“Botched” is a TV show that profiles patients who went under the knife and with terrible results, which are then repaired by two renowned plastic surgeons. In many episodes, the surgeries were “botched” due to the patients using an unlicensed or inexperienced doctor for their original procedure. This was not the case in the recent penile enlargement of a billionaire that resulted in more than just a “botched” job — the penile injections resulted in the loss of life.
The death of the Billionaire Diamond Trader
Ehud Arye Laniado, 65, a Belgian-Israeli dual national arrived at the luxury Parisian clinic on Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris and has more than enough money to undergo the “crème de la crème” of cosmetic penile enhancement procedures. The billionaire founder of Omega Diamonds underwent a round of penile injections to attempt to enhance the size of his penis. When his penis was injected with the filler, he had a fatal heart attack.
What went wrong with the billionaire’s penis enlargement injections?
It does not appear that Laniado was a victim of an unlicensed or inexperienced professional in a back alley, as his penis enlargement injection procedure was performed in an upscale medical clinic in the heart of Paris. While we don’t know the exact reason of his complications and death from the penis enlargement procedure, we do know this has happened before; as recently as 2017 when a man in Sweden died from a filler that entered a vein and caused an embolism also resulting in death.
While death from penile injections may not be the most typical or regular occurrence, complications and risks plague the use of penile injections as a method to increase penis length and/or girth.
Risks and complications with penile injections
Penile injections are not fully medically cleared for penile enhancement. While there may be many men who have received these injections successfully without complications, the risk is not worth the potential reward.
While death is the most severe (and final) complication that can be experienced; more often, penile injections can result in horrifying deformities, severe scarring, skin and tissue necrosis (death of tissue), acute infections, and other disturbing and dangerous complications.
Types of penis enlargement injections
There are a few different types of penis enlargement injections used in the USA. None of them are currently cleared and all carry risks.
Dermal Filler Injections
Dermal fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse, and Juvéderm are often used to smooth deep lines and wrinkles such as the nasolabial folds, plump lips, and add volume and contours to cheekbones and jawline. These fillers have been used in the face with fantastic results. However, they are often used separately or in conjunction with each other to enlarge the penis, which has, in the case of Mr. Laniado and some other patients, led to disastrous results.
Polymethylmethacrylate injections are similar to the other dermal fillers and have been used in facial rejuvenation for over 50 years. PMAA fillers, often known by the brand name Artefill, are made up of 80% bovine (cow) collagen gel and 20% small synthetic polymer beads called PMMA microspheres. This filler is injected into depressions or folds to increase volume and smooth the area. While Artefill has been cleared for the face, it is not approved for the rest of the body and there have been 32 cases of complications stemming from PMMA injections.
Fat Transfer Injections
Fat transfers have also been used in the face to smooth skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles or hollowed cheeks. After the fat is removed via liposuction from the patient, it is then purified and injected into facial areas where more volume is desired. However, when this procedure is used for enlarging the penis, it can result in grave consequences, such as the death of the patient in Sweden.
The lure of penile injections
The main enticement of penile injections beyond the enlargement is the speed of the procedure as well as the small amount of downtime needed. Men are excited by the prospect of achieving a larger penis over their lunch hour. While they may be able to return to work a day or two after having penile injections, they must avoid any sexual activity after treatment for a period of time.
While the lure of a quick fix is attractive, most men need more than one round of injections and they are not a long-lasting solution. Penile injections enhancement lasts about six months to two years, dependent on several factors. Beyond any benefits, the complications of penile injections are just not worth the risk – especially when there is another, better option.
The Penuma® Implant for penis enlargement
The Penuma® is a curved silicone device inserted under the penile skin to increase the length and girth of the penis. Using a small incision in the scrotum under the base of the penis, the Penuma® Implant is inserted under the skin and acts as a volumizing sheath, placed over your natural penile tissues. The Penuma® is designed to fit your penis shape for a natural look and feel. Patients who have undergone the procedure have reported an average gain of 1 to 2 inches in penis size.
As mentioned, penile injections are popular due to the speed of the treatment and lack of recovery time. The great news is that the Penuma® procedure is outpatient and you will be able to return home the same day. Recovery time is only a few weeks longer than penile injections but the Penuma® implant – and a larger penis – is for the long term.
If you have questions regarding penis enlargement and the Penuma® Implant, please contact Dr. Elist by filling out our contact form and learn more about our cleared cosmetic penile enhancement implant that can last a lifetime.