usually only perform this on patients suffering from micro penis or microphallia.


Penoscrotal Web Correction/Pubic Fat Removal

Most of the techniques above involve coinciding fat removal from the pubic area and modification of the skin that connects the penis to the scrotum (penoscrotal web). This can add significant length to the penis by itself or in combination with another procedure.


Penis Fillers

Not everyone will want to go through, or be appropriate for, penis enlargement surgery. However, it is still possible to increase the girth and glans of the penis by using a filler – much similar to face fillers. This involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the penis, which increases the volume of it. This is not a permanent solution as the filler will be absorbed by the tissue overtime (6-12 months) but the procedure can be repeated as many times as necessary.

This procedure is generally safe and can be performed in 30 minutes with a local anaesthetic. It can also be reversed if necessary.


Are You Concerned? Perhaps You Shouldn’t Be!

If you are worried or concerned about the size of your penis, there is evidence to suggest you really shouldn’t be. The majority of men who share these concerns are actually adequately sized or amongst the average. Research also shows that ‘penis shame’ more often leans towards paranoia than an actual problem, and that men worry far more about this than women.


Still Concerned?

Seek advice and information from your doctor, or a medical professional who specialises in penis enlargement, before making a decision or taking action to tackle your concerns. Your GP will tell you if your concerns are justified or whether you have a simple case of paranoid ‘penis shame’. If there is a reasonable cause for concern, a specialist surgeon will be able to advise you on the best approach or methods of treatment.

The vast majority of penis enlargement surgical techniques are relatively simple and safe to perform these days. Yet it is extremely important that you choose the right surgeon and the right establishment for your treatment. Do your research and obtain as much advice as possible!

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