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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 can be 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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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 ...


Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:03:32 -0800

The most sensitive spot on circumcised men was the circumcision scar; in uncircumcised men, it was the foreskin. Many men also wonder if circumcision leads to sexual problems. Again there's tentative evidence that it does. In 2011, Morten Frisch ...


Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:03:45 -0800

On a recent Saturday morning, Craig Adams stood outside the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It was sunny but cold. Adams, who had turned 40 the day before, wore white sneakers and a black T-shirt over a ...

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 ...

Huffington Post

Huffington Post
Sat, 14 Feb 2015 09:02:59 -0800

His team ended up opting to slice along the patient's circumcision scar, unwrap the skin, and then remove chunks of tissue from each side. He added that the teen is “very satisfied” with his new penis, which is still “generous” in size but is now more ...

Youth Health Magzine

Youth Health Magzine
Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:18:45 -0800

He made an incision in the same area with a circumcision scar, revealed the penis by opening the skin, and then cut some tissue on both sides. This procedure allowed the doctor to retain the same sensation into the organ and bypass the urethra ...

New York Daily News

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:37:30 -0800

A Florida teenager with a football-shaped phallus underwent the first penis reduction surgery after doctors determined it was "too large for intercourse". While flaccid, the 17-year-old's penis measured nearly seven-inches with an alarming 10-inch ...
Neon Tommy
Wed, 05 Feb 2014 19:05:29 -0800

The circumcision scar then becomes the most sensitive area in the circumcised penis. That's why circumcised men tend to masturbate by rubbing around the scar. Manual stimulation without artificial lube tends to cause discomfort for circumcised men. On ...

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