A 40-year-old member asked:
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is a circumcision considered a cosmetic procedure?

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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi
21 years experience Plastic Surgery
Typically No: Circumcision is generally considered for hygienic purposes.
Answered on Jan 10, 2013
Dr. Glynis Ablon
28 years experience Dermatology
Typically not: as it can prevent infection and irritation.
Answered on Nov 28, 2014
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
99% of the time, yes: There is some evidence that it prevents a few infections and the rare cases of penile cancer. But the push for circumcision is primarily a cultural, financial or religious one. Preventing infections caused by poor personal hygiene by surgery is an extreme solution. And nobody would dream of cutting off a little girl's breast to prevent breast cancer which is far more common, as a wise doc told me.
Answered on Nov 28, 2014
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Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Provided original answer
The only truly unbiased opinion on the benefits of the procedure should be by those with intact foreskins. Otherwise there is bias. Especially when it is clear that all those nerve endings in the lost foreskin would have make sex far more pleasurable. Can't ignore the jealousy factor here. Also, it is considered genital mutilation historically and now in many cultures where it was not practised
Nov 27, 2014

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