This set of photos shows an average penis with an average infant circumcision in various kinds of restoration devices. The images will be more useful to you if you have a basic knowledge of the genital anatomy of men, including the vocabulary applied to various structures. There's a web site called The Sexual Anatomy Of Men with some basic information.


This is the penis shown in the next few photos. This is intended as a baseline reference for comparison with the other photos.

This man was circumcised as a baby. He was cut tightly, but not in a way that caused problems. He didn't know about circumcision until age ten. His reasons for choosing restoration are three-fold. First, he finds it uncomfortable to have his glans penis rubbing against anything, including the inside of clothing. He has to wear briefs to make sure that the penis doesn't move too much and rub against his underwear. He finds bicycle-riding highly uncomfortable even in tight jockeys.

Second, as he has done some restoring, he finds sexual stimulation of the penis better right after a few days of having the glans inside the forming foreskin.

Third, he likes the appearance of an uncut, natural penis.

At the time of the photo, he is age twenty-six. He had done some highly sporadic restoring for a few years. He always used a tape strap (illustrated later.)

There is already some foreskin growth from restoring. The small roll of skin just behind the head of the penis was not there prior to the strapping.

Eventually, he hopes this will be a "before" picture.


This is two tape straps in place.

The straps are about 4 inches long and are made of 1/2 inch cloth first-aid tape. Each strap has a non- sticky part in the center made by placing a short piece (approximately 1 inch) with its sticky-side to the sticky-side of the strap. In this way, the tape sticks to the skin along the shaft of the penis but not to the glans.

To apply a tape strap, the penis is pushed in toward the body and the tape is laid across the head. The force of the compressed penis exerts a small force on the shaft skin, causing it to grow toward the end of the penis.

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Another view of the cross tape straps in place. There are variations on this technique, such as using one wider strap, or attaching weights to the strap.

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The two straps are pulled to the side for urination. This man says his penis tends to get somewhat erect when it is freed from any restoration device. That's true here.

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This is a tape ring in place. It's made of 1/2 inch cloth first-aid tape. A tape ring requires more existing skin than a tape strap.

One technique for applying a tape ring is to pull the skin forward, over the glans, and attach the tape. This requires no little amount of dexterity in holding everything in place simultaneously.

Another technique is to apply a somewhat tight ring to the flaccid penis about half-way along the shaft. Then push the head of the penis toward the body and inside the tape ring. This method requires some practice at determining exactly where to put the tape and how tightly to place it.

Again the pull exerted on the shaft skin is from the entrapped penis.

A tape ring can be useful with a wider range of existing skin because the amount of skin hanging out past the ring can be varied.


This is a cone made of Fimo. (Fimo is a moldable plastic available in art supply and craft stores. One molds it to whatever shape, then bakes it at a low temperature. Thereafter it's hard but slightly flexible. There are other brand names of such stuff -- Sculpey, for example.)

The cone will go on the tip of the glans penis to effectively make the penis longer. Now any of the techniques that rely on the compressed penis to exert force on the shaft skin will work.

This cone has a hole for urination and the fin was designed to be a place to add weights. This design isn't very good, the maker found. The urine hole was trapped under the rolled skin.


The Fimo cone is placed on the glans penis. (It's sticking there from surface moisture. These pictures were really taken in reverse order as the cone was coming off.)

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The skin is rolled over the head of the penis including the cone.

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A tape ring is applied on the skin with enough tension to keep it rolled over the cone.

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gburlin@eskimo.com, last update 8/20/95.