More and more men are opting for surgical penis expansion. Is it a confidence boost, or a con?
It has been more than a year since the operation, but Alistair is still furious about the results.” I paid PS8, 000 and they mutilated me ,” he says.” It was butchery. My partner said it looked like a war meander. My erection is basically ruined .”
In July 2017, the 55 -year-old decorator, from London, became one of a growing number of British men to have a surgical penis enlargement. Talk of improvement was once the preserve of promotional spam mail for bizarre-looking pills and pumps; now, it is serious clinical business. British clinics, which have taken consultancy rooms in Harley Street and in UK cities including Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham and Leeds, report record numbers of patients calling on their services. One practise, the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery, has gone from performing a handful of penis procedures annually when it opened in 1990 to more than 250 in 2017. Between 2013 and 2017, members of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery carried out 45,604 penis enhancements worldwide. Previous numbers are unknown; the procedure was considered such a minority concern that it wasn’t included in surveys. This increase in demand seemingly caters to a growing anxiety about penis size, but it is by no means a risk-free procedure. For Alistair, dreams of a larger penis were overtaken by infections, lumps and an erection that no longer rises above a 45 -degree angle. And he is not alone. In recent years, the General Medical Council has recorded stories of” wonky penis” and erectile dysfunction following surgery. In Stockholm, last summer, a 30 -year-old man died after suffering a cardiac arrest following an operation to enlarge his penis.
At his Harley Street clinic, Dr Roberto Viel is explaining how a typical expansion works. First, surgeons sever the organ’s suspensory ligament, causing it to hang an inch or two lower, giving the impression of extra duration. They then extract fat from the patient’s belly and inject it into the penis rod, increasing circumference by around two inches. Erect, it’s worth noting, it remains roughly the same size, suggesting the motives for many humen are not inevitably to enhance either their- or a partner’s- sex experience.
The procedure, which can cost more than PS5, 000, lasts a little over an hour, but causes enough residual inconvenience that doctors recommend patients take a week off run. The penis remains bandaged for 10 days. Sex is off the cards for a month. Erection suppressants are prescribed to avoid stitches being rent open.
” Operations are very safe ,” says Viel, who founded the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery with his twin brother Maurizio.” Perhaps 95% of our patients are happy. Where they are not, it is often to do with expectations. Some men want 10 inches when nature dedicated them four or five. I have to say, gently,’ This is not possible. I am not a miracle worker .'”
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