Diagnosing and Treating Pearly Penile Papules (PPP)


Pearly penile papules ("PPP") are common flesh-colored and benign growths found on the circumference of the rim of the tip (glans) of the penis.

Pearly penile papules can be found in 1-2 rows, and may be mistakenly considered to be transmitted sexually (they are not) since they look like genital wart. However, they cannot be transferred to another person.

These small growths affect many men, and they are considered a variant of normal.
Pearly penile papules can be treated with various destructive modalities including electrosurgery, laser, cryotherapy and chemical agents. I have extensive experience treating pearly penile papules, and have treated hundreds of patients from across North America with this embarrassing and common condition. Typically, a strong anesthetic cream is applied prior to the procedure (no needles), and so the treatment is entirely painless and the healing time is approximately 5-7 days.

Although benign, many men and sometimes their partners, find these lesions unsightly. Along with regularly diagnosing and treating pearly penile papules (PPP), I have also published medical scientific articles on this condition to educate other physicians.

The attached video is my nurse explaining more about pearly penile papules. I as the dermatologist perform all the procedures myself with no assistants in the room.

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Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon