Penis enlargement operations are getting steadily popular, but men be warned: things can go wrong.
A study has revealed some of the most gruesome ways men have attempted to enlarge their penises.
Failed results include gangrene, deformity, ‘severe shortening’, a ‘buried penis’ and massive swelling due to the risky procedure.
Penis enlargement surgery and 11 men’s horror stories
Researchers at the University of California in Irvine followed 11 men who had complications after penis enlargement surgery.
Four of the men, including one as young as 21, had made the enlargement attempts themselves.
Penis enlargement surgery, or penoplasty, is carried out by injecting a substance into the penis tissue. It is designed to make the organ thicker and longer for aesthetic or sexual reasons.
Many of the afflicted men required surgery – in some cases the flesh of the penis had to be completely stripped away or split open.
The authors wrote: ‘Penile enlargement surgeries are often promoted and presented as safe with minimal risks, yet we have seen… the risks are significant.’
In one case, a 48-year-old had fat injected under the skin on his penis. He suffered ‘major penile shaft swelling and deformity’.
The penis, which resembled a potato, had to be sliced. The skin had to be peeled back to the body like a banana so the fat could be removed.
Could it be body dysmorphia?
Researchers said the vast majority of men seeking penis enlargement surgery have normal penises.
The scientists suggest these men may be suffering from a form of body dysmorphia.
‘Most patients who seek penile augmentation have normal penile length and anatomy,’ they wrote in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
At one unnamed clinic, over a two-year period every single man who enquired about the procedure had a normal penis, the report said.
The scientists believe many men have an inaccurate view of what a ‘normal’ penis looks like.
‘Men with normal penile size and anatomy may experience benefit from less risky alternatives,’ they said.
Anyone considering penis enlargement surgery should seek professional advice.
In a warning, authors added there was a ‘very real potential for devastating and long-lasting complications’.