How to restore



What is foreskin restoration?

“Foreskin restoration is a process for lengthening the shaft skin of the penis to restore a foreskin. Circumcision removes the frenar band, the ridged band, and all or a part of the frenulum. Although foreskin restoration cannot replace the missing structures, foreskin restoration can create slack skin that covers and protects the glans to keep the glans from becoming keratinized, just like the original foreskin.  A restored foreskin also gives men a feeling of being whole again, that the parts that were cut off without their permission have been restored”.



A suggested starting point for most South Africans is:

1) Start with the:

  • T-Tape Technique which is the most commonly used ‘taping technique’. For this you will need:
  • A suspender strap – Woolworths has these pre-made, or contact a sewing store/tailor – or see the TLC option below which sends you one in the pack. Some may need to buy suspender clips and elastic band at a sewing shop and make a strap)
  • Micropore 2 inch wide tape (local SA pharmacy), and;
  • Transparency paper (PNA).
  • That is it, then go to the T-Tape Technique picture book, to learn how to make them.

2) At the same time order the following:

  • The TLC Tugger is very popular, and Ron Louw that operates the company is very helpful and professional. Generally you would start with this order:
    • A  Canister Starter Kit for $12 and associated tape for it, the  2″ Mefix Tape – 35 Day Roll – 11 yards for $10.25  .
      • This will allow you to grow skin early on and dispense with the t-taping option if you like.
    • The original TLC kit for  $60 – includes the TCL Tugger, a retaining cone, and 2 suspender straps.
    • A Packer for $22 – for when you are not tugging, in order to keep coverage and retain sensitivity. Size PO is the beginning size
    • And finally $24 Postal Insurance (required if you want to actually get the package in South Africa). Total = $128.25
  • The instructions files for the TLC are downloadable/viewable here.
  • NB: you need to send Ron some measurements to get the correct size.


Foreskin Restoration Methods and Devices


Restoring the foreskin of a circumcised penis requires putting tension on the shaft skin of the penis.  The tension triggers mitosis, which causes new skin cells to grow.  The new skin cells cause the shaft skin to lengthen so that it can cover the glans, just like an intact penis.

With most circumcised men, after removal of the foreskin all that remains is an inner foreskin remnant that is joined to shaft skin at the circumcision scar.  By applying tension to the inner foreskin and shaft skin along the length of the penis, mitosis is induced.  Over a period of months and years the skin grows to restore the foreskin. 

The frenar band and the ridged band are removed by circumcision and cannot be restored. A portion of the frenulum is also removed. But, the inner foreskin and the shaft skin can be made longer to restore a reasonable facsimile of the foreskin.

The Coverage Index and the Real Coverage Index are two ways to judge how much foreskin a restorer has.  The Coverage Index is primarily useful for judging the starting point and the Real Coverage Index is good for gauging progress.

Various methods have been developed for applying tension to the shaft skin of the penis. Using these foreskin restoration methods, men have grown a restored foreskin.

Manual Tugging Methods

Manual tugging is tugging your foreskin by using only your hands.  Manual tugging is great for tugging whenever you have some privacy and free time.  Do it when taking a shower.  Every time you are in the bathroom.  Even when sitting at home watching television!  Refer to the following manual tugging guides for techniques and methods of manual foreskin restoration.

Tape Methods

Tape Methods are tried and true methods for restoring your foreskin.  Some methods, such as cross-taping, are great for beginners who do not have much slack skin.  Other methods, like T-taping, allow an elastic strap to be used to tug the foreskin to aid its growth. One supplier of tapes and foreskin restoration kits is Apollo Technologies. The following links provide information on taping techniques:

Tugging Devices

Tugging devices come in various configurations.  There are static, weighted devices such as the PUD (penis uncircumcising device), there are tapeless tuggers, there are bi-directional tuggers, and then there are devices that do all of the above. 

Tapeless devices use an elastic strap, such as a suspenders, to pull the tugger and tension the foreskin to induce mitosis.  Bidirectional devices are self-contained foreskin tugging devices.

There is a restoration product comparison chart that compares many devices and methods. The following list of devices is offered for information and to aid the restorer in finding a device that fits his lifestyle and needs. does not endorse any particular device, nor does receive any financial support from any device vendor.

Retaining methods

As the foreskin grows and begins to cover the glans, the glans and inner foreskin remnant start to return to their original mucosal state.  That is, the glans and inner foreskin dekeratinize and take on the characteristics of the mucous membranes that they are.  With this transformation comes increased sensitivity.  Until the growing foreskin becomes long enough to cover and protect the glans, the mucosal tissue is subject to being irriated when it rubs against clothing and bedsheets.  Many men wear retainers to keep their foreskin pulled forward, covering the glans.

  • YourSkin Cone by TLC Tugger
  • Baby bottle nipple retainer – instructions for making baby bottle nipple retainers are in the member portion of the site
  • Miracle Restoration Spray that holds your skin forward with a silicone adhesive
  • ManHood is underwear for the penis. You can retain and/or protect the sensitive bits.
  • Tape or bandaids in a cross-taped arrangement
  • Tape or Tapeless rings – Instructions for making tapeless rings are in the member section of the site



What organizations support this process?

Here are the international Foreskin Restoration web sites. From here you can learn all you need to know about Foreskin Restoration and join a growing passionate online community.: