Study finds that penis enlargement procedures do not work
There's some shortcomings in the evidence backing these procedures.
A study has found that procedures to make penises larger do not work, are “ineffective and risky” and leave many men physically or psychologically scarred.
Experts are warning men against undergoing the treatments, claiming they should “almost never” be carried out.
Gordon Muir, a urologist at King’s College hospital in London conducted the review together with researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.
These procedures should almost never be done,” writes Muir in the paper.
"Overall treatment outcomes were poor, with low satisfaction rates and significant risk of major complications, including penile deformity, shortening, and erectile dysfunction,” the paper said.
Published in the journal Sexual Medicine Reviews, the analysis found that “none of the techniques was externally validated,” leaving “scant” evidence to justify phallus work on most men.
The review identifies 21 different types of penis enlargement procedures performed on 1,192 men in Britain and abroad.
According to the paper, the most common procedures vary from injections of dermal fillers into the penis and a procedure known as suspensory ligament incision, in which the surgeon makes a cut above the penis and divides the ligament that anchors it.
"Injectables and surgery should remain a last option, considered unethical outside of clinical trials," the paper found.