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Package deal: Injections make penis grow, study finds

Does penis size matter?

A group of researchers from Korea University apparently believes it does, considering they discovered a way to make it happen 

They recently published a study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine that analyzed how injections of a hyaluronic acid filler (Restylane Sub-Q) could increase penile girth.  These physicians injected an average of 20.5 cc (about  two-thirds of a medicine cup) using “a back-and-forth technique” into the deep soft tissue layers of the penises of 50 men.  The product was then ‘homogenized with a roller.’

The men’s penises had an average increase in circumference (girth) of 4 cm, which was maintained 18 months later.  They also assessed the patient and partner’s satisfaction with the treatment and found an average score of 3.3 (rated from 0-4) at 18 months.   Sounds like a nice result, right?  Keep in mind these patients underwent injections into their penises with relatively hefty needles.  Ouch.

So what is the average, less-endowed man to make of this?

Until now, methods to enhance penile size have been ineffective at best and extremely invasive at worst.  There is a plethora of creams, pills, and vacuum devices that promises to enlarge the penis, although very little scientific evidence is available to support these claims.  More impressive results can be obtained by invasive surgeries.  These procedures are not for the squeamish, however.  One surgery to widen the penis involves cutting it open and implanting radiated cadaver skin around the central shaft.  Think this is extreme?  Some doctors lengthen the penis by cutting the suspensory ligament and then attaching a weight to the end of the penis daily.  For six months.  (Do not try this at home.)

So, taking into account these invasive surgeries, using a needle to inject filler into the penis doesn’t sound quite so bad.  Still, what would I recommend as a board-certified plastic surgeon to anyone who wants to make their manhood appear larger? 

There is one method that most men can utilize to accomplish this goal.  This treatment involves no risks, no side effects, no needles, and no knives.

Lose weight. 

Removing fat from around that area can make what’s left look bigger.

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Dr. Anthony Youn is a Michigan-based, board-certified plastic surgeon and regular contributor to msnbc.com and TODAY.com. Youn, who runs the blog Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery, is also the author of a memoir called “In Stiches.” Read an excerpt here.