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    Right now I am at between a CI 3 and CI 4. Manual tugging seems to be working. Looking for some advise. Should I just keep doing what I have been, or should I do something different?

  • #2
    I'm in a similar situation as well. I'm alternating between manual and TLC-X. Depending on my very soft point, I'm CI-4, but most of the time a very advanced CI-3. From my own observation, I think I need a lot more shaft skin which at some point will allow for more of it to be pushed over the corona.

    I'm sure at some point both of us will consistently cross.

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    • #3
      How long have you been restoring. I've been about a month now. The doctor was very generous with what he left me.

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      • #4
        I've been restoring for almost 10 months. I have a large flaccid size (around 5.5-6 inches) and started at about CI-2.5 from what I was able to tell. I just have a lot of skin I need to grow because of my situation. Occasionally at my smallest flaccid size I will have some inconsistent rollover, but sometimes not.

        Currently with my TLC-X I have 9mm spacer disks and using a 6.25 inch push rod with all but about 1-1.25 inches of the rod depressed.

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        • #5
          Which method have you seen the best results with?

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          • #6
            I would say that not 1 method is going to work the best, but a combination of methods. The same way with exercising -- one routine isn't going to work, but a combination of routines.

            I tend to use my TLC-X 5-6 days a week and in between, I use manual method 4 and occasionally manual 2. This variation helps to alternate a bit so you aren't stuck doing the same method every time you want to restore and switches things up from your skin becoming to used to 1 target method.

            Everyone is different so I'd have to say, try a couple methods for a couple weeks and see if it is better or not. Experiment, but don't put yourself into 1 technique forever. This is what happened when I first started with the TLC-X and then I realized I could vary things a bit and have better growth through alternation.

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            • #7
              Thank you for the advise. I'm really glad I found this site. I've been looking, for quite some time, for a place where I can get help, advice, and support. I look forward to hearing about all of your successes. KOT

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              • #8
                You are most welcome! I am learning as well, but honestly, just keep being persistent and doing it. Get into a habit and you'll be done before you know it. I'm now almost 10 months complete and it feels like it was yesterday that I started with much less skin. But, the wait is worth it. And it is therapeutic since you are helping yourself develop a permanent solution.

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                • #9
                  Continue using manual methods. Once your CI-4 coverage is steady, then you can start training your skin to wear o-rings to retain. As your skin continues to grow, then start training yourself to tug with rings on. Hopefully, you have been tugging your scar line all along.

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                  • #10
                    I've been using the manual 2, and 3 method. I just switched from tape to the O ring as a retainer just a few days ago. It is very rewarding being able to somewhat get back what was stolen from me. Thanks for the advise.

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                    • #11
                      If you are wearing o-rings already, make sure you pull inner skin through the rings every time you put them on. You want to retain both inner and outer skin.

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