Men are notorious for being reluctant to seek advice about health concerns, especially if their worries are of a personal nature. But with around 20% of men being affected by harmless pearly penile papules (PPP) you can be reassured that you’re not on your own. Here are some of the common questions that we hear time and again.
What are PPP and why me?
PPP occur on the male genital organs in around 20% of men. They are tiny skin coloured or white harmless spots that are normally found around the glans of the penis. PPP are a purely cosmetic skin abnormality, are not contagious, and have nothing to do with sexually transmitted infections or personal hygiene. They can cause a good deal of anxiety, however, and this is why we recommend quick and easy removal.
How does the removal process work?
A straightforward consultation in our friendly clinic with highly qualified surgeon will take place to ensure that you are suitable for the treatment and to answer any questions you may have. The removal process consists of a 30 minute electrical pulse procedure known as hyfrecation, using a local anaesthetic to ensure a pain free experience. Results are quick and the procedure is safe and does not have any side effects beyond a little redness at the treatment site which will quickly go away. CO2 laser treatment is also available, which is just as effective but costs a little more.
Can you recommend any alternative treatments?
There are a number of home therapies advertised online promising natural healing for PPP, usually using topical lotions or creams. It is important to note that none of these alternative treatments are effective. The only way to have guaranteed results with PPP removal and the peace of mind that comes with that is to book a surgical hyfrecation or CO2 laser treatment.
What happens after the procedure?
You can go home straight after the removal procedure and resume most of your normal daily activities. Recovery usually takes between 10 and 30 days, during which time you should abstain from sex and masturbation in order to allow the skin to fully heal.