Pearly Penile Papules

PPP At A Glance

  • Best Results1-2 sessions
  • Treatment Recovery3-6 days
  • Procedure Time20 min
  • Skin SpecialistDermatologist at Cutis
  • Duration of ResultsPermanent
  • AnaestheticNumbing gel
  • Back to Work1-3 days
  • Cost$$

Pearly Penile Papules Treatment

Dermatologists at Cutis Dermatology treat PPP or pearly penile papules. These lesions are frequently mistaken for penile warts, especially if the occur in numbers. A simple 20-minute laser session will remove the majority of PPP. For life.

Key PointsKey points on PPP

  • PPP or pearly penile papules are common lesions on the penis
  • These are classed as angiofibromas, benign growths of skin & vessels
  • PPPs can be embarrassing for some, esp. if they occur in numbers
  • Simple ablative lasers can effectively treat PPP
  • Results following laser are lifelong
  • One simple 20 minutes procedure will reduce anxiety & embarrassment for life

What are pearly penile papules?

PPP are common lesions on the glans or head of the penis They are more common in uncircumcised males. In most cases PPP number between 4 to 10. In severe cases there may be 40 to 200 lesions, each measuring 1 to 3 mm in length.

Why treat PPP?

Understandably having numerous PPP can be alarming & embarrassing- especially if your sextual partner has not seen them before. Penile lesions & papules may resemble sextually transmitted diseases such as genital warts & molluscum.

What does laser treatment entail?

Lasers are the best treatment for penile papules. These lasers are called ablative lasers & include the CO2 & erbium. We use 2 specific lasers with ultra-small spot sizes that range between 1 to 2 mm in diameter.

Laser treatment is performed by a specialist (not a GP) who has been formally trained in this procedure. In summary:

  • Lasers remove the majority of PPP in one session
  • Treatment is painless
  • Recovery is quick- typically 3-6 days
  • Lasers are pinpoint precise, with zero collateral damage

How many treatments will I require?

Most patients require one session. In exceptional cases whereby PPP numbers are extensive, your treating dermatologist may undertake a second procedure. This is done to reduce the incidence of scarring.

Davin’s viewpoint on cosmetic treatments for men

PPP or pearly penile papules are a frequent source of concern for men. The fact remains that, they are commonly seen in up to one third of men- especially uncircumcised males. The number & size vary amongst individuals. In most males they number between 6-12, however in some they may have well over a hundred lesions. PPP occurs almost exclusively on the head of the penis, known as the corona.

Understandably these lesions can be alarming, especially for your sexual partner (who may not have PPP). Penile papules can hence be embarrassing, & consequently warrant removal.

My colleagues at Cutis Dermatology can treat PPPs with accuracy, using the most technologically advanced lasers. They employ small spot CO2 & erbium lasers to target lesions as small as 1 mm in diameter.

To expedite treatment, my colleagues offer a virtual consultation service prior to laser surgery.

Disclaimer: I do not treat PPP, or genital disorders. I may be called for a second opinion; however, I do not get involved in management.

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