How DTR grippers work

The gripper is what holds the skin onto the devices surface

DTR grippers

The original grippers were made from a cut down baby bottle nipples. I did this so people could make their own replacements if they could not order from me and they were made from medical grade SLR

As of NOV 2023 this new Gripper will be replacing the old grippers. These new grippers are made in the USA from Injection molded Platinum cured Medical grade-class VI LSR.
These have been designed for use with the DTR, Retainers and Tug Bell.

They can be used inverted so that the grippers profile changes giving the user a slightly different feel to the gripper.

These new grippers are longer and stronger with smoother edges than the original grippers. This provides a better grip for those just starting out and will allow older users to use a maximum amount of tension when restoring.

The advantage of injected LSR vs poured LSR is that it’s pumped directly from the containers into the molding machine with little to no possibility of contamination modifying the material. For this reason, most medical parts are injection molded for clean, consistent parts.

Important note:
These grippers take 40+ hours of use to break in. You can speed this along by removing them and stretching them out with your fingers. You can also soak them in very hot ( previously boiled ) water for 30 seconds before stretching them out. The gripper will feel a little more flexible after the break in period.

finger trap

Grippers hold the skin by using pressure and friction.

The more tension the more grip. Much like a “Chinese finger trap” the more you pull the tighter the grip.

The more stress (pull) the more the skin is compressed by the gripper. This is what causes skin fatigue after you have a device on for sometime and why it is important to take quick breaks every 30 to 90 minutes to avoid any discomfort when using higher amounts of tension.

This new gripper can hold my skin for longer periods of time when using high amounts of stress. I find using about 2 to 4 pounds worth of pulling force when tugging gives me the best skin growth. This is what works for me personally, I am not suggesting that anyone uses this amount of force.

If your equipment does not allow you to use higher stress because it is slipping off after ten minutes than you could be in in for a very long frustrating restoration.

Holes in a gripper make it a little more flexible since there is less material.

Some guys prefer the solid gripper so it really may be just a personal choice.

firm DTR gripper
Soft gripper
tug bell with inverted gripper
Tug bell and tissue
Tissue rubbed on gripper
dusted gripper
tug bell foreskin 8 lbs pull
DTR gripper install 3

Gripper removal is easy, first invert the gripper so that it’s flipped inside out just as you would if you are about to attach the gripper to your skin.

DTR gripper install 2

Pull on the gripper and work it over the collar portion of the DTR Bell.

pulling off gripper

Continue to work the gripper by stretching it over the collar

DTR gripper install 1

Now work the gripper over the nylon screws if they are being used. Grippers will stretch quite a bit so it’s difficult to rip one.

To reinstall the gripper just reverse the process.

Grippers are interchangeable with the DTR bell, TugBell and Retainers.