Want Your Foreskin Back? Give It A Rest!
There is alot of conflicting information on the internet about foreskin restoration. This article is not about whether you should or shouldn't restore your foreskin, or a debate on the benefits of doing so. I am writing this article in light of recent findings about the most effective means of restoring your foreskin-- doing it fast, effectively and with as little effort or damage to the tissue as possible. Before I continue, I have to thank MOS forum member, and fellow restorer, Executioner for bringing this information to my attention. I spend alot of time promoting foreskin restoration and not enough time researching the latest news about it, and it probably would have been a while before I came across this information otherwise.
For quite a while, it was believed that the most effective method of foreskin restoration was to keep the tissue under tension as near to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as possible. Whatever method one used-- whether it be weights, tlc tugger, cat II ro, t-tape or any of the virtually endless methods and devices-- the advice from the experts and gurus was that you try to keep it on at all times.
I think this belief came into existence based on the skin expansion techniques employed by plastic surgeons, where a bladder was inserted under the skin and slowly inflated to induce tissue growth to be harvested for transplants and the like over the course of many months. If that is how doctors do it, most thought, then that must be the way it works best!
"Constantly applied low level tension" was the magic phrase.
In light of some recent research into the field of cell mitosis and skin expansion, that mantra has now been shown to be false. The findings of this new research has proven that maximum skin expansion does not occur without equal periods of rest. In fact, constantly applied tension can actually inhibit the skin expansion effect...or worse, damage the tissue and force one's body to heal the injuries instead of grow new skin!
This is not a new idea for some. R. Wayne Griffiths, M.S., M.Ed. and Cofounder and Executive Director of NORM has been preaching this message for years. Unfortunately, old ideas sometimes die hard and it is only now that his advice has been proven fact and is slowly being absorbed into the consciousness of the restoration movement.
According to Mr. Griffiths (who is, by the way, a doctor who decided to restore his foreskin):
"When we look at the body builders, trying and successfully getting more muscle... and you have a muscle to be lengthened for sure, the Dartos/Peripenic muscle... you need to follow-- as the most recent research has indicated, and as i have been 'preaching' for 15 years-- growth is had when the cells have a chance to perform mitosis. One needs to understand that just looking at it in a mechanical/physical situation. If you were a rubber band stretched to the fullest extent, could you tie a knot in the middle of yourself??? i think not. so the resolving of the chromatin of the nucleus into a threadlike form, which separate into segments or chromosomes, each of which separated longitudinally into two parts, one part of each chromosome being retain in each of two new cells resulting from the original cell..."
In plain English, the skin cells won't split while they are under tension. It is only at rest that mitosis occurs and the skin expansion effect kicks in.
So what is the most effective regimen of foreskin restoration?
Mr. Griffiths suggests a five day on, 2 day off regimen of moderate tension for approximately 10 to 12 hours a day. This is the regimen he employed himself to restore his own foreskin and he accomplished the task in 18 months.
According to Mr. Griffiths, "The three papers researching tissue expansion have only been done since 1997-- and the latest in 2004...[they] have shown that cyclical moderate tension is the most successful and productive method of growing new cells. These studies i am sure will change to some extent the regimen for tissue expansion in the medical field for harvesting."
Perhaps the most difficult task now is getting men to understand and accept this new idea when the old mantra of C.A.T. is so ingrained in our philosophy.
Dr. Griffiths' frustration is evident in an anecdote he shared to illustrate this stubborn clinging to an old belief: "I'll relate to you the telephone calls I got for a couple of years from a fellow in Texas, wondering why he was not making progress. I asked what his regimen was... He said I have 60 oz of weight on 24 hours a day and nothing is happening.....A call every six months. I explained all that I have to you, and he didn't get it. After really chewing him out, he may have stopped this 24/7 but I haven't heard from him for quite some time. It meant to me that he did not pee, did not have sex, or anything else...[LAUGHS] Who knows...?"
In light of this new research, I'm telling you all right now, right this instant...
***** NO MORE 24 / 7 !!! ****
Get that tension off at least 12 hours of the day and let nature take its course! Your skin will not expand while it is tensed. Mitosis only occurs during rest.
Take off the weights and let it hang. Untape your t-tape and let it flop. Pop off the tugger and give your pecker some real TLC.
Our new mantra has to become: "Grow it Best! Let it Rest!"