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  • Does inflation cause increase in circumference of skin tube?

    I am starting back restoring after taking a year off, having had great success with the TLC-X. I was wondering about how inflation methods affect the skin tube. On the old forum, I recall a lot of discussion, and disagreements, about skin growth details, so this question may start one of those spirited discussions.

    It seems like the inflation methods that I have seen would cause the skin tube to grow in circumference as well as length. Growth in circumference would create a "baggy" skin tube, which of course is not desirable. Just tugging or manually stretching seems like it would encourage growth only in length, and therefore would be preferable. But, so many guys seem to be using inflation. Has it been proven, at least by experience, that inflation does NOT produce growth in the circumference of the skin tube? I hope some experienced types, like Ron and Science Monk will help me with this.

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    The TLC-X Air keeps the rolled-over end of the skin tube puckered up in quite a narrow state during wear. When used with the TLC Selects, the system lets you lengthen the overall device gradually as you gain slack. In that way you will keep the SAME zone of your skin tube always falling at the skinniest part of the device.

    So whatever the effect of inflation regarding widening the skin tube, that effect will never act upon the zone you've chosen as your constant roll-over point.

    We have a formula (see attached spreadsheet) for helping restorers choose where upon their present skin they might like their Future Flaccid Roll-over Point (FFRP) to fall. We had a discussion of this at the old forum but it was never really made any clearer than what I've just typed. For now, just look at the spreadsheet and get back to me with your questions. Maybe we'll finally come up with the right drawings and explanations to make FFRP clear.
    Attached Files
    -Ron Low
    Service@TLCTugger.com
    847 414-1692 Chicago

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    • #3
      I have gone from a CI3 to a CI5+ in the last 8 months or so. I have only been inflating with the DTR using direct air. My skin tube is nice and tight with no bagginess at all.
      Oh, and I don't wrap when inflating like chuck shows on the DTR sight. I just blow it up and let it do what it's going to do. I hope this helps you. Good luck

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sixty+ View Post
        I am starting back restoring after taking a year off, having had great success with the TLC-X. I was wondering about how inflation methods affect the skin tube. On the old forum, I recall a lot of discussion, and disagreements, about skin growth details, so this question may start one of those spirited discussions.

        It seems like the inflation methods that I have seen would cause the skin tube to grow in circumference as well as length. Growth in circumference would create a "baggy" skin tube, which of course is not desirable. Just tugging or manually stretching seems like it would encourage growth only in length, and therefore would be preferable. But, so many guys seem to be using inflation. Has it been proven, at least by experience, that inflation does NOT produce growth in the circumference of the skin tube? I hope some experienced types, like Ron and Science Monk will help me with this.
        Answer is: Nope. And as more and more guys use inflation (or RTM, or anything else), this will become a known and observed, real-life fact (however misunderstood it remains).

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        • #5
          It's good to hear this myth getting busted everywhere I go...
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          ​​​​​​KOT!

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          • #6
            I see the foreskin as having a multi-way stretch function. If you pull it lengthways it goes to its longest stretch. If you pull it sideways it goes to its widest stretch. Therefore, the more skin you have the longer or wider it will stretch.
            If the temperature is low then the skin puckers and pulls close to the shaft. If there is any overhang, it closes tight.
            That seems to happen with me.

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            • #7
              Yes another myth busted... along with the fear the skin will thin out as it grows. Wish it would thin out - but it Does Not! Interesting the natural thickness of foreskins vary alot from thick ones like restored to almost translucently thin ones that you would worry would burst in in normal use! Lol natural variation all good!

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              • #8
                Oh an with inflation never bothered plugging the euthera, body can resist this naturally.... otherwise scuba divers would all suffer from bust bladders - they do not!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by OzVic View Post
                  Oh an with inflation never bothered plugging the euthera, body can resist this naturally.... otherwise scuba divers would all suffer from bust bladders - they do not!
                  I've had air go up my urethra and it was no fun.

                  Scuba divers' bodies are compressed by the depths. It's different.
                  -Ron Low
                  Service@TLCTugger.com
                  847 414-1692 Chicago

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by admin View Post

                    I've had air go up my urethra and it was no fun.

                    Scuba divers' bodies are compressed by the depths. It's different.
                    Must be wrong for others, Wow Ron guess we are all built differently., tryed over inflating to high heaven just now and leaviing it. No air in, no soda stream here, must have good one way valve ? that can resist it easy. Apologies to those that may suffer with back leakage.

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                    • #11
                      When I experimented with inflation without using a balloon, I had one occasion when air went into my urethra too. Only once out of say 5 or so times, but that was enough to convince me to use balloons.

                      Regards
                      Last edited by greg_b; 03-30-2018, 03:50 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by greg_b View Post
                        When I experimented with inflation without using a balloon, I had one occasion when air went it my urethra too. Only once out of say 5 or so times, but that was enough to convince me to use balloons.

                        Regards
                        I must be lucky never had that happen ever, so I still don't bother with tape or balloon.

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                        • #13
                          Please try to avoid getting air in the urethra. People who use Foley catheters (whether it is spinal cord damage or other condition requiring wheelchair use) often get UTIs when air gets in there.

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                          • #14
                            For 5 years I have used a home-made inflation device utilising a Bb tuba mouthpiece. During the time that I have been pressurising my developing skin tube I have measured an increase in my circumference when fully inflated. Although the inflated skin balloon is getting bigger, when deflated it quickly snugs to my glans without any bagginess.
                            You can see pictures on my blog

                            https://foreskinrestoration.vbulleti...flation-regime

                            I always cover the urethra with a disc cut from Saran Wrap snugged over my glans. Air pressure will hold it in place when I am fully inflated. In the past I have experienced the discomfort of air in my urethra, but the simple wrap method has always protected me since I adopted it.

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