Foreskin restoration methods and devices
Foreskin restoration is a process for undoing the effects of circumcision by lengthening the shaft skin of the penis to restore a foreskin. Circumcision removes the frenar band, the ridged band, and all or a part of the frenulum. Although foreskin restoration cannot replace the missing structures, foreskin restoration can create slack skin that covers and protects the glans to keep the glans from becoming keratinized. A restored foreskin also gives men a feeling of being whole again, that the parts that were cut off without their permission have been restored.
Why restore your foreskin? The foreskin has several functions, as seen in the on the Functions of the Prepuce (Foreskin).
- The foreskin protects the glans and inner foreskin, which are mucous membranes. Exposed to rubbing against clothing and bedsheets, the glans and inner foreskin remnant keratinized.
- The foreskin moves back and forth along the shaft of the penis. This movement or gliding action stimulates the penis without rubbing against the skin. Men with a foreskin have less need to use lubrication.
- The foreskin moving back and forth aids the man's sexual partner because the foreskin, through its gliding action, results in less sliding of skin against the delicate tissues of the vagina or rectum. The penis still penetrates and moves, and the man's partner typically experiences less soreness and there is less loss of natural lubrication by the sealing action of the foreskin.
There are two types of foreskin restoration: surgical restoration and non-surgical restoration:
Surgical restoration typically is performed by using skin from the scrotum to replace the missing foreskin. Many men who undergo surgical restoration are less than pleased with the results.
Non-surgical restoration involves applying tension to the skin on the shaft of the penis. The tension induces mitosis, which results in accelerated reproduction of skin cells. The new skin cells result in a lengthening of the skin tube, producing a restored foreskin. Non-surgical restoration lengthens both the outer skin and the inner foreskin remnant. Non-surgical restoration methods include manual tugging, tape and elastic, a weighted device, or a tugging device.
Manual tugging involves using your hands to tension the skin on the shaft of the penis. Manual tugging sessions are typically short, 1 to 20 minutes at a time, and can be done one or more times a day.
Tape and elastic involves applying tape to the shaft of the penis and attaching elastic that pulls the tape. The T-tape has a tab to which the elastic is attached.
Weighted devices include PUC (penis uncircumcision device), spark plug sockets, trombone mouthpieces, or other weighted devices that can be attached to the shaft skin to let gravity apply tension to the foreskin.
Tugging devices include homemade tuggers and the following commercial devices:
- CAT II Q
- DTR: Dual Tension Restorer
- Foreskin Natural Restorer: 4restore
- Powdered Pull Balls - PPB for Short
- PUD: Penile Uncircumcising Device
- TLC Tugger: TLC-X bidirectional devices, TLC Tugger, and Packers
- Tug Ahoy - Link not working! Creator of the Tug Ahoy has passed away.