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How do I determine how much tension or how much stress I am applying to the skin.
How much tension I was using was figured out by how long I was able to wear the device for feeling the need to remove it. If I was able to use the device for close to two hours without feeling the need to remove it I would consider the tension I was using to be moderate or light.
If I am using a method where I had to remove the device after 45 to 60 minutes for a few seconds break I would consider the tension to be high.
How many days you have been restoring consecutively will also play a role. For example if I was to restore Monday through Friday for eight hours each day. When it's Friday I may find my skin is a little more sensitive to the tension setting since it has been stressed out all week. I didn't know this when I first started to restore because I very rarely took any days off. I started to take two days off a week when I was restoring much later on and found it worked better then restoring 7 days a week.
 My Stages of restoring *
It took a couple of days for my body to get use to using a device. At first wearing the device was a little awkward but my body quickly got use to having something attached to it and it became second nature. For the most part I never feel like I'm wearing anything when I restore. The only time I feel anything is when I start to get a little discomfort after using the device for a period of time. To relieve this discomfort I would simply remove the device for a few seconds and put it back on. I always used my best judgment on what I was doing and always stopped if I felt any sharp pain as this usually meant I was doing something wrong.

Stage I : loosening of the skin , ( first 2 weeks ) The skin will loosen up quite a bit when first starting to restore this should not be confused with actual skin growth. Loosening of the skin makes it much easier to use a restoring device.
Stage 2 : Skin growth (Week 3 ), this is where I feel skin growth starts to take place. After the skin stretches to its max it has no alternative but to grow in order to compensate for the stress it is under.
Stage 3: Rollover, ( Month 3-4 ) the most exciting stage of restoring for me was rollover. This happens when you are not using a device or a retainer and this usually takes place when you are sitting. The skin starts to roll over the Corona edge. Sometimes the skin will even give partial coverage when sitting down.
Stage 5: Glide action, ( Month 11-12 ) Enough skin has been gained so moving the skin over the glans with an erection can be achieved.
Stage 4: Partial coverage, partial coverage would be skin that stays partially over the glans when standing. The skin will stay over the Corona's edge when in a standing position.
Stage 6: Flaccid coverage, ( Month 22-24 ) when enough skin has grown so that the glans are at least 80% covered when standing. This can vary from 80% to 100% on a daily basis.
Stage seven: Overhang, ( Month 36+ ) having enough skin grown so that it goes past the ends of the glans and begins to taper to look more natural. Coverage is 100% when flaccid. Partial coverage when erect is possible. Tighteners at the end of the foreskin can change depending on temperature. More overhang equals better taper.
 When I first began restoring as soon as I was able to retain my skin I did. I used an O-ring to keep the skin over the glands, this also provided a little bit of tension because I would pull as much skin as I could through the O-ring.
Years ago the " O-ring method " of restoring was used. Guys would stack O-rings on top of each other in order to keep tension on the skin.  It is a slow way to restore and not a lot of fun to use but for some it did the job. The more skin or tension the more O-rings could be stacked on.
Restoring strictly using this method would take a very long time in my opinion since you cannot produce the stress on the skin as you can with other more moderate to aggressive methods.
O-rings are cheap and very useful and that's why they should not be overlooked.
foreskin O-rings
push method foreskin restoration
push method foreskin restoration
role method foreskin restoration
Push or Roll method of installation with any device.
Push method, is simply pushing the device into the glans and working the skin forward onto the device to be held in place by the gripper.
Working the skin over the device so that the skin closest to the glans edge is on the device. You are using the glans itself as a way to create tension. It's also a great way to concentrate on inner skin growth when used with other "more aggressive" restoring methods.
Roll method would be as its name implies, simply rolling skin onto the device to be held in place by a gripper. This method of attachment is good for any method that provides some form of tension, weights, tugging, dual tension etc.
it's also a good way to concentrate on outer skin growth.
My thinking is that if I stress the skin enough during my restoring time for the day and then not let the skin fully relax this forces the skin to grow. This is much like a 24/7 routine but without the inconvenience of wearing a restoring device constantly.

I truly feel that 24 hours a day seven days a week is just too inconvenient and unnecessary to restore. I've never done this kind of routine and my results are exceptional with eight hours a day of "aggressive" restoring followed by some "less aggressive" methods including retaining.
  • Get a well-made device that's going to last years ( or make one yourself )
  • Use multiple ways to restore if you can
  • Use routines that will fit your lifestyle
  • Have a positive attitude ( never give up )
  • Eating healthy ( try the best you can )
  • Exercise ( do what you can )
  • Learn and research as much as you can on restoring
  • There is no "BEST" device, anyone trying to sell you on this just wants you to $buy$ something
  • Have fun , be patient and stay creative with your routines and be safe because there is no short cuts in restoring.
The "do" List for anyone restoring
This also keeps the skin under constant light tension. The skin is never in a fully relaxed state. This style of retaining is straight to the point. Keeping the glans covered and skin forward.
Less aggressive methods can be very useful.
My experience on how foreskin restoration works is that the skin has to be stretched past its own natural elasticity. When I am not using enough tension the skins natural elasticity would absorb the stress the skin was placed under. Forcing the skin too much can cause small injuries such as bruising or small skin tears. The trick was to find a balance of getting the maximum amount of stress to the skin without overdoing it.
Consistency, this does not mean restoring 24 /7. What consistency means is not taking too many days off in a row unless you are doing a specific routine that calls for this such as a one week on one week off routine. When I was not consistent my skin's natural elasticity came back and the process of stretching the skin has to start all over again. This process can take a few days to a week for someone very new to restoring to get past this stretching out of the skin stage.
I would experience this somewhat on a day-to-day basis with my skin feeling not as loose  as the night before.  When I'm not restoring the skin's elasticity comes back to normal in about two weeks. This is not a bad thing in fact it wasn't for the skin's natural elasticity coming back I would not have a natural looking end to my restored foreskin.

This is the trade-off of using more aggressive methods to restoring. You will sacrifice some comfort for faster progress. I could choose to use a less aggressive method in which case I will be able to use that method for hours on end without feeling any discomfort but the trade-off will be less progress.  There is a balance that needs to be found by anyone restoring. A balance between aggressive and less aggressive ways to restore is the best way to go.  Rotating methods will also keep any discomfort to a minimum.

Using aggressive methods all the time will result in over stressing the skin and I will be prone to more skin injuries such as bruising or very small skin tears. These sounds scarier than they are but they do require me having to stop for a couple of days to let them completely heal. This is much like overtraining when it comes to exercise.

So to recap, for 95% of my restoring day I will not feel any discomfort whatsoever. When I do start to feel some discomfort that's when I know I need to remove whatever method I am using for a quick break before I continue.

I am often asked the question "What is the most comfortable and productive way to restore?"  My response is that restoring should never be an uncomfortable process, but there are going to be some brief discomfort now and then when using any method regardless of whatever device you are using.   This usually happens after wearing a device for a period of time during your restoring day. When I first put a device on my will feel almost nothing at all. There may be a brief learning curve for someone new to restoring only because their body has not been accustomed to having something attached to it but they should not be any pain involved.

The most commonly asked question
Restoring basics
* individual results will vary
Always remember you can always make your own restoring device yourself.. Just be creative!
Always use your own judgement when Restoring. I am just sharing what I have learned with my own personal restoring experience. Restoring in my opinion is very safe but like everything in life there is always a chance of injury that could happen with anything a person chooses to do.

Push plates with a restoring device
For information on push plate selection check out this page.
Push Plates
To notch or not to notch that is the question. The answer is basically if you have any frenulum left a notch on the push plate is needed.

Conform plates are a great option but a decent amount of skin is needed to use them.
Conform plates should be looked at as an extra option and not the only push plate to use.
Just to clear any confusion my  restoring was permanent. The skin that I grew did not disappear after I stopped restoring. When I stopped restoring my skin's natural elasticity would come back and would result in the appearance of a 10 to 15% of skin shrinkage as the skin tightened back up.
Removing the device at least once an hour will improve the circulation on the skin and reduce the risk of bruising the skin especially when using higher amount of tension.
How many hours per day should someone restore?  Probably the most asked question ever. I tried to get in about 6 to 8 hours worth of restoring per day depending on what methods I was using. Remember the hours you restore do not have to be consecutive you can take as many breaks as you want throughout the day in fact it's more comfortable and more productive to do so. The biggest problem with this is remembering to put the device back on when taking longer breaks than a few minutes.
Restoring devices and manually stretching the skin are the two ways men restore their foreskin. Manually stretching the skin has been around forever. The biggest drawback with manually stretching the skin is being consistent. Using a device is just more convenient for most people. Although it is possible to restore your skin just by using manual stretching techniques most men will have a difficult time finding time throughout the day to manually stretch the skin as often as it would be needed for it to be highly productive and this is why the majority of restoring men prefer to use a device.
I will experience some discomfort no matter what method I am using after a set amount of time. This all depends on what method I am using, and how much tension I am using. The more aggressive the approach the more discomfort I will start to experience.  An example of this would be using dual tension when I first apply the device I will feel nothing even with a high amount of tension. After let's say the first hour or two I may start to feel some discomfort on either the glans or the skin that is gripped under the gripper. In which case I will remove the device for a quick break and then reattach the device.This is the same with any method I use. There is always a point at which I need to stop using whatever method I am using for a quick break. The less aggressive I am the more time I will have before feeling any discomfort.
Feedback from restoring men has always been important to me. I only created the retainer device some years ago because of requests from other restoring men who wanted me to build them something with the same quality as a DTR but was made for retaining purposes and less aggressive methods of restoring.

More agressive ways to retain can be done with a device that does just that and a little more.
"The Retainer" was the developed because a few close restoring men asked if I could make something for them that was like a DTR but more for retaining purposes.
The most asked question ever is "How long is this going to take?" This question  does not have a black and white answer. You can not go by a chart that's going to be the same for everyone.  There is a small percent of men that despite what the do to restore seem to have a very little progress.  After over ten years of listening to other restoring men I still can not figure out why this is unless it comes down to physical genetics where these individuals have very resilient skin that can absorb the stress its under without having to grow.  This would mean more stress might be needed but more caution would also be needed so not to cause possible injury.
So while it is correct to say a person should not feel pain or discomfort when restoring. It also must be said that after a certain amount of time passes while wearing a device depending on how much tension is being used a person should start to feel discomfort unless they are using a very low amount of tension. Using low tension will work for some people but I found myself getting better results when I would use higher tension. The downside of using high tension is feeling the need to remove the device more often throughout the day.