Like many plastic surgery procedures, penis enlargement relies on transplanting “autologous” fat cells from a body part where they are not wanted to one where they are. About 8,400 "penile enlargement" surgeries are performed worldwide every year to increase girth, according to international plastic surgery statistics. (The stats don’t include the number of elongation surgeries, partly because they’re sometimes done at the same time as enlargement, despite some surgeons recommending that they happen weeks apart.) – buzzfeed.com
It's been described as a seemingly simple and safe procedure of penis enlargement by autologous fat transfer, but it has apparently caused the sudden death of a healthy thirty year old man.
Wanting for more than he had, the patient wanted to go bigger both in length and girth. Both surgeries were scheduled to occur within a short amount of time. Doctors took fat cells from his belly.
The surgeons performed the elongation, which requires an incision to loosen a ligament at the base of the penis, and then started the enlargement, an injection of two fluid ounces of fat cells into the patient’s penis.
They had almost finished the injection when the man's heart began racing, his oxygen levels dropped, and his blood pressure plunged. Within a half-hour, he had a heart attack. The plastic surgeons performed CPR and sent the man to an emergency room, but he died less than two hours later. – buzzfeed.com
Previous surgeries have brought on complications, but there have been no reported deaths from this type of operation.
Since 1994, the American Urological Association has warned patients that penile enlargement "has not been shown to be safe or efficacious."
The man died of a lung embolism, the forensic team concluded, where fat loosened during surgery traveled in punctured veins to the lungs and ruptured blood vessels there, causing death. It appears that the key risk in the Swedish surgery was that the man had also had the penis elongation procedure just before the fat injections intended to increase girth. Some of the fat meant to increase the girth of his penis leaked into his veins cut during the first procedure, traveled to his lungs, and killed him.
In their conclusion, the study team warned surgeons about the risks of combining the two procedures, something they say is “becoming more in demand every day.” – buzzfeed.com
Is it really worth the risk? Is penis size everything? Some say this may have been an issue of body dysmorphia since the man was of adequate penis size.
We'll close with some facts.
Is it easy to find a doctor to do these surgeries? These nations have the following percent of plastic surgeons performing penile enlargements.
Which countries are seeing men going under the knife to get a larger member?
Those nations seeing over 500 surgeries in 2016 are:
India – 500
France – 515
Mexico – 566
Italy – 578