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Pearly Penile Papules

Treating Pearly Penile Papules (PPPs) or Penile Angiofibromas

Medically speaking, pearly penile papules- or small, round lesions that form on the tip of a man’s penis- are nothing to worry about. Cosmetically, however, they may be the cause of great concern and embarrassment for many men and their partners. Although they are not sexually transmitted diseases and are not contagious, penile papules can impose a psychological impact on patients who have them.

Let Dr. Rokhsar get rid of the concern so that you no longer have to worry about why they are there and how they are being perceived. With two convenient locations in New York, in Manhattan and Garden City, we do cosmetic laser treatments to effectively treat the condition and give you long-lasting peace of mind.

What Are Pearly Penile Papules?

Pearly penile papules1, also known as angiofibromas or PPP, are benign, skin-colored lesions that look like tiny bumps and usually form in rows around the tip of the penis. Though their exact cause is unknown, they are considered to be completely normal. PPP is said to occur in over 40% of males and is common in patients of all ages and skin colors.

Is It Normal To Have Pearly Penile Papules?

Pearly penile papules2 or angiofibromas of the penis are common benign dome-shaped growths found on the corona of the penis in many males. They are usually confused by patients with genital warts. Although pearly penile papules (PPP) are benign and are not sexually transmitted, they often have a great psychological impact on patients. Many patients are concerned with the appearance of the lesions and the fact that their sexual partners may confuse them with a sexually transmitted disease.

Does PPP Go Away On Its Own?

There are safe and effective laser treatments in NYC available for pearly penile papules or angiofibromas of the penis. Both the CO2 laser and the Fraxel laser can be used to effectively treat pearly penile papules. The CO2 laser3 is generally a one-time procedure. The Fraxel laser is utilized over a few sessions to gradually eradicate pearly penile papules with minimal downtime and risk of scarring. Dr. Rokhsar was the first to report on the improvement of pearly penile papules with the Fraxel laser and has treated numerous PPP patients successfully with the Fraxel laser.

Dr. Rokhsar is regarded as an international authority on laser resurfacing and has introduced Fraxel laser resurfacing to many parts of the world. If you suffer from pearly penile papules4 and desire a safe, painless, and effective treatment, make an appointment with double board-certified dermatologist Dr. Rokhsar to discuss your laser options.

How Do You Get Rid Of Penile Papules?

CO2 vs. Fraxel Laser

Permanently removing pearly penile papules can give a man more confidence and can clear any confusion with future partners. Dr. Rokhsar offers the CO2 and Fraxel5 as laser options- requiring absolutely no incision or surgery. Both solutions are considered permanent, safe, pain-free, and effective for treating PPP.

Procedure CO2 Laser Fraxel

PPP Treatment Type

Laser Laser


15 minutes, A Single Session 30 minutes, Several Sessions


To remove PPP To remove PPP


Painless Painless

Recovery Time

2 days One week


Instantly Instantly


Permanent Permanent

Next Steps

Have more questions, or want to schedule a time to come see us in person? We encourage you to schedule an appointment so that we can discuss your options together. We have successfully treated many patients with PPP in the past, and you can be next.

PPP Before & After Photos

Pearly Penile Papules FAQs

Is PPP a form of STD?

No. Because they are found on the penis, penile papules are often mistaken as a form of sexually transmitted disease. Luckily, they are neither STDs nor are they contagious.

Will my penis lose sensitivity after treatment?

No, the sensitivity of your penis will not be affected by either a CO2 or Fraxel treatment at our office.

Will the PPP come back?

We are pleased to report that, to date, we have a 100% success rate with the removal of PPP. Still, it is important to remember that every patient is unique and that people can respond differently to the same treatment.

Does the treatment hurt?

NO. The treatment is 100% painless after you are numbed with our proprietary numbing cream. Our patients never report any pain or discomfort at any stage of treatment. There will also be no pain after the treatment and during the healing process. We ask you to refrain from sexual activity for a week after the laser treatment. As always, we will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable and informed at every step along the way.

Why Dr. Rokhsar?

As a double board-certified dermatologist and celebrated New York cosmetic and laser surgeon, Dr. Rokhsar has all the right knowledge and experience to get rid of PPP in a safe and effective way. Dr. Rokhsar is the most experienced physician in the United States in the treatment of PPP with the Co2 laser. Dr. Rokhsar has done more CO2 laser procedures for the treatment of pearly penile papules (PPP) than any other physician. Dr. Rokhsar will use the precise 2mm beam of the CO2 laser to evaporate the pearly penile papules in a matter of minutes in a painless fashion. Patients from around the world seek Dr. Rokhsar’s help for the treatment of pearly penile papules. The procedure done with Dr. Rokhsar will leave no marks or scars on your penis.

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About author - Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar

Dr. Cameron Rokhsar is the founder and owner of Cosmetic Laser Skin & Surgery Center. With degrees from Harvard University and NYU, along with multiple publications and media features, the double board-certified dermatologist and laser surgeon proudly shares his expertise with patients in Garden City, Manhattan, and those who fly in to receive treatment at his offices. Dr. Rokhsar has worked extensively with Vbeam laser, Thermitight, Coolsculpting, and Fraxel laser technology, as well as Allergan and other injectable brands. He pioneered the Non-Surgical Nose Job and continues to be a leader in his field.

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