Foreskin restoration for circumcised men

Mens health

What is foreskin restoration?

Foreskin restoration refers to any method of recreating a facsimile of a foreskin to cover the head of the penis, for men who have lost their original foreskin due to circumcision. This can be done either by surgical means, or non-surgically by gradual stretching. A more accurate term for surgical restoration is foreskin reconstruction.

A natural foreskin contains specialized nerve endings, muscles and blood vessels that are necessary for normal sexual function and sensation. Although the actual foreskin can’t be restored since it was cut off and thrown away. What can be done with foreskin restoration is to greatly enhance the sexual experience, and will improve daily personal comfort.

Restored men have reported feelings of wholeness, empowerment, and taking back their bodies from the circumcisers.

Mens health

Surgical foreskin restoration

Tissue expansion

Tissue expansion is an accepted technique, often used by plastic surgeons, to cause skin to expand and grow. The principle of tissue expansion is to maintain constant, safe, gentle tension on skin tissue, resulting in growth of new skin cells. This is often done in advance of restorative surgery by implanting balloons under the skin, which are inflated to stretch the skin and cause it to grow over a period of time. Because new cells are created, the increase in the quantity of skin is permanent. It does not shrink or snap back like a rubber band.

Surgical foreskin reconstruction

Surgical restoration, or reconstruction,  is the grafting of skin onto the penis, either from the penis itself or from elsewhere on the body, to reconstruct something that looks and functions like a foreskin. The grafted skin may be of dissimilar texture to the original.

Surgical foreskin reconstruction procedures have been developed by several surgeons. Surgical reconstruction can be expensive and painful. Numerous complications have been reported. However, some men have reported satisfaction with it. Non-surgical restoration is generally considered safer and to give superior results as compared to a surgical procedure.

Non-surgical foreskin restoration

Non-surgical foreskin restoration is the re-covering of the glans penis by tissue expansion. Tape and weights, elastic straps, a traction device, or even manual stretching can be used to exert a gentle outward tension on the shaft of the penis to induce the skin to grow, to make the most of what was left after the circumcision.

Non-surgical restoration is inexpensive, relatively easy, and gives good results. It is not surgery, and it is not classified as a medical treatment.

What are the disadvantages of non-surgical restoration?

Foreskin restoration tends to be slow and time-consuming. One must be patient and dedicated to achieve results. Motivation, commitment, and perseverance are required. Men who persevere are usually very satisfied with the results. Tugging cannot restore the ridged band neurologic structure that is invariably excised by circumcision. It cannot restore the the sensitive ligament that attaches the foreskin at the bottom.

Some men experience minor skin irritation where the restoration device is attached.

What are the advantages of non-surgical foreskin restoration?

Foreskin restoration returns the penis to a near-normal appearance. The circumcision scar gradually becomes hidden under the fold of the new foreskin. It is difficult to distinguish a restored foreskin from a natural foreskin by its appearance.

Foreskin restoration extends the shaft skin to recover the glans penis, to restore skin mobility, and to provide protection for the glans penis. Men who restore report greater comfort when wearing clothing, because the delicate mucosa of the glans penis is covered and protected from contact with clothing.

Men who restore report psychological and emotional benefits. One feels that one is back in control over one’s body. Men who restore start to feel whole or complete and enjoy improved self-esteem as the restoration progresses. Feelings of anger, rage, and resentment may be reduced.

Foreskin restoration restores the gliding action. Friction and chafing during sexual intercourse are reduced.
Sexual benefits have also been reported. Increases in sensitivity are usually reported. Mostly females would indicate that they prefer a man with a foreskin as they are more inclined to experience orgasm when the male partner has a foreskin.

How does foreskin restoration improve sensitivity?

Foreskin restoration is believed to work in several ways to improve sensitivity:

  • After the glans penis is recovered, it stays moist. Moistness seems to improve sexual sensitivity. Some men report that the extra keratinization of the glans penis has peeled off as skin peels after a day at the beach.
  • Foreskin restoration increases the skin mobility and gliding action. The increased mobility provides increased stimulation of the stretch receptors in the penile skin.
  • Foreskin restoration may reduce premature ejaculation by protecting the corona of the glans penis from direct stimulation.