Think carefully and make an informed evaluation before buying any devices. Often only one weighted or elastic stretching device is necessary to complete the restoration process. Though many men find one device more comfortable or easy to use, and some men find different devices useful at different stages of restoration, this varies from man to man. Do not be persuaded by claims of quicker results or a longer penis; these claims are not substantiated by scientific research.
Scientific tissue expansion research indicates that in order to grow new tissue one must keep the tissue under tension for consistent periods of time (5-15 hours a day for 5-7 days a week for example). To complete foreskin restoration this must be done for a period that varies from several months to several years. When not wearing a device, keeping the skin forward over the glans with a tape ring or similar means can speed restoration and will protect the glans while your complete your restoration.
Some of the information presented here is taken from chapter 18 and the resource section of The Joy of Uncircumcising, 2nd edition, with permission of the author.
This page is updated to reflect the availability of newer devices and techniques as they become available, be sure to check back. You can click here for links to other web sites that have additional restoration information and methods. This page (which is not affiliated with NORM) www.x-mail.net/restore/compare.htm has a very good comparison of the various pros and cons of the most common methods in use.
Low cost, Non-commercial devices
This method is a simple way to get started. With this method one pulls the shaft skin forward and holds it there for 10-15 minutes or more , once or twice a day. This can be a good way to stretch out the skin before using other methods or can be a complete restoration method in itself. See Doug's Manual Restoration website.
Though not a device in itself a good quality tape is essential to many restoration methods. Various tapes and how to remove tape are explained on our FAQ page.
The T-Tape Method
The T-Tape method has been around for quite awhile and works well. A free T-taping guide and supplies are available at: Appolo Technologies
Homemade Funnel Tugger
Made using a cheap plastic funnel this a a simple way to get started. Instructions are here.
Homemade Silicon Tugger
A homemade tapeless tugger similar to the Tug Ahoy listed in the commercial devices section. Click here to read how to make one.
WARNING: BE SURE TO BUY SILICON CAULK THAT IS FOR AQUARIUMS (safe for fish) OR MEDICAL GRADE SILICON, THIS IS THE ONLY KIND THAT DOES NOT HAVE ADDED CHEMICALS, AND THE ONLY KIND THAT WILL NOT HURT YOUR SKIN.
O-rings, such as the black rubber ones found at the hardware or automotive store can be used to hold the foreskin forward. This method generally produces fairly slow growth, however multiple o-ring can speed the process.
WARNING: MAKE SURE THE O-RING IS SMALL ENOUGH THAT IT IS NOT ABLE TO SLIP BACK PAST THE GLANS. THIS COULD CAUSE DANGEROUS CONSTRICTION OF THE SHAFT. NEVER WEAR AN O-RING WHILE SLEEPING.
Baby Bottle Nipple
Various sizes of baby bottle nipples can be used as "keepers" to keep the skin forward of the glans when not actively restoring.. Buy the clear silicone ones. Usually the rim is trimmed off as well as the nipple so that one can pee through the device.
"Musical" and Sockets Devices
The mouthpieces of a number of the larger brass musical instruments are remarkably well suited for modification to be worn comfortably within the developing foreskin. Tuba, trombone, and Sousaphone are among the mouthpieces suggested. The men who have sent in suggestions for using such a mouthpiece all modified them by grinding away part of the stem, some of the flare of the mouth orifice, or some other unwanted feature. In each case, the design of the original mouthpiece allows for urination while wearing the device. Typically, either a weight or elastic tension is attached to the protruding stem of the device once it is taped in place within the foreskin.
People have also used metal sockets in a similar fashion, adding weight can be accomplished by adding extension pieces to the socket.
Care must be taken with either of these methods that the skin that is taped to the outside of the mouthpiece or socket does not get pinched between the device and some outside hard object like a table or whatever else you may accidentally run into during the day. Severe pain and possibly injury could result.
Commercially Produced Devices
From the earliest days of the modern-day restoration
movement, numbers of men have expressed the desire for ready-made
devices and products which do not require design or assembly skills.
Some of these devices are described below.
NORM does not endorse any device below and all information is
provided as a service to help you find the device that works the
best for you. Please compare prices, features and talk with other
men who are restoring before making a purchase.
TLC Tugger and the Your-Skin Restoration Cone
A tapeless device similar to the Tug-Ahoy above. The cone on the right can be bought separately and used as a retainer, similar to o-rings. Low cost, high quality device. Visit the product site at www.TLCTugger.com
DTR (Dual Tension Restorer)
The DTR is two foreskin restoration devices in one. It's a tapeless self contained traction device made from nylon that does not require any straps or weights to create tension. It's almost indestructible, easy to clean and very easy to use. It can be set to any tension desired or use an auto tension feature with the use of an elastic band. The device works by creating a dual tension on the skin between the pusher plate and the gripping cone. This helps creating inner foreskin as well as outer. www.foreskinrestore.com
PUD (Penile Uncircumcising Device)
American Bodycrafters, Inc., has developed an uncircumcising device of high-quality stainless steel. It has a funnel-shaped chamber which fits over the glans and is worn inside the developing foreskin and a larger, cylinder-shaped body which extends beyond the penis to provide the necessary weight. The device is available in a range of 'cup' sizes for the glans and a variety of overall weights ranging from 10-22 ounces. (NORM recommends that weights above 10-12 ounces should only be worn after some experience with the device). The device is drilled with a generous channel from the bottom of the glans cup out through the tip, so urination through the device is quite easy for most men.
The advantages of this device are:
The disadvantages are:
There are five RECAP products:
Payment Options: Cash, check, money order, or online via PayPal are acceptable.
Email questions to Arthur Gibson at email@example.com
Foreskin Natural Restorer (formerly the R2K)
The Foreskin Natural Restorer consists of a stainless steel bell that fits over the glans or head of the penis. See the website for pictures and how it works. www.4restore.com
Another device made out of medical grade stainless steel. (This device appears to no longer be in production, the website at www.myskinclamp.com no longer exists).
CAT II Q Foreskin Restoration Device
A tapeless tugger that features Constant Applied Tension to both the outer and inner foreskin. See the website at http://catstretcher.com for more features and information on this product.
From the manufacturer: First introduced and offered for sale in 1998, the DILE Insert Foreskin Restoration System (the Dual-Action Incremental Longitudinal Expander), the FIRST "Bi-Directional" restoration device has been updated. After 20 years, numerous iterations of development and many hiatuses (in effort), recent advances in technology (CAD and 3D printing) have helped the DILE evolve into its final and most advanced form. The DILE Insert Foreskin Restoration System is an internal packing device which can be adjusted (incrementally) to expand longitudinally once it is inserted and enclosed within the developing foreskin. The DILE Insert can be used in conjunction with a modified t-tape or a silicone retainer (i.e., tapeless) as well as with or without a strap. The "dual-action" of the DILE comes from the fact that when "pulled" the DILE provides tension on the outer and inner skin (like normal tugging), however, when expanded, the DILE provides for the extra "push" of tension on the inner skin." www.dileinsert.com
Foreballs - NO LONGER MADE
Foreballs are two stainless steel bearings joined by a short rod.
Various size bearings are used to create Foreballs of different
sizes and weights. The individual bearings used weigh as
follows: 1" = 2.4 oz, 1" = 3.5 oz, 1 ¼" = 4.6 oz, 1 ½ = 7.9 oz.
The ¼ by ¾ inch rod and the welding add some to the
overall weight. The standard Foreballs are
about 7.5 oz. All sets are made by special order only when the
requested size balls are available. Foreballs need some loose skin or a
foreskin under which to insert the smaller ball and then tape
is applied around the skin that is then over the central rod in
order to hold the device on. The device must be removed to urinate.
Though no longer available more information can be found at this website: http://foreskinrestoration.info/foreballs.htm
Tug Ahoy - NO LONGER MADE
Unfortunately the man who produced this device passed away in early 2009 and so it is no longer made. You may visit the website (which has a lot of information on the device and it creator) by going to http://web.archive.org/collections/web.html and typing in www.tugahoy.com
The following devices are used to treat Phimosis (a tight foreskin that cannot be retracted) so they are not technically foreskin restoration devices. However by using a device like these men with phimosis may be able to treat the condition without resorting to circumcision.
This site is a discussion board dedicated to the non-surgical treatment of phimosis. The following link is to specific homemade device on that site that may be made at home.
Gentle Foreskin Stretcher - Device to Treat Phimosis (Tight Foreskin)
See the website at: gfs.platigo.com
Glanise - Device to Treat Phimosis (Tight Foreskin)
See the website at: http://www.glansie.com/
Other Foreskin Restoration Related Products
Tug N'Wear makes an underwear product that was originally designed around Ron Low’s TLC Tugger and also supports restoration devices such as the CAT, DTR, PUD, Foreballs and many others. It allows you to comfortably and safely wear your device without worrying about it falling off or rubbing against you leg. Custom made in the USA, we tailor each order for proper fit by collecting your waist size at the time of ordering. For more information on this product visit www.tugnwear.com
The ManHood is an undergarment that acts as a foreskin substitute in that it protects the skin of the penis, in particular the glans, from abrasion and drying out. It provides some of the benefits of foreskin restoration and can be used in conjunction with foreskin restoration to protect the glans prior to full coverage with one's own skin. Visit manhoodcanada.com for more info on this product.
SenSlip - According the manufacturer's website this is the world's first ever artificial retractable foreskin for circumcised men. NORM does not recommend this product as it is similar to to wearing a condom, does not promote restoration the foreskin, and it does not allow the skin to breathe.
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