Should i do the stretching of the foreskin to deal with the phimosis first and then when it's fixed get the frenoplasty? Or should i just go to the doctor now, and fix the phimosis and frenulum breve altogether?
P.S. Anyone tried the steroid creams? Do they really work?
Your doctor may suggest getting both fixed at the same time since fixing the frenulum is going to have to be done by the doctor anyway.
Phimosis is sometimes used as a justification for circumcision, so that it will be covered by a national health system or insurance plan.
Regarding phimosis, application of topical steroid cream for 4-6 weeks to the narrow part of the foreskin is relatively simple and less expensive than surgical treatments. It has replaced circumcision as the preferred treatment method for some physicians in the U.K. National Health Service.
The steroidal creams are by prescription only as far as I can determine. Two commonly used steroidal creams are Dermovate cream/ointment (clobetasol) and ELOCON (mometasone furoate cream) Cream.
I think you can get a Vitamin E ointment without a prescription. Vitamin E makes skin more elastic. You can also take it orally in capsule form, and I'm sure you can get that without a scrip.. After you take care of the phimosis, you may find the frenulum breve is better too.
You are normal for your age. Your foreskin is still developing. You can help it develop by stretching it.
When your penis is erect, gently pull your foreskin back against the head of the penis. As the head attempts to pass through the foreskin it will stretch the skin a little. Do this every day and in a few weeks or months your foreskin will widen and you will be able to retract your foreskin. Do NOT force retraction.
It works by tissue expansion. Stretching skin induces “mitosis” which is a word that means “division of cells”. New skin cells are formed and the skin expands but it takes some time. The increase in size is permanent. Be patient and let mitosis do its work.
The important thing is to put the skin under tension every day so that it will grow wider.
That piece of skin at the bottom of the glans is called the frenulum. It is normal and it is supposed to be there. The frenulum serves to limit the rearward travel of the foreskin.
If your foreskin bunches up behind the head when you retract you most likely have a short frenulum (frenulum breve). Test it by pulling back on the foreskin. If the head of your penis bends down when you pull back your foreskin, you have frenulum breve.
You can stretch the frenulum manually just like you do your foreskin. That is the best course of action if the frenulum is too short to permit your foreskin to retract.
There also is a minor operation to relieve the frenulum, called frenuloplasty and another called frenectomy. One of these might be necessary, if the stretching does not work. Urologists do this.
Don’t let anyone sell you a circumcision. Circumcision is NOT necessary to treat this condition.