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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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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Xin ZC, Choi YD, Rha KH, Choi HK. Somatosensory evoked potentials in patients with primary premature ejaculation. J Urol. 1997;158(2):451-7. doi:10.1016/S0022-5347(01)64499-9. PMID 9224321.
  2. ^ Cold CJ, Taylor JR. The prepuce. BJU Int. 1999;83 Suppl 1:34-44. doi:10.1046/j.1464-410x.1999.0830s1034.x. PMID 10349413.
  3. ^ Bissada NK, Morcos RR, el-Senoussi M. Post-circumcision carcinoma of the penis. I. Clinical aspects. J Urol. 1986;125(2):283-5. PMID 3944860.
  4. ^ Fetsch JF, Davis Jr CJ, Miettinen M, Sesterhenn IA. Leiomyosarcoma of the penis: a clinicopathologic study of 14 cases with review of the literature and discussion of the differential diagnosis. Am J Surg Pathol. 2004;28(1):115-25. PMID 14707873.

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27 news items

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 ...
New Times Broward-Palm Beach (blog)
Fri, 16 May 2014 11:39:59 -0700

The most sensitive part of the circumcised penis is the circumcision scar line on the underside of the penis.The head/tip of the circumcised penis is less sensitive to fine touch than the head/tip of the uncircumcised penis.The uncircumcised penis ...
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:16:27 -0700

A new study has raised a lot of eyebrows and tempers in the ongoing debate about infants and circumcision. According to an article over at the The Daily Beast, the recently released study, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings medical journal claims ...
The Malay Mail Online
Tue, 03 Jun 2014 08:43:11 -0700

For users who no longer have their foreskin, a study shows that the circumcision scar on the ventral surface is the most sensitive area, which the Galactic Cap would also leave exposed. While the product appears promising in terms of increasing sexual ...


Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:38:17 -0800

In circumcised penises, the most sensitive region was the circumcision scar on the underside of the penis. For intact penises, the areas' most receptive to pressure were five regions normally removed during circumcision, all of which were more ...
Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:07:41 -0700

Gary Harryman April 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm #. A circumcision scar is a mark of the perpetrator's malice and the victim's ignorance. Circumcision is medical quackery – a scam that leaves the victim marked as sub-normal for life. Gutsie April 16, 2014 at 7 ...

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Jamaica Gleaner
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:45:00 -0800

Doc, I would value your fatherly advice about my boyfriend, who has talked to his friends about our sex life. Last month, I gave him my virginity. I only did this after several months of careful thought. I had weighed up the possible consequences and ...
FOX News
Thu, 21 Jun 2007 10:54:10 -0700

The original finding was detailed in the April issue of the British Journal of Urology (BJU) International. The research showed that, for circumcised penises, the most sensitive region was the circumcision scar on the underside of the penis. For ...

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