A 37-year-old Frenchman went in to a plastic surgeon in western France hoping to beef up his penis a bit, but ended up instead with a misshapen member.
It appears the doctor, who wasn’t named in French media reports, went a little heavy on the botox he injected into the man’s penis during the July 2013 procedure in Nantes.
Not long after the procedure the patient sought medical attention for an “irregularity” he noticed in his flaccid penis, French paper Metro reported.
The doctor admitted to “injecting a little too much product” and refunded the €1,000 cost of the procedure, but it didn’t mollify the disfigured patient who filed a formal complaint.
These were the facts that went before a regional medical board, who decided the doctor had let his patient down on various fronts including the failure to warn him of all the risks.
Given the resulting ‘irregularity’ and the fact the board had previously reprimanded the doctor for a similar breach of his duties, he was hit with a two month suspension after a September 8th hearing.
The doctor’s lawyer tried, but evidently failed, to provide a satisfactory explanation for the problems.
“It was at the pressing demand of the patient that the procedure occur rapidly,” lawyer Hervé Le Corre told the board. “The bad aesthetic result of the procedure shouldn’t give rise to a disciplinary sanction.”
Frenchmen have increasing sought out penis enlargement procedures and it’s become such an issue that a French medical body released figures on average lengths in a bid to calm the trend.
"The feeling of having an insufficiently large penis can be a source of anxiety and psychological suffering for a man," said the institution in a statement.
The burst in demand for penis-enlargement operations in recent years has apparently been fuelled by so-called "locker-room syndrome" (syndrome du vestiaire).
But to believe the claims of one body of research French men are far from the owners of the smallest members on the continent.
Though they did come in behind Brits and Germans, the title of the most diminutive manhood in Europe went to the Irish.
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“But British men do not have a great deal to shout about in the trouser stakes - coming only 78th out of 113 nationalities covered in the study,” the Daily Telegraph wrote.