Penis Plumping Pros and Cons

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday October 17, 2019

Men looking to make a change to their intimate lives - by way of making changes to their intimate equipment - are driving the growth of the penis enhancement industry. But are the procedures all they are pumped up to be?

While enhancement strategies and procedures used by qualified providers can add a bit of height to an upstanding member (and a bit more length to one that's just hanging around), the New York Post noted in a recent article on the subject that the real increase offered by medical intervention is a matter of girth. The Post referenced one man who had used enhancement to round out his natural endowment to a startling eight inches - enough to impress his partners, but also enough to put some prospective playmates off.

Male enhancement strategies have included everything from snake-oil placebos to, how to put it, taffy-stretching techniques; but today's popular option is the use of "fillers," often hyaluronic acid, which has also been used to give lips that "bee-stung" look.

Noted the Post:

NYC plastic surgeons say these fillers are catching on because they're culturally acceptable... minimally invasive and not permanent. Injections last up to two years and can be "melted" down with enzymes if a gent has post-op regrets.

Such regrets, though, could have more to do with botched procedures or infections that happen after the work. But even in cases of unsatisfactory results that might have come from old-fashioned techniques, use of fillers can restore a man's member to a more pristine appearance - as with another man the article referenced, who turned to fillers for repair work a quarter-century after being "disfigured."

A South China Morning Post article on the subject from earlier this year reported on the international dimensions of the male enhancement craze. The article talked about various techniques, including stretching and surgery, but also suggested that fillers are among the safer options.

"It's a walk-in, walk-out procedure," Australian cosmetic surgeon Jayson Oates told the publication. "It takes about half an hour."

But Oates also offered a note of caution, saying that there's often no psychological need for such procedures and that demand is often based on "locker room angst."

What's more, medical interventions can have a shelf life, and some can be downright dangerous, involving a risk of nerve damage, scarring, and loss of function.

But what about powders and elixirs? Medical professionals view them with skepticism. Oates warned against "potions, pills, or creams" as well as medically dubious alternatives such as powdered rhinoceros horn or other animal parts.

"I don't believe any of that makes any difference whatsoever," Oates told the South China Morning Post.

What does make a difference? Developing "confidence," opined psychotherapist Shame Warren, who advised "sex therapy" and "size acceptance" over medical intervention.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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