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What Is a Tight Circumcision?

By Donna Johnson
Updated: Mar 03, 2024

Circumcision is a surgical procedure in which the foreskin of the penis is removed. This operation typically takes place shortly after birth, but can be done at any time in a man's life. There are different methods of performing a circumcision, each giving a different result. A tight circumcision, for example, is one that leaves as little of the foreskin behind as possible.

The different types of circumcision are referred to in two ways. The first denotes how much skin is left behind after the procedure; a tight circumcision has less remaining skin than a loose one. The second term refers to the location of the incision and the resulting scar. High circumcisions leave a scar around the penis closer to the abdomen, while low circumcisions result in scarring just behind the glans, or head, of the penis.

Doctors may recommend circumcision if certain medical conditions are present. If the infant displays genital birth defects, such as an improperly positioned urethra, a bend in the penis or no separation of penile and scrotal skin, a circumcision is often performed at the same time as the corrective surgery. Medically recommended circumcision may occur later in life as well, for example in cases such as phimosis, in which the foreskin is too tight to allow for proper retraction. The procedure is often delayed until puberty, by which time the foreskin should be able to be pulled back fully. Performing the surgery before then may result in a tight circumcision removing too much skin.

Studies about the advantages and disadvantages of circumcision in healthy infants give mixed results. For this reason, most doctors neither recommend nor discourage routine circumcision. The decision to circumcise or not is typically left to the infant's parents, who may take religious, cultural and other factors, such as whether the child's father or older brothers are circumcised, into account.

Uncircumcised adult men may choose to undergo the procedure for a number of reasons. Those whose motives are purely cosmetic often favor tight circumcision because it leaves the glans exposed at all times, giving the bare look typically associated with a circumcised penis. A tight circumcision also prevents the accumulation of smegma, a sebaceous secretion that can accumulate beneath the foreskin of an uncircumcised or loosely circumcised man, and may reduce the number of urinary tract infections the man experiences. Proper hygiene practices can eliminate both of these problems in most cases.

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Discussion Comments
By anon1000859 — On Jan 14, 2019

Does anyone know what ointment or cream I can use to make my glans drier? I'm cut, low and tight, but it's still too sensitive and I'd like to dry it out. Thanks.

By porkie64 — On Apr 21, 2018

Anon I have been cut the same as you for the same reasons. I now have a very low cut. I am 70 and very happy.

By anon947290 — On Apr 24, 2014

Say no to tight circumcision. It stinks. Why would a doctor do this in this day and age? In the 1950 and 1960 the doctors hacked the baby boys. No, no, no to tight circumcision. Clean the penis up if girls want it to look good but not a tight hack job. I hate it tight.

So to mothers of baby boys, if you think how it would feel to have the skin next to your clitoris cut (hacked) off, how would that feel the rest of your life? It stinks, so no to tight circumcisions.

By anon344472 — On Aug 09, 2013

I have just been re circumcised low and tight as I was cut very loose at the age of 27 and I got balinitis, so the doctor recommended that I get cut again. There is no skin movement on erection I am very happy. I am 66.

By anon334105 — On May 09, 2013

"Free country"? "Family make their own decision"? What about the owner being free to make his own decision?

By starrynight — On Jul 06, 2011

@Monika - You may think the practice of circumcision is "ridiculous" but it's very important in Jewish traditions. Luckily we live in a free country where every family can make their own decision about this issue.

By Monika — On Jul 05, 2011

Every time I hear the word circumcision I always think about the "Sex and the City" episode where Charlotte dates the uncircumcised guy. He decides to get an adult circumcision because of the "stigma" attached to being un-cut.

I think it's weird there's so much stigma in the United States surrounding not being circumcised. Most of the rest of the world doesn't engage in circumcision! This probably means there is a higher percentage of uncircumcised men in the world than circumcised.

I personally think the practice is a little ridiculous. Basically you're cutting off part of an organ without asking the person involved, and for no good reason. I can understand doing it if problems occur later but not at birth.

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