This article is from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery FAQ, by email@example.com (Robert Green) with numerous contributions by others.
(Editor's note: although only a handful of specializing surgeons
perform this procedure, inquiries to plastic surgery office regarding
this procedure are frequent, therefore we include this for information
The most common surgical procedures for 'penis enlargement' utilize
cutting the ligaments which suspend the penis, which is designed to
lengthen the externally visible portions of the organ, and by injection
of fat or other graft or material to increase the width.
According to Mayo Clinic website information:
"in a vast majority of cases", retraction of scar tissue where the
ligament is cut eventually results in a *shorter*, rather than longer
injection of fat or other material usally results in a loss of natural
form and a "bumpy", "irregular shape"
The article goes on to say that data presented at an American Urological
Association meeting was met by an "appalled" response with what the
presenting surgeon called 'success'. (The surgeon in question
subsequently had his medical license suspsended and faced legal
A related article in _The Journal of Urology_ (Dec 1997) addresses
reconstruction of deformities resulting from these procedures. In part,
it references that the procedures used to attempt 'enlargement' of
normal organs are actually based on techniqeus developed to correct
abnormal deformities. The author goes on to say that, while not all
surgeries and techniques should be condemned based on a few faulty
techniques, but he also notes that frequnetly the patient was not
adequate informed of potential complications, and that correcting these
complications is difficult and often requires more than one procedure to
achieve an adequate reconstruction.
Additionally, it is noteworth that the American Urological Association
does not advocate or endorse these procedures:
Policy Statement of American Urological Association
American Urological Association, Inc.
1120 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201 o Phone 410-727-1100
Penile Augmentation Surgery
The American Urological Association (AUA) considers subcutaneous fat
injection for increasing penile girth to be a procedure which has not
been shown to be safe or efficacious. The AUA also considers the
division of the suspensory ligament of the penis for increasing penile
length in adults to be a procedure which has not been shown to be safe
Board of Directors, January 1994