Restored foreskin may be created by surgical or non-surgical means. Surgical restoration is very rare. The vast majority of restored foreskins have been created by non-surgical tissue expansion.
Creators normally fall into two categories:
- The first category consists of men who involuntarily received a non-therapeutic circumcision as an infant or small child.
- The second category consists of men who voluntarily granted consent as an adult for adolescent or adult circumcision, but now regret their decision.
Both categories of creators seek a sense of wholeness or completeness, a restoration of normal appearance of the penis, and a restoration of lost sensory and other functions to the extent possible. Other reasons are to regain control over one's body and anger management.
Surgically restored foreskin
The surgically restored foreskin is rare.
Goodwin (1990) described a procedure in which the shaft skin of the penis is advanced forward and scrotal skin is used to cover the defect so that the foreskin is made up of shaft skin with scrotal skin replacing it on the shaft of the penis.
Dr. Paul Tinari was operated on by Dr. Robert H. Stubbs of Montreal who used the scrotal skin to replace the shaft skin which was pulled forward to create a foreskin in a manner that appears to be similar to that of Dr. Goodwin.
A combination of shaft skin plus scrotal skin was used in all reported cases to create a surgically restored foreskin.
Non-surgically restored foreskin
On the shaft of the circumcised penis, one finds the circumcision scar at a midway point on the shaft. From the scar to the abdominal wall, one finds residual penile shaft skin. From the scar to the glans penis one finds residual preputial mucosal foreskin tissue, usually in a desiccated condition. Application of traction, either manually or by the aid of a commercial device sold for the purpose, is used to cause longitudinal tissue expansion.
The circumcision scar will migrate toward the tip of the penis as the residual shaft skin expands. In some cases it will turn inside the new restored foreskin and become invisible. Some restorers recommend that the expansion of the internal and outer skin be regulated so that the scar is at the tip of the restored foreskin.
Restored foreskins typically are somewhat looser than natural foreskins. After the restored foreskin becomes long enough to extend beyond the glans penis, the dartos usually will tighten it to some extent. Some restorers are experimenting with the use of o-rings to tighten the restored foreskin. The results are unclear.
What is missing
- The frenulum found on the natural intact penis, which limits foreskin retraction, cannot be regained.
What is regained
- The natural intact appearance is regained.
- The comfort of having the glans penis covered and protected is regained.
- The provision of skin oil and moisture to the glans penis is regained.
- Dekeratinization of the glans penis will gradually occur, causing sensitivity to be regained.
- Ease of penetration is regained.
- improved chance of female partner's orgasm is regained.
- Sensation in the restored foreskin and ease of reaching orgasm are regained.
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