Division of the penile suspensory ligament often leads to less than satisfactory results in augmentation phalloplasty
Aaaannndddd… being a total nerd here! While trying to find answers to a previous ask I stumbled across this snippet from news-medical.net. (Emphasis mine)
The average penile length in white men is 12.5 cm + 2.7 cm and the most common request for penile enhancement surgery is in patients with a normal penile size who have a subjective altered body perception, rather than a clinical assessment that their penis is too small. This is known as penile dysmorphic disorder.
When I was still in puberty I saw a line drawing of a man with an erect penis in a sex manual. It was a… well… sketchy sketch. But the penis was straight and stuck out horizontally. Mine curves up almost to my belly button so I decided I was a mutant and a freak. Like… to a point where the first time a girl touched me I was almost crying with anxiety!
The intense relief I felt upon learning my shape is totally average sort of inoculated me to concerns that my average size could be a problem.
That said, any kind of body dysmorphia is very hard. That penile dysmorphia is common is reflected in all the insults, jokes, projections, advertisements, products, etc., etc., etc. that prey on men’s anxiety about it.
Dollars to donuts guys who send dick picks are all anxious as hell rather than… well… cocky about it. And if they’re dysmorphic then no amount of “size doesn’t matter” is going to convince them they don’t have to keep trying. And trying. And trying.