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PPP (pearly penile papules) and being uncircumcised

I’m also not circumcised, do you think I have PPP because I’m not circumsized? How do I go about getting circumsized and getting my PPP removed. What’s the process on getting circumsized, removing the PPP, and the side effects if any.
I’m 30 and don’t want the “what’s that” in my life anymore.

Thanks!  Walter

Dear Walter,

According to the literature Pearly Penile (Pink) Papules (PPP) occur more frequently in uncircumcised men than circumcised, and in our practice respond very well to pin point coagulation.  This is often done, simultaneously with adult circumcision, and I’ve never seen a single lesion grow back. Please understand if you have many tangential clusters, I am reluctant to desiccate all lesions at one time, for concern about producing a scar on the corona.  There is no charge for PPP removal when done at the time of circumcision and usually one, at most 2 followup visits takes care of them all.

They are not contagious and should not be confused with penile condyloma which are transferable (to a female) and could be associated with cervical cancer

Please see before and after pictures of adult circumcision on our web-site penisdoctor.com

Harold M. Reed, M.D.
The Reed Centre for Cosmetic Circumcision


PPP (Pearly Penile Papules) Typical location


Pearly Penile (Pink) Papules PPP, close up.  We go after the biggest first, and leave some skin to promote rapid epidermal coverage of cauterized sites