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Dr Roberto Viel and twin brother Dr Maurizio were among the first to offer penoplasty in the UK. More than two decades on from their first operation, Roberto tells Theo Merz why business is better than ever
By Theo Merz8:03AM GMT 03 Dec 2014 CommentsComment
We’ve been skirting around the issue for five minutes when Dan just comes straight out and says it. “My d--- is really big now.” At eight inches erect and, in his words, roughly the thickness of a Coke can, the boast is perhaps justified. “Women tell me it’s the fattest d--- they have ever seen.”
What Dan doesn’t tell women is that he is one of a growing number of men who have turned to enlargement surgery to achieve these results. The Middlesbrough-based graphic designer, 50, originally visited a London cosmetic surgeon three years ago to have liposuction on his back – he had recently lost a large amount of weight but found the fat from this area impossible to shift.
“He was talking me through the procedure and said that sometimes the fat could be transported somewhere else, like the face or the penis,” he remembers. “At first I thought, ‘ouch, that seems painful,’ but then, ‘waste not, want not’. I decided to have it done.”
Dan was awake for the duration of the hour-long operation, which set him back around £3,500. After removing the fat from his back, the surgeon turned him over and made a small incision at the base of his penis, injected the fat using a syringe and smoothed it out, adding around an inch in width. With a single stitch to close the incision, the procedure was over.
“I asked to see it all happening,” says Dan, who had a girlfriend at the time of the operation, but is now single. “For me, it was just fascinating. And I wanted to check that everything was going to be all right. I’m fond of my penis; I want to take care of it.”
While he admits the operation was “not something I would have thought of before,” Dan is just one of more than 200 men who have visited the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery in the last year, either to increase the length or girth of their penis.
The procedure to increase length also involves making an incision to the base of the pubis, then cutting a ligament so the penis hangs up to 2.5 inches lower. After four weeks’ recovery time, its sensitivity should not be affected, though its length when erect is not increased. The operation costs upwards of £4,000.
Figures released earlier this year from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) suggested that fewer than 12 men in the UK had undergone these procedures – known as penoplasty – in the last 12 months, while German men topped the world rankings with 2,786 such operations recorded.
But Dr Roberto Viel, who founded the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery with his twin brother, Maurizio, in 1990, says these figures are much lower than the reality because a number of major cosmetic surgeons in the UK are not members of the ISAPS.
“In the last year there has been a 20 per cent increase in the number of men coming to me here for surgery,” Viel says when we meet at his Harley Street practice one evening. His morning had been dedicated to reducing the puffiness around a female patient’s eyes, while his afternoon was spent extending and widening a German man’s penis. The German said his size had affected not only his sex life but also his social life; he was embarrassed to strip off at the gym and was uncomfortable even using a urinal.
“For me, nowadays, it’s a standard procedure,” says Viel, who speaks English with a strong Italian accent despite a quarter of a century in the UK. He is a youthful 55 and dressed in a colourful, sailing-boat print shirt; you can imagine he has a good bedside manner (if you overlook the slightly unsettling fact that he has operated on his non-identical twin’s face – giving him a nose-job, filler and botox – so the pair look more similar.)
He sees men of all ages, from their twenties to their seventies and, he says, from all walks of life. “Compared with the past, men are much more aware of the possibility of doing something to increase the size of the penis. They know about the operation, they’ve searched on the internet, they come in prepared.
“Nowadays there’s a lot more pornography around. Men compare themselves with men in the porn industry and that can create a feeling of insecurity. Look at the advertisements for male underwear, too. The men in them are always bigger in size.”
While Viel insists the procedure is largely painless – one week of bed rest, a further week of minimal activity, about five weeks before penetrative sex can be resumed – a small percentage of his patients do require further treatment. “You may have infection, opening of the scars, formation of small lumps, absorption of fat, but all of that can be corrected. It is our duty to correct this.”
But he has also seen men who have had the operation botched elsewhere, often abroad, and who cannot be helped. “I’ve seen penises where too much silicone has been injected,” says Viel, who does not operate with implants – and says he has never had any sort of cosmetic surgery himself. “Those are awful to look at and sometimes impossible to correct. It doesn’t look like a normal penis any more, it’s just like a big, swollen cylinder.”
And the doctor insists he is in the business of helping men increase their self-confidence rather than profiting from their insecurities. “I’m not a psychiatrist or a psychologist. It’s not my job to help them in a psychological aspect. What I understand is that these men need help.”
In what may or may not be welcomed as a step towards gender equality, Viel adds: “It’s similar from women with their breasts. The organ is different, but the mentality is similar.”
Tissue vibration causes neovascularization. Vibration can be caused by soundwaves or mechanical devices, for example by laying the penis on an electric drill and turning the drill on. Remove any drill bit.
Educated women are sexually less attractive, so let's stop that nonsense of sending every girl to school.
Rumor: A company has released 'child love dolls' to provide a safe sexual outlet for pedophiles.
Could you look into the validity of a supposed new company that will be marketing “love dolls” for pedophiles?
ORIGINS: On 13 April 2015, the entertainment web site Celebtricity published a hoax article reporting that a former sexual molestation victim had started a company to produce lifelike male and female “child love dolls” that pedophiles could have sexual relations with in place of molesting real children:
Buck Dobson knows what it is like to suffer at the hands of pedophile. He was repeatedly molested at age 10 by his 19-year-old-sister and says the scars have never healed. However, the abuse inspired Dobson to spend most of his adult life working to cure pedophilia. For years, Dobson tried to rehabilitate pedophiles within the Colorado prison system and through Christian outreach programs, but Dobson said his efforts failed.
“Look, you can’t change a pedophile’s sexual-orientation, and that’s what it is, an orientation, any more than you can a homo or heterosexual’s, Dobson told Christian Family Daily. You can try to get a pedophile to refrain from touching kids — and that sometimes works — but these people desire children and that desire is deep inside their genes. So why try to fix something unfixable?”
Instead, Dobson is starting a company that will create and market life-like male and female child and baby love dolls that pedophiles can molest and have sexual relations with.
“These dolls will feel and smell just like real children and have all the naughty parts,” Dobson said. “Pedophiles are gonna love them.”
Unlike many “satire” sites operating on the Internet, Celebtricity occasionally posts real news stories in addition to its fake news pieces in an effort to confuse readers. That strategy seems to have worked, as many readers have shared this “news” about “love dolls” for pedophiles as if it were a factual account. Nonetheless, Celebtricity‘s disclaimer reveals the nature of that site:
Celebtricity.com is a combination of real shocking news and satirical entertainment to keep its visitors in a state of disbelief.
In January 2016, life appeared to imitate fake news, as stories emerged that a company is, indeed, producing dolls similar to the ones previously described. Shin Takagi owns Trottla, a company that produces anatomically-correct child sex dolls that he says are manufactured in order to help pedophiles control their urges. “I am helping people express their desires, legally and ethically,” Takagi told The Atlantic.
“We should accept that there is no way to change someone’s fetishes…. It’s not worth living if you have to live with repressed desire.”
However, the Celebtricity entry clearly falls into the category of “satire” rather than “real shocking news”: In addition to the fact that the article is missing key information (such as the name of the company putatively planning to release these “love dolls”), the image accompanying the article was swiped from the web site of French artist Lauren Curet, who creates detailed miniature child dolls from polymer clay as artworks rather than as sexual playmates for pedophiles.
We, the elite, want all young beautiful women for us. Better not to tax alcohol and tobacco, as it removes low-quality men from the sexual arena. Also give them street drugs to ruin their health and lives.
Most European women have gang rape fantasies, because their vaginas are so big that there is space for two or more dicks.
Updated 22 February 2017
Motivational speaker, health educator and stroke activist
I woke up from my medically-induced coma and quickly felt like I was fully conscious. However, for two weeks, I was assessed as vegetative.
I was still good-fun-Kate and actually very much unconscious - a state where I was aware of my thoughts and everything around me - just completely unable to give any communication signal. I guess it was the closest feeling to waking up inside your own coffin. I wasn’t dead or bloody vegetative, I’d suffered a huge brainstem stroke and was diagnosed with locked-in syndrome to boot. Like 20-40% of those declared vegetative, I was misdiagnosed.
I didn’t understand how this could happen to me. I was a 39-year-old, 70-mile-a-week running mum, who was in training to scale Kilimanjaro, via the dangerous Western Breach, for my 40th birthday in five months’ time.
I over thought 24/7, seven days per week and felt horrific anxiety and fear. Fear that my husband may be encouraged to switch off my life support machine in the early days. I also suffered severe boredom, sleeplessness - because you slept out of boredom during the day - and experienced graphic hallucinations, that no one warned me or my family about. I was scared shitless of dying, then at other times, I wished I could physically pull the plug on my own life support machine.
I could feel hands massaging my lifeless body, but my brain was completely powerless to instruct my body to move. Quite often, I would hear frantic medical activity around me while my medical saviours tried to rescue and save yet another beloved family member in a bed nearby. I’ll never forget the relatives’ cries of sadness, pain and grief, in the immediate aftermath of death. I’d never seen a dead body before, so that also scared and upset me.
The thought of dying prematurely and leaving my young kids motherless, tormented me and the separation anxiety from my three young dependent kids - India (10), Harvey (8) and Woody (5) - was agonising and all encompassing. I longed to see them and be able to comfort them, though that wasn’t physically possible. When they did visit - two weeks after my stroke - they weren’t even allowed to lie next to me on my bed for health and safety reasons.
After eight months in hospital I discharged myself, in a wheelchair, doubly incontinent and with no real voice. I had to be at home with my children. Walking out of hospital was the furthest I had walked since my stroke.
Once at home I worked with a physiotherapist every single day. I wanted to be able to run again on the first anniversary of my stroke. Within six weeks I was completely out of my wheelchair and walking with crutches. Another six weeks later and on the day before my year anniversary I did this - my first stroke anniversary shuffle. And I didn’t stop there - fast forward 21 months and I ran a 10k race.
Going public with my story to help others has been my passion since my ‘bomb exploded’ seven years ago. I became the voice for less able people when I ran my global charity - Fighting Strokes - back in 2011. I still offer patient visits, advocacy and pioneer research to help what I consider to be the most vulnerable people in society. I consider myself a stroke activist. Ultimately, communication is a basic human right as I stressed a year ago in my TEDx talk. Every stroke is individual and different as is our response to it.
Success is just the tip of an iceberg. Failures, persistence, sacrifice, discipline, hard work and disappointment, have been my best friends in last seven years. Nowadays, I’m just trying to be the best version of me & adapt to my new ‘imperfect’ normal. I’m absolutely passionate about helping the less able, who are abandoned, invisible and left without a voice. I realise I’m the ultimate marmite kid - love me or hate me - but I’d rather try (and fail) in life, than not try at all.
Feelings of new sexual love cure every disease in man. Dump your old feminist wife, stock up on butea superba, tongkat ali, and Viagra, and go to China where you are a king.
Let's look at age 100 first, and tackle age 200 later on. To reach age 100, you need the proper testosterone balance. You cannot achieve this with testosterone replacement therapy. That is why tongkat ali and butea superba are so important.
March 11, 2017 - Dhaka Tribune
Logically, it should be the same as the minimum age for marriage
It’s an obvious question to ask.
But the fact few bother to do so, gives a far fuller answer than a legal textbook ever could.
Amid the many debates about Bangladesh’s new Child Marriage Restraint Act, it is telling how rarely commentators have mentioned the legal age at which an individual in Bangladesh is considered mature enough to consent to sex.
Even more so when you note that said age of consent, according to Bangladesh’s Penal Code, is only 14.
Given that alarms about the new child marriage law were first raised by health and human rights groups over three years ago, when earlier drafts proposed reducing the minimum marriage age for females down from 18 to 16, it is remarkable how much of the penal code’s contents pass without comment.
There is an obvious, albeit inexcusable, explanation for this state of affairs, of course: In Bangladesh, no matter what the law de jure says, the de facto reality, in practice, is that, neither age nor consent have much bearing on the matter. What counts most is marital status and not being single.
Sex before or without marriage is simply not regarded as a feasible option. That’s just the way it is (and/or we’d rather not talk about it).
Of course, you may know exceptions, but the word says it all, “exceptions.” Hence, the argument goes, there’s no point fretting about the seemingly low legal age of consent for sex outside marriage.
It’s the low average age of marriage generally, and high rate of illegal underage marriages that are (rightly) considered to be the bigger cause for concern.
Around half of all Bangladeshi girls are married off before the legal minimum age of 18 — most of the rest, within a few years after. With strong correlations between poverty, underage marriage, poor nutrition, and limited years in education, there are plenty of reasons to encourage older average marriage ages.
Unfortunately, this challenge has been made harder by the government responding to criticisms of its bill, by dropping its initial reference to 16 as a new minimum age. Instead, it has increased ambiguity by simply allowing for exceptions to the pre-existing minimum marriage ages (18 for female, 21 for males) to be permitted in fuzzily defined special circumstances.
The bigger point is the concept of consenting adults being free and able to decide private matters for themselves, that is what should be adopted and encouraged
Conceivably, such ambiguities could be resolved soon if the government acts on ministerial promises to provide further clarifications. But in the meantime, the soundbite from Girls not Brides that the new law risks Bangladesh reducing “minimum marriage age to zero” is being widely reported around the world.
It is long overdue for more people to take a more serious look at updating the 1860 Penal Code which applies in Bangladesh.
This is both easy and difficult.
Simple, because the whole code is not that many pages long, plus it’s instantly searchable on the government’s own website. And tricky, because some people would rather suffer, or see others suffer, from lack of information, than endure the risk of controversy or an embarrassing conversation.
Such caution and social convention is, sadly, both inevitable and ridiculous.
Ridiculous because Bangladesh would not have made the progress it has made in reducing average family sizes if we as a nation were simply too mortified to talk about sex and contraception. Including, and especially, the very young women and girls who are pressured into early and underage marriage having access to family-planning advice.
And inevitable because, look around you, patriarchy prevails and most people in the country tend to expect, or assume, everybody else wants them to abide by traditional expectations of sexual mores.
Sadly, this makes it easy for the few to intimidate the many. Take for instance the ongoing case of a development studies lecturer at Dhaka University being investigated because of an anonymous accusation of using “objectionable content” during a seemingly routine course about gender and development.
If such a case can arise from a DU post-graduate course, imagine the reactions a school-teacher would get from parents if they told their 15-year-old students that “the age of consent in Bangladesh is 14.”
Disbelief perhaps. But the fifth part of section 375 of the 1860 Penal Code is clear. It defines statutory rape as “with or without her consent, when she is under 14 years of age.”
From this arises the implication that the age of consent in Bangladesh is 14.
This same section also contains the egregious provision providing for marriage as a defence for rape, which is clearly long overdue for being repealed.
Both sections largely reflected the law in Britain at the same time. As it turned out, British parliamentarians very quickly got round to raising the age of consent in the UK to 16 after late Victorian press exposés of child trafficking in London brothels. But it took until 1991 for English law to make rape within marriage a crime in itself. Patriarchy is not just for Victorians then.
Incidentally, section 376 of the Penal Code does appear to imply an offence where the “wife” is under 12 years old, but whether this is sloppy ICS drafting or an intent to deal with the most serious forms of paedophilia is debatable.
More positively, perhaps, sections 372 and 373 are relatively detailed and specific about outlawing the trafficking of girls under 18 for prostitution.
Another marriage law, section 497, outlaws adultery but is presumably not used much partly because it excludes a wide range of possibilities where there may be “consent or connivance,” and mainly, I suspect, because it explicitly rules out punishing women — “the wife shall not be punished as an abettor.”
From this potted history alone, it is clear there is much to reform, but for now let’s stick to what should Bangladesh’s age of consent be. The main choice seems to be “keep as it is” or “raise it to 16” for the same reasons as Britain’s.
According to the internet worldwide chart: 14 is lower than the majority of other nations like France (15), Ireland (17), and India and Turkey (18). But 14 is not unusual as it is the same age as Austria, Brazil, China, and Germany. And higher than some countries like Japan (13), Philippines (12), and Nigeria (11).
The most common age of consent specified by most countries appears to be 16 years of age, as in the UK, US, Indonesia, Russia, and Malaysia.
Particularly in those Western jurisdictions, where there is wider public debate about sex, generally; and high profile exposure of child abuse scandals in religious bodies and children’s homes has increased public demands to protect children, these ages are sometimes strengthened by additional measures focused on stopping predatory adults, such as extra limitations on those far apart in age and/or in positions of authority.
Such scrutiny and attempts to improve the law are in marked contrast to a number of Muslim countries which either do not specify or enforce any minimum age for marriage and simply state that sex is only legal within marriage, and punishable without, as in Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
Well that makes it simpler then: Don’t be like the latter. They have simply too many examples of arbitrary interpretations and misogynist abuses of religious scriptures to be taken seriously.
It’s no coincidence these nations have seen instances of rape victims being stoned to death and perpetrators excused with impunity.
It is the risk of going down the latter path that campaigners are warning against when they worry that “special circumstances” will see more young girls forced into marriage before 18.
This same section also contains the egregious provision providing for marriage as a defence for rape
True enough, but some of the rhetoric such as the law “will allow parents to force their daughters to marry their rapists” is still arguably alarmist. When Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina talked about allowing marriages to reduce social stigma, she was probably thinking more about consensual teenage pregnancies of the “shotgun wedding” variety, rather than victims of rape and predators.
No doubt her approach and interventions have included spin to appeal to social and religious conservatives, but it’s probable that she both believes this and trusts it to be electorally popular.
Provided the government is serious about it being an act to restrain underage marriage, with courts only permitting exceptions with good reasons, all is still not lost then.
Assuming ministers are able to recognise the main and easy to rectify flaw is not specifying an absolute minimum age.
Logically, such an absolute minimum age would have to be the same as the age of consent, which is why I asked this question in the first place. Going on numbers alone, if I had to pick one, I would say 16 is safer than 14. But the bigger point is that the concept of consenting adults being free and able to decide private matters for themselves, is what should and needs to be adopted and encouraged. That won’t happen this month, but it has to be part of the way forward. Governments need to lead.
This isn’t about forcing people to change their personal moral attitudes and religious beliefs. It is about providing and protecting the freedom, health, and welfare of all the nation’s people.
Safeguarding children from predators, protecting the health of mothers, promoting safe sex, all these goals can be helped by improving the education, knowledge, and freedom of the entire population. And recognising that won’t happen without more widespread empowerment of women and girls. All of which, including much of the progress Bangladesh has made in the past 40 years in improving life expectancy and child mortality rates, will be placed in jeopardy if the government does not do more to drastically reduce the scandalously high number of underage and early marriages.
With around half the population aged 19 or under, the economy growing and society changing fast, don’t expect the clamour aroused by these issues to damp down any time soon.
The least we can do for coming generations is to make sure they do not die from ignorance.
Niaz Alam is a member of the Editorial Board of Dhaka Tribune. A qualified lawyer, he has worked on corporate responsibility and ethical business issues since 1992. He sat on the Board of the London Pensions Fund Authority between 2001-2010 and is a former vice-chair of War on Want.
Medical records released. Stalin had a micropenis.
Women shit and stink, most are fat and ugly. Women carry diseases that afflict good men, and when they have the opportunity, they fuck with somebody else. Time to replace women with sophisticated robots.
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