How to re-grow a foreskin
Many circumcised men are discovering they can return their bodies to a more natural, intact state. Working on the principal that skin will grow when gently but continuously stretched, the process can take several years to complete. While a "restored" foreskin (or prepuce) will never be as good as the original, many men both on the journey and at its end report great satisfaction in sensitivity and emotional completeness.
1. Soul-search. There are many reasons why a man would choose to restore his foreskin. Some people prefer the look of the intact member (think Michelangelo's David). Others resent not having a choice as with infant circumcision. Many men seek the great increase in sensitivity reported by restored men. Whatever the reason, a man should ask himself if he is ready to undertake a project that will take years to complete and permanently affect the most personal area of his body.
2. Research. There are many methods to restoring the prepuce. Some cost nothing (manual tugging) and some require expensive ($40 to $300) equipment. Choosing a method will depend on many factors, including:
- ease of use
- level of commitment
- type of activity throughout restoration time (work, exercise, etc.)
- the amount of "extra" skin (i.e. skin folds) a man currently has
- certain activities like sports can dictate method
- whether there is more shaft or mucosal skin. Shaft skin is from the scar line to the base and is called "outer" skin. Mucosal skin goes from the corona of the glans to the scar. Since this skin will fold against the glans and therefore be "inside" the prepuce, it's referred to as "inner" skin. Note: the point where these two skin types meet is referred to as the "point of equilibrium." For most men, the POE is their circ scar.
3.Choose the method that's right for you. For instance, a man who uses a public shower or locker room may prefer a device that can be donned and removed quickly and inconspicuously. A college student with roommates and not much money may prefer manual tugging. Only those men already with some loose skin can use certain methods, like O-Rings and Foreballs.
- Manual Tugging - using fingers to gently but firmly stretch skin out and over the glans. Usually done for 15 minutes a time three or four times a day. Cheapest, easiest and least conspicuous method.
- T-Tape - medical tape formed into a "T" shape (side view) then wrapped around the member and drawn forward over the glans. Comfortable and effective, this method suits many restorers and can be worn 24 hours or more, including during sleep. Drawbacks include time to apply and remove, discomfort when removing and the lack of spontaneity when amorous.
- O-Rings - simple rubber gaskets available at most hardware stores. Shaft skin drawn over the glans and fed through the ring naturally pulls back, applying tension as the ring and skin draw back against the (wider than ring) glans. This method requires more loose skin than many beginning restorers have. One major benefit is that it can speed dekeratinization of the glans, increasing sensitivity.
- CATIIQ - short for "Constant Applied Tension II Quick," this device pulls and pushes simultaneously for both inner and outer skin growth. Goes on and off very quickly. It's available online and at ebay for around $US40.
- DTR - short for "Dual Tension Restorer," this device pulls and pushes simultaneously for both inner and outer skin growth. It's available online at about $US80.
- Canister or Pill Tube - by cutting the bottom from a cylinder (35mm film canister), the user can draw shaft skin over the plastic and tape it in place. By attaching a wire, the user can apply tension with an elastic band around the knee or leg. Stuffing the cylinder with cotton and capping it can apply 'inner' tension as well. While cheap, easy and effective, this method requires the user construct the device and use tape.
- Every person and every circumcision is different, from body types to the amount of skin removed. Choose the method that's right for you. This may require experimenting with several different methods and even changing methods as you progress.
- It's a long road. Join a discussion group (several are available online, see http://frcchat.org/) to stay encouraged and motivated.
- Each method has its proponents and has proven to work. Your discussion group will doubtlessly have great feedback for you. Wikipedia briefly discusses several methods at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restoration_device.
4. Get started! Start slowly. It takes some getting used to and LOTS of commitment. Try several different methods and find the one right for you. Though some men report initial gains, don't expect to see immediate results. Remember, the race goes not to the swift nor the strong but to he who endures to the end!
5.Start a digital photo diary. While it sounds like a strange idea, many men who don't start one end up regretting not having "before" pictures. Because the process is so long, you won't notice gradual changes over months of work. But pulling up an image from last year can really surprise you. Get extreme close ups (member should fill the frame) from the front and each side. Take one set of pictures a month and remember to date the photos. Use the same location and lighting conditions every time. Store them on a computer only you have access to or password-protect their location.
- This article should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice and care. Be sure to visit your doctor regularly for checkups, and seek the advice of a qualified medical professional for more information on this or any medical issue. Doctors can join DOC, Doctors Opposing Circumcision, at http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/
- Don't overdo it! Putting too much pressure on skin will damage it, possibly permanently. The principal here is SLOW, STEADY, GENTLE applied tension. You want mitosis, not stretching.
- Many myths and negative connotations abound about foreskin, especially in the United States, where having one is still rare. Your partner may need a little convincing that this is the right choice. While the opinion of your partner is important, remember that it's YOUR choice.
- Further research will likely take you to websites with graphic images of male anatomy. Though non-sexual, they can be disturbing to co-workers and are inappropriate in public areas.
- Some religions, like Judaism and Islam, require circumcision. While many groups within these religions dissent (many Jews now question bris or brit milah, see http://www.jewishcircumcision.org/), a man considering restoring should also consider his beliefs.
- Foreskin Resoration Chat http://frcchat.org/
- Wikipedia Restoration Devices http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restoration_device
- Wikipedia Foreskin Restoration http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foreskin_restoration
- Nonsurgical Foreskin Restoration http://www.infocirc.org/rest-e.htm
- Doctors Opposing Circumcision http://www.doctorsopposingcircumcision.org/
- Tug Ahoy - silicone plug is placed against the glans and shaft skin is pulled up over the plug, holding it in place with a soft rubber cap. The wearer then applies an elastic strap to the Tug Ahoy and around the knee or leg, applying pulling tension.
- TLC Tugger - silicone plug is placed against the glans and shaft skin is pulled up over the plug, holding it in place with a soft rubber cap. The wearer then applies an elastic strap to the TLC and around the knee or leg, applying pulling tension.
- MySkinClamp - made from medical-grade stainless steel, this device functions similarly to the CATIIQ and DTR.
- Foreballs - requires some foreskin, which is drawn over one of the balls and taped in place.
- PUD - the Penile Uncircumcising Device is placed against the glans, the skin is drawn over the PUD and taped in place. Weight of the PUD applies tension.
- DILE - available since 1998, this device functions similarly to the CATIIQ and DTR.
- RECAP - various models $US75 - $US150.
- Trombone mouthpiece - used in the same manner as Foreballs and PUD, usually with medical tape to hold skin in place.
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