A person with a condition called penile dysmorphophobia disorder (PDD) may benefit from talking with a doctor. There are two types of the disorder, but both involve consistently underestimating the size of one’s own penis, while overestimating the sizes of those belonging to others. This can lead to feelings of depression, sexual anxiety, and sexual dysfunction. Some people with the disorder find it difficult to get or maintain an erection, and they experience a lack of sexual satisfaction. PDD is a form of body dysmorphia. This classification describes an all-consuming preoccupation with what a person perceives to be a flaw in their appearance.
The need for penis-enlargement surgery is rare. Surgery is typically reserved for men whose penises don’t function normally because of a birth defect or injury. Although some surgeons offer cosmetic penis enlargement using various techniques, it’s controversial and considered by many to be unnecessary and in some cases permanently harmful. These surgeries should be considered experimental. There aren’t enough studies of penis-enlargement surgery to give an accurate picture of risks and benefits.
The most widely used surgical procedure to lengthen the penis involves severing the suspensory ligament that attaches the penis to the pubic bone and moving skin from the abdomen to the penile shaft. When this ligament is cut, the penis appears longer because more of it hangs down. But cutting the suspensory ligament can cause an erect penis to be unstable. Severing the suspensory ligament is sometimes combined with other procedures, such as removing excess fat over the pubic bone. A procedure to make the penis thicker involves taking fat from a fleshy part of the body and injecting it into the penis shaft. Results may be disappointing, however, because some of the injected fat may be reabsorbed by the body. This can lead to penile curvature or asymmetry and an irregular looking penis. Another technique for increasing width is grafting tissue onto the shaft of the penis. None of these procedures has been proved safe or effective and can even affect potency and your ability to obtain an erection.