PPP Treatment FAQs

Dr Helena Torpinski|Genital lesions
16 February 2023


What is the best treatment?

Laser is the most effective, most precise treatment and quickest to heal.

What about other treatments?

Home remedies need to be avoided. They are unlikely to help and may actually cause harm. Freezing and cutting are also less effective than laser.

Is the treatment painful?

We have several numbing options which are very effective. Most gents won’t even feel the treatment.

Do you use anaesthetic?

We most often use a strong numbing cream applied 30-60 minutes before the treatment.

Who does the treatment?

The treatment is always done by a doctor with a nurse assisting.

How does the laser work?

The laser is a very delicate and precise machine which vapourises one skin layer at a time.

Are the lasers safe?

Yes. They are serviced regularly, only operated by experienced professionals and only used in the parameters for which they are manufactured.

How many treatments do I need?

We try to remove all the PPPs in the first treatment but occasionally they will partially regrow. Patients can then decide for themselves whether they want to improve the appearance with further treatments.

How long does the treatment take?

It’s actually very quick – mostly less than 15 minutes.

How long does it take to heal?

Usually 4-5 days.

Will it hurt after?

No, at worst it will feel like a sunburn.

How do I look after it?

We’ll cover the area in Vaseline, which you will reapply several times a day to prevent a hard scab forming.

Can I have sex after?

As soon as you are healed – a few days.

Will it affect my performance?

It will not change your sexual performance at all.

Will the PPPs come back?

Usually not.

Will anyone know I’ve been treated?

Once you’ve healed, there will be no way of telling that you have had treatment for PPPs in the past.

For more information…

…we encourage you to book a consultation with Dr Terence to discuss your concerns, determine whether you have PPPs, and whether our laser treatment is right for you.