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Penile Enhancement and the Introduction of a New, Innovative Procedure: Myths, Facts, and the Role of Licensed Therapists

by Dr. James Elist

Friday, January 18, 2019

FREE CE LECTURE!
1 CE available for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and psychologists

Many men have long sought out means to enhance the size and appearance of their penis. Penile size can often contribute to a man’s level of self-confidence and self-esteem, and even their perceived satisfaction with sexual performance. However, to date, penile enhancement procedures have largely been ineffective and unsafe. A new, innovative, patented, FDA-cleared subcutaneous silicone implant designed for penile surgery is changing the discussion around penile augmentation with a safe and effective option for many men. How have realities and perceptions around penile enhancement changed? What role can licensed therapists play in ensuring that this new form of aesthetic surgery follows rigorous patient selection mechanisms? What is the relationship between penile enhancement procedures and conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder? How do patient go through the journey of acceptance of their new body image and the changes to their size? This Introductory Level program will explore these questions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize general overview of the current penile enhancement space
  • Identify the role of licensed therapists in patient selection for aesthetic procedures and the therapeutic (e.g. buried penis, retractile penis) and psychological conditions (e.g. dysmorphia) for penile enhancement patient selection
  • Describe conditions such as body dysmorphic disorder and their role in patient’s desire to pursue aesthetic procedures

James J. Elist M.D. has been in private practice in Beverly Hills, California since 1982, specializing in urology, and specifically in impotency, male sexual dysfunction, and infertility. Dr. Elist has served as the chairperson and a member of several committees at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and other hospitals, including the Oncology Committee, Ethics Committee, Utilization Committee and Medical Records Review Committee.

Internationally, Dr. Elist has performed surgery and trained surgeons in the Middle East and Europe. Nationally, Dr. Elist was the first surgeon in the Los Angeles area to perform procedures involving penile prosthesis devices manufactured by American Medical Systems. Los Angeles Magazine designated Dr. Elist as “The Best Plastic Surgeon – Urologist” in Los Angeles on July 1998. The Office of Hearings & Appeals elected him to be a United States Government Medical Expert Witness in 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003. Dr. Elist has received the National Leadership Award and has been elected as Honorary Co-Chairman of the Physician Advisory Board of the United States Congress.

In the academic space, he has played prominent roles, having spoken at the Chinese Urological Association’s Fifth Annual Congress of Urologists in 1996 and more recently, having presented his published article, entitled “A Retrospective Evaluation of the Safety and Effectiveness of a Silicone Block Implant for Elective Cosmetic Surgery of the Penis” at the 2016 American Urological Association meeting. He has also published several articles, including the 2018 “A Single-Surgeon Retrospective and Preliminary Evaluation of the Safety and Effectiveness of the Penuma Silicone Sleeve Implant for Elective Cosmetic Correction of the Flaccid Penis” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sexual Medicine.

This lecture took place at Center for Healthy Sex.

If you have any questions, please email dwagner@centerforhealthysex.com

Event Disclaimer

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 1 CE credit. This CE credit may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information, please contact info@aasect.org. Center for Healthy Sex, Continuing Education provider #107699. This course meets the qualifications for 1 hour of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Center for Healthy Sex is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Center for Healthy Sex maintains responsibility for this program and its content. There is no known commercial support for this program. To request accommodations for special needs, to report grievances, or for any other questions, please contact us at 310-843-9902 or via email: info@centerforhealthysex.com. Certificates of attendance will be emailed upon completion of the course.

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