The desire for a bigger penis has lead men to try any method for enlargement that claims to provide results. One such popular enhancement method is penis enlargement surgery that offers to add inches to manhood permanently. Debate over the safety of surgery is never ending, but still some surgeons offer it to patients looking for enlargement.

The surgical procedure to increase the length of penis is being offered to men since 1971. Initially the penile-lengthening surgery was reserved for men with congenital abnormalities, penile cancer, Peyronie's disease or accidental or deliberate amputation. However, now these surgeries are being offer for cosmetic purposes as well.

Surgery usually involves separating the suspensory ligament that attaches penis to the pubic bone and adding skin to the shaft. When this ligament is cut, penis appears longer, but cutting the ligament can cause an erect penis to become unstable. This is a reason after cutting the ligament surgeons remove excess fat over the pubic bone.

Most men report an average increase of 0.5cm (around 0.25in) in length after severing suspensory ligament, while skin advancement adds some 1.6 cm (around 0.75in). After surgery, men do gain some inches in their flaccid length, but the erect penis is about the same size.

Complications of penis enlargement surgery

Enlargement surgeries come with lots of risks and side-effects. In fact, a survey has found that most men find results from surgeries disappointing. Like other surgeries, there is a risk of infection and bleeding, but other complications may also occur. Some of the risks are:

  • Fat that is injected to make penis thicker can be reabsorbed by the body, leading to curvature in penis.
  • Damage to surrounding tissue and nerves can lead to reduced sensitivity
  • Scrotalisation of the organ can make it look as it's arising from the scrotum instead of abdominal wall
  • If the grafted fat does not disappear uniformly, nodule formation can deform penis, leaving it with irregular lumps all over the length.

Post-operative complications aren’t always physical. If the results of the procedure aren’t fulfilling, it make cause depression, low self-esteem and other psychological problems.

The bottom-line is before resorting to time-consuming, expensive or risky surgery, men should consider other safer and more effective options like penis enlargement pills, vacuum pumps and extenders. One can also make penis appear bigger by trimming pubic hair or losing weight.