Penis enlargement, meanwhile, dropped by 28% in 2016, according to the ISAPS, likely due to the rise of new, less-invasive booster techniques.
3 February 2018
February 3, 2018
Penis whitening fad worries surgeons
PARIS: Plastic surgeons raised red flags this week about a penis whitening fad in skin colour-fixated Thailand, dismissing the procedure as a phallic “fashion” with uncertain benefits and many risks.
Requiring the use of lasers, acid, or chemicals, the latest craze in genital beautification can leave men with burns, scars, taut skin, or the exact opposite of what they were after in the first place — a darker penis or a spotted one, the experts warned.
“I think it should not be done in a patient that doesn’t need it,” Milanese plastic surgeon Massimiliano Brambilla, who specialises in genital procedures, told AFP.
“Most of the substances that are used to whiten… are quite aggressive. Whitening is one of those things that I am very careful of.”
Earlier this month, a Bangkok clinic said 100 men a month were making use of its penis whitening service just six months after it started offering the procedure.
The clinic charged about US$650 (520 euros) for five laser sessions.
“I think it’s linked to the pornographisation of society,” said plastic surgeon Fabien Boucher from Lyon, France, another practitioner of “intimate” procedures.
“What people see is… a genital aesthetic that in my view is not realistic,” he explained, with sex organs shaved and otherwise manipulated to represent those of very young people — hairless, smooth, and pink.
It is normal for the privates to be more darkly coloured than the rest of the skin, said Boucher.
Boucher stressed there has been little scientific research into the use of lasers and chemicals for penis-whitening, and no bleaching techniques or products have been developed uniquely for use in this sensitive area.
“The skin of the penis is different” to that of the face or body, for which the existing products were conceived, said Boucher.
“It is a thin skin… and we do not yet fully understand how it will react.”
The Thai health ministry has also warned against the procedure, saying it may cause irritation or infection, even presents a threat to sexual pleasure and reproduction.
“Honestly, I don’t think they should be doing it,” echoed Boucher, who said he wouldn’t perform the procedure until the science shows it is safe.
Most clients are aged between 22 and 55, with many from Thailand’s LGBTQ community.
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4 January 2018
Thai penis whitening fad drives social media nuts
BANGKOK: A Bangkok clinic that has drawn 100 men a month to its penis whitening service has caused a stir in Thailand, with social media users both baffled and alarmed by the phallic fad.
The Lelux Hospital, renowned for its body whitening expertise in a country obsessed with skin colour, began offering the unconventional treatment six months ago after a male customer complained of “dark parts” on his groin.
“These days a lot of people are asking about it. We get around 100 clients a month, three to four clients a day,” Bunthita Wattanasiri, a manager for the Skin and Laser department at Lelux Hospital told AFP.
The procedure, which uses laser whitening, got wide play on Thai television and social media on Thursday (Jan 4) after the hospital released images of a man undergoing the treatment.
“We have to be careful because it’s a sensitive part of the body,” Bunthita said, adding most clients were aged between 22 and 55-years-old with many from Thailand’s LGBT community.
‘Penis whitening’ service where men have their groins blasted with a laser becomes a huge hit with men in Thailand
- Thai clinic claims three to four clients per day use penis whitening service
- Hospital in Bangkok began offering skin whitening for groins six months ago
- Staff says it’s been a hit, with male clients aged between 22 and 55
More than 100 men a month have been making a pilgrimage to a clinic in Thailand which offers a penis whitening procedure.
The Lelux Hospital in Bangkok began offering the unconventional treatment six months ago, and now has three to four clients per day.
The much-hyped procedure, a laser treatment of the groin, has left the public both baffled and alarmed, but the clinic says they have more inquiries than ever.
‘These days a lot of people are asking about it. We get around 100 clients a month, three to four clients a day,’ Bunthita Wattanasiri, a manager for the Skin and Laser department at Lelax Hospital told AFP.
The procedure got wide play on Thai television and social media on Thursday after the hospital released images of a man undergoing the treatment.
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