Pearly Penile Papules (PPP) Removal Treatments

Don’t feel embarrassed or ashamed any longer, we can eliminate these bumps forever in one treatment session.

Rediscover your true look at DermMedica…

with our PPP treatment…

Did she notice? Is that the reason it didn’t work out with her? What will this new girl think of me? Does she think I have an STD? All these thoughts and more race through your head when you have this condition. It is benign and harmless and not any fault of yours but still, it sucks! Don’t worry any longer, there is an excellent treatment to remove them permanently in just one session. Imagine a lifetime of freedom from worry and embarrassment, time to move on with life and get it dealt with once and for all.

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Treatment Results

Just like skin, results may vary. These pictures (of our awesome, real-life clients!) help you see what is possible and sets a realistic expectation.

We’d love to get to know you, learn more about your goals, and see what treatment options would suit you best.

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*Treatment results may vary from person to person

  • I have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Crippen for awhile now, he does botox injections for me every 3 months. I was very nervous at first, but the staff and Dr. Crippen made me feel at ease right away. He is a wonderful Doctor, very caring and does a fantastic job. I highly recommend Dr. Crippen. Staff is also excellent!!! Thank you.

    LK Jan 15, 2013
  • Dr. Crippen is an absolute maser with Botox. I’ve had little filler implants done around my face, my ears and lips so far, and each operation came out looking exactly the way I had hoped. Not too puffy, not too thin.

    John Savill Sep 4, 2014
  • This place does the best work of all the skincare clinics I’ve tried in the Vancouver area. I go back periodically for new botox and juvederm injections, and they always make it look brand new and just right every single time. This place has earned my business.

    Greg Monte Aug 26, 2014
  • I was deeply impressed with the work of this clinic. We visited for my teenage daughter after over-the-counter medications had failed her. The acne removal treatment recommended and performed by Doctor Crippen was incredibly effective. We’ve been back for a couple more treatments over the years, and they are all as effective. I wanted to note in particular that he and the staff had a wonderful manner while administering treatment. My daughter typically hates clinical environments but she always felt very comfortable here.

    Phoebe Provenzano Jun 29, 2014
  • This is the only place that I’ve gone for age spots since it opened. I loved how easily I could schedule at short notice, and the commitment the staff showed to making sure that I understood everything I wanted to know. I was treated very well here.

    Yolanda Tighman Sep. 05, 2014
  • I loved how little time it took to set up the chemical peel treatment and to get it. Your clinic made the day very convenient for me, especially since two other clinics had already told me that they couldn’t fit me in that. Your chemical peel was also one of the most effective that I’ve ever had. I’m extremely satisfied.

    SeasonDucharme Sep. 5, 2014
  • I had excellent results with a Coolsculpting operation at this clinic. Dr. Crippen took me through everything I wanted to know before we started, and I was still surprised at how easy it was. It took a little longer than I would have liked for the results to kick in, but I didn’t change anything and I lost weight.

    Ami Hamann Aug 26, 2014
  • My coolsculpting treatment was first performed at this clinic, at the Kelowna location, which might be their only one. I’ve never had coolsculpting performed anywhere else, so I can’t judge the quality compared to other clinics, but it was really effective. The procedure was completely painless and didn’t even feel uncomfortable. The easiest weight I have ever lost.

    Ron Woodhouse Jul 06, 2014
  • Dr Crippen performed the Juvederm treatment in a highly professional, caring and pleasant manner. I found the entire experience to be a comfortable one and despite having some initial reservations/nervousness, both he and his extremely competent staff, made me feel totally at ease and reassured. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire experience of being treated by Dr Crippen and his staff.

    DC Feb 9, 2012
  • I chose DermMedica hoping they would be able to help me with my lips. Dr. Crippen recommended a Juvederm filler, and I’m thrilled with both how easy it was and how great it looks. I was particularly pleased with the end result of the lip filler because I’ve had friends with that swollen look, and I did not want any part of that.

    Harold Elliott Sep. 2, 2014

Pearly Penile Papules (PPP) Removal Treatments

DermMedica removes PPP using the latest and most effective skin care technology. This frustrating condition is sometimes confused with HPV and other STIs, but the bumps are not contagious and not the result of sexual activity, or even personal habits. Instead, they form as a result of genetics.

They can be embarrassing or cause discomfort on the part of sexual partners, even though they don’t present a health risk. We respond to each individual case by creating a minimally-invasive and effective laser treatment plan. Watch our video below to see how we remove these papules.

More about Our PPP Treatments

Symptoms/Identifying PPP

Since the papules are a skin variation and not a medical problem they do not cause discomfort. The only symptom is the appearance of the bumps along the circumference of the tip of the penis. Penile papules are a genetic variation of normal in men. They are more common in uncircumcised men than circumcised men. Some primates have penile spines in a similar location so the papules may be a vestigial trait.

PPP Treatment Options

The papules cause no pain and are not dangerous from a health perspective so some men will choose to leave the condition untreated. However, many men find them embarrassing. Current or previous partners may have been concerned by their appearance or judgmental of them. This remedy removes the unpleasant emotional and social fallout that the papules can cause.

PPP elimination is achieved via a simple outpatient procedure called a C02 laser treatment. A C02 laser is used to vaporize the papules. This procedure can take as little as a few minutes to perform. The laser removes moisture from them and promotes the growth of healthy and youthful skin in their place. As a result, there is minimal risk and time loss associated with it. The costs of the procedure are low compared to the potential emotional benefits and alleviation of stigma.

During the procedure, the area is cleaned and a topical numbing agent is applied. No injections are involved. The anesthetic makes it so you will not feel anything during the procedure.

Why choose Dr. Crippen at DermMedica for Pearly Penile Papules (PPP) removal?

Dr. Crippen at DermMedica has been performing this treatment for many years and prospective patients travel from all over Canada to have this procedure performed by him because of his experience. Dr. Crippen can discuss your concerns and needs at an assessment.

The Derm Medica clinic is designed with the needs of our patients in mind. There is a side door available to maximize privacy and discretion for patients. Very few clinics offer this level of confidentiality to create a level of comfort that is second to none.

When you make an appointment for a consultation, Dr. Crippen will be able to discuss the process and your specific needs with you. He will examine you and tell you what results you can expect. The consultation is the perfect time to ask any questions you have and to discuss the treatment with Dr. Crippen. You will receive additional information that is important in understanding the procedure and making the best choice for you.

Quick Answers About Pearly Penile Papules Treatment

Is it true that PPP sometimes goes away on its own? I have heard that it can go away on it’s own. What makes the treatment worth it?

Pearly Penile Papules are a permanent skin condition that develop in about 20% of men. the condition will not improve with time and their are no creams or ointments that will have any effect on it. The only method of removal that works is laser treatment. We provide PPP remedies on a regular basis for men from all over the country.

How long to recover from PPP treatment before intimacy?

We normally recommend to our patients after receiving a laser procedure for Pearly Penile Papules to wait about 7-10 days after the procedure. After this time, the patient should be back to normal and able to resume normal sexual activity with no side-effects. After laser treatment, the area will be a bit sensitive and tender because we are removing very small amounts of tissue, but this area is quite vascular and heals rapidly.

Is the Pearly Penile Papules Treatment Safe? What kind of laser will be used if I elect to have the treatment? Is it really safe?

Safety of any procedure really comes down to who is providing the treatment. If you have an experienced laser phsyician performing the procedure then this treatment is very safe without any significant safety issues. The nice thing about a Pearly Penile Papule treatment with a CO2 laser is that the results are permanent, you never have to have another procedure.  Dr. Crippen is certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery and has extensive experience removing PPP lesions.

Are creams an effective treatment for PPP?

Unfortunately, there is no cream that is known to be an effective treatment for PPP. Some products claim (often in an unclear way) to be effective at eliminating these spots. However, there is currently no known non-surgical or non-laser treatment that works to remove PPP.

How permanent are the effects?

All papules removed by the treatments are gone permanently, and will not redevelop. However, new papules may form after enough time has passed. Make sure any new papules are taken care of quickly to reduce treatment time and recovery.

What are the risks?

With any procedure there are risks involved. Swelling and discomfort are the most common side effects following the procedure but these typically heal within a week. The main risks for CO2 laser treatment of PPP are inflammation, infection, hematoma, scarring, swelling, bruising and numbness. Most problems and discomfort will resolve with time as the treated area heals.

Risks specific to you as an individual will be discussed during your personal consultation. Minor complications that do not change the result of the procedure occur for time to time. Serious complications are very rare.

Do you treat Fordyce spots?

PPP is often confused with Fordyce spots. DermMedica does not treat Fordyce spots as they are simply oil glands in the skin that are more noticeable. Treating these usually results in unacceptable scarring and for this reason Dr. Crippen does not recommend treatment of this condition..

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