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Pearly Penile Papules Treatment

Pearly Penile Papules Removal

How are Pearly Penile Papules Removed?

Pearly penile papules (PPP) removal is achieved through the use of a CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser, an instrument that is commonly used for non-surgical skin resurfacing treatments. The laser is concentrated exclusively on the papules, ensuring that no damage is inflicted upon the penis. A topical anaesthetic is applied to the treated area, avoiding the need for injections, while ensuring that the procedure is completely painless.

The treated skin does produce scabrous tissue following the procedure, but this is only temporary and heals within 1 to 2 weeks. Some minor swelling will occur and there will be some bleeding immediately following the treatment.

The effects of laser treatment for the removal of pearly penile papules are almost always permanent, meaning that you will typically only ever require a single treatment.

Pearly Penile Papules Explained

Pearly penile papules (also known as ‘hirsuties coronae glandis’ and ‘hirsutoid papillomas’) are tiny, pearly-coloured lumps that develop on the corona or sulcus of the glans of the penis. These papules secrete an oil that helps lubricate the surrounding skin. They are regarded as a naturally-occurring feature and are not considered harmful to the health of those who have them.

The rate of incidence varies, with one study concluding that they occur in 1 out of every 3 male individuals who have not been circumcised, while roughly 7% of circumcised males were found to have them. Occurrences are less frequent with age.

Whilst a sizeable portion of males will develop PPP in their lifetime, some are unconcerned by their presence and will simply choose not to have them treated. Papules can often vanish on their own.

What Causes Pearly Penile Papules?

Scientists have yet to discover the exact causes of PPP. What is clear is that they do not pose a risk to an individual’s health, nor are they of any detriment to a person’s sexual function. What is known however, is that they occur less frequently in males that are circumcised.

Reasons for Having Them Removed

Men choose to have pearly penile papules removed for cosmetic reasons. Often, the protrusions can be mistaken for genital warts, leading some to become uncomfortable about their presence. Additionally, sexual partners may also find them to be somewhat objectionable.

Our experienced doctors can use the CO2 laser to safely remove all traces of PPP in a matter of minutes, with minimal discomfort to the patient and quick recovery times.

Diagnosing PPP

Pearly penile papules can sometimes be mistaken for genital warts, which are a symptom of a contagious STD. Our doctors will carefully examine you under a dermatoscope to verify that it is in fact PPP, rather than some other form of infection or skin lesion. Once the diagnosis has been made, you will be advised on the best method of treatment.

Who Performs the Removal Treatment?

All treatment procedures are conducted by our experienced doctors.

Are Home Remedies Effective for Treating PPP?

If you search online for pearly penile papules treatment, you are far more likely to encounter websites advertising home remedies than you are to find treatments offered by certified medical specialists, who remove them using proven medical techniques. At best, home remedies are completely ineffective at treating PPP and at worst, can cause irritation, scarring and even organ disfigurement.

The following is a list of several commonly found ‘remedies’ and the potential dangers they pose to your health:

Tea Tree Oil – tea tree oil is often used as a form of supplementary treatment to help cure a wide range of ailments, including fungal infections. Pearly penile papules are not infections and will not be removed with the help of tea tree oil. Moreover, applying heavily concentrated oils to sensitive parts of the body such as the penis can create a burning sensation.

Triple Antibiotic Ointment – despite claims of being a powerful solution, applying antibiotic creams will have no effect at all.

Castor Oil – it may not burn your skin like tea tree oil will, but castor oil will still have zero effect on PPP removal.

Calamine – used to treat itchiness caused by sunburns, insect bites and various other minor skin conditions, Calamine does not possess any qualities necessary to remove papules.

Topical Acne Creams – potent acne creams will cause dryness and irritation on the applied areas of the skin, but will not remove papules.

Contact Skin Clinic Robina

For all matters concerning pearly penile papules removal, contact us today on (07) 5562 1300 or book online.