The term 'foreskin restoration' is a bit of a misnomer. What the
process actually boils down to, is 'stretching' existing skin on the
penile shaft, which ultimately triggers the skin to grow. This is
exactly what happens to the skin on a woman's stomach during her
pregnancy - it expands as the fetus grows inside her.|
The most common method used to trigger penile skin growth is to affix surgical tape to the penile shaft and "tug" on the tape, and to maintain this "tug" by attaching the taped skin to your underwear or something such as a tensor bandage. This "tape assembly" is attached to the penis continuously, ie: 24-hours-a-day, over a period of months, and even years. During that time, the skin stretches and begins to grow new skin cells. Through this method, the skin on the penile shaft grows looser and looser, and begins to take on the same form/shape as the original foreskin. Once enough skin has grown so that the glans itself begins to remain covered once again, the glans will begin to slough off the layers of dead keratinized skin tissue that have built up over the years of the glans' exposure to the elements.
The first step is to prepare for taping. To do that you'll need
some supplies. A ruler, some heavy-duty tape - like
shipping/packing tape, an exacto knife and/or sharp scissors,
something to cut on - such as heavy cardboard or the cover from
an old looseleaf notebook binder, and of course the most important
item - a roll of surgical tape, such as 2-inch-wide 3M Micropore.
Your local drug store may or may not (more often not) carry it.
I've found that our local surgical and veterinary supply company
always has it in stock.|
At the moment I don't have any detailed photos showing how to 'build' the tape assembly, but I'm working on it. In the interim, please refer to some of the other restoration sites listed in the Links to Reference Sites page.
A clamp, safety pin, or whatever, is used to attach the tape
'cone/collar' to an elastic strap, like a suspender belt,
or tensor bandage.|
The strap assembly is then pulled tight so that the skin on the penis shaft is pulled tight - about 16 ounces or so, not so tight as to hurt, but tight enough so that it is 'taught'. The strap assembly is then fastened to briefs, or the strap runs around the back (the penis is pulled to the side) and then down around the other leg and fastens back onto the strap itself.
The idea is to maintain uniform tension on the shaft skin. The skin will respond to that tension by first stretching, and then by growing new skin cells in an attempt to reduce the tension. Over time (days, weeks, months), the tension is maintained, and new skin is continuously produced as it attempts to reduce the tension. The new skin continues to grow, until eventually there's enough new skin to completely re-cover the glans.
In all skin tissue there are nerves, and therefore as one "grows"
new penile skin tissue through the restoration process, those normal
nerves also grow along with the skin. This is a natural biological
occurrence. But remember - those nerves are "normal" nerves. They
function in the same manner as the nerves in other skin tissue, such
as the skin on the back of your hand. They respond to touch in a
similar manner. Consequently, as new penile skin is grown to replace
the amputated foreskin, new feelings and sensations will occur in
Considerable research into nerve regeneration has been done, and continues being done, and amazing things are being done with "damaged" nerves. However, there is a qualifier in that statement - which is the fact that nerves must be present - albeit severely damaged ones.
The ridged frenar bands of the foreskin are the only area in the preputial skin which contain highly specialized "erogenous" nerves - eg: Meissner corpuscles/end-organ cells. The remaining preputial mucosa is virtually identical to the lining of the lips inside the mouth. It is the ridged band nerves that are the major source of erogenous stimulation. When the foreskin is amputated those specialized nerve cells are totally removed.
To state the obvious: nerves - however badly damaged - can regenerate ... but "there must be nerve cells physically present for regeneration to occur". There is virtually no specialized erogenous nerve tissue remaining in a circumcised penis - that was the whole point in the bastards circumcising the baby - to remove all of that pleasurable tissue. Some erogenous tissue does remain in the glans after circumcision (perhaps as much as five %) but due to the keratinization of the glans, the sensitivity in that remaining glans tissue is reduced over time, and eventually disappears.
As the process of restoration progresses, the remaining mucosa
(the skin between the scar line and the glans corona) begins
softening as a result of being covered up again, and it will regain
a significant degree of the sensitivity it has lost through
keratinization. And while that will most certainly improve that
lost sensitivity, the nerves that are being regenerated are not the
true erogenous nerves that were present in the main erogenous tissue
of the penis - ie: the ridged band area. Those type of nerves cannot
regenerate, simply because they are not present in the remaining mucosa.|
With respect to regaining sensitivity in the glans and attendant nerve regeneration, a guiding principle is the amount of nerve damage initially caused during the tearing of the foreskin from the glans. A LARGE number of nerves on the surface of the glans were destroyed as they were ripped from the glans. Those are gone. Some nerves remained on the glans after the foreskin was ripped off. Of those remaining nerves, some died in the course of the next few days immediately after circumcision, as a result of being deprived of normal bloodflow to those nerves (because the surrounding tissue was so horribly damaged). Those are also gone.
Whatever nerves remained alive once the glans 'healed', are likely mostly still there. However they have been buried by layers of keratinized skin tissue. As the mucosal layer of the glans returns to its more natural state, the majority (hopefully) of those nerves should regenerate. Also, the skin surface of the glans will become more like the inner surface of your lips. There are a lot of "normal" nerves in that skin tissue. Granted they are not of the same functionality as the "erogenous" nerves, but they do transmit touch very nicely. Those nerves have also been buried under layers of keratinization, and will regain their sensitivity to touch as those dead cells slough off.
Additionally, there are other nerves which are much deeper within the structure of the glans. They primarily 'fire off' during the ejaculatory reflex, thus providing the pleasure we feel in the glans when ejaculation occurs. There is speculation that as more nerve sensation returns to the glans and the new expanded mucosa, that stimulation of those newly rejuvenated nerves is thought to have a 'piggy-back' effect which will trigger the firing of those deeper nerves - during the arousal phase, ie: prior to actual ejaculation. However, without research, this theory is unproven.
The gain in sensitivity of the mucosa, and the return to a more
mucosal state of the glans is most definitely something to cheer
about and well worth the effort of restoration. Just don't be deluded
into thinking that there is any hope of restoring nerves which cannot
possibly be restored. A restored penis can never approach the uncut
penis in the range and quality of sensations because of that sad fact.|
For those interested in more specific information, you should refer to the authors of much of the research work done in this area (such as Gairdner, Winkelmann, & Taylor). A starting point for that research is the Links to Reference Sites page. For those who are interested in learning more about the process of penile shaftskin regrowth / foreskin replacement - please refer to the excellent websites, also listed on the Links to Reference Sites page, for further information.
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