For anyone contemplating surgery, understanding the possible risks and disadvantages are important. This is no different when it comes to the disadvantages of penis enlargement surgery, and considering that this is a part of the body that most of us don’t want to mess with; knowing the good, the bad, and the ugly details beforehand is an absolute must.
A Quick Look at Penis Enlargement Surgery
You know what the end result of penis enlargement surgery is supposed to be, but do you know exactly what they do to get that end result? There are two types of surgery for enlarging the penis: one for girth and another for length. For adding girth, the surgeon removes fat cells from other parts of the body and implants them in the penis. Adding length to the penis is a more complex procedure that involves cutting the ligaments that are used to hold the penis in its proper place and then using weights and stretching devices over the course of a few months to extend the length gradually.
The disadvantages of penis enlargement surgery are fairly vast in comparison to other cosmetic procedures and need to be considered seriously before going ahead with surgery. Here are the disadvantages of penis enlargement surgery:
- The Cost: Penis enlargement surgery is quite costly, with surgery costing anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 in the United States. This is considered a cosmetic procedure so the costs are not covered by insurance companies.
- Difficulties Achieving Erections: One of the more common risks associated with penis enlargement surgery is a difficulty in achieving an erection. While it’s common during the recovery process, some men go on to have an inability to get erect, which in turn leads to an inability to enjoy sex.
- Scarring: Keloid scarring is almost inevitable in this very sensitive area because of how difficult it can be to keep the area clean and dry. This can not only be unsightly but also uncomfortable during sex and otherwise.
- Infection: For the same reason that scarring is so common; there is also a high risk of infection at the site of the incision. This in itself can lead to other more dangerous complications.
- Bleeding and Bruising: These are other disadvantages of penis enlargement surgery. Though only temporary, bleeding and scarring can be very painful and for some even traumatic. Also, bleeding and bruising can be expected on not only the penis but the scrotum as well.
- Loss of Sensation in the Penis: Even though a loss of sensation is usually a temporary issue, a small percentage of men will experience a permanent loss of sensation which leads to sexual dysfunction.
- Recovery Time: One of the biggest disadvantages of penis enlargement surgery is the recovery time needed after the procedure. While some of the other disadvantages mentioned only affect some of the patients, the recovery time is something that cannot be avoided. This is difficult for most as it requires time off of work as well as time off of many of the things that most are accustom to in their daily lives, like exercise, sex, and even simple errands. Up to 8 weeks of recovery time needs to be expected following surgery, and in some cases even more if complications arise.
The disadvantages of penis enlargement surgery may not be enough to deter everyone from going ahead with the procedure, but understanding all of the potential risks and realities of the surgery is important before you decide if it’s the right choice for you.
Most doctors agree that the disadvantages far outweigh the benefits of this type of surgery. It is an invasive and painful procedure with many risks to consider.