Cicumcision Scars - What do they look like through the healing process?

I had a cicumcision three weeks ago to address problems with tightening foreskin and failed frenuloplasty.

I wasn't particularly happy with the slightly unusual procedure my doctor elected to do but I am more or less over that assuming that it heals okay.

The incisions are now beginning to heal, and while I appreciate that it is early days, I am still worried about the scars.

There are two worries

1 - in the first week stiches failed in a section on the top part of the penis (as I look down at it). This cause the incision to gape open during the healing process and I can see that the scar is much wider and irregular as a result. It doesn't look like it will ever be a nice thin line but on the plus side it is pretty flat.

2 - as for the rest of the incision, some of it is quite thin and flat (particularly to the right as I look down) but the rest has a really pronounced ridge (particular to the left and behind as I look down). When I say pronounced, I mean it feels like a thin shoelace. This is in an area where the stitches held and the wound quite neat.

Because of my concerns the doctor has inspected it twice and I have another appointment in three weeks time. My concern is that he has focussed on the area where the stitches failed. He has been positive but not convincingly, saying things like we can always cut the scarring out at the later date.

But to be honest I'm less worried about that are, it does look like the scar won't be neat but it does look like it will be flat.

I'm more worried about where the scar is ridged like a thin shoelace. Is that normal, will it flatten out ir am I going to be left with a raised ridge of scar tissue. I've no idea what to expect in the healing process, what I should expect to see, how that will change, and in what timescale.

I shall certainly raise it with the doctor when I see him in the new year but for now would appreciate any insight and advice on here.



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  • You're still very early days and are noticing improvements, but it may take 6 months or more to get an idea of the final results.

    There is a danger of making yourself unwell by worrying about it when there's nothing you can do other than wait.

  • Hopefully you are correct - it would be more comforting is my doctor spoke as confidently though.



  • Sounds like he's trying his best but is naturally cautious following your previous contacts.

    At the end of the day you have to be patient though

  • Its early days. Scar tissue can take a while to resolve. You can help things along by using something like bio-oil. This should help with the healing process and keep the skin supple and moisturised.

  • I've been using E45 initially, and just recently I have started using the Boots Scar Serum which I assume is pretty much the same as bio oil.

    What I can't imagine is the extent of the change that will happen. I can look at the parts that are relatively flat and imagine them smoothing out and lightening in colour. But it is the ones that are thick ridges (like string or thin shoelace) that I'm concerned about - it is hard to imagine those becoming flat thin lines.



  • Where was it you got the procedure done as i am looking to be cut and was it private or not ?

  • I had my circumcision done on the NHS following referral by my GP due to underlying health issues, listed elsewhere.

    I would suggest unless you really need this procedure, do not have it done. I am on the road to recovery, but certainly would not have it done by choice. The pain and discomfort is not something I would want to repeat. Sex is off the menu for at least four weeks, which is killing me !

    Best of luck.

  • I'm in my 4th week and I would say that it isn't even close to 'system ready'.

    I've read elsewhere that it is more like 10-12 weeks.



  • I do think i need it. When erect it is painful and pulling back foreskin all the way is painful too. If you dont mind me asking what hospital was it and what age are you ?

  • Sorry, missed your question. It was on NHS. With hindsight a little miffed with myself.

    I have private health cover so I was going to use that. I saw my GP who referred me to an NHS specialist very quickly for assessment. I went to that, he said "circumcision" and that he would refer me for the operation on the NHS. I assumed that it would take a year or more to get the operation because it is hardly a priority. So I was going to go back to my GP and ask him to refer me privately. But before I could do so, the NHS operation date came through really quickly.

    I thought that I may as well have it done for free (my private operation would have involved an excess and a reduction in no-claims) and besides it is a simple operation and thought the NHS specialists would be just as capable.

    If you haven't got a medical scheme then I think it would be around £1,500 to £2,000 to do it privately when I looked.



  • Well nheather, that's my Christmas ruined ! LoL. Leaflet from Hospital said at least four weeks, which is approaching. I have been crossing the days off like an Advent calender.

    Crazy-Ryan, I would suggest trying the creams suggested earlier first or possibly a partial circumcision. Procedure was carried out at Arrowe Park, Wirral. Not local to me but my GP referred me there as the Consultant was the only one in the area able to do.

    I am 52 and there was a cancer risk in my case.

  • Got the same leaflet - 4 weeks - I was surprised because everything I had read before said something like 10-12 weeks.

    My take for what its worth. After 4 weeks the incisions have joined but the wound/scar will still be red and painful. I guess in theory you could have sex but I wouldn't because (a) it will be painful and (b) I would be scared of opening the healing wound or causing infection.




    It is now four weeks after the operation and her is the status.

    The scar line is irregular and pretty lumpy. I'd say that only a third of it is flat, the rest is a raised ridge, like thin string.

    There is a section where the stiches failed and the scar there is about 10mm long and upto 3mm wide and very red.

    There are two hard lumps under the skin either side of a vein. These are both bewteen the scar line and body. The are about 10mm and 5mm from the scar line, so quite seperate from the visible scar. They feel hard, and smooth like bone (but I appreciate that they are not).

    They area is still quite sore - not painkiller sore, but enough to feel it and now it is there.

    I appreciate that people here have said that it takes many months to heal properly but it is difficult not to worry. It looks a right old mess and hard to imagine it looking neat once healed.

    I also don't have a great deal of confidence in the NHS staff, the doctor who did the operation isn't too bad, but he has now changed his tune to "the priority is functionality and we can deal with cosmetic later if necessary" - which in my head I now interpretting as "my job was to sort out the short frenulum, as long as that it successful it doesn't matter what the end result looks like". But the registrar who saw me when my i visited the hospital ward about the failed stitches said "nothing to worry about, that job is so neat, I don't know how Doctor XXX does such a neat job, I wish my work was that good". I can't correlate his words with what I am looking out - if this is neat I would dread to see untidy. To be honest it just felt like he was closing ranks, fobbing me off to protect his colleagues.

    I have an appointment with the doctor on 4th Jan and clearly I will put my concerns to him strongly, but even though it is little over two weeks away I know I such worry every day until then. I am getting quite low and depressed about it. Wonder whether I should visit the GP this week to see what they think.



  • Hi Nigel sorry to read you have had problems with scarring following your Op'. Not sure if it suitable for this area but Bio Oil is good for healing scars on the skin generally.

    I think my circumcision was two or three weeks after yours. The scarring seems minimal and I am generally happy with it. Not wanting to get to personal but it is sex that worries me now. I have experienced an erection which was a little sore but ok. Still too nervous for full sex.

    I would be interested to know anyone's experience on this point.


  • Mine was only 4 weeks ago. If your was 2-3 after mine it then it would have only been 1-2 weeks ago. If that is true then it sounds like you are healing much better and faster than I am.

    Yes I am aware of bio-oil. Was advised that I shouldn't use it until the scar has formed and properly sealed. Don't think mine is quite at that stage yet.

    One difference might be that the way the doctor chose to do mine is quite unusual. Normally the incision would be made about an inch below the glans, so you would get a neat circle around the shaft. But in my case the doctor chose to make the incision just under the glans - so it tries to flow the glans rather than a neat circle, and I fear that being so close to the glans made it more difficult to neatly stitch which is why I have ended up with ridged scars rather than flat ones.

    It also means that he has left quite a bit of foreskin intact which looks rather stupid because it is neither circumcised nor uncircumcised. Probably okay when erect but looks silly when flaccid.

  • Reading through these post's I came across yours and am experiencing the same type of thing

    See my post of 2 days ago

    I had the Circ on the 26/1/17 for medical reasons and had my referred Urologist and another one perform the op while having it done and listening to the conversation I did have cause to ask if he was practicing on me to be told not to worry I am stepping in when needed

    Needless to say I end up with a infection on day 7 bad enough to warrant doc sending me back as emergency admission as the wound had opened up and in her words was Gaping.I was told nothing can be done until the infection is dealt with and put on 2 weeks of penicillin but I can see already that my scar line is going to be all over the place

    I was given a low and loose circ which is not what I expected at all considering my main reason for having one in the 1st place was re-accuring yeast infections leading to me getting Balanitis and Paraphomosis the loose cut means that my gland is still 3 parts covered and in my eyes still able to harbour the yeast problems that started everything off in the 1st place

  • Yea it looks like our Ops where quite close together. So far I am happy with the healing process and the stitches look quite neat.

    I know what you mean about how it looks when flaccid, particularly when cold ! I put this down to just not being familiar with it. Time as they say is a great healer.

    Best Wishes

  • How far down the shaft did they do your cut. Mine is just under the glans. They left quite a lot of foreskin in place. So when flaccid, the foreskin isn't long enough to cover the glans fully so the tip of the glans is peeping out. Looks stupid. With the cut location and the messy stitches it looks a real bodge. Looks like something of one of those "I went abroad to have plastic surgery because it was so much cheaper" TV programmes.



  • The cut is directly under the glands and is a neat circle. When flaccid the stitches cannot be seen but the whole glans are visible. This is what I expected.

    The skin does look odd when flaccid but when erect appears ok.

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