Overview of Penis Enlargement Surgery

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Penis enlargement surgery is not a topic thats usually the subject of polite conversation. However, it is a subject of interest to many men who are concerned or convinced that they do not measure up in the penile department.

Actually, studies have shown that most men do fall within the normal size range for penises, which is 3 to 4 inches long when flaccid, 5 to 7 inches long when erect, and a circumference of 4 to 6 inches when erect. A penis is considered abnormally small when it measures less than 3 inches when erect. Research has shown that this condition, called micropenis, does not prevent men from having satisfactory sex and fathering children.

The majority of men who seek penis enlargement surgery suffer not from micropenis but from penile dysmorphic disorder, a condition related to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), which is when a person is excessively concerned about and preoccupied by an imagined or minor defect in his or her physical features. These patients tend to be least happy with the results of penile enhancement surgery, and it has been suggested that they might benefit more from the professional services of a psychiatrist than from those of a plastic surgeon.

Miracle Cures

There is a plethora of opportunists who prey on mens insecurities about their endowment by peddling penis enlargement products and procedures. Ads for pumps, pills, lotions, weights, and exercises to increase penile length and girth constantly flood the media and Internet, all in the hopes of turning a fast buck. Many of these come-ons look very official, a handful may work temporarily, and some may even include endorsements from satisfied customers or purported scientific researchers. But the next time you see one of these miracle cures advertised, remember this advisory from the Mayo Clinic: No scientific research supports the use of any nonsurgical method to enlarge the penis and no reputable medical society endorses penis enlargement surgery performed for purely cosmetic reasons. The most truthful part of these sales pitches is probably in the disclaimer in small print at the very bottom of the page: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Indeed, the FDA the government agency that regulates all medications and medical devices in the United States has never approved any medications or devices for enlarging a penis.

That said, there are a few different penile enlargement surgical techniques; all are experimental, and none are endorsed by medical organizations. In fact, the American Urological Association, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons have all issued policy statements against cosmetic surgical procedures to enhance the penis.

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