Improving circumcision scar

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    Hey all. About a couple years ago, I had a circumcision done to phimosis. I know a lot of people advise against it, and I'm like that too, but my case was pretty severe. The entire top of my foreskin became bruised because it was that tight... I went through the cream and everything but nothing helped so I had to get it done.

    Anyway, the doctor did the operation, and put in dissolvable stitches. My dad was in the process of switching insurance plans at the time, so after my initial post opp appointment with my urologist who did the surgery (about 4 days after the operation), I had a new urologist. However, I never bothered to make an appointment with the new urologist until many months later.

    Anyway, the problem for me was that the dissolvable stitches. A few fell out, but the rest stayed in. For a long time. I kind of got really depressed after the surgery so I didn't do anything except lay in bed for weeks. I finally cut the stitches out myself after about 6 (!) weeks. As a result, I've had "railroad track" scarring along most of the circumcision line. (I can post pics tomorrow if anyone wants to see what I'm talking about).

    Anyway, I was just wondering, is there anything I can do or anyone I can see to improve the scar? I've seen a couple of urologists months after the surgery, and they all said the doctor did an excellent job, though I'm not sure they're saying that from a cosmetic perspective.
     
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    Here's some examples, from the top and side. Notice the jaggy appearance of the scar. Also, in the side pic, notice where the frenulum was. After the surgery, the skin there got inflamed, but it never really settled down, so it still looks like a little sack of skin along the frenulum.

    Anyway, is this serious enough that I should dedicate time to, or are there greater things in my life I should be worrying about. (Oh btw, I'm a grower, I'm extremely small flaccid and about 6" erect for anyone wondering hehe).
     

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    I have been told that Vitamin B ointment/lotion will reduce scar visibility over time. Other products are adversised on Discovery Health. A pharmacist could tell you about any over-the counter-products that may reduce the visibility of scars.
     
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    Some say vitamin E. Buy capsles, prick one end with a pin and squeeze the oil out and massage into the skin. If you need assistance with the massaging part, let me know.
    Oh, nevermind. You're straight. ;-)
     
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    From what I see in the two pics, no, don't be concerned about it. I don't see anything to fret about.

    Infant circumcisions often turn out worse. Consider yourself very fortunate you don't have the scars I have from an infant circumcision.
     
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    I agree with SteveHd here; from those two pix, I don't believe there's anything to worry about. In fact, the results seem typical from a circ.

    rc251...Have you ever really taken time to really "study" other portrayals of circumcision...photos, or maybe have a close friend whom you've been able to "compare". --I think you would be amazed and hopefully relieved! just how similar you are to them. You really are very normal in appearance and that "railroad tracking" you call it doesn't even appear outlandish to me at all. It's very, VERY common scarring. And honestly, there are far WORSE circumcision scars out there in the world. Be thankful.

    As to that little skin flap "thingy" remaining from the frenelum, I've noticed that too, on other guys who were cut. I myself have just a little "bump" of skin remaining. It's never caused me any problem and your sensitivity described is most likely resulting from the fact it's not been all that very long since your surgery. Think about it! After all, infants have years to heal before becoming sexually active whereas an adult man--well, it's more challenging to deal with circumcision being done at that stage of life.

    I cannot vouch for Vitamin B skin products personally, but I have heard good things about using that. I personally use baby oil with Vitamin E after showering and it seems like good advice if you were encouraged to apply some kind of good-quality skin care product and use it regularly. By "good-quality" I don't mean pricey skin care lotions or creams...but those with basic ingredients long-proven to keep skin supple and promote continued healing. Avoid those with additives like fragrances and other "stuff" which might only lead to sensitivity/allergic reactions. You certainly don't need THAT !

    I've never had any problem with that baby oil with vitamin E.
    -- It's about as "basic" as one can get.
     
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    Vitamin E oil is said to greatly help. But if you look at medical articles, you can't find "proof" it helps. However, you beed pure vitamin E oil in a small bottle. No capsules, not the stuff for eyes. Apply/rub it in onnce or twice a day. During the time you apply it, the skin may be a bit more reddish, but it is normal. The circumcision scar fades quickly in the first few months, and then continues to fade slowly for about 2 years after the op.
     
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    The silicon based scar reduction creams like Dermatix are supposed to be very good for reducing scars, although they're quite expensive, ask your pharmacist about them.
     
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    If you live in the US, try Maderma.
     
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    Did you mean: Mederma?
     
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    Thanks for all the responses, especially benderten2001! I've only looked at other adult circ pics online. Besides the sites that are out to condemn circumcision and have pics of pretty bad scars, it seems that a lot of people who had the surgery done had a perfect "ring" scar after the surgery was done. It's approaching about 2 years after surgery (which is where many say the majority of healing is done), and I haven't had as great results as others. I also think leaving the stitches in caused some damage that wasn't necessary. Oh well. I am trying Mederma as a matter of fact now, and I'll let you guys know if it helps.
     
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    Those sites, such as Circumstitions, "condemn" circumcision of minors and thus most/all such pics are results of infant circumcisions.

    Yours looks beautiful compared to mine.
     
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    Ah, alright, you're right about those. And yeah, I guess mine isn't so bad, I guess just a bit discouraging with other results I've seen online.
     
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    scars are sexy.
    that is all.
     
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    try mederma for scars. i use it, it works over time
     
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    Hey all, I have another question related to this. Before I got the surgery, I'd always masturbate using the foreskin and rubbing it over the glans. Since the surgery, I'm still trying to adjust not having that. The way I usually masturbate now is with my boxers on and rubbing them over the glans. What's the best way to do it? My partner uses a lot of lube when she does it but I never liked lube in masturbation.
     
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    There is little scientific proof for anything reducing scars.

    They do tend to improve/fade with time.

    You could try to massage the area. The mechanical action in concert with vitamin E oil or aloe vera gel may help the process (be aware that vitamin E may give you a harmless rash).

    I'd also take vitamin E and vitamin C orally to stimulate proper collagen and elastin formation in the skin.
     
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    It takes about 18 to 24 months for the scarr to fully settle down. Vitamin E oil is most often mentioned. At worse, it only acts as a good moiturizer which helps the skin. Vitamin E is said to reduce production of collagen which feeds the scar tissue. Scar tissue has a tendency to shrink with time, and by reducing collagen production, it helps shrink it faster. Whether it makes a noticeable difference in your specific case at you specific stage of healing is another question. You need yo use pure Vitamin E oil. Comes in a small bottle. The stuff in capsules or for eyes is generally diluted and of no use.
     
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