Pearly Penile Papules
Dr. William Groff is the leading expert and board certified cosmetic dermatologist treating pearly penile papules, PPP, in San Diego and on the west coast. Pearly penile papules (PPP), technically called hirsuties papillaris genitalis, are not sexually transmitted. Their cause is unknown, although they are more common in men in their twenties and thirties, and are also more common in uncircumcised males. Pearly penile papules are small dome-shaped bumps that sometimes appear around the circumference of the sulcus or corona of the penis. These bumps, or papules, are commonly skin-colored or slightly lighter than the skin.
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Some men choose to leave this condition untreated, as the papules are generally asymptomatic. However, many men find this condition to be embarrassing in intimate situations and suffer detrimental social and emotional effects from leaving the papules untreated.
Treatment for pearly penile papules is typically quite simple and effective through carbon dioxide laser treatment by a qualified dermatologist.
Who is a candidate for CO2 Treatment of Pearly Penile Papules?
Any male patient who has pearly penile papules. If you have pearly penile papules schedule a consultation with Dr. Groff to learn more about the procedure and how he can help you.
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To significantly diminish or completely remove the papules.
CO2 Laser Procedure:
The treatment area is cleansed and topical numbing cream is applied for 30-60 minutes. A ring block of lidocaine is placed around the base of the penis to numb the entire treatment area completely. The CO2 laser is used to carefully remove the papules.
Recuperation and Healing:
There will be some redness, swelling, crusting and scabbing, and mild stinging or discomfort for the first few to several days. Almost all patients are able to go back to work immediately. It typically takes 1-2 weeks to completely heal.
Please contact Goldman Butterwick Fitzpatrick Groff & Fabi, Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at 858.657.1002 for more information on pearly penile papules and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Groff. We are located in the UTC area of San Diego, minutes from La Jolla, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe and Downtown San Diego.