THE FOLLOWING DOES NOT CONSTITUTE MEDICAL ADVICE. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING ANY NON-SURGICAL FORESKIN RESTORATION TECHNIQUE. YOUR PHYSICIAN MY HAVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
The most comprehensive source of information about foreskin restoration is "The Joy of Uncircumcising" by Jim Bigelow. The book is available in many libraries and can be ordered from just about any bookstore. The second edition was published in early 1995.
Most of the materials needed for foreskin restoration are readily available at retail stores. The most important is tape.
Medical tape can be found at just about any drug store. (Athletic tapes should probably be avoided.) You'll probably have to try a number of different types before you find the one that works best for you. Some people like the paper tapes, others prefer the clear plastic tape, most use a non-allergic cloth tape.
Besides standard tapes, some people use elastic tapes that allow a tape ring to be retracted for urination. One tape in particular that has been mentioned on the mailing list is available only at some medical supply houses. It is made by Kendall and it is called Conform. Other elastic tapes include Elastoplast and one made by Johnson & Johnson.
Some men have reported using "ouchless" bandaids instead of tape to create tape straps. A hole for urination can be made in the middle of the bandaid with a hole punch.
An alternative to tape is the o-ring. Once the foreskin is inserted into the o-ring, the o-ring sits in the same position as the tape of a tape ring would. The o-ring should be small enough not to fall off easily but large enough that it does not damage the skin. As always, if it hurts, don't do it!
O-rings are available in the plumbing section of most hardware store for well under one dollar.
At some point in a restoration program, even a tape ring no longer promotes the growth of new skin. At that point, if the program is to be continued, it is necessary to use other techniques. (These techniques can also be used before the tape ring becomes ineffective.) There are two basic techniques. The first is to place a cone, ballbearing, or other device inside the tape ringed foreskin. The other, which can be combined with the first technique, involves stretching the foreskin with a weight or elastic cord.
Stainless steel ball bearings
Most bearing suppliers have to special order stainless steel ball bearings and have minimum quantity requirements. However, marine bearing suppliers usually stock stainless steel bearings and can sell them in quantities of one or two. Foam
Foam can be carved into cones.
This stuff can be molded into any shape when warm. When it cools off, it hardens. Thus it can be used to make a custom fitted cone.
Available at many Art or Craft Supply retailers for about $2 a package.
A cottage industry has sprung up to create products to assist in foreskin restoration. These are mostly one-man companies that exist solely to sell a single foreskin restoration product.
The prices given below were accurate in 1994. Please contact the company to verify the price before ordering.
FOREBALLS are two stainless steel bearings welded with a 1/4" x 5/8" stainless rod between them. The standard FOREBALLS use one 1" bearing and one 1 1/4" bearing and weigh 7.5 oz. They are also available with two 1 1/4" bearings (10 oz) or one 1 1/4" bearing and one 1 1/2" bearing (12.5 oz).
For more information, contact: R. Wayne Griffiths 3205 Northwood Drive Suite 209 Concord, CA 94520-4506 (925) 827-4077
The PUD (Penile Un-circumcising Device)
The PUD is basically a 1 1/8" (or 1 3/8") stainless steel cylinder with a hole drilled through the center.
Price: $130 plus $15.00 shipping and handling
For information or to order call (800) 628-1852. Made by the P.U.D. Co. Makers of Body Jewelry
Second Skin (TM) Foreskin Restoration Cones
The Second Skin cones come in a sets of three. The cones range in length from about 2 inches to about 5 inches in length. The are available in both weighted and non-weighted versions.
Price: $48.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling. Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.
For more information, contact: Second Skin Products Co. Inc. Dept 41 1335 Kentucky Street New Orleans, LA 70117
Sensi-tip was a replacement for tape. It consisted of two velcro rings attached by a stripe of material (forming an H pattern). The company that produced it seems to have gone out of business.