Circumcision leaves a scar. On some men the scar is very wide,
dark coloured and obvious and on others it is less obvious. My scar
is obvious and about 6 mm wide. I believe that my scar is wider
now than before I started to Restore, which is likely given that
it has been subjected to the stretch of the Restorer. Scar tissue
is however far less pliable than normal skin and would not have
stretched as much as the shaft and inner foreskin which was being
subjected to the Restorer at the same time.
A natural foreskin has a gliding mechanism whereby it is able to
move over itself. It is a continuous layer (tube) of skin attached
at one end to the sulcus and at the other to the shaft shin. Circumcision
cuts across the layer of skin at two points and then rejoins the
ends. Unfortunately my ends were not joined in a way that allows
them to glide easily, instead of being a continuous layer (tube)
of skin mine now has a scar thickened 180 degree join in it.
To show the difference in glide characteristics between a continuous
layer and one with a 180 degree bend in it take a piece of A4 or
letterhead paper. Hold one end in each hand with your hands close
together move them alternately up and down. Notice how the paper
bends evenly through the glide and keeps its shape throughout the
whole motion. Now fold the paper in half and make a firm crease
along the fold line. Take the paper in each hand as before and repeat
the motion. Notice now that the paper no longer glides easily through
its motion. The animation below shows how differently two such pieces
of paper might react if you don't have them yourself.
My circumcision scar is like a permanent crease in my foreskin
preventing it from gliding evenly. It's as if it gets stuck when
it tries to glide over the scar. This is not an issue during sex
or where I am moving my foreskin with my hand as the resistance
to the glide presented by the scar is less than the external force
of the hand or the sex partner. It does become a problem when my
foreskin tries to move by itself. For example after an erection
it is normal for a penis to reduce in size and the foreskin to resume
its normal position offering protection for the glans and inner
foreskin. Another situation where it may attempt to move down is
if I become cold.
During my restoration I became increasingly disappointed that my
foreskin would not stay down. I was sure I had enough skin for partial
coverage of my glans. Indeed by the time I reached CI-4 I expected
my foreskin to stay down without the need for the Retainer - but
it wasn't happening. I investigated further and that's when I discovered
the 180 degree crease in my foreskin.
the photo (left) you can see that the scar line forms a ridge around
my foreskin over which the rest of my foreskin needs to glide. At
the time of the photo the scar line is well inside my foreskin as
I had differentially stretched the shaft and outer foreskins much
more than the inner foreskin. (Differential stretching is an advanced
technique which involves concentrating the stretch either on the
inner or outer foreskin depending on which one you wish to stretch
more. A discussion on differential stretching follows later on this
The location of the scar line so far "inside" my foreskin
was causing gliding problems which needed to be addressed.
It was not possible to remove the scar but it was possible to reduce
it. Frictioning is a term used by soft tissue therapists referring
to a procedure for breaking down scar tissue. As the name might
suggest it involves firmly rubbing the scar tissue in order to initiate
break down and allow the body to remove it. Each day I spent 10
minutes firmly rubbing across the scar line with my thumb and forefinger,
concentrating on the hard ridge of scar tissue. After a couple of
weeks the hard ridge had been reduced to a my pliable band which
created less of an impedance to the gliding action of my foreskin.
Another thought I had was to move the scar line further along,
which wouldn't remove it as a problem just meant that my foreskin
could travel further down my glans before it hit the problem spot.
Using differential stretching (a full discussion on differential
stretching appears lower on this page) I stretched the inner
foreskin more often than the outer foreskin and effectively moved
the scar line further along.
The reason the scar line had become such a problem in the first
place was because I had concentrated my stretch on my shaft and
outer foreskins in an attempt to move the scar to the inside where
it could not be seen when I was in the soft state. When I realised
my foreskin wasn't gliding properly and wouldn't move down by itself
due to the scar line problem I tried to stretch the outer side even
more. The thought was that eventually I would have enough bulk of
skin on the outside to overcome the resistance of the scar. Maybe
if my target had been CI-8 or CI-9 this would have worked but with
a CI-5 target I wasn't ever going to have enough foreskin bulk to
roll over the scar line when it was located so far inside.
I differentially stretched the inner foreskin more and moved the
scar line closer to the midpoint (that's when the scar line is exactly
at the end when the inner and outer foreskins are sitting evenly.
Together frictioning and differential stretching reduced the problem
of the scar line impeding the gliding action of my new foreskin.
circumcision removed only part of my frenulum so there was a slight
amount that bridged from my sulcus to what was left of my foreskin.
When I started to restore it never caused me any problems or discomfort.
After a number of weeks I started to feel discomfort especially
if I was using the Restorer pushed all of the way down, for example
when differentially stretching my inner foreskin (a discussion on
differential stretching follows later on this page).
What had happened was my inner foreskin had grown and the point
where it attached to my frenulum was no longer down near my sulcus.
When my foreskin was pulled forward (by the Restorer) my frenulum
was now bridging the gap as it would in an intact man.
If the Restorer was pushing directly onto my frenulum it would
start to hurt after a while, and needed to be accommodated in order
for me to have the full range of Restorer positions available.
The answer was to make a groove in my Restorer, wide and deep enough
to fully accommodate my frenulum. As my Restorer is made out of
soft latex it was no problem to make a groove in it, the only consideration
was to keep the groove to the minimum size in order to retain the
wall strength of the Restorer. Fortunately the groove didn't compromise
the integrity of the Restorer and perfectly accommodated my growing
As my Restoration progressed my frenulum
grew and had to be accommodated
I cut a small groove in the Restorer to
accommodate my frenulum
I have noticed that lots of men who have been circumcised in the
70's (and I presume up to the present day) are left with their frenulums
almost entirely intact. Doctors obviously realised that there are
many nerve endings in the frenulum and leaving it intact was at
least some consolation for the loss of much of their sexual pleasure.
I believe that had I had such a circumcision and my frenulum was
intact that I would have had to use a Restorer with a groove in
it right from the start.
Another issue that arises out of the "modern" style of
circumcision is that the underside of their foreskin requires much
less stretching than the upper side. This is discussed in the Differential
Stretching section which is next.
Differential stretching involves stretching one part of the foreskin
more than another. This is done to achieve a particular outcome,
like to move the location of the scar line or to "even up"
the foreskin if it has been cut on an angle. My foreskin was cut
evenly so I did not need to stretch one side more than another.
Things would have been different if I had one of those more modern
circumcisions where the frenulum is left entirely intact. In these
circumcisions very little is cut from the bottom side of the penis
but on the top side almost all of the foreskin is removed. In that
situation I would have needed to tape my foreskin in such a way
that most of the stretch was concentrated on the top part of the
foreskin in order to grow it more so the final outcome was an even
I used differential stretching to move my scar line. Originally
I wanted to hide my scar line inside my new foreskin so when I was
soft my penis would have a scar free even skin texture. I therefore
concentrated on growing the outer part (shaft skin) more than the
inner foreskin. As my restoration progressed I discovered that my
scar line was interfering with the gliding motion of my foreskin
so after spending time moving the scar inside I had to move it back
out closer to the mid point again.
An intact foreskin has three skin zones
- inner foreskin, outer foreskin and shaft skin
Restoration involves stretching
the shaft skin to replace the lost outer foreskin and stretching
the inner foreskin back closer to the size it was before circumcision.
This man has restored evenly so his scar line sits on the
mid point of his foreskin.
This man has differentially stretched his
outer foreskin more than his inner foreskin. As a result his
scar line is some way inside his foreskin mid point.
This man has differentially stretched his
inner foreskin more than his outer foreskin. As a result his
scar line is on the outside some way back from his foreskin
To achieve differential stretches I used different Restorer positions
accompanied by different inner or outer foreskin tensions. Whenever
I determined that remedial action was required (i.e. to move my
scar line) I would alternate a differential stretch and a "normal"
stretch on consecutive days. The diagram below shows the Restorer
and foreskin positions I used for differentially stretching my inner
or shaft skins.
I found stretching the outer foreskin harder than stretching the
inner foreskin. That seems strange given the fact that there is
so much more skin on the outside - a whole penis length of it. However
on the inner side there was only a few millimetres to start with.
That meant that as a percentage the inner foreskin had to stretch
many times more than the skin on the outside. It would seem likely
that stretching the outer foreskin and shaft skin would be easier
as it has less growing to do as a proportion compared to the inner,
but I never found it to be that way.
Maybe my inner foreskin is much more pliable than my shaft skin.
Whatever the reason when I started to differentially stretch my
inner foreskin it grew really well. Also the quality of the stretch
I was getting seemed greater. The inner foreskin differential stretch
position requires the Restorer to be pressed fully down on the penis
and the inner foreskin to be pulled up firmly for taping. This position
is not as comfortable as an outer foreskin stretch position as the
tape is adhering partly to the inner foreskin.
In contrast shaft skin stretches were very comfortable. The Restorer
sits loosely on top of the penis and the shaft skin is pulled up
as far as possible. The tape is adhering the shaft skin some way
back from the mid point and I could tape firmly with increased tension
on the tension band in order to get a powerful stretch.
I found it difficult to keep my Restorer perfectly
clean. The inside was OK but the outside top part kept getting a
layer of adhesive residue from the tape on it. It was sticky and
impossible to remove with soaps or detergents. The best thing I
found was kerosene but then it smelled for days and I didn't really
want something that had been in kerosene directly touching my new
The other issue was the time it was taking to keep
my Restorer clean - time I could have spent restoring. However I
soon realised that the residue actually helped my restoration. The
tape adhered to the Restorer much better if there was a sticky layer
of adhesive residue on it.
Differentially stretching the shaft skin was easier
too. In this stretch the foreskin is rolled all of the way onto
the Restorer and taped into position as far along as is possible.
The adhesive residue around the top of the Restorer acted like a
second layer of tape on the inside. My foreskin would stick to it
enough to make applying the tape easier.
I got into a routine where I was using two Restorers
(of the same size), one I would be wearing and the other was undergoing
cleaning. First a soak in kerosene for 15 minutes and then a firm
scraping to remove the residue. Next I washed the Restorer in soap
to remove the kerosene residue and left it to dry and air for a
couple of days before swapping them over. If I was performing any
differential stretches I would use the one with adhesive residue
on it to help the stretch.