I would like to admit that I was wrong about the overall importance and structure of the suspensory ligament. Some members may have noticed this right off the bat, but I need to clarify that I was wrong for the members that did not know otherwise. I wrongfully thought that the suspensory ligament ran from the pubic bone to the glans. I was mistaken. There is a structure in my penis just below the skin and superficial fascia that becomes rigid when I stretch the shaft at any angle. Even though I had seen a couple of illustrations of the suspensory ligament here over the years, I somehow forgot and continued to believe that the rigid structure in my shaft was the ligs. It seems that the dorsal thickening of the tunica is what I’m probably feeling. I’m not 100% sure about this yet. Regardless, we do know that the lining of the tunica is made up of collagen. Possibly, some of the information about elongating ligaments and tendons can carry over to elongating the tunica, since all three structures are made up of collagen.
Here is evidence that Inflammation, Proliferation, and Remodeling occurs in ligaments. It may or may not occur in other types of connective tissue. It is all said to occur in a continuous microhealing process.
Cells in the body are subjected to complex mechani-cal loadings, consisting of tension, compression, shear,or combinations of the three types of load and defor-mation. Researchers have studied the mechanical stimulation and behavior of cells in vitro (1, 11, 13, 14,40). Hsieh et al. (14) studied human fibroblasts fromthe anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in vitro under equibiaxial strains of 5 and 7.5%, show-ing that cell strain induced expression of types I and IIIcollagen. They suggested that remodeling of ligament tissue may take place by a continuous microhealing process whereby scar tissue (predominately type IIIcollagen) is formed and later matures into remodeled tissue.
So, scar tissue is formed, then it later matures into remodeled tissue. Again, this occurs in ligaments. Now, the question is whether or not this occurs in other types of connective tissue in the body.
The link for this study is: http://silver.neep.wisc.edu/~lakes/LigSubFailDmg.pdf