The head (or glans) of the penis has something called a frenulum – a thin elastic band of skin underneath – similar to that found under the tongue. The penile frenulum should stretch to allow the foreskin to comfortably slide and retract from the head of the penis when erect. If the frenulum is too short or thick it may restrict normal movement of the foreskin, a medical condition known as a Frenulum Breve. This can lead to problems during erection and sexual activity, including: penile curvature downwards, difficulty penetrating, bruising, repeated tears, bleeding and pain.
Men are often reluctant to discuss intimate health concerns with their doctors, but frenulum breve is a common condition and there is a simple in-clinic procedure available to resolve symptoms, called Frenuloplasty or Frenulectomy. Our doctors and medical teams at Academy Face and Body specialise in medical male enhancement and this lifechanging procedure is available at our Sydney and Perth clinics.
Because the frenulum is often removed during circumcision, it is much less common for circumcised men to suffer from this condition. However, in countries such as Australia where circumcision rates are very low, up to 5% of men may present with symptoms from Frenulum Breve.
A Frenuloplasty is a quick and painless surgical procedure that can be performed in-clinic by our doctors, using only local anesthetic, to release tightness in the frenulum. The incision will take a couple weeks to heal but patients can expect an increased range of penile motion and pain free erections, making sexual intercourse more enjoyable.
In most cases, it’s not necessary to have a circumcision to repair a short frenulum, only the frenulum itself needs to be released.
The first thing to do is schedule a consultation with one of our male physicians to discuss your symptoms, have an examination and receive an accurate diagnosis. We can usually schedule a procedural date within two weeks of consult. If you have already been diagnosed with Frenulum Breve by another doctor, please contact us to discuss booking consultation and procedure on the same day.
ii) The Procedure
Frenuloplasty takes about 30-minutes and can be performed using local anesthetic in clinic. The tight band of skin is cut horizontally using a Radiosurgery device, which cauterises the skin as it cuts to minimise bleeding (similar to laser). The glans is rotated upwards and any tightness released. The area is then cleaned and your doctor may use a few tiny dissolving stitches running lengthways along the frenulum to increase its length. Antibiotic ointment is applied and post-care instructions will be explained.
Yes, there will be a bit of discomfort on the day as the local wears off, but most patients can head home within an hour and will be fully healed and back to normal within a couple weeks. We recommend the following:
Whilst Frenuloplasty side effects tend to be mild, there is a chance of the following:
If at any stage you are concerned, please call the clinic to speak to a member of medical staff.