There is a skin tear in frenulum area after circumcision. Is it normal?

Q. Why is there skin tear in frenulum area after circumcision?

Answered by
Dr. Vedprakash Verma
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 06, 2019

Hi doctor,

I had a circumcision 18 days back. All my stitches got dissolved and the swelling also is getting reduced each day. But my frenulum looks teared, and a pinkish white layer is formed. Previously, a scab was there and when it fell off, I could see no skin except a tear with a knife around the frenulum area. Is it normal? Will the skin grow back by itself? If so, how long will it take?



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Your circumcision area looks healthy with no pus discharge (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Follow the following instructions:

1. Maintain hygiene over there.

2. Tablet Advent 625 mg PO BD for five days to avoid infection.

3. Tablet Chymoral Forte one tablet PO BD, if you have pain, swelling or discharge, immediately meet local surgeon.

Thank you doctor,

And will the skin get regenerated by itself without any additional treatment? If so, how long will it take?



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It will heal automatically.

Thank you doctor,

But the tissue on the lower layer of the penis on the backside is completely unattached with the shaft. And it looks like a horizontal cut around the penis. Is this normal? Will the tissue grow by itself over a period of time ?



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As you have done circumcision, where the first step is to incise frenulum which attach skin to penis shaft. So, it will take time to heal. If you want to prevent any infection, you can clean with Betadine ointment and apply Mupirocin ointment over penis area. It will take 6 to 8 weeks to heal completely.

Thank you doctor,

I was afraid just because the lower penis looks folded with no stitches or attachment to any part of the penis rather than just a horizontal cut on the back side of the penis. So, I will just wait for the granulation tissue to grow by itself in a span of two months?



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Yes, you are correct. Just avoid infection and wear scrotal support garments, which supports your penis also.

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