Restoring the foreskin of a circumcised penis requires putting tension on the shaft skin of the penis. The tension triggers mitosis, which causes new skin cells to grow. The new skin cells cause the shaft skin to lengthen so that it can cover the glans, just like an intact penis.
With most circumcised men, after removal of the foreskin all that remains is an inner foreskin remnant that is joined to shaft skin at the circumcision scar. By applying tension to the inner foreskin and shaft skin along the length of the penis, mitosis is induced. Over a period of months and years the skin grows to restore the foreskin.
The frenar band and the ridged band are removed by circumcision and cannot be restored. A portion of the frenulum is also removed. But, the inner foreskin and the shaft skin can be made longer to restore a reasonable facsimile of the foreskin.
The Coverage Index and the Real Coverage Index are two ways to judge how much foreskin a restorer has. The Coverage Index is primarily useful for judging the starting point and the Real Coverage Index is good for gauging progress.
Various methods have been developed for applying tension to the shaft skin of the penis. Using these foreskin restoration methods, men have grown a restored foreskin.
Manual Tugging Methods
Manual tugging is tugging your foreskin by using only your hands. Manual tugging is great for tugging whenever you have some privacy and free time. Do it when taking a shower. Every time you are in the bathroom. Even when sitting at home watching television! Refer to the following manual tugging guides for techniques and methods of manual foreskin restoration.
- Manual Tugging Method 2 applies tension to the penis shaft from the glans to your hair line. This is the standard manual tugging method. (I did not name them. If I did, I would have called this the first method.)
- Manual Tugging Method 1 tensions a line along your shaft
- Manual Tugging Method 3 is where only part of the foreskin is tensioned
- Manual Tugging Method 4 and 5 use two hands to tug a foreskin that is long enough to pull past the glans
- Squeeze-Stretch Technique applies tension to both inner and outer foreskin
Miscellaneous manual tugging techniques - coming soon!
Tape Methods are tried and true methods for restoring your foreskin. Some methods, such as cross-taping, are great for beginners who do not have much slack skin. Other methods, like T-taping, allow an elastic strap to be used to tug the foreskin to aid its growth. One supplier of tapes and foreskin restoration kits is Apollo Technologies. The following links provide information on taping techniques:
- Cross-Taping and Tape Rings
- Illustrated guide to cross-taping by NORM- Phoenix
- T-Taping - how to make T-tapes and strap up
- T-Tape Picture Book This is a mirror of the off-line original site
- Quick T-Tape Method: Modified version of T-taping
- greg_b's T-Tape strips and inserts: An Illustrated Guide (right-click to download pdf file)
- MTC Method: Modified T-taping and Cross-taping method
- Cannister method (great for beginners) instructions are on the TLC Tugger website and also the Apollo Technologies site and the Foreskin-Restoration site
Restore Yourself! A site sponsored by NOCIRC of Michigan and selling a T-Taping starter kit.
Tugging devices come in various configurations. There are static, weighted devices such as the PUD (penis uncircumcising device), there are tapeless tuggers, there are bi-directional tuggers, and then there are devices that do all of the above.
Tapeless devices use an elastic strap, such as a suspenders, to pull the tugger and tension the foreskin to induce mitosis. Bidirectional devices are self-contained foreskin tugging devices.
There is a restoration product comparison chart that compares many devices and methods. The following list of devices is offered for information and to aid the restorer in finding a device that fits his lifestyle and needs. RestoringForeskin.org does not endorse any particular device, nor does RestoringForeskin.org receive any financial support from any device vendor.
- CAT II Q
- DILE Insert Foreskin Restoration System
- DTR: Dual Tension Restorer
- Easy Stretcher foreskin stretching device available in the UK
- Foreskin Natural Restorer: 4restore
- Happy Aardvark Restoration Tools sells a Dual Tension Tugging device
- MySkinClamp - Link not working!
- Powdered Pull Balls - PPB for Short - Link not working! Where did they go?
- PUD: Penile Uncircumcising Device
- R2K 4restore foreskin restoration device
- Stamen Products
- SuperCanister tugging device and other foreskin restoration accessories
- TLC Tugger: TLC-X bidirectional devices, TLC Tugger, and Packers
- Tug Ahoy - Link not working! Creator of the Tug Ahoy has passed away.
- Weighted devices, such as spark plug sockets
Tug n' Wear underwear to cover tugging devices
As the foreskin grows and begins to cover the glans, the glans and inner foreskin remnant start to return to their original mucosal state. That is, the glans and inner foreskin dekeratinize and take on the characteristics of the mucous membranes that they are. With this transformation comes increased sensitivity. Until the growing foreskin becomes long enough to cover and protect the glans, the mucosal tissue is subject to being irriated when it rubs against clothing and bedsheets. Many men wear retainers to keep their foreskin pulled forward, covering the glans.
- YourSkin Cone by TLC Tugger
- Baby bottle nipple retainer - instructions for making baby bottle nipple retainers are in the member portion of the site
- Miracle Restoration Spray that holds your skin forward with a silicone adhesive
- ManHood is underwear for the penis. You can retain and/or protect the sensitive bits.
- Tape or bandaids in a cross-taped arrangement
- Tape or Tapeless rings - Instructions for making tapeless rings are in the member section of the site