Conditions which can arise on the penis are varied and unwanted, thankfully, CO2 laser treatment can offer a solution.
The advantages of laser treatment over traditional surgery are evident, greater precision, no suturing, less swelling, or scarring, little or no pain.
Where there is a need for treatment in sensitive areas such as the penis, those benefits are multiplied. Few of us would chose a scalpel instead, when the latest laser surgery can offer a sound alternative.
We use a variety of lasers for dermatological care and may do so in this area, although the fractional CO2 laser is often the choice. Apart from medical efficacy, this can be precisely targeted, leaving healthy, surrounding skin untouched.
Conditions We Treat
CO2 lasers are used for many dermatological needs, including skin resurfacing, acne, or other skin imperfections. Their versatility means they suit a range of penile conditions, with a few leading the way:
- Penile Papules – Small, often flesh coloured growths around the head of the penis, caused by oil secreting glands acting out of place.
- Fordyce Spots – Which grow on the shaft of the penis, or under the foreskin, again a result of sebaceous glands performing unsuitably.
- Genital Warts – The viral kind, caused by strains of human papillomavirus (HPV) and quite a common issue on the anogenital area.
You may hear condyloma acuminata mentioned regarding genital laser treatment, which is another name for genital warts. Other lesions may also be suitable for laser surgery, the list above is meant to cover common types.
Pre cancerous skin diseases of the penis can also benefit, such as penile intraepithelial neoplasia, essentially in situ squamous cell carcinoma. You might see the red, scaly patches this produces referred to as Bowen’s disease of the penis.
Evidence Of Effectiveness
The experience at our London clinic offers clear support for CO2 laser treatment on the penis and scrotum, yet we should look at wider studies.
Research on treating genital warts is the most prevalent, with positive results. A study of 85 patients, with an average of 3 lesions found a high success rate, with no pain involved and no post operative infection, or complications.
Another covering 157 male patients from 18 to 45 showed a success rate beyond 80% and that was two decades ago, in the early days of laser care. Both the devices and medical understanding of their use have improved.
Success rates approaching 95% are now seen in skilled hands and research shows the same for other conditions. Case studies relating to penile papules and Fordyce spots normally conclude that laser surgery is the method of choice.
Treatment At Our Clinic
Patients are seen by a consultant dermatologist, for accurate diagnosis and to ensure that laser surgery is the best option. Your treatment will in most cases be carried out by the consultant you see.
Their expert hands provide good medical care, although cosmetic results matter in the genital area. Alongside a skilled approach, one of the advantages of laser treatment on the penis, or scrotum is an ability to provide the best cosmetic result.
Treatment at our London clinic is confidential, with privacy always provided. Once your treatment is finished, there should be little discomfort, or need to disrupt life. A complete return to normal may take a week or so.
We appreciate that genital treatment can cause thought. Should you have questions on male dermatology conditions, or wish to book an appointment, please get in touch.