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Meet Maurizio and Roberto Viel. They enlarge penises for a living.

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Maurizio and Roberto Viel
Maurizio and Roberto Viel. image via gawker.
Maurizio and Roberto Viel
Maurizio and Roberto Viel. image via gawker.

The Independent has gone and done a feature on an unlikely pair. Or to be succinct, twins. What of course makes Maurizio and Roberto Viel compelling is that they are both plastic surgeons with joint practices out of London and Dubai, they have performed many plastic surgery operations (including on each other) and the one operation that has garnered them particular attention involves penal enlargement (yes you read that right).

independent: “Achieve massive girth”; “Get your giant tool now”: These are genuine subject lines from spam emails that invade our inboxes, offering quack solutions to men who feel small. As the prevalence of porn as well as the increasing exposure of crotches and more on billboards (think David Beckham’s pants ads) helps to fuel a rising sense of inadequacy among many men, penis enlargement has become a growth business.

The problem for those who would make penises larger, however, is that, much more than breasts, for example, they have evolved to withstand great stress and changes in size. They resist almost all attempts to make them permanently bigger.

That last bit must come as a bit of a let down to those chaps resolute on getting their penises to the size that makes one feel more like a man (then again why is it that the size of a man’s penis is so correlated to his masculinity or is that the size of his pay packet? Or neither?)

Nevertheless where there is a will there is a way:

Roberto Viel says he has overcome these challenges, and performs about 200 penoplasty operations a year. Sitting at his desk, he pulls out a gold-nibbed pen and draws a penis. It includes the suspensory ligament, which holds up the erect penis. By partially severing it, having accessed it by cutting away a flap of flesh covering the pubic bone, Viel causes the penis to drop, and hang lower by as many as two inches. The length of the erection is not increased, however, and its angle is lower. “If I cut too much it will be like that,” Viel says, overlaying his drawing with a drooping outline, “and that’s not the best for sex.”

Viel also extracts fat, usually from the patient’s stomach, and injects it under the skin on the top side of the penis, increasing its circumference by more than an inch, whatever its state. Viel keeps some of the fat in his fridge for top-ups, in case it is reabsorbed. The whole procedure, which takes about 90 minutes and is performed under local anaesthetic, costs around £5,000.

5000 quid to feel more like the real you? What’s the expression? If you’ve got it, then flaunt it. If you don’t got it then you better…?

And how popular is penis enlargement anyway?

Roberto Viel says he has overcome these challenges, and performs about 200 penoplasty operations a year. Sitting at his desk, he pulls out a gold-nibbed pen and draws a penis. It includes the suspensory ligament, which holds up the erect penis. By partially severing it, having accessed it by cutting away a flap of flesh covering the pubic bone, Viel causes the penis to drop, and hang lower by as many as two inches. The length of the erection is not increased, however, and its angle is lower. “If I cut too much it will be like that,” Viel says, overlaying his drawing with a drooping outline, “and that’s not the best for sex.”

Penis enlargements now make up half the Viels’s work, bringing in a around million pounds a year in revenue. The twins are accomplished self-publicists, and have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers. 

Can you blame them though? Then again seeing as they have been performing the craft of penis enlargement since 1991, they have had many chances to show off their ahem successes…

But then again penis surgery it seems is hardly for the faint of heart:

Viel estimates he has performed 3,000 penis enlargements since 1991. He is fully licensed to carry out his procedure, inspired in part by the pioneering work in the 1980s of Dr Long Daochao, a Chinese surgeon. But it remains a niche technique. None of the 230 surgeons represented by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps), which accounts for about 40 per cent of the industry, offers penoplasty. The Viels are not members. Nigel Mercer, a consultant plastic surgeon and former president of Baaps, says, “It’s not something we say every surgeon should offer because there have been lots of unhappy patients.”

And what if you’re thinking about going under the knife too?

Viel also says his success rate is high: “Of course sometimes there are cases when people are not completely happy because of a misunderstanding of expectations before the operation but the likelihood of this is very low.” He also says he offers counselling before and after surgery, and frequently turns away would-be patients. “I say no if they want something I can’t give them,” he explains. “When they want it longer when erect – I can’t do that – or when I think they don’t need it or they have underlying psychological issues.”

Psychological issues. Can you imagine that? The willingness to have a team of doctors go poking around one’s pecker somehow tied to something morbidly unkempt in one’s state of mind? Surely it must be an ego thing? A masculine thing or even an aesthetic one (after all what man doesn’t like to shock onlookers as they straddle in tight jeans on the street?) or maybe it’s just a desperate attempt to improve and extend that part of oneself that no procedure can ever resurrect save for the knowledge that one’s identity needed be based on their size of their genital organs or breast size- but that’s probably me speaking to the wind….

The article itself offers a great read about mishaps and some of the desperate measures some men endure to enlarge their penis and the fact that neither twin has ever engaged in penis enlargement (although I’m sure they would know whom to turn to in the event they ever saw fit to do so….)

 

 

 

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