Avon, from London, was circumcised at birth and wants to 'regain' his foreskin. He bought a 'restorative device' online, which involved using weights to lengthen what was left of the foreskin.
A man who wants his circumcision 'reversed' has revealed he's in pain with every step he takes and can barely feel anything during sex, after undergoing the 'traumatic and disgusting' procedure.
Avon, from London, was circumcised at birth and told the BBC he'd ordered a device online, which promised to stretch his remaining skin using weights. in an effort to 'regain' his foreskin.
However, Avon broke down when doctors told him it would be never reverse his circumcision, telling him the device was 'not scientific'.
Surgery to restore the appearance of foreskin is possible using transplanted tissue from areas such as the scrotum, but experts are divided as to the effectiveness of the procedure.
Avon said that he didn't realise other people had a foreskin until he was a teenager, explaining that he only made the discovery in his late teens.
He explained that he'd had a full circumcision, which removed most or all of the foreskin.
'The penis is very exposed, and there is no skin covering the corona which is around the penis head, or the area of skin that is just after the penis head,' he said.
Avon continued: 'My experience with being circumcised mixed PTSD and genuine physical discomfort.'
IS IT POSSIBLE TO REVERSE A CIRCUMCISION?
Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin - the retractable fold of skin that covers the end of the penis.
The Circumcision Information and Resource Page states that it is not possible to 'actually restore a lost foreskin'.
On its website, it says: 'Foreskin contains specialized nerve endings, muscles and blood vessels that are necessary for normal sexual function and sensation.
'While to some degree these functions can be recreated, once the original tissue is cut off and thrown away, it can never be fully recovered.'
Surgery to 'restore' foreskin using a skin graft does exist, but while some successes have been reported, the procedure is usually considered too expensive and risky and is not normally recommended, according to Healthline.
The surgery involves taking similar tissue, such as that on the scrotum, and grafting it onto the penile shaft.
This procedure will only give the appearance of foreskin, and can't fully replicate the original, but it can replicate the frenulum - unlike non-surgical methods.
According to the National Organisation of Restoring Men there are several benefits for circumcised men who restore their foreskin.
These include more pleasure - considered one of the big factors, and less chafing against clothes and during sex.
The body advises foreskin reconstruction surgically, or by attaching tape, weights or cones to stretch the existing skin.
The bizarre latter method was drawn up by a Californian psychologist who claims to have reversed his own circumcision.
He added that he feel a 'very uncomfortable poke or tingle down the skin' with 'every single step' he takes, adding that when he's intimate he just 'doesn't have that sensation'.
Avon went on to explain that he was 'seeing someone' at the moment, but 'being cut' brought issues into the relationship.
His lip trembled as he said: 'That's just how much can be behind cutting up a bit of someone's organ without their consent.'
Holding back tears, he added: 'You don't see the psychological domino effect it may have on them.'
He explained that he'd continued to suffer from pain from his foreskin, saying: 'I have experienced a great deal of pain and skin tearing growing up.'
'I noticed it affecting a major section of my life when I was intimately active at the age of 22, and the fact I was completely unresponsive to stimuli.'
Avon explained that he had ordered a 'restorative kit' online, saying: 'The idea of this device is that you place your penis head on the blue cone, place your skin all the way up to the grey cone and clamp down the white one.
As he held up the device, he lifted up weights which could be added to the device, saying: 'Then just release the tension on the screw. Until a later on point when you'd like to add more weights or strap it on your leg, for a more powerful pull as it were.'
But it appeared the device didn't work for Avon, and he said: 'Day one has been a bit abysmal as I do not have enough skin to use this device or stretch it to the black cone and leave it clamped down before the spring pulls up.'
Instead, he went to see a leading urologist for the Whittington Health Trust, Mr Sudhanshu Chitale, to see if it would be possible to 'reverse' his circumcision.
He explained: 'We're asking him if it's possible to reverse my circumcision, if it's possible for me to regain sensitivity and if it's possible by alternative surgical means to restore my foreskin.'
Mr Chitale examined Avon's penis, saying he wanted to see 'what had been left' after the circumcision.
He presented the restorative device to the doctor, with Mr Chitale immediately questioning where he had brought it from.
When Avon admitted it was from online, he said: 'So it's not a scientific device that has been developed by an instrument making company.
'Even if you were to use it because you have seen some videos on YouTube, there is no scientific study to say this is going to work.'
The doctor added: 'You are obviously at liberty to use it if you want to, but there is not much you can pull forward.
'The other issue you have is about lack of sensitivity on the glans. That unfortunately is very difficult to restore.'
He said: 'The glans are hypersensitive, quite sensitive, and it has got the foreskin as a hood. But subsequently the lining hardens as much as the rest of the skin.'
'Therefore the initial hyper sensitivity is then neutralized and then he is back to having normal sensations. But they will never match what the foreskin sensitivity is.'
He added: 'Because the foreskin has a special purpose and a special nerve supply.'
But Mr Chitale seemed surprised that Avon had been traumatised by loss, telling him: 'Just as a matter of opinion that we have developed over the years, those that have neonatal circumcision hardly miss their foreskin because they know nothing different.
'Whereas when you lose your foreskin in your teens or adulthood, you're more likely to miss it because they were used to it for a while.'
However Avon remained determined, asking Mr Chitale if there was the possibility of a skin graft giving him some kind of foreskin.
Mr Chitale said: 'Technically the skin graft will only give you extra skin to roll over your glans.
'You're only talking about millimeters, you're not talking about the entire foreskin being restored.
'It will give you a sleeve of tissue to play around with to be honest.'
He added: 'And again that is not the same foreskin you have. Pretty much all the foreskin has gone, and that is what you have.
'Therefore there is not much skin left for you to even think of pulling forward, let alone regrowing.'
Avon was left devastated by the conversation, saying: 'More people need to be educated before ruining the life of their newborn son or daughter.'
He added: 'It's disgusting it's still happening to this day. it really is.
He said he was 'not in a good state of mind' after his conversation with Mr Chitale, because he 'just wants to be free from past trauma that he did't ask for and have a better quality of life'.