Extra foreskin in circumcised infants

A common finding in male infants is a circumcised penis that has some extra foreskin—it is most noticeable on the underside of the penis. When babies are circumcised, the person doing the procedure has to be careful not to remove too much foreskin. As a result, sometimes a little extra skin will remain behind the head of the penis (glans). It is very important to retract (pull back) this skin in the immediate post-circumcision period so it does not heal to the head of the penis, which could cause problems later. This is one of the things the doctor should check at your first post-hospital visit.

If the circumcision heals properly, the extra skin may develop a thin attachment to the back portion of the glans in early childhood. (Your doctor will be able to tell the difference between a post-circumcision scar and this thin attachment.) It is not necessary to do anything if your child’s penis has a thin attachment because it will resolve over time.

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