Cosmetic Circumcision

Cosmetic Circumcision

What is Circumcision?

Circumcision involves a surgical procedure in which the foreskin of the penis is removed. Most commonly, circumcision is carried out on newborn infants as it is considered a religious practice. Circumcision is also performed on adults and but is entirely different from infant circumcision as in adults, the circumcision requires skill and surgical accuracy to obtain best results. In cosmetic circumcision, the surgeons use a scalpel instead of scissors or a clamp, and in the last close the incisions with absorbable sutures of the highest quality to make it look like a seamless surgery without leaving many scars.

Benefits of Cosmetic Circumcision

There are many benefits of cosmetic circumcision. In adults, the circumcisions are done for cosmetic, hygienic, as well as medical reasons. Here are the following conditions that may lead you to opt for circumcision:

  • Phimosis: The foreskin of the penis is too thin which cannot be retracted and may result in tears, infections, and other painful complications.
  • Frequent UTI: In UTI, bacteria builds in the foreskin which causes urinary tract infections.
  • Frenular Tears: Frenulum is the tissue present at the base which supports the motion. When the foreskin is too short, then the normal retraction of the foreskin is hindered which may also lead to tears, bleeding, infections and other painful complications.
  • Balanitis: If you have poor hygiene, then it may lead to a painful infection called Balanitis causing the foreskin and/or head of the penis to swell.
  • Cosmetic Reasons: Sometimes problems associated with the appearance of the penis such as discolouration, abnormalities, scar tissues may not bring down the cosmetic appearance of the penis even when erect.
  • Lichen Sclerosus of the Penis: In this condition, the foreskin of the penis becomes pale and thin, which may result in a lot of discomforts causing itching, pain,  patches, and blistering or lesions in severe cases.

Cosmetic Circumcision Procedure

If the cosmetic circumcision procedure is performed on a newborn, then the doctor uses clamp devices for the removal of the foreskin and closes it once it stops bleeding. However, these clamps were invented and brought into use in the 1930s and were not suited to older patients.

When the cosmetic circumcision procedure is performed on adolescents or adults, then you may require suturing or stitches. This is because, as you adult, you may get erections even during sleep, which may cause the skin to open, causing a circumcision wound. Due to circumstances like these, the doctors may first create an artificial erection with the help of an injection of prostaglandin E-1, a few minutes prior to the cosmetic circumcision procedure. Thus, all measures are accounted for and even if you achieve an erection during sleep post the surgery, there would not be any circumcision wounds.

Cosmetic Circumcision Risks

Just like any surgery, there can be some risks associated with cosmetic circumcision surgery. But the overall risk is low. The problems with the circumcision can include:

  • Pain around the incision area
  • Bleeding and infection at the site of the circumcision
  • Irritation of the glans
  • Inflammation on the opening of the penis
  • Higher risk of injury to the penis