Research shows that teen circumcision can prevent many cases of STDs like human papillomavirus (HPV) and even conditions like HIV. Jerome Pittman, MD, and the team at Gentle Circumcision in Culver City, California, specialize in performing circumcisions on children of all ages, including teens, with exceptional outcomes. Call Gentle Circumcision to schedule a consultation for teen circumcision or book an appointment online today.
Teen circumcision is the removal of the foreskin in a boy aged 13-19. Most boys undergo circumcision as newborns or young infants if their parents wish them to be circumcised. However, not all boys do, so some might choose to have a circumcision when they get older.
Teen circumcision for boys who werenʼt circumcised as babies can help reduce the spread of STDs. Some studies show that itʼs harder to keep the penis clean with a foreskin present. The area between the foreskin and penis can trap bacteria and viruses, which might not get washed away in the shower. These pathogens can then spread to sexual partners.
Teen circumcision helps to ensure thereʼs nowhere for bacteria and viruses to hide, reducing the likelihood of spreading STDs.
Dr. Pittman usually uses a hand technique as opposed to a circumcision device for teen circumcision. This takes place under a local anesthetic that numbs the entire area prior to the start of the procedure.
Teen circumcision takes about 30 minutes. Dr. Pittman uses his expertise to minimize the degree of scarring, both to ensure the penis looks pleasing and to prevent any complications caused by excess scar tissue.
It takes about three weeks to heal after teen circumcision. You can return to sports activities in 1 week.
A teen circumcision performed at Gentle Circumcision should be virtually painless, as Dr. Pittman makes every patientʼs comfort a priority at every stage. Teens should take the pre-surgery loading dose of extra- strength acetaminophen at bedtime before, and again, the morning of their procedure. The doctor first provides buffered lidocaine as a local anesthetic. Alternating between acetaminophen and ibuprofen is usually sufficient to address any discomfort. Or as a matter of choice, you may request the doctor to prescribe a narcotic analgesic.
For more information on virtually painless circumcision, make an appointment with Gentle Circumcision. 310-559-8000