Restoration Process

A year or two before I graduated from high school (~2007), I found through the internet that I was far from the only guy who didn't like being cut.  Some were even trying to reverse it by using stretching methods to regrow foreskin.  I started trying to restore on my own, using some of the techniques I read about as inspiration.  Since I lived with my parents, didn't have a way to buy things online, and usually couldn't receive packages without them noticing, I started by building my own restoration devices.
Everyone has different experiences, but after much trial and error I personally found t-tape to be the best way to go for myself.  The t-tape was way easier for me to conceal under pants without awkwardly showing through.  It held on way better while I was walking.  And it was much more comfortable to wear.  Downsides are the time it takes to set it up, the time it takes to take it off (no spontaneous sex), and the cost.  That last downside can be made much better by buying 6-packs of 3M Micropore tape rolls on Amazon.

My main modification to the t-tape setups I've seen other guys use was to swap out suspender clips (used to attach the elastic strap to the t-tape) with safety pins and hooks.  I was tired of the clips fatiguing and eventually slipping off the tape.  I also wanted the option of periodically applying more tension than the suspender clips would allow; I've seen a lot of claims that cyclical periods of high and low tension can be better for stimulating skin growth.  By weaving 4 very large safety pins in the end of the t-tape, a more secure connection can be made.  At the same time, since there are 4 pins, you can detach them from the metal hooks on the elastic strap and then open the t-tape to pee, with the safety pins still attached to the tape.  This setup was my primary restoration method.

Things you'll need:

  • A 6-pack of 3M Micropore tape
  • A knee brace
  • An elastic band (part of a suspender strap works well)
  • Very large safety pins (I found these at a craft store), a marker, and scissors
  • Small metal hooks (also found at a craft store)
  • A t-tape template (mine was 16cm x 3cm before being folded, and was made out of non-stick carpet tape backing.  I think any non-stick material, such as wax paper, could work).  Fold the template in half lengthwise.

Build the knee brace strap:

Sew a section of elastic strap, folded into a "V" shape, onto a straight portion of elastic strap.  Then, sew the metal hooks onto the end of the "V".  I used 4 hooks, spaced so that they would easily hook onto the large safety pins (see later pictures).

Attach the elastic strap to the knee brace using a safety pin.  I liked to have extra length of strap that could be pulled back up and fastened to itself, so that tension could be easily adjusted tighter, from a known base tension.  This is handy because the t-tape needs setup time.  If too much tension is used for the first couple hours, the tape will begin to come off in places much more easily.  Use a very light tension at first, then add to it when the tape has adhered better.

Prepare the t-tape:

Cut a strip of tape that is the same length as the template.  Attach it to one side of the template, with the leftover portion of tape extending past the folded side of the template.

Using the edge of the tape that is away from the template, roll a little less than 1cm of tape onto itself twice to create a 3-layer thick tab on the upper edge.

Cut another strip of tape the same length, and put it on the other side of the template.

Fold the top part of the new piece over the thick tab on the first piece, so that the tab is now 5 layers thick.  This thick strip of tape will be necessary for attaching tension to the safety pins without the tape ripping.  Try to line up one edge of the tape as much as possible, but its ok if the other edge isn't quite right.

Apply the t-tape:

First, figure out where the tape needs to go.  The center of the sticky part of the t-tape should be stuck to the midpoint of the skin it is pulling, so that both sides of the tape pull on the skin equally.  Pinch some skin around where the midpoint of the new foreskin should be, and pull it forward.  I found that doing this while standing up was best, since it slightly changes where the midpoint winds up being.  The point found while standing seemed to be more even more often than if I was sitting.  With t-tape, the details matter a lot, since a little bit of uneven tension will pull the tape off much faster.  Mark the midpoint with a small dot with the pen, and repeat for at least 4 or so points all the way around.

Very important: Make sure the skin is oil-free, and tension is always applied equally to inner and outer skin. These things will significantly reduce liklihood of whatever device or tape you are using from coming off.

Unstick the t-tape from the template and attach it to the shaft skin, centered by the dots.  I found that pulling the skin taught in all directions where the tape is being stuck helps the resilience of the tape, because there will be more skin surface area for it to stick to.  It also avoids accidentally capturing a wrinkle in the skin below the tape, which would fail easily when tension is applied.
I liked to start with the well lined up edge of t-tape, and end with the slightly misaligned edge.  That way, the sticky half of the misaligned part can overlap the starting point, which I think helps make the start/end point interface better.  It is very important to carefully line up the center line at the tape's start/end.  If it isn't aligned, there will be a small point of skin at that interface that will be twisted by the competing center lines, and you'll probably get a sore spot there if you apply tension to the tape.  Practice and attention to detail will prevent it.

After sticking the tape, gently pull the pull tab forward, to fold the skin over, and gently pinch the tape to be sure it is all stuck properly.  At this point I liked to cut 6 additional strips of tape and stick them, 3 on the inside and three on the outside, to reinforce the tape even more.  I'm not sure that this step is necessary, but I liked wearing the tape 3 days at a time if possible, and I think the reinforcement helped.  It also added additional layers to the pull tab on the end of the tape.

Next, attach the 4 large safety pins to the t-tape.  I wove them back and forth through the thick pull tab so that each pin captured about 1/4 of the circumference of tape.  The pins should all face the same direction when the opening is closed, that way the little metal hooks can be attached to all of them.

Put on the knee brace, and hook up the strap to the tape!  I wore the setup with boxers that had a hole in front, so that the boxer fabric would be between the t-tape and my leg.  Sweat, as well as rubbing, caused the t-tape to fail much quicker if it came in direct contact with my leg.

I think I spent about 6 years very consistently restoring with t-tape.  I wore the tape probably ~350 days/year, with off days for activities like camping trips, cycling events, skiing, etc, when it wasn't practical to wear it.  I usually wore it all day.  In the later years of restoring my growing impatience caused me to try wearing it at night also.  I usually wore it only the first half of the night, because of getting woken up by a night-time erections around 2-3am and needing to detach it.  I'm not sure that it really helped progress to wear it that often, and if I were to do everything over again I probably wouldn't ever hook up the tape to the knee brace at night.  It puts a lot of stress on the skin, which maybe caused premature aging and darkening (I think most of the darkening was caused by use of the o-ring method early in my restoration attempts).

I'm not sure how helpful it is to apply tension as consistently as I did, either.  I'll leave that debate for others, since I never got around to collecting good data on it.  Seems like lots of guys are claiming as good or better progress than I did with less hours of restoring each day.

After my touch-up surgery, since the opening is significantly narrower than before t-tape is difficult to apply.  I restore less consistently (a few hours per day, most days), and I use the TLC-X now since it is easier to take on and off.