‘I wanted to be like a porn star’
WHEN Mohamad El-ahmed saw a surgeon for a potential penis enlargement operation, he received a surprising response: the surgeon refused to operate on him.
"He just said, there's nothing wrong with your penis. I see much smaller penises every day - you don't need it."
Although it was a revelation - another clinic had been extremely pushy in persuading him to get the operation - Mr El-ahmed still harboured a desire: "To be frank, I just really wanted it to be as large as possible, like a porn star!"
But learning gory details of the typical penis enlargement procedure also put him off completely. He quivers as he recounts it: "They told me they cut under your balls, go in six inches and cut something inside to make the penis hang lower. To make it thicker, they de-glove your penis from the base up and insert plastic things to make it bigger."
At the end of the procedure, there's no guarantee of how much length you'd get so he decided it not worth the risk or price, which is as eye-watering as the procedure itself at $30,000.
Mr El-ahmed didn't have anxiety issues - "I'll drop my dacks for anyone," he said - but he describes his penis as a "grower" rather than a "shower"' Although there were never any complaints from lovers, he believes "there was room for improvement".
When Man Cave Sydney started offering a revolutionary Penile Girth Enhancement procedure, Mr El-ahmed, 36, from Blacktown, jumped at the chance. There was just one catch. The man has to be fully erect as the procedure takes place, via a Viagra-like injection 20 minutes before. But it didn't phase him: "I have no problems with nudity", he said.
The new procedure is currently only offered by two venues in Australia. Dr Sara Kotai, medical director of Man Cave Sydney, described why it could attract more men than the current penis enlargement operation.
"It's non-surgical, minimally invasive, and fully reversible, with minimal downtime so men can increase their girth in an hour without scalpels, stitches, general anaesthetic or hospital stay," she said. It's also considerably cheaper than traditional surgical methods, starting from $3000.
"Filler injections are used under the skin of the penis to instantly increase girth (it is placed between the layers of fascia)," Dr Kotai said, describing the procedure. "Filler is also known as Hyaluronic acid - these are the same fillers traditionally used in lips and cheeks.
"It's a soft gel-like substance that occurs naturally in the body. A standard treatment can increase the flaccid girth by 2-3cm, and erect girth by 1.0-2.5cm, with effects lasting 18 to 24 months."
When the effects wear off from about 18 months, you can come back to do it again. Mr El-ahmed is already booked in. "What they do is magic. There's a massive width improvement - at least 1.5cm," he said. "Length is bigger by a little bit - from about 16cm to 17cm. I'm 100 per cent more confident."
During my visit to Man Cave Sydney, he instantly dropped his dacks and shows me a 'before' shot on his phone. The difference is definitely noticeable.
It has certainly helped Mr El-ahmed's love life: "I get lots of compliments from women saying that's the biggest or best-looking one they've ever seen. You hear that and feel over the moon!"
He said he has shown his new, bigger version to his mates and they're in awe. One has booked the procedure for himself.
But does it hurt?
"We use a blunt needle known as a cannula," Dr Kotai said. "Hyaluronic acid is injected into the areolar tissue of the penis. Then gentle but firm pressure will be used to manipulate the filler into place. Little to no pain is felt as topical anaesthetic is applied prior to numb the injection sites. Laughing gas can also be administered if required."
Mr El-ahmed said: "The thought of needles in your penis freaks you out but the pain is only a four on a scale of 10."
The after effects, though, are "tender and sore" and the product takes a week to settle so must be massaged, despite the tenderness.
"That's the only downside," he added.
When I asked Mr El-ahmed if he thought society's pressure on men led them to think they need to go through such procedures in order to be validated, he was nonchalant.
"I think we should be more like women - if we want Botox, penis enlargements, hair transplants, we should go and do it like women do," he said. "We get pressured to have the body beautiful too - from billboards to social media."
Before his dacks come back up again, Mr El-ahmed told me about another downside he's thought of. "The biggest problem I never considered was finding a condom that fits. I can't. They break halfway down. Even XXL doesn't fit me now," he said.