Many people really have very little education about sexually transmitted diseases (STD) causing fear for even common conditions such as pearly penile papules (PPP). These little bumps appear around the head of the penis and often cause undue concern.
While it is important to see a physician to rule out any other conditions, once PPP is diagnosed, you should be relieved as they are totally benign. The bumps are round and typically the color ?f flesh. While it's unclear why they form, experts do agree that they aren't an STD and are common among young, uncircumsized males.
Treatment is only needed for cosmetic reasons and many find that CO2 laser resurfacing treatments are able to provide a fast, pain-free, permanent solution to PPP. The UltraPulse laser from Lumenis allows vaporization of the papules without harming the skin of the penis. Patients have no scarring nor sensation loss and typically recover in 1 to 2 weeks.
The area is numbed at first with lidocaine to ensure a painless procedure, but there is some scabbing and swelling to be expected. You shouldn't worry or be embarrassed once you know you have PPP, just talk to your doctor about this simple procedure. Be sure to find a physician who has experience using a CO2 Laser for treating PPP because not all physicians with CO2 lasers treat this condition.