Laser Treatment for Pearly Penile Papules (PPPs)

Pearly Penile Papules are common, benign growths on the head of the penis.

Pearly Penile Papules

Pearly Penile Papules

These are small skin colored bumps on the neck of the penis. It usually goes all the way round and you may even see several rows of them. They are smooth, glistening and dome shaped. Once they occur, they will not go away but may become less noticeable with time. It occurs more frequently in uncircumcised men. They are completely harmless.

PPPs are frequently mistaken for an STD like Warts or Molluscum. But the fact is they are NOT due to an STD or any infections. They are simply prominent glands.

They are very normal and occur very frequently.

Since they are harmless, there is no need to treat them.

However, if you or your partner are very concerned about their appearance, you can opt to laser them off.

Laser treatment for PPPs is a very safe procedure. We first apply a numbing cream and leave it on for about 1 to 1.5 hours.

We then gently laser the papules off.

Usually 1 treatment session is enough. Sometimes, some papules are missed and a second ”clean up” session is needed.

There is absolutely no pain after the procedure even after the numbing cream has worn off. You can go straight back to work or your usual activities.

Healing is also very fast. Usually full healing occurs in less than a week.

Recurrence is possible but very rare. Personally, I have done many such treatments and have not had any patient come back to me for recurrence (knock on wood!).

Visiting our Clinics for Treatment of PPPs or Angiokeratomas

If you are keen to remove your PPPs or Angiokeratomas, feel free to visit our clinics.

First we will examine the lesions and confirm that they are truly PPPs and benign. If we suspect any other diagnoses like an STD, we will certainly let you know.

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Once we have confirmed that what you have are truly PPPs, we will proceed with the pearly penile papules removal treatment.

The procedure is very straightforward. A numbing cream is applied on the area to be treated and left on for about 1 to 1.5 hours. The lesions are then lasered off. There is no pain after the procedure and you can go back to your normal activities immediately.

If we miss any lesions on the 1st treatment and you need a repeat treatment, we will do it for you at no charge.


Need more advice?

To find out more about Penile Rash or other Men’s Health issues , please visit your doctor or visit Men’s Health Clinic.

Dr. Tan and Partners @Novena (Men’s Health Clinic)


10 Sinaran Drive,
#08-31, Novena Medical Centre
Singapore 307506

+65 6397 2095

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  1. Penile Discharge (Should I be Worried?)
  2. Frenulum Breve and Penile Frenulectomy
  3. Warts
  4. Molluscum
  5. HIV Symptoms
  6. Syphilis
  7. Herpes
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  9. Premature Ejaculation
  10. Erectile Dysfunction
  11. Erectile Dysfunction Treatment – Electro-shock-wave-treatment
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  13. Gonorrhoea
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  15. Cost of HIV/STD Tests at our Clinic

About Dr. Tan
Dr. Tan graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2001. His residency was in the two largest public hospitals in Singapore; Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital.

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  1. May I know if ppp will reoccur after treatment

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