Dermal fillers are COMMONLY used to plump up lips or add volume to parts of the face, but its effects on other parts of the body are less well established.
And doctors have warned men to think twice before resorting to such methods to add a few inches to their penises.
Paul, a 39-year-old living in Texas, was considering penis enlargement surgery after hearing his ex-wife poking fun at his manhood during the breakup of their marriage.
But then, in May 2022, he happened upon a local anti-aging clinic that advertised penis fillers.
The procedures promised to be reversible as they involved the injection of a soluble gel, similar to how lip fillers are administered.
Paul, who only gave his first name, told the story DailyMail.com He paid a $2,500 deposit for an initial consultation.
“I didn’t know anything about the proceedings other than what was posted online … but I wanted it so badly.”
He told the newspaper he knew he shouldn’t have paid the deposit, but the ad gave him “a glimmer of hope”.
Paul had hoped for a natural girth increase his partners couldn’t point out, but instead ended up with a “big, squishy, lumpy disaster.”
“Basically, it looked like I had a pencil on both sides [of my penis], where they had just inserted this big, long, straight tube of stuffing. It was so obvious and looked unnatural,” he said.
“It made me very depressed. I thought: What have I done? I ruined something I shouldn’t have messed with.”
Paul was able to have the botched procedure corrected at Dallas-based cosmetic clinic PhalloFILL, which performs hyaluronic acid penile filler procedures.
During the 30-minute treatment, patients are numbed with injections of local anesthetic, and then dermal filler is injected under the top layer of skin on the penis.
Bruising and swelling typically occur immediately after the procedure.
Paul told DailyMail.com that the corrective action has radically changed his sex life for the better.
Texas man Jordan Tunnell, 33, also had the procedure after years of feeling insecure about his penis size.
The civil engineer said he tried using a penis pump after feeling his partners were sexually dissatisfied, with little success.
After getting penis fillers at PhalloFILL, Jordan said he’s now more like a “shower” – he’s needed a lot of psychiatrists – and his sensitivity has increased.
He even convinced a few friends to do it himself, he added.
In the US, where Paul and Jordan had their procedures performed, the filler is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the lips, but vendors use it off-label for penile injections.
While penile fillers can be reversed with a dissolving injection, there is limited research on the risks associated with injecting at this site.
As with facial fillers, an improperly injected solution in or around an artery can cause tissue death.
And in the first week after augmentation injections, there is also a risk of filler migration, where the filler moves away from the original injection site, resulting in an irregular shape or feel.
Also, if the filler is not applied correctly, it can harden and leave permanent deformities, or infection of the injection sites can occur.
private clinic International Andrology London said: While clumping or migration is uncommon with fillers used to smooth wrinkles due to the small amounts administered, “this is not necessarily the case with penis enlargement.”
“Firstly, quite a bit of filling material is required (10-40ml depending on penis size) and as the penis changes shape and size during sexual activity the risk of clumping or migration is significant.”
The company also added that the results of the procedure could begin to fade as soon as six months later, adding that most patients have a filler refill once a year.
Andrology charges from £500 for 10ml of filler to £2500 for 20ml depending on the brand used.
In the meantime, Androfil The price of penis filling ranges from £1750 to £2800 depending on the quality of the filling.
Various clinics in the UK offer non-surgical penis enlargement procedures using hyaluronic acid or synthetic fillers.
According to the NHS, the average adult penis size is typically between 8.5 cm (3 inches) and 10.5 cm (4 inches) long when soft and 15 cm (6 inches) to 18 cm (7 inches) , when he is hard.
Enlargement surgery is possible with the NHS, but only if you have a micropenis.
This is a plant that is less than 8.5 cm long when erect.
If you pay privately it can cost anywhere from £1,000 to £6,000 or more, says Superdrug.
How can I get a bigger penis?
Although most people agree that “size doesn’t matter,” many men still “enlarge” their penises.
But let’s face it, some of these options might involve surgery, and the thought of putting your soldier under the knife can be scary.
According to the NHS, there are ways to make your limb look bigger without pain.
- Cut your pubic hair – You’ve heard the saying “mow the lawn to make the tree look bigger”. That’s exactly what trimming your pubic hair does.
- Banish the beer belly – Losing weight is a great way to make your child look taller. It won’t look as impressive with a beer belly hanging over it.
- Get well – When you get fit, not only do you look better, you feel better too. It goes without saying that when you feel sexy, your love life benefits too.
Although these tips will not physically enlarge your penis, it will make it appear larger.
However, if you really want to add extra inches, you should speak to a family doctor about the options available.
- pills and lotions
- penis pumps
It’s also a good idea to talk to a counselor about how you’re feeling – often worries about penis size stem from deeper self-esteem issues.