Penis size and penis look are important to most men. The average penis is 3.4 inches flaccid, while an erect penis is 5.1 inches. It is believed a very small percentage of men fall significantly outside of these normal ranges. Men’s health, of course, includes sexual health, and men dealing with erectile dysfunction can benefit from penile implants — but these are not first-line therapies. In general, penis enhancement procedures primarily address aesthetic concerns (learn more in our guide to Male Sexual Wellness Concerns). A penis enlargement may benefit your sex life from a psychological perspective, but it will not improve sexual performance, sensation, or orgasm from an anatomical perspective.
Who may consider a penis enhancement procedure?
A quick recap of penile anatomy. There are three main shafts that fill with blood to cause an erection. There are two corpus cavernosa and one corpus spongiosum. The corpus spongiosum ends with the glans penis (the head of the penis). The urethra runs from the bladder to the meatus (opening at the tip of the penis). It is met by the vas deferens (sperm carrying tubes) in the prostate gland. The urethra carries urine and sperm from the body.
The scrotum hangs outside the body and holds the testes (sperm producing glands) and the epididymi (sperm storing structures). Genetic predispositions, age related changes, and aesthetic concerns can lead to men considering a penis enhancement procedure. The general concerns are overviewed below.
- Elongated Scrotum: Genetic predispositions or loss of skin elasticity with aging can cause the scrotum to hang undesirably low.
- Erectile Dysfunction: For those who have failed medical and other therapies, a penile implant can assist with sexual dysfunction.
- Penis Size: Aesthetic concerns related to feeling the penis is too small.
What can you expect from penis enhancement?
Penis enhancement procedures can correct genetic issues, and concerns relating to aging, aesthetics, and function. It is important to understand these procedures are not proven to be completely effective. Enchantment surgeries are also not considered first line therapy for sexual dysfunction such as erectile dysfunction.
- Penis Enlargement: These procedures are designed to enhance the length and diameter of the penis for aesthetic concerns. They will not impact sexual function or sensation.
- Penis Implants: Implants can be used to assist with erectile dysfunction by providing an artificial way to create an erection.
- Scrotoplasty: Scrotal procedures are designed to enhance the appearance of the scrotum. They can address genetic or age related scrotal abnormalities.
Most of these procedures are not considered effective, permanent solutions. As with any surgical procedure, patients can expect a few weeks of recovery time with limitations on sexual activity.
When should you consider a penis enhancement procedure?
Penis enhancement procedures should be considered when you are in generally good health, can commit to the recovery time and activity limitations, and have reasonable expectations of the results and the permanence of the procedures.
Why should you consider a penis enhancement procedure?
The choice to consider a penile enhancement procedure is entirely dependent on the individual. It is important to understand penile enhancement procedures are not considered especially effective and lasting. Additionally, these procedures do not affect sexual performance, sensation, or orgasm. Some of these procedures carry risks for impaired sperm function.
It is important to note there is no penis enlargement procedure that is recognized to be effective with long-term results. These enlargement surgeries are primarily designed to address aesthetic concerns related to the size of your penis.
Penis Implants for Erectile Dysfunction
These synthetic implants allow patients to control when they have an erection. Implants for erectile dysfunction are only considered after failure of medical or other therapies. They do not affect penis size, sexual performance, sensation, or orgasm.
Whether from genetics or aging, a low hanging scrotum can be lifted and restored with a scrotoplasty.
It is important to understand that while male enhancement procedures are increasing in popularity, there remains a lack of agreement as to their efficacy and benefit. Penis enlargement surgery, implants for sexual dysfunction, and scrotal procedures can create aesthetic and functional benefits — just keep in mind their limitations and consider all your other available options prior to proceeding.