A Gallery of Circumcisions
A skin-bridge is formed when the raw remnant where the foreskin was cut attaches to the raw surface of the glans and heals that way. This happens after the doctor has lost interest in the case and the mother, who has been told her son's circumcised penis is now "low maintenance" and has no idea what it is "supposed" to look like, does not notice that anything is the matter. It is not only ugly, but creates a space where smegma may be trapped and - unlike under the intact foreskin - can not be readily cleaned.
This bridge has been pulled
so tight it has begun to tear.
The owner of this is 18. There is also a small skin tag on the right side of his glans.
The owners of these bridges have made a virtue of necessity:
The owner of these did not know they were caused by his circumcision till he visited this site.
This bridge indicates how far down the shaft circumcision damage can extend.
The frenulum has been removed almost completely.
The 19-year-old owner of this bridge only discovered that anything was amiss last year. He writes:
A girlfriend of mine pointed it out to me and then the research came, and I stumbled upon your site and boom, there it was. It doesn't hurt or cause any problems, but it's good to know what it is. I have thought about it getting it "fixed" but sort of too embarrassed about it. ... I know one thing for sure, I don't think I'll be taking showers in the locker room anytime soon. ... putting a ring through it, now thats an idea. But still not too keen on this thing.
Light at the end of the tunnel...
This seems to have an additional
tiny bridge leading to it.
So much for being "cleaner".
This one has an additional bridge further down the shaft. The expression "penis butcher doctors" starts to seem less extreme.
Multiple tiny skin bridges
(which would not make this penis either "cleaner"
or "easier to keep clean")
|Not only is this an unusually wide and tight skin-bridge ...|
... but the folding over of the raphe may be further damage.
|This mess seems to completely encircle its victim's glans...|
... well, almost. The actual circumcision seems to have been relatively loose.
The Center for Reconstructive Urology website
Penile Skin Bridges - Penile Skin Adhesions
Subsequent to circumcision, some men develop skin bridges [weasel-wording: Circumcising babies creates skin-bridges on some of them...] that originate along the distal penile skin and cross the coronal sulcus of the glans penis and fuse to the glans penis. These are also called penile skin adhesions.
|Penile skin adhesions in a 20 year old man.
|Penile skin bridges. Note that these bridges cross over the coronal sulcus, the groove at the base of the penis. It is mentioned on internet discussions on this topic that with gentle retraction, these adhesions can be separated. However, in the above case, this would not be advisable. The only reasonable options are observation and incision of the bands with suture closure under local or other anesthesia. Treatment is not required, and observation is very reasonable. However, when these adhesions are associated with discomfort during sexual relations or if the patient finds the adhesions unacceptable...
|Pictures of porn actor Marcus Iron |
and his penis with its two skin bridges
were removed from this postion at his request.
Some skin-bridges are minor...
...others are more serious:
|The small bridge on top has notched the corona. Another on the right pulls the glans around in that direction.|
The knotted vein further up the shaft may also be a circumcision artifact.
Skin bridges can be "resolved" (cut)...
|Click on each thumbnail for a larger imageThese pictures - of two bridges on the same penis - |
were taken a week after the operation
with stitches still in place.
The yellow material is Neosporin antibiotic.
... but the result is still unsightly:
|This tiny bridge is confined to the shaft.|
There is another, open on one side only, further round the penis. Its owner says both need to be cleaned out regularly. The frenulum has also been ablated and split. |
Skin bridge in an intact penis
|A skin bridge can occur in an intact penis, apparently caused by forcible retraction in infancy tearing the adhering glans and foreskin apart and leaving two wounds that healed together. The skin-bridge is at the top of the picture. The structure in the middle is the frenulum, a normal part of most intact men's anatomy.|
Actor Rupert Everett appears in a book of male nudes and has a small skin bridge.
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