How far would you go in the name of beauty? Apparently, for a lot of men in Thailand, they’d go as far as having cosmetic skin bleaching done on the most private part of their bodies.
A controversy arose recently when Lelux Hospital, a clinic in Bangkok that offers cosmetic surgery, posted pictures on Facebook of a man undergoing penis whitening treatment. The post even had photos of the treatment room as well as before and after illustrations.
Although the issue of skin whitening is nothing new in Asian countries, the post, which was shared more than 19,000 times, sparked varied reactions from Internet users. Some were amused while others were outraged.
If you’re thinking about undergoing this type of laser procedure though, it would be best to learn some facts about it first before you visit Thailand to undergo this procedure. Here’s what we know so far.
The treatment doesn’t come cheap. In an article on BBC, Popol Tansakal, marketing manager of Lelux Hospital, said that the treatment costs $650 for five sessions.
It’s big business.
Penis whitening is in demand mostly among gay men and transvestites. The clinic started offering the procedure only six months ago after a client complained about a dark pigmentation on his groin area. The clinic has since performed the procedure on dozens of patients, with clients even booking at least a week in advance.
Dr. Thongchai Keeratihuttayakorn of Thailand’s Public Health Ministry already released a statement regarding this controversy saying that this type of treatment “is not necessary, wastes money and may give more negative effects than positive ones”. Possible side effects include pain, inflammation or scars and even effects on the reproductive system and on having sex.
Now, knowing all this, would you say that it’s worth it? You be the judge.