Immediate clearance of lesions
We use Hyfrecation to burn the lesions off so there is no waiting for the treatment to work.
We offer medical treatment of Pearly Penile Papules using sophisticated technology.
Discreet billing & locations
We conduct ourselves professionally and ensure your discretion at every stage.
How does the process work?
We will begin by assessing and confirming your Pearly Penile Papules. We will discuss any questions you have and treatments available.
Should you wish to proceed with treatment, we will be able to offer you our Hyfrecation procedure for the same day removal of your Pearly Penile Papules.
We may ask you to book a follow up call to ensure that your genital skin has healed nicely and to answer any further questions that you may have.
Can Pearly Penile Papules be cured?
Since PPPs are a normal part of the male anatomy and are not infectious, there’s no need to “cure” them. However, they can be safely and successfully removed by a variety of methods including hyfrecation, if desired, for cosmetic reasons.
Do Pearly Penile Papules have to be treated?
Removal of PPP is not medically recommended, as their presence is entirely normal. There is no need to remove the papules, and there are no increased risks of STI, sexual dysfunction or malignancy with PPP. However, some people experience significant distress regarding the appearance of PPP, and opt for treatment to improve their perception of the cosmesis of their penis. In fact, up to half of people with PPP in one study expressed a desire for removal.
Why have Pearly Penile Papules removed?
Whilst pearly penile papules are harmless and normal, their presence can cause marked psychological distress. Their appearance can be perceived as unsightly, or they may be mistaken for a sexually transmitted infection which can cause significant stigma. People who are distressed by PPP may feel having them removed improves their self-esteem, confidence, and overall sex life.
What are the treatment options for Pearly Penile Papules?
Whilst treatment is not medically necessary or recommended, sometimes the appearance or presence of pearly penile papules can cause a person significant stress, in which case they can be removed. There are a variety of removal methods of which we utilise Hyfrecation at our clinic.
Hyfrecation is cited as one of the most effective methods of PPP removal, and for most people will result in complete and permanent clearance of the lesions. Hyfrecation can very precisely target each individual lesion without damaging the surrounding skin, and results in good cosmetic results once healed.
Other methods of treatment include:
- Laser Therapy
- Topical Therapy
How effective is the treatment for Pearly Penile Papules?
Hyfrecation of PPP results in almost 100% success rate in terms of removal of the lumps. Rarely a touch up may be needed a couple of weeks later to achieve the best results.
How long does the treatment take to work?
We are able to offer treatment of PPP in one appointment (approx. 1 hour long if you have requested same day treatment at the time of booking). Hyfrecation of PPP results in immediate removal of the lesions, and the treated area takes about a week to heal.
Are there any side effects?
Hyfrecation is a very safe procedure, and most patients achieve excellent results. However, one should be aware of possible short term side effects like bleeding, bruising, soreness and infection and long term consequences like change in skin colour, scarring, development of neuralgic pain and loss of sensation over the treated area.
How long do I have to wait before having sex?
It’s advised to abstain from sex and avoid masturbation until healing is complete. Having intercourse during the healing process can increase the risk of infection, scarring or bleeding.
Can I get Pearly Penile Papules again?
Once PPP has been removed, they do not tend to recur.
What happens if I don’t get treated?
Treatment is neither necessary nor medically recommended and is regarded as a cosmetic procedure only. If you do not take treatment, the penile papules may remain the same, or in some cases will regress spontaneously with age.
Is there anything I can do at home if I have Pearly Penile Papules?
No. There are no home remedies that have been shown to be effective at removing penile papules.
You should be mindful of general genital health, keeping your genitals clean using a fragrance-free soap or soap substitute.
If you notice any new lesions on your genitals, it’s important to see a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis.
If you have PPP, it’s highly discouraged to attempt any home remedies, including physical removal, burning, squeezing or “popping” the papules, or application of any over-the-counter remedies.
Page reviewed by Dr. Manoj Malu (Clinical Director)
Last reviewed date: 6 June 2021
Next review due: 6 June 2024
Whilst this content is written and reviewed by sexual health specialists, it is for general guidance only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your clinician.
Reference & Further Reading
- Journal of Dermatological Surgery (2008): Fractional Resurfacing for the Treatment of Pearly Penile Papules
- American Journal of Men’s Health (2016): Diagnosis and Management of Pearly Penile Papules
- Indian Journal of Dermatology (2015): Multiple Shiny Papules on the Shaft of the Penis
- Lasers in Medical Science Journal (2016): Laser therapy for the treatment of pearly penile papules