After hearing his wife mock his masculinity during the breakup of their marriage, Paul had a crisis of confidence just as he was re-entering the dating scene to meet someone new.
The 39-year-old from Texas had flirted with the idea of penis enlargement surgery but was put off by its irreversible nature. He then came across ‘penile filler’ procedures, which, like lip fillers, promise to be fully reversible because they involve injecting a soluble gel.
Fellow Texan Jordan Tunnell, 33, was equally excited to hear someone talk about the procedure at a friend’s get-together — he’d been insecure about his penis size for years after comparing himself to his peers in high school.
He told DailyMail.com: “Seeing all the other guys in the football locker room and seeing what they were packing compared to what I was packing and knowing I wasn’t up to par with the other guys.”
But while dermal filler is widely used on areas of the face, the evidence for its use to improve penile girth is limited.
Last month, a German man died of sepsis after silicone oil from a penis enlargement injection ended up in his bloodstream.
Jordan Tunnell had been insecure about his penis size for years after comparing himself to his peers in high school. He said the procedure made his confidence soar.
During the 30-minute PhalloFILL treatment, patients are numbed with injections of local anesthetic and then the dermal filler is injected under the top layer of penile skin.
It comes amid the growing trend for men to undergo cosmetic surgeries, including BBLs, liposuction and abdominal implants.
Dallas-based cosmetic clinic PhalloFILL is one of the leading companies when it comes to penile filler treatments.
The procedure uses hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in our skin that has been used for years to give women plump limp, to plump up the girth of the penis.
The filler is FDA-approved for use on the labia but not the penis, but vendors use it off-label.
During the 30-minute treatment, patients are numbed with local anesthetic injections and then a dermal filler is injected under the top layer of penile skin. There is usually some bruising and swelling right after the procedure.
The company’s chief executive, William Moore, 49, suggests men gain an extra 1 to 1.5 inches to maintain a ‘natural’ look, which typically takes four sessions to achieve and can take months, if not years. before dissolving. The procedure costs around $10,000.
The procedure can also be reversed with a solution injection.
But there is limited official research on penis fillers and the risks involved. If the filler is injected into or around an artery, it can cause tissue death.
And the first week after enlargement injections, there is also a risk of filler migration, where the filler moves from the original injection site, resulting in an irregular shape or feel.
If the filler is not applied correctly, it can harden and leave permanent disfigurement, or the injection sites can become infected.
PhalloFILL opened its first clinic in Dallas in 2021 and performed 800 treatments in its first year.
Now with 13 locations across the US, providers have already surpassed 900 treatments this year and anticipate more than 2,500 treatments by the end of 2023.
Wanting to give only his first name, Paul came across an anti-aging clinic in Texas advertising penile fillers in May 2022. He had to put down a $2,500 down payment for an initial consultation.
He told DailyMail.com: “I didn’t know anything about the procedure apart from what was posted online… but I wanted it so badly.”
‘I should not have [paid the money]but it’s one of those things, it’s just an emotional thing for guys where it’s like, if you have that shred of hope, if it cost me $2,500 to get something that could potentially be good, I was willing to risk the money.
Paul paid the deposit and went to the clinic. He expected a natural girth enhancement that “nobody could tell he was there,” but instead, he ended up with a “big, squishy, lumpy mess.”
“Basically it looked like I had a pencil on each side [of my penis], where they had just inserted this big, long, straight tube of stuffing. It was so obvious and unnatural looking,” he said.
Choose your size – PhalloFILL sizing accessories help patients choose which circumference to choose
‘It depressed me a lot. I was like, what have I done? I messed up something I shouldn’t have messed with.
After more googling, he found phallusFILLthat they were able to correct Paul’s damaged penis.
He said: ‘Immediately, my mentality, my mood and my whole attitude changed. It was night and day.’
He added: ‘It’s made a huge difference in my sex life… Now I have a girlfriend who is very, very, very happy with it.
“There have been a couple of different women that I’ve been with and the feedback has been incredible. Unsolicited comments, but unsolicited… have no idea [my penis is enhanced].’
PhalloFILL CEO, Mr. William Moore, suggests patients get 1-1.5 inches of extra girth to maintain a ‘natural’ look
Mr. Tunnell, a structural engineer from Dallas, said: “This is something that has been bothering me since I was in high school football at 13, and I saw the other guys who were much more gifted than I”. It gets into your head at a young age and sticks with you into adulthood…
“There’s always something in the back of your mind when you start getting intimate with someone and you start to get stressed and anxious about it.” You hope that you can satisfy your partner.
“I’ve had a few encounters where it seemed like my partner wasn’t satisfied,” she added.
I had tried a penis pump but it didn’t work.
Making his penis bigger is “something I’ve always wanted to do,” he said. ‘Honestly, I never thought this technology would be available in my lifetime.’
Two years ago, at a friend’s house, he overheard Mr. Moore discuss the procedure.
“I exploded with emotion,” he said. In the fall of 2021, she performed the procedure.
Mr Tunnell said: ‘I was expecting a shower, I cringe a lot. The procedure made me shrink free, which is a big plus for me. In fact, my sensitivity increased, so that was also a big plus for me. My confidence went through the roof. I have not had any problems with romantic partners. They are all very satisfied.
Mr Tunnell only told one friend before the procedure, but since having it done he has told many more and even convinced some to do it themselves.
He is also open about his enhanced penis with his partners. “They were surprised because they can’t tell,” he said.
Mr. Moore, who has performed more than 2,000 procedures on patients, praises the company’s unique injection technique and post-operative care as the reason for its success.
Originally from Alabama but now living in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Moore has also had a penis filler.
“I always felt like I wanted a bigger penis,” he said.
Mr Moore has undergone other surgeries on his penis in the past, including fat grafting and ligament suspension surgery, which he said were “unsuccessful”.
The reasons why people want a penis filler vary. Moore said a good number of men get it because their wives have had multiple children, which “makes sex different for men and women.”
Then there are the men who have always perceived themselves as having a small penis.
Moore said: “When you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror, and the first thing you see is a small penis, you start the day off badly.”
He added: ‘We’ve had people tell us they’ve gotten job promotions. Someone told me he started a new company, he told me it was a big jerk attitude. He said that men with bigger penises are more confident and get more done. Now that I have a bigger penis, I’m more productive.’
Moore has had celebrity clients, with a mother once calling asking about her husband and son.