Penis enlargements don't work, new study reveals


Penis enhancement procedures do not work and leave many men disfigured, according to a new medical review.

Evidence that pensions can be made larger through surgical procedures is "scant and low-quality", the study found, with experts warning of a high risk of complications from such interventions.

"These procedures should almost never be done," said Gordon Muir, a urological surgeon at London's King's College hospital and one of the study's lead researchers.

"They can cost up to £ 30,000 or even £ 40,000, often the man ends up with a penis that is disfigured and there is no more than 20 per cent satisfaction rates with these procedures."

Mr Muir and his team's analysis, which was published in the journal Sexual Medicine Reviews, concluded that overall outcomes from such treatments were poor.

Along with low satisfaction rates, the scientists found that they had number of common negative side effects, including penile deformity, shortening, and erectile dysfunction.

Their review of "interventions in normal men complaining of small penis size", assessed 21 different types of procedure – both surgical and non-surgical – performed on 1,192 men, in Britain and abroad.

The two most common types of involved injections of dermal fillers into the penis and an operation called a "suspension ligament incision", in which the surgeon makes a cut above the penis to divide the organ's key ligaments.

"The vast majority of men who may wish to have their penis made longer have a penis or completely normal length, but they often feel that their penis is too small," Mr Muir told the Guardian.

The urologist pointed blame to "the bunch of charlatans out there preying on these vulnerable men" by offering them redundant and zero value procedures.

“Many men who wish to undergo penis enlargement procedures have an average-sized penis but believe their size to be inadequate. Sadly, some clinics seem to ignore this. Surgeons in the private sector should not do this. It's wrong on every level, ”he added.

These enhancement interventions tend to be carried out by private health providers. The NHS will only conduct them for clinical reasons, such as treating a body affected by trauma.

"Injectables and surgery should remain a last option," concluded Mr Muir and co-authors from King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

"Our view is that only one has been fully appraised of the technical problems that occur, should have been the truth about that, and through a full psychological assessment, should consider it."

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