Pearly Penile Papules Overview

Pearly penile papules (PPP) are small, benign, skin-colored growths that form around the rim of the penis and often the frenulum (the the foreskin meets the penis’ underside). While the exact cause is unknown, PPP is more common in uncircumcised men in their twenties and thirties. It is believed that nearly 1 out of 4 men (25%) will be affected with PPP in their lifetime. Though some men choose to leave this condition untreated, many men find their appearance to be embarrassing, causing social and emotional effects.

Dr. William Groff is a board-certified dermatologist and is the leading expert in pearly penile papules treatment. He has been recognized as a world-renowned expert in pearly penile papules and has has performed more PPP laser treatments than any other physician in the world. For over 20 years, Dr. Groff has successfully treated over 3,000 men with PPP and has never had any complications. Just like with any medical procedure, the skill and experience of the doctor is paramount to the success of your PPP treatment. These men have come from all over the USA and around the world to seek his expertise in this area.

Dr. Groff’s patients are universally happy with the results from Lumenis UltraPulse Encore CO2 treatment.

Benefits of the CO2 Laser Treatment for Pearly Penile Papules

  • Precise removal
  • Effective elimination of papules
  • Minimized scarring
  • Quick procedure
  • Only one treatment needed
  • 30-minute treatment
  • Outpatient treatment
  • Local anesthesia
  • Reduced bleeding during the procedure
  • Short recovery time

Treatment Options

Treatment for pearly penile papules is typically quite simple and effective through carbon dioxide laser treatment by a qualified dermatologist. Here’s what you can expect when you come in for PPP treatment.

The Lumenis UltraPulse Encore CO2 laser is the gold standard treatment and best method to permanently remove PPP. It is also the most effective, painless, quick, and safest treatment to completely remove PPP. The CO2 laser provides optimal results because it has a beam that is as wide as the tip of a sharpened pencil, which allows Dr. Groff to precisely vaporize each papule without damaging any healthy tissue.

Prior to Treatment

Before the treatment begins, Dr. Groff applies a numbing cream to the treatment area. After one hour, when the area is numb, Dr. Groff will target the laser beam on each individual papule and vaporize it instantaneously. The entire procedure takes less than 30 minutes in one treatment session.

Recovery Process

The laser creates a superficial wound on each papule that heals naturally. There may be some redness, swelling, and scabbing for the first few days. It typically takes 7-10 days to completely heal. Most men are able to resume their everyday activities and go back to work immediately following the procedure. Once men are completely healed, they can resume sexual activity. This treatment will not alter the function or sensitivity of the penis in any way.

Regardless of your skin type or how severe your PPP condition is, Dr. Groff can permanently remove your PPP with ONLY ONE quick and painless CO2 laser treatment. This procedure also produces excellent aesthetic results.

Read our post-treatment guidelines for pearly penile papules treatment.

 

Please contact our office if you have any questions or concerns at (858)943-2113.

 

Photos

Actual unretouched patient before and after Lumenis UltraPulse Encore laser treatment to treat pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Before and after CO2 laser treatment for pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Lumenis UltraPulse Encore laser treatment to treat pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Before and after CO2 treatment to treat pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Lumenis UltraPulse Encore CO2 laser to treat pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Before and after CO2 laser treatment to treat pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Lumenis UltraPulse Encore CO2 laser to treat pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Before and After CO2 Laser Treatment for Pearly Penile Papules by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Lumenis UltraPulse Encore laser treatment to treat pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Before and after CO2 laser treatment for pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Lumenis UltraPulse Encore laser treatment to treat pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Before and after CO2 laser treatment for pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Lumenis UltraPulse Encore laser treatment to treat pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Before and after CO2 laser treatment for pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff
Actual unretouched patient before and after Lumenis UltraPulse Encore laser treatment to treat pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff. Disclaimer: Results may vary from patient to patient. Results are not guaranteed.
Before and after CO2 laser treatment for pearly penile papules by Dr. Groff

Videos

PPP Laser Treatment Demonstration by Dr. William F. Groff (8:21)
Pearly Penile Papules Removal by Dr. Groff (5:51)
CO2 Laser Removal of Pearly Penile Papules (1:50)
Treatment for Pearly Penile Papules (1:20)

FAQs

Q: Who is a candidate for CO2 treatment of pearly penile papules?

A:

Anyone who is experiencing pearly penile papules is a candidate for PPP removal with a CO2 laser. Dr. Groff offers virtual and in-person consultations to evaluate your PPP, explain the procedure, and answer all of your questions.

Q: Who is qualified to treat PPP?

A:

PPP treatments should always be performed by a board-certified dermatologist with extensive knowledge of PPP and CO2 laser experience. Dr. Groff is the leading expert in pearly penile papules, successfully treating over 3,000 men with the CO2 laser. This laser is the most effective, simple, quick, and painless treatment to resolve this skin condition.

Q: Can topical treatments remove PPP?

A:

No! There are topical creams that claim to remove PPP. However, topical creams do not work. Many creams have side effects that can cause permanent damage. The safest treatment to remove PPP is with a CO2 laser.

Q: Will a CO2 laser permanently remove PPP?

A:

Yes! A CO2 laser will permanently and completely remove PPP. Dr. Groff has a 100% success rate with this PPP procedure. However, if PPP were to return, Dr. Groff would be happy to treat the patient again at no cost.

Q: Does the CO2 treatment hurt?

A:

No! The treatment is painless. A strong topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area prior to the procedure. No needles are needed for this procedure. There will be no pain after the treatment or during the healing process. Dr. Groff will make sure that you are comfortable and kept informed during the procedure.

Q: What are the benefits of PPP treatment?

A:

PPP treatments can significantly diminish or completely remove the unsightly bumps. One of the most desirable aspects of laser PPP removal is the fact that there is virtually zero recovery time after the treatment has been performed. Patients can almost always return to work immediately, though swelling, redness, and scabbing are common during the first few days. After 1-2 weeks, a full recovery can be expected.

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