Since circumcision has been discussed here previously, I felt that some of you might be interested in the commenting on the growing movement in the US for men to attempt to restore at least a semblance of what they lost when they were circumcised. Using a simple ring of tape to hold the skin forward under slight pressure, I achieved pretty much full soft coverage in about one year. The following is part of what I posted a few months ago to a circumcision forum in response to questions from the moderator. It is therefore written in interview form:
Hart, you've mentioned you attempted foreskin restoration. What
would motivate you to do so? Did you just read about it on a skin board and decide it would be neat to try?
Three years ago this month, I first entered the word "circumcision"
into a search engine. As you can well imagine, I was absolutely
overwhelmed by the sheer number of anti-circ websites and the ferocity of the sentiments they expressed. I was both fascinated and horrified to learn what I had lost by having been circumcised as an infant. That was far from the beginning of my obsession, however.
Or, did you know someone who had tried it and liked the results?
No, I still haven't discussed the matter with a living human being
except through the (imagined?) anonymity of the Internet. Were you bothered that you were circumcised at birth-felt that you would be better off with a foreskin?
I was always curious about what my foreskin would have looked and
felt like. Some of this I've posted elsewhere so I hope I'm not boring anyone with my story. I really think my interest in the subject began at 7 or 8 when my same-age, uncut cousin and I compared our little boy equipment. He laughed at mine and announced that it looked as if someone had smashed the end of it with a hammer.... not exactly music to my ears. He thought his was the "proper" sort since, I assume, his father and older brother were uncut as was, and this didn't help, my own father. So I felt that I had something missing. I always furtively read anything I could find about circ including my mother's well-worn copy of Dr. Spock's handbook for raising healthy children. He had said that it would be a good idea to have the baby boys cut "to look like daddy". Well, obviously that wasn't the reason for mine. Born in the 1950's in a military hospital in Texas, there was probably no question of NOT cutting the newborn boys quickly and thoroughly. Growing up where and when I did, there were almost as many uncut boys as cut ones. I remember in high school making list of who had which kind of penis (with initials and codes in case it was discovered). I still remember who went into each column. Anyone else ever do something similar? In the past couple of years, I've read a great deal about teasing of uncuts in the US but the only ribbing I ever heard going on in the locker room was about penis size, not circ
status. Since I always thought uncuts looked sort of mysterious and exotic ("other man's grass" syndrome) and had never heard the drawbacks of having a foreskin, I was easily influenced by the restoration sites. I do remember my former wife having a co-worker who insisted that her fiance be circ'd before marriage and I heard of a young gay man who was cut without his parents' knowledge because they "were old and wouldn't understand". So I knew uncut status could be changed but not the other way around. I remember reading something in a medical advice column many years ago. A man wrote in and said he had asked his doctor about a circumcision reversal. The physician flippantly replied that he would be happy to re-attach the missing part if he would simply bring it with him to his next appointment. I thought that was that.
What changed your feelings about restoration?
The negatives are probably what makes any man want an adult circ:
Occasional odor problems, stickiness, trapped hairs, negative
response from partners......
Are you satisfied with where you are now or plan further changes in the future?
The positives are having a smooth, shiny and healthy-looking glans
and greater sensitivity to light touch. J/O is tremendously improved
and I can always hold the skin back and use lube as I had always done
prior to restoring. I think about having a revision almost every
single day, but I'm afraid of losing my inner skin in the process.
I've read posts and had personal messages from probably a dozen men who told their urologists they wanted a high cut (leaving lots of
sensitive inner skin) and ended up with shaft skin stitched to the base
of the glans (or VERY close to it). I just want to be very certain that
I'm making the right decision so, for now, I'll make the most of my "hybrid" penis.
What is your image today of "perfection"?
This will sound very indecisive but it would probably be a very high-
and-tight cut OR a neat, snug-but-easily retractable foreskin with
a bit of an overhang. I can find beauty in both but I guess I
find "in-between" to be sort of uninteresting. In between, of course,
is exactly where most of us would fall on that cut/uncut continuum.
You are certainly entitled not to answer any of these or all if you wish.
John, I must admit that I was slightly taken aback when I read what
you had posted for me. However, after you've been so open and honest and so supportive of my feelings, I felt it was only fair to try to
answer all your questions. I appreciate your interest and hope some
of this might be somehow helpful to someone else.
I appreciate your comments to our message board-your situation and perspective seem to be as unique as mine, although completely different.
I suppose that, in a way, I've experienced the best and worst of
being both cut and uncut. Other adult males can say that but the
change has usually occurred from the other direction. Before anyone says that a restored "hood" can't be like the real thing, I know that. Most of those who have seen my pics do say that mine at least LOOKS pretty authentic. - Regards, Hart
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