Penile Phimosis

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Penile Phimosis

Penile phimosis is a term used to describe the condition where the glans penis is unable to be uncovered. The skin covering the glans is quite narrow, so it pulls back the “cuticle” and the penis head cannot be uncovered.

“The skin of the foreskin that covers the glans is narrow enough that by pulling back the skin, the head of the penis cannot be revealed. In adult men, the most common cause of Penile phimosis is chronic inflammation due to poor local hygiene”, explains the Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ioannis Dalianoudis.

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Plastic Surgeon Dr. Ioannis Dalianoudis


Penile phimosis usually occurs due to chronic inflammation because of poor local hygiene. It can also occur due to an underlying disease such as diabetes mellitus.

Penile phimosis can also occur after some other types of chronic inflammation such as balanoposthitis or even the forced removal of the foreskin downwards.


Penile phimosis is a very annoying condition, which can cause risks of inflammation and the development of malignant lesions in the glans.

Another important undesirable consequence of Penile phimosis is pain and difficulty during sexual intercourse, which can be very psychologically damaging for the man. It is possible that penile phimosis may shorten the duration of the erection and cause the man to ejaculate prematurely. All these consequences have a negative effect on the man’s sex life with a serious psychological impact.


  • 1. Complete Phimosis

    The foreskin does not descend at all

  • 2. Partial Phimosis

    Foreskin partially descends


Penile phimosis is treated surgically, with a method commonly known as circumcision.