As the name indicates these are the papules that appear on the rim of the head of penis. There is no specific reason for their occurrence and they are absolutely harmless. It is a skin condition that comes on its own and may start to vanish as age progresses, but everybody is different. There is always a possibility that 2 PPP cases are very different from each other. If you experience some papules on your penis, it is always recommended to consult a specialist doctor to rule out any other potential infection or wart. As PPP is often mistaken as STI or Genital warts, but they are not.
Symptoms of PPP
- They are white, pink or translucent in colour.
- The size may vary from 1-4mm long papules that may look like threads.
- The papules appear on the corona or head of the penile shaft.
- They may appear in rows.
- They are not scratchy, painful or never bleed.
Are these a cause of worry?
As long as they are not showing any symptoms, there is no need to worry about them. They are benign skin growths that sometimes may fade away with time if they are very minimal or small. However, it is always advised that if you notice any sort of lumps or bumps on your penis, scrotum or around the genital area, you must consult your GP or at the local sexual health clinics.
Treatment for Pearly Penile Papules
They are harmless in nature and therefore can be left alone without any need for treatment, but they do impact the patient mentally and make them conscious about such abnormal skin growth. The reason for psychological impact could be their unappealing appearance or sceptical approach to rule out any other disease. Irrespective of the nature of the treatment, there are certain options that can be adopted for successful PPP removal.
Under high magnification a small precision electrode is used to target the papules and fade them away by producing free radicals using radio waves. This is one of the most successful treatments so far. It gives aesthetically pleasing results but there is comparatively more downtime than other laser treatments available but this is only available in handful centres in UK.
CO2 Laser:Precise laser beam is used to vaporise the papules. The precision tip makes sure that no adjacent healthy tissues get damaged during the process. The papules are vaporised after applying numbing cream, this makes the process pain free. The patient may feel slight discomfort after local anaesthesia starts to fade. In comparison to Radiosurgery, the downtime is quite low as it is a non-invasive process. The results are exceptionally good without any scarring.
Cryotherapy:In this process, liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the papules and their growth. Liquid nitrogen has an extremely low temperature to freeze the skin growth forever.
At Renew Skin and Health Clinic our specialist doctor uses number of methods including Carbon Dioxide laser treatment for PPP and radio-surgery (electro-surgery) to vaporise these unwanted growths. You may book your consultation here or may call at 0126 422 454 to speak to our doctor.