Penile Pearly Papule (PPP) CO2 Laser Treatment
Technically known as hirsuties papillaris genitalis, penile pearly papule (PPP) occurs more often in men in their 20s and 30s. It is also more common in uncircumcised males. It’s important to note that PPP is not sexually transmitted and has nothing to do with personal hygiene. It’s actually caused by a glandular overgrowth.
How do you know if you have PPP?
Common signs include:
- Small dome-shaped bumps on the penis
- Bumps around the corona of the penis
- Slightly lighter than regular skin on the penis
PPP can be diagnosed by a dermatologists or other medical professional. Differential diagnoses include molluscum contagiosum and genital warts, as these conditions are similar in appearance. Other testing is generally not required. Finding these bumps can be scary and an uncomfortable topic to bring up to your physician, but once you learns what they are, you can decide whether or not you want to treat it.
How to Treat PPP
While some men with PPP choose to leave it untreated since the papules are asymptomatic, others find PPP to be embarrassing in intimate situations and incur some emotional effects when left untreated. CO2 laser surgery is today’s latest and most technologically advanced treatment for PPP removal. The actual procedure takes about 30 minutes. An aesthetic cream is applied around the penis area for numbing. Then a highly targeted CO2 laser beam is focused in each papule. Each papule is actually burned off. The procedure itself is painless. However, afterwards, there may be some minor discomfort and redness around the penis area. This typically subsides within one to two days. Patients can resume their normal sex life after one to two weeks.
Benefits of CO2 Laser for PPP
There are many benefits to CO2 laser treatment when compared to the other surgical alternatives. It’s precise with no deep cuts or scarring. The treated area heals quickly, and bumps are completely vaporized. CO2 laser treatment is also highly effective. If you think you’ve got PPP, turn to help from Dr. Alexander Ataii at Laser Clinique. He’s experienced with CO2 laser treatment for this skin condition and can get rid of those embarrassing bumps. P. Alexander Ataii M.D. also has experience in cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. In addition, P. Alexander Ataii M.D. is a faculty member of the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine and spends time training other doctors.