Can girth injections affect the function or sensitivity of the penis? What complications are there to consider?

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Dr. Wall - Contour Clinics - VIEW PROFILE

In the absence of complications, the answer is no (no effect on functionality). The main complications experienced with the procedure are asymmetry (which are 1 in 20 patients), bruising which is common, and swelling which is also very common. The risk of infection, whilst hasn’t been documented in papers, would sit roughly around 1 in 3,000 if we extrapolate from facial filler studies. There is also a risk of delayed-onset nodules; there is no evidence I can find in the literature, but from the face the risk of those are about 1 in 4,000-5,000. There is also a risk of injecting into a blood vessel, which we haven’t evidence of, but in the face the risk of what we call “vascular necrosis” is 1 in 100,000.


Some of the common complications are bruising and swelling. This is usually self-limited and lasts 7-10 days. We usually recommend not to use the organ (penis) for at least one week after the procedure. Not only will the penis be sore, but there will be open wounds that need to be completely healed before resuming any sexual activity.

Dr. Shafer - 

The vast majority of patients report either the same sensitivity or enhanced sensitivity and enhanced / thicker erections. We have no studies on semen quality. If you have pre-existing issues such as erectile dysfunction, this is not a treatment for that. As for complications, swelling and possible bruising are the most common, and usually resolve within a week if they occur. We give you a sulumedrol steroid pack which can help the swelling go down faster.