Some surgical methods have the most evidence of effectiveness, whereas others have fairly frequent complications, sometimes severe, including scarring that lead, ultimately, to penis shrinkage or erectile dysfunction. Noninvasive methods have received little scientific study, and most lack scientific evidence of effectiveness, although scientific evidence supports some elongation by prolonged traction. Some quack products may improve penis erection, mistaken by consumers for penis enlargement.
On the flip side, stretching device, the most common type referred to as a penis extender, is a type of penis extension device that exert a stretching force known as penile traction along the length of your penis. The process of using a penis extender is completely hands free and requires you to only strap a comfortable, form fitting device to your penis for a set amount of hours every day. It basically does all the work for you.
Chicago urologist Laurence A. Levine, MD, director of the male fertility program at Rush University Medical Center, tested the FastSize Extender on 10 men afflicted with Peyronie's disease, which can cause bending and shrinkage of the penis. At the end of the six-month study, which was funded by the maker of the FastSize Extender, Levine found increased penile length and reduced curvature in every man and increased girth in seven of the men. Calling the results "remarkable," Levine now prescribes the device to many of his Peyronie's patients and reports no significant complications. (Levine has also worked as a paid consultant to FastSize Extender.)
"The procedure is marketed as penis lengthening surgery because patients are left a little longer, but only when flaccid (1−4cm). Patients should know that no erect length is gained. The only surgical method to gain erect length is a form of penile disassembly where the head of the penis is detached and new tissue is grafted into the penile shaft."
In terms of what constitutes small, big and average, a 2007 study from British urologists Kevan Wylie and Ian Eardley revealed that the average erect penis is 5.5 inches in length and 4.7 inches in girth. According to Wylie and Eardley, most men who suffer from small penis syndrome (i.e., the anxiety of thinking their penis is too small even though it isn’t) have nowhere close to what scientists define as a micropenis. Not to mention, according to one of the studies cited, 85 percent of women surveyed said they were satisfied with their partner’s genitals, whereas only 55 percent of men were happy with what nature had given them. In other words, almost half of the men surveyed would like to have a bigger dick.
The success of PRP injections led to the cosmetic industry adopting the use of PRP for various specialized cosmetic treatments, such as the Vampire Breast Lift, Vampire Facelift, Vampire Facial, and the Priapus Shot. Certain doctors offer the Priapus Shot as a method for increasing penis size and improve erectile function. The procedure involves drawing blood from the arm, using a centrifuge to separate platelets, making those platelets think the body has been injured, so they release growth factors, and then injecting this liquid into the penis with a small needle. While you can find satisfied testimonials of men who have had the Priapus shot, no actual studies have been done to back up the idea that these shots offer effective, long-term results.
You may see advertisements for lotions, creams, or oils with claims of penile enlargement. Products that you can put on your penis may contain hormones, medications that increase blood flow, oils, or herbs, or vitamins. There is no evidence that any topical product can increase the size of your penis, and some may cause a skin reaction or skin irritation.
As I recently learned from Missouri State sociology professor Alicia M. Walker, men’s obsession with the diminutive size of their dicks can be debilitating. She’d spoken to numerous men who haven’t been to the doctor for a physical in a decade because they didn’t want to be naked in front of their doctor. Others had never approached someone for a romantic relationship because they didn’t believe anyone would be interested in them because of their penis size.