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Penis with a visible circumcision scar

In males who have been circumcised, the circumcision scar refers to the scar after a circumcision has healed. In some cases, the scar can be darker-colored, and, in all cases, it will encircle the shaft of the penis.


The scar, which completely encircles the shaft of the penis, is located at the boundary of the shaft skin and the inner foreskin remnant, which is the portion of the foreskin that was not removed during circumcision. This foreskin remnant is mucosa that lies between the glans and the circumcision scar, which results in dissimilar tissue healing together. In adult circumcision part of the frenulum may remain intact. The foreskin remnant is dried mucosa and can often have a different color and texture than the rest of the penile skin. It can be pinkish or light-colored, and it typically becomes covered with keratin to protect it from a dry environment. Some circumcision scars result in a marked color difference on the shaft.

The type of circumcision scar relies on the technique that was used. Some circumcised men have a prominent or uneven scar, whereas in others it is less noticeable. The appearance of the scar can be reduced through the process of foreskin restoration. A completed restoration normally results in the circumcision scar being completely hidden from view on the inner surface of the regrown prepuce.

Problems with the scar[edit]

There is some controversy as to what happens to the severed nerves of the foreskin at the scar. Xin et al. (1997) suggest that nerves regenerate, forming new receptors.[1] However, pathologists Cold & Taylor (1999) report: "Histology of the male circumcision scar shows amputation neuromas, Schwann cell proliferation and the bulbous collection of variably sized neurites. Amputation neuromas do not mediate normal sensation and are notorious for generating pain."[2]

Penile cancer can occur on the scar.[3][4] In some cases, the scar can form a tight constricted ring causing preputial stenosis.

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Daily Mail

Daily Mail
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:04:03 -0800

The surgeons sliced along an old circumcision scar, unwrapped the skin of the penis, and cut out two segments of tissue from either side. Doctors were able to bypass the urethra - the tube which carries urine through the penis - and all of the nerves ...


Wed, 21 Oct 2015 11:02:36 -0700

In fact, the most sensitive part of the penis, at least on a circumcised penis, is the underside where the circumcision scar is. As for men who are intact, they're more sensitive all over, because circumcision actually removes five regions of the penis ...

Breitbart News

Breitbart News
Sat, 19 Dec 2015 01:51:15 -0800

With no deal on the contentious issue of welfare handouts for migrants from European Union countries, but a possible compromise being mooted, British Prime Minister David Cameron is rolling over his EU renegotiation bid into 2016. But time is running ...

The Advertiser

The Advertiser
Sat, 14 Nov 2015 02:41:15 -0800

Who would have thought a good Jewish boy would try so hard to hide a circumcision scar? I hate those dinky little fibrous fedoras worn by shirtless blokes at music festivals. They're in for a rude shock when they learn melanoma doesn't do irony. And a ...

Shape Magazine

Shape Magazine
Thu, 08 May 2014 17:12:40 -0700

In fact, a Michigan State University study found that the most sensitive part of a circumcised guy's penis is his circumcision scar. A possible explanation: After circumcision, “the penis has to protect itself—like growing a callus on your foot, but ...

News Every day

News Every day
Sat, 14 Feb 2015 11:58:21 -0800

A seventeen-year old teenager from Florida is said to have requested the first-ever penis reduction operation from doctors of the University of South Florida. The unusual operation is now published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, the Daily Mail ...

The Oracle

The Oracle
Mon, 16 Feb 2015 21:50:49 -0800

Having no precedent to base the procedure on, Carrion and a team of surgeons bypassed the urethra and the sensation nerves, cut along the circumcision scar, unwrapped the skin and removed tissue from both sides of the penis. “It's slightly longer and ...
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 13:39:57 -0700

(Reuters Health) - Surgery to change penis appearance may not do much to stop locker-room teasing in high school, a new study suggests. The urologists who conducted the study say parents who bring their young sons to be circumcised - or to get rid of ...

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