Pearly Penile Papules

Pearly Penile Papules

Pearly Penile Papules Treatment in Mclean and Woodbridge Va.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Pearly Penile Papules  (PPP) are tiny, flesh-colored bumps often dome shaped  around the head of the penis (corona of glans penis). The bumps are often arranged circumferentially in one or multiple rows and appear as white spots on the penis.

No.  They often can be confused as genital warts or other sexually transmitted diseases.  However, they are harmless and generally  not at increased risk for developing into any other abnormal conditions. Many individuals are bothered by the appearance of the bumps and hence seek treatment options to help alleviate anxiety.

PPP occurs in about  10 to 43% of men. They appear after puberty and usually persist into adulthood. 

Many individuals are bothered by the appearance of Pearly Penile Papules and seek medical attention to have the bumps removed. It also helps alleviate anxiety.   The gold standard treatment for removal of Pearly Penile Papules is  laser surgery utilizing the highly effective CO2 laser technology.  CO2 lasers have been in medical use for decades and have a long standing track record.  Other treatments using curettage and electrocautery are also available but associated with more recurrence and complications.

No, initially a numbing cream will be applied to minimize discomfort and in addition  lidocaine (anesthesia)  injections are used shortly before the laser procedure to make it pain-free.

The CO2 laser is highly effective but in rare cases the bumps can return.  However, in those rare cases, the lesions may be easily retreated.

The CO2 laser is highly effective but in rare cases the bumps can return.  However, in those rare cases, the lesions may be easily retreated.

The laser treatments are generally safe and well tolerated by the majority of individuals but with any laser or any other treatment of skin conditions there is a chance of discoloration and scarring.   The risk is minimized by proper patient selection and proper aftercare.  At the Skin & Laser Surgery Dermatology Center we have performed these procedures since the late 1990’s and have extensive experience in treating and managing any potential albeit rare complications.

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Skin & Laser Dermatology Center treats patients for all skin care concerns, including skin cancer surgery, cosmetic dermatology, sclerotherapy, laser peels, laser hair removal, hyperhidrosis, rosacea, and acne treatments.


Our Clients Say

My eyelid surgery results for the facial wrinkles look very natural. Very skilled dermatologic surgeon.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Holly

Dr. Bajoghli always has time for his patients, you never feel that he is rushing you and after you leave if you have any concerns he is very responsive to the point of giving out his cell phone number. I can’t say enough about him and his staff.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – John

Nurse Rassmussen answers all of my questions, listens to my concerns, examines my skin, goes over my treatment protocol and gets me out the door quickly, but without feeling rushed, so that I can get on with the rest of my day. I have already recommended this practice to a couple of friends, and I will continue to do so with confidence.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Riley

I really appreciate the polite and professional service that Dr. Bajoghli’s practice provides in my dermatologic health. All of his staff make you feel welcome and are concerned for your care. Speaking as someone who neglected his skin care when I was young, I appreciate having a physician who is personally concerned for his patients.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Dennis

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