Phalloplasty is a surgical procedure used to form the penis. It may be performed to surgically enlarge the penis by either length or girth or to repair a damaged male sexual organ in the case of injury, trauma or medical condition.
Phalloplasty also refers to the new construction of a penis in cases of gender reassignment surgery from female to male. If you are a person considering phalloplasty, there are a number of issues to consider.
Who Can Benefit from Phalloplasty Surgery?
Though new penis construction may be performed using phalloplasty procedures, most surgical procedures for the penis are done for penis enlargement. Some men (and women) think “size is everything” and though others disagree, phalloplastic surgery is an option to enlarge an undersized penis. Penile enlargement may be done to increase the size of the penis in length, thickness, or both. Penis implants can also be placed to repair a non functioning organ.
What Results Can Be Expected?
Phalloplasty to increase the length of the penis may result in up to 2 inch gain and nearly all men will see an increase of at least 1 inch. Penis enhancement may increase the girth or width of the organ by up to 50% though most are in the range of 30%.
How is Penile Enlargement Surgery Performed?
Phallus plastic surgery performed for cosmetic and performance reasons uses either skin tissue from a donor site on the body or skin from a tissue bank to increase the size of the penis. It may also involve fat transfer from elsewhere in the body, such as:
-Alloderm uses tissue donated from tissue bank. This type of grafting uses skin from a deceased person who has donated their organs to medicine. It has been used since 1992 and is considered to be very safe and effective.
In addition, getting phalloplasty using donated tissue is much less invasive in that no skin tissue is removed from elsewhere on the body. Alloderm dermal matrix procedures are generally more expensive but many cosmetic surgeons feel that they are worth the cost and perform them exclusively to enlarge the penis.
-Autologous dermal graft removes skin from an area of the body that is hairless and similarly colored and transplants it to expand the penis.
-Autologous fat transplant is the procedure of removing fat cells from one area of the body and transplanting them to another, in this case the penis. Free fat transplant is also performed in some cases of breast augmentation and facial surgery and is considered to be quite safe.
-Many plastic surgeons are now using a procedure known as minimally invasive laser assist to reduce the size and appearance of the incision and camouflage the resulting scar after phalloplasty.
What are the Risks of Penile Enlargement Procedures?
As with any surgery, there is a slight risk of infection which can be minimized by choosing a board certified cosmetic surgeon who is experienced in performing phalloplasty for aesthetic reasons.
In addition, most patients will experience some pain and swelling but will be able to return to normal activities within a few days and will be completely recovered and ready for sexual activity within 4 to 6 weeks.
Though a lot of men are completely satisfied with the size of the penis, others may seriously benefit from considering a phalloplasty surgery as it can increase confidence in a way that is similar to a woman who receives a breast augmentation. Phalloplasty procedures are now, more than ever, producing satisfactory results for more and more men.