Can circumcision be reversed?
There may be help for men who wish to have their circumcisions reversed.
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the skin covering the tip of the penis. The procedure is fairly common for newborn boys in certain parts of the world, including the United States. Circumcision after the newborn period is possible, but it’s a more complex procedure.
Circumcision is a religious or cultural ritual for many Jewish and Islamic families, as well as certain aboriginal tribes in Africa and Australia. Circumcision can also be a matter of family tradition, personal hygiene or preventive health care. Sometimes there’s a medical need for circumcision, such as when the foreskin is too tight to be pulled back (retracted) over the glans. In other cases, particularly in parts of Africa, circumcision is recommended for older boys or men to reduce the risk of certain sexually transmitted infections.
But what is the foreskin? The foreskin is a piece of skin that covers the round tip of the penis. When a baby is born, the foreskin is completely attached to the penis. Over time, the foreskin separates from the head of the penis and is able to be retracted, or pulled back. The amount of skin removed during circumcision varies, depending on the amount that droops down from the end of the flaccid penis. In some men, during an erection, the head of the penis peeks out from the loose foreskin that surrounds it, while for others with a lot of foreskin, the head of the penis remains covered, either partially or completely.
When you do circumcision the head of the penis becomes very insensitive or it is not as sensitive as it is when you are not circumcised. So many boys who are circumcised become men who regret the decision, and try to get back to the previous state so that they can get some kind of sensitivity on the glans of the penis.
Circumcision reversal is also known as foreskin restoration. It’s worth mentioning that guys have been seeking foreskin restoration for millennia. In fact, the earliest known writings on foreskin restoration appeared 2.000 years ago! For some, it was a way of concealing a stigmatized religious identity, whereas for others, it was sought in order to improve penile appearance in cases where one’s foreskin had not fully developed.
Foreskin restoration is something that you can do if you were circumcised as a child. It is a method or practice to regrow your foreskin.
There are surgical restoration methods but these are considered unsatisfactory and not without their risks. Its advantage is that it is quick but it is expensive and doesn’t always work. One surgical procedure involves making an incision at the base of the penis before removing the shaft skin. This skin is peeled back so that it is connected to the glans only.
This skin is then stretched forward so that it resembles a quasi-foreskin. If this ‘new foreskin’ needs tightening then a small graft is removed from it and the open area closed with stitches. Skin is then taken from the scrotum and grafted onto the penis shaft to replace the missing skin from the shaft. This is usually performed in three stages. Many patients require several of these procedures and the results are not always reliable. The risks include tissue damage and extensive scarring.
Foreskin restoration surgery usually involves several procedures to stretch and then move the skin from a different area of your body to create a new foreskin. However, the results are sometimes less than satisfactory. The color may be different from the rest of the penis and the skin graft may require electrolysis for hair removal. These minor procedures can be performed under a local anesthetic.
There are many different products and methods available to help stretch the small piece that remains of the foreskin. It can take several years of regular use to stretch the remaining tissue into a fully grown foreskin. You can use, your hands, a tape, a combination of specially designed weights and tape, commercially available devices. You can pull on the skin of the penis on a daily basis, about two or three times per day for about 10 minutes at a time to see results.
However, foreskin restoration is not a widely studied procedure. Some people try homemade devices that can damage the penis. For example, some people use rubber O-rings to help stretch the foreskin. However, if you get the wrong size, it can get stuck behind the head of your penis and restrict blood flow. Other people make their own devices out of caulk or silicon. In that case, you need to make it out of body-safe materials so you do not harm your skin.