It has been one week after my circumcision and I have had a good experience so far! I haven't experienced any pain and haven't had to take a single painkiller! My surgeon did a great job and the cut looks really good and symmetrical! My swelling has already died down a ton - only a little but remains at the underside of my penis. The only problems I have experienced are: the natural hypersensitivity of the glans rubbing against clothes - but even that is bearable after a week - and the night erections which did cause a stitch or two to pull a but too much and bleed a little. The reason for my circumcision was that I have a very rare skin condition called Lichen Sclerosus which causes tightening and thinning of the skin, along with extremely sensitive, uncomfortable rashes. I tried everything I could for around 9 months but to no avail - sex was painful and I would tear my foreskin and bleed every time I had sex. I would occasionally even tear my foreskin while washing my penis while showering. I am of the view that circumcision should only ever happen if it's the only solution to solve an issue. I had no other choice - but I am happy with the choice and I have no regrets. I honestly thought that recovery would be a lot worse and on this forum are naturally mainly stories of bad experiences - which isn't a problem at all - but I just wanted to share a good experience! I have included some images of my penis for reference of where I'm at after 1 week! I'm sure that my experience will only get better as time goes by!
My advice would be to just rest up and take things easily for the first few days! I soaked off my bandages off in the bath after 3 days, dripping some soapy water over my glans and then re-dressed my penis. Whilst sleeping, I found it best to wear tight fitting underwear and positioned my penis upright to avoid night erections. Everyone is different though and some prefer sleeping on their side - this induced erections for me, however. I put an ointment my doctor gave me on my stiches at least once a day when re-dressing my bandages, along with some Aquaphor (similar to Vaseline) and it's been helping. I believe that I will still not have to take any painkillers! I'm seeing my doctor for a checkup tomorrow!
Keep in mind that I had just put on ointment before taking the picture!
I hope this helps anyone who is feeling nervous about an upcoming circumcision! I hope that anyone having the surgery soon also has a good experience! I also encourage anyone who had had a good experience to share their positive stories!