Hidden Penis in Infants

For parents, having a baby with a hidden or “buried” penis can be upsetting, especially if it means delaying a planned-for circumcision. But in fact, buried penis is not uncommon, and in most cases, it will resolve on its own by the time the child reaches his first birthday.

What causes buried penis?

Sometimes called “inconspicuous penis,” a buried penis occurs when the suprapubic fat pad – a fatty deposit located in the lower belly, just above the penis – covers the penis. While all babies have this fatty deposit, it can be larger in some newborns than in others, causing the penis to be at least partially hidden from view. Usually, the fat pad resolves or becomes less prominent as the baby grows.

Can a buried penis be circumcised?

Typically, circumcision of a buried penis should be delayed until the penis becomes more visible and prominent. Circumcising a penis while it’s still hidden by fatty tissue can make the procedure more difficult and significantly increase the risks of scarring and other problems. Waiting until the fat pad becomes less prominent makes it easier for the surgeon to access and visualize the penis throughout the procedure. In most cases, circumcision can be performed sometime between 6 and 15 months of age.

Will delaying circumcision make the procedure more painful?

At our practice, we use the most advanced pain management techniques to ensure patients of every age experience the least amount of discomfort. Interestingly, when circumcision is not delayed in infants with buried penis, they can be at a greater risk for painful conditions as they get older as a result of scarring, poor incision placement or other surgery-related issues. Delaying circumcision may help your child avoid these problems – and the pain they can cause – later on.

Located in Culver City, CA, Gentle Circumcision is a leading provider of circumcisions services for patients of all ages, from newborns to teens and adults. To learn more about circumcision and the services we provide, give us a call at 310-559-8000.

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