Dr Michael Rich in Melbourne is one of the few specialist doctors who has treated hundreds of men with pearly penile papules (PPPs). Dr Rich has patients come to him at his Armadale clinic from all over Australia and overseas for this quick, easy pearly penile papule removal treatment which, although medically non-essential, is often of great emotional and psychological benefit.
Contact our Melbourne clinic to make an appointment today.
Your pearly penile papules can be gone tomorrow.
The process of vaporising pearly penile papules
The actual process of removing pearly penile papules (PPPs) is pretty straightforward – just one laser treatment, and they’re gone.
The laser is focused solely on the pearly penile papules, and works from the outside in, vaporising your unwanted papules. There is no damage to your penis at all, making our laser the perfect tool for removing pearly penile papules. At ENRICH, Dr Rich uses the Erbium laser to remove pearly penile papules quickly and precisely.
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The treatment is quick and over before you know it. The area will produce a scab as you might expect from any cut or scrape, and will completely heal over well within a fortnight. A dressing will be applied, needing to stay on for about a week, and you can expect the area to swell somewhat, with some initial bleeding.
Because pearly penile papules hardly ever recur, you can rest easy knowing that this is the only treatment you are likely to need.
What are pearly penile papules?
The scientific name for pearly penile papules is hirsuties papillaris genitalis. Pearly penile papules are a small ring of flesh-coloured (or slightly lighter-coloured) dome-shaped bumps in an organised row around the corona of the penis.
Pearly penile papules are considered a normal characteristic of some penises, and are non-infectious, benign growths. We’re not sure why they occur, but they most often present in men in their twenties or thirties, appearing as tiny pearls around the edge of the head of the penis, more often in uncircumcised men. Men who are circumcised as an adult sometimes find their pearly penile papules disappear spontaneously.
Between eight and 43 per cent of men will develop pearly penile papules, though not everyone wants them removed. Pearly penile papules can come and go on their own.
How pearly penile papules affect your sexual response?
Generally pearly penile papules are not considered to affect your sex life, but they can cause the penis in some men to become a little bit more sensitive. Each man will determine how this affects him personally; for most, it is not an issue.
Why do men want pearly penile papules removed?
Laser treatment for pearly penile papules is purely cosmetic in nature. Unfortunately, the pearly penile papules can appear somewhat like genital warts, and can make a man feel self-conscious about his penis’ appearance. This prompts the clinic visit to have them vaporised.
You can’t pick at a pearly penile papule and make it go away nor can you apply topical ointments or preparations; you can only have them carefully removed. Picking can cause scarring and should be avoided and topical applications are ineffective and possibly irritating.
Who will vaporise my pearly penile papules?
Pearly penile papule removal in our Melbourne clinic is done by Dr Michael Rich, who has been performing this procedure for decades. You are in good hands.
Why do pearly penile papules appear?
We don’t know why pearly penile papules appear. We do know that they don’t present any sexual or other issues, and are not a health concern. Men have long been worrying about pearly penile papules and making arrangements for their removal, but still, we are really no closer to knowing why they appear than we were when pearly penile papules were first identified.
Pearly penile papules are a normal skin variant, with uncircumcised men presenting with them more often.
Home remedies for removing pearly penile papules and why they don’t work
The internet is full of home remedies for removing pearly penile papules, but all of them are entirely ineffective. The only way to properly remove a pearly penile papule is to have it removed using a modern laser by an experienced dermatologist.
Here, we discuss some of the most common ‘remedies’ for removing pearly penile papules, and explain why they are ineffective.
Castor oil cannot remove pearly penile papules – it’s oil, and oil just doesn’t exert that sort of effect on skin. Castor oil won’t hurt you, but it certainly won’t get you the results you desire when trying to remove your pearly penile papules at home.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an antibacterial oil often used for skin infections, which pearly penile papules are not. Tea tree oil will not work to remove your pearly penile papules because it simply does not work that way. Additionally, undiluted tea tree oil applied to the skin can really burn. Never apply undiluted essential oils to the skin, and if you really want to remove your pearly penile papules (and a tea tree-scented penis), avoid this home remedy and visit our Melbourne clinic.
Special skin wash or cream
Some chemicals and creams are used as a mild skin peel or wash, with stronger concentrations obtained by prescription only, or as therapeutic chemical peel at your dermatologist. You cannot get hold of these creams in a concentration that can peel skin – or your pearly penile papules – over the counter, nor should you try. You are likely to damage your penis using a chemical peel, and it would have been faster and easier to walk into ENRICH in Melbourne and have your pearly penile papules removed the old fashioned way – by laser.
You do not have an infection, so applying any type of antibacterial or antibiotic will not do anything at all.
Using toothpaste – sometimes touted as being ‘antibacterial’ is a total waste of time, and may only make you feel slightly embarrassed as your penis cools from the mint flavouring. You do not have a bacterial infection, so anything saying it works because it’s ‘antibacterial’ is misinformed about pearly penile papules and their removal.
Bio-oil is a liquid oil mixture designed to soften and protect skin. It cannot remove pearly penile papules in any way, shape or form, though your penis will be very moisturised and protected. This oil could be useful if you have dry skin, but it cannot remove pearly penile papules.
Oh honey, this won’t work! Honey has no properties whatsoever that would remove pearly penile papules. What’s more, honey you buy at the supermarket is pasteurised, meaning it is heated to high temperatures and any properties besides sweetness it may have previously had are gone. Luckily, pearly penile papules are not an infection, so it doesn’t matter if honey you apply to your penis – for another reason – is pasteurised or not.
Calamine lotion cannot remove pearly penile papules, as it does not contain any properties that can remove skin. Typically used for insect bites, calamine lotion is great for many applications, but a very poor candidate for pearly penile papule removal.
Oatmeal is known to be soothing, so unless you have an irritation on your penis, it won’t work for pearly penile papule removal.
Strong acne drugs
Strong, prescription-only acne drugs cannot remove pearly penile papules because it is a serious acne treatment drug that dries up your oil glands, not a skin-removal treatment. Pearly penile papules are not an oil gland, and therefore this treatment cannot help you.
Iodine is an antibacterial agent, and because pearly penile papules are not bacterially-based in any way, iodine cannot help. Iodine is also quite drying, so applying it to your penis is going to make your penis dry and a funny colour; it will not remove your pearly penile papules.
Baby powder is a benign powder that has no active effect except to dry the skin, typically used in babies (though less so these days) to help prevent nappy rash. Baby powder will result in you having a dusty, pleasant-smelling penis and not much more.
Lemon juice is acidic, but not acidic enough to remove even the softest pearly penile papule. Using any form of topical cream that promises to be acidic is also inappropriate to put onto your penis, or your skin generally. Don’t do it.
Topical treatments for pearly penile papule removal do not work. We have the best removal strategy for pearly penile papules: a laser. Visit our Melbourne clinic for your safe, effective, quick pearly penile papule removal.
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*Results may vary from person to person