Trusted Australian circumcision, Puppy fat Since 1993

Dr Terry Russell is the team manager of Russell Medical Centre. Dr Russell was the first doctor in Queensland to use the Plastibell device.

Puppy fat

Many boys can develop a layer of “puppy fat” in front of their pubic bone. This “puppy fat” pushes the shaft skin forward so that it overhangs or covers the head of the penis.

The penis is anchored to the pubic bone and can get “buried” by the fat layer.

If that should happen with your boy, there will be a necessity, every day, when you bathe him, to push that shaft skin back firmly towards his pubic bone. This is for two reasons:

  • If you can’t see it, you can’t clean it and smegma will accumulate in the groove behind the head of the penis.
  • Also, if those skin edges are allowed to remain in contact, undisturbed, for more than 24 hours, they can re-adhere.
  • It is also possible for the scar to contract so that you may ne unable to retract the skin and need stretch procedure.

Don’t be scared of it. You won’t have to do it forever. Most boys tend to lose that “puppy fat” with running around, riding bikes and simple exercise!