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Many men have never been given the chance to decide whether or not they want to undergo circumcision, which is the surgical excision of the foreskin which covers the head of the penis. Their decisions would have been made for them before or immediately after birth by their parents based on perceived hygiene benefits and/or religious or cultural practices. For example, male babies of Muslim or Jewish heritage are much more likely to be circumcised than in any other culture. However, more and more uncircumcised adult males are seeking surgical intervention. Unfortunately, many hospitals and private clinics in Toronto are unwilling to dedicate operating room time for this procedure, leading to a waitlist of up to two years for a consultation. Thankfully, Dr. Hong’s office will try their best to see you as soon as possible.

Why get circumcised as an adult?

Adult males may choose to get circumcised for both cosmetic and clinical reasons. Some men may experience chronic infections under the foreskin, painful erections, or an inability to fully retract their foreskins from the head of the penis (this is called phimosis). For these clinical reasons, circumcision may be covered by health insurance. However, many men also choose to get circumcised as a part of Cosmetic Surgery . One survey found that 90% of women thought circumcised penises looked better, and this appeal to the opposite sex may be a quite a large influence on a man’s decision to get circumcised. Many men also think that circumcision would improve hygiene, as they would not have to worry about cleaning the area underneath the foreskin. Finally, some men who undergo conversion of faiths (such as into Judaism) may need to seek circumcision as well.

What are the benefits of circumcision?

There are many studies that have found benefits to circumcision. They have found that there is a reduced risk of urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases and penile cancer. In addition, it prevents cases of inflammation of the head of the penis and the foreskin. It also prevents cases where there is an inability to retract the foreskin (phimosis) or return it to its original location (paraphimosis). It also makes it easier to keep the end of the penis clean. However, regular good hygiene techniques can help prevent uncircumcised penises against many of these problems, and condoms will help prevent STDs and other infections.

What are the risks of circumcision?

The risks of circumcision are low and are similar to those of any regular surgery. This includes the risk of pain, bleeding, infection, and irritation. Some people have also claimed a reduction in the penis’s sensitivity, resulting in a longer time required to reach ejaculation. However, this can also be thought of as an advantage.

What can I expect from the procedure?

Code: Circumcision is a relatively simple procedure performed in around an hour. After administering either local freezing or general anaesthetic (see next section), Dr. Hong will push the extra foreskin from the head of the penis and clip off the excess. The two remaining edges of skin will be stitched together using small, dissolvable stitches. You can go home the same day as the surgery, though if you were put under general anaesthesia you will need someone to drive you home. Your penis may be bruised and swollen for the first two days, but it will generally be healed in 5-7 days. You will likely not feel much pain, but Dr. Hong will prescribe Tylenol 3 just in case. You will have a dressing over the area, and you should not shower while you still have one on. Strenuous exercises should be avoided for four weeks, and intercourse or masturbation should be stopped for six weeks.

How much does circumcision cost?

You should discuss the reasons for your surgery with Dr. Colin Hong. If it is for medical reasons, then you may be able to have the surgery covered by OHIP or by your insurance. However, if the surgery is for cosmetic reasons, then you will have to pay. The cost of circumcision is around $1500 to $2,500 if performed under local anaesthesia. This would render the patient conscious and alert and would only numb the penis. If you request surgery under general anaesthesia, where you will be put to sleep, then surgery will cost then $1,800 to $2,800. Please discuss the best method during your consultation with Dr. Hong. Our consultation fee is  $95 but it would be deducted from the cost of your procedure.

Procedures such as rhinoplasty, facelift and filler injections are just three of the procedures that Dr. Hong has provided, to help his numerous patients realize their facial beautification dreams, throughout his long, distinguished career. Dr. Hong also has many years of experience, performing sophisticated surgical procedures for the body and breasts. He is widely praised a principal Toronto liposuction, tummy tuck and breast augmentation cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Hong has wide-ranging expertise and skill in performing advanced breast surgery procedures that result in natural-looking profiles for his Toronto breast augmentation patients.

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