While they do not pose a health risk, many men with pearly penile papules will look to remove them as they are unsightly or because they are worried about what their partner may think.
It is true that studies have shown that PPP are more likely to be found on the ridge of the glans of uncircumcised men… which begs the question, “will circumcision get rid of my pearly penile papules?”
Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that this will be the case. While circumcised men are less likely to be affected by these small white spots, it is still possible. Circumcision is not a quick fix: some circumcised men will find that their papules are not as severe, and that they may regress over time, but circumcision should not be seen as an “easy fix” for the problem.
While some men may still wish to consider circumcision as a solution to their pearly penile papules, there are other treatments available that are carried out in just one visit, are carried out painlessly under a local anaesthetic and which – unlike circumcision – are 100% effective in completely removing these white spots that can often cause so much distress.
There are two main forms of treatment available, namely hifrecation and CO2 laser removal. Both are incredibly effective in removing PPP, although CO2 laser removal tends to be more expensive.
Hifrecation uses low voltage electrical currents to remove papules in an accurate and painless way, leaving no post-surgery scarring and with a full recovery time of just a couple of days. CO2 laser removal, on the other hand, is no more effective than hifrecation, but costs more, using lasers to remove the Pearly Penile Papules.
These two forms of treatment are the recommended solution for unsightly pearly penile papules, with a relatively low cost, a short recovery time and – most importantly – a strong guarantee that they will actually resolve the problem. Circumcision, on the other hand, will take longer to recover from, and is a more complicated operation that may not actually resolve the problem.