Today’s scientific and technological advancements, plus a more liberal and accepting global culture, has opened up more options, including penile enlargement. However, it’s essential to understand what goes into the process before committing to the procedure. 

This blog post will explore the potential side effects associated with penile enlargement procedures. By gaining insight into the risks involved, we aim to provide the necessary information for individuals to make an informed decision on whether this option is suitable for their needs.


What is penile enlargement?

Penile enlargement fat injection is a surgical procedure that involves injecting fat into the penis to increase its girth. The procedure is also known as fat transfer or autologous fat transfer. Generally, the procedure involves three steps — fat harvesting, fat preparation, and fat injection. 

Fat harvesting

This method involves extracting adipose tissue (fat) from other areas of the patient’s body, typically the abdomen or thighs, through liposuction. Once the fat has been collected, it undergoes a purification process to remove impurities and prepare it for injection.

First, the surgeon will extract the adipose (fat-storing) tissues from various areas of the body, including the lower abdomen of men with average weight, the pelvic region of men who are overweight, and the thighs of thin men. 

Fat processing

The fat processing stage is a crucial part of the penile enlargement procedure that utilises autologous fat transfer. The primary goal of this stage is to ensure that the fat is purified and ready for transfer, which can improve the success rate and longevity of the procedure. Here’s an overview of the fat processing stage:

  • Collection: After the fat has been harvested from the patient’s body through liposuction, it is collected in a sterile container. This fat contains not only adipose tissue but also other components like blood, oil, and connective tissue.
  • Separation: The next step is to separate the adipose tissue from the other components. This is typically done using centrifugation, wherein the high-speed spinning motion causes the different components to separate based on their densities, allowing the surgeon to extract the purified fat.
  • Washing: The purified fat may then be washed with a saline solution to remove any remaining impurities or contaminants, further ensuring that only the highest quality fat is used for injection.
  • Concentration: Once the fat has been washed, it may be concentrated to increase the volume of viable adipocytes (fat cells) in the sample — to  help maximise the potential for successful fat grafting and long-lasting results.

Fat transfer

Finally, the processed fat is loaded into syringes and is now ready for injection into the penile shaft. The surgeon will carefully and strategically inject the purified fat into the penile tissue to create a uniform and natural-looking enhancement.

Proper fat processing is vital to the success and safety of the penile enlargement procedure. It minimises the risk of complications and ensures that the transferred fat has the best chance of survival and integration into the recipient site. 

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Penile enlargement risks and side effects

While penile enlargement fat injection can be an effective way to increase the girth of the penis, there are risks and potential complications. As with any medical procedure, it is essential to consult with a qualified medical professional to discuss the risks, benefits, and expectations associated with this procedure.

1. Infection

Complications such as infection can occur with fat transfer for penile enlargement. While the infection is a rare complication, it can happen if proper sterile techniques are not followed during the procedure.

Infections may manifest as redness, swelling, tenderness, and discharge from the injection site. In more severe cases, fever and systemic symptoms may occur. If an infection occurs, seeking medical attention promptly to prevent further complications is essential.

Work with a qualified and experienced doctor who follows proper sterile techniques during the procedure to reduce the risk of infection. Additionally, patients should follow post-procedure instructions carefully, including keeping the area clean and dry and seeking medical advice if any signs of infection develop.

2. Bleeding

Bleeding is a potential complication linked to fat transfer for penile enlargement. While rare, bleeding may occur during the procedure or in the postoperative period. During the procedure, the doctor will take steps to reduce the risk of bleeding, such as avoiding areas with major blood vessels and using a cannula or small-gauge needle for injection. However, bleeding may still occur despite these precautions.

Meanwhile, in the postoperative period, bleeding may occur if the patient does not follow instructions carefully. Patients should avoid strenuous activity and sexual intercourse after the procedure to allow the injected fat to settle and the injection sites to heal. If bleeding occurs, it is crucial to seek medical attention promptly.

3. Scarring

While the procedure is minimally invasive, it involves minor liposuction and injection incisions, which may result in some scarring. The extent of scarring can vary depending on several factors, including the patient’s healing process and the size and location of the incisions. In most cases, any scarring is minimal and fades over time.

However, in some cases, scarring may be more noticeable. It may affect the appearance of the penis. This may cause dissatisfaction with the results of the procedure. Therefore, working with a trained medical professional who follows proper surgical techniques during the procedure is essential to alleviate the risk of scarring. 

4. Uneven or lumpy results

While the procedure aims to enhance the girth of the penis by injecting fat into the subcutaneous tissue, the results may not always be smooth and uniform. Lumpiness or unevenness may occur if the fat is not distributed evenly or the patient experiences a loss of fat volume in some areas. The injected fat may not integrate with the surrounding tissues as desired, leading to a lumpy or irregular appearance.

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The bottom line

Understanding the common risks and side effects of penile enlargement procedures is an essential aspect of making an informed decision about pursuing this type of treatment. It is crucial to weigh the potential benefits against the possible complications, and to consult with a qualified medical professional who can provide personalised advice based on individual circumstances. 

By thoroughly researching and discussing the available options, individuals can make an educated choice that aligns with their goals and expectations, ultimately leading to greater satisfaction and confidence in their decision.

At Dr Daood Cosmetic Surgery, we ensure our treatment plans are tailored to our client’s needs. If you’re ready to take the following steps in your cosmetic surgery journey, book a consultation or contact us at +61 1300 656 236.