Pearly Penile Papules (PPPs)
What Are Pearly Penile Papules (PPPs)?
Pearly penile papules (PPP) are small dome-shaped skin-colored bumps that are typically located on the sulcus or corona at the distal end of the penis.
These papules are commonly arranged all the way around the head of the penis in one or several rows. These are a normal, anatomical variant and have been reported in being present in up to 40% of men.
Symptoms of Pearly Penile Papules
PPP do not cause symptoms such as pain, redness, or itching. The only symptom is their appearance and the location in which the papules appear. The papules are often confused for other, sexually transmitted, conditions such as genital warts or molluscum contagiosum. Fortunately, pearly penile papules are not contagious and are not transmitted sexually.
What Causes PPP?
Are Pearly Penile Papules Dangerous?
Will PPP Go Away On Its Own?
The Ultrapulse Co2 Laser is effective in removing these lesions with little or no scarring. A small needle is required to anesthetize the area, and then the Co2 laser uses heat energy to ablate the individual lesions. No suturing is required, but there will be some pain, crusting and minimal bleeding for 7-10 days while the area heals.
Maintenance treatments may be required as new lesions can develop in many patients.