How I use the DTR to restore.
There are many methods to use a DTR. Click on a picture to see how each method is used. Each method can affect skin growth differently. This is a great way to have variety and keep the restoring process from slowing down.

All methods below can be used with the same DTR
  •  No tension straps required
  •  Can be worn with shorts
  •  Provides any tension desired
  • Easily removed
  • Most versatile method
  • Slight learning curve to use
  • Difficulty at first for guys with tight circumcisions
  •  Small size
  •  Can be used with little skin to work with
  •  Easiest and oldest method to start restoring
  •  Requires a tension strap
  •  Not all clothing can be worn ( no shorts etc..)
  •  Generally more restoring time needed per day
Pros
Cons
  • No elastic strap
  • Unique  pulling sensation unlike tugging
  • Extremely comfortable when used with the retainer
  • Can be cumbersome depending on weight used
  • Tension will vary depending on if you're standing or sitting
Pros
Cons
Aggressiveness
Easy to use but cumbersome depending on how much weight is used.
With little practice it becomes easy to use.
Aggressiveness
Easy to use
Cons
Pros
Review
My favorite and core method of restoring is using dual tension. I find removing the device once every hour to give the skin a quick break beneficial especially when using higher tension. Guys new to restoring may need to loosen their existing shaft skin before using dual tension, this could be done manually or using the tugging method for a week or two at first. Most of my restoring was done with this method. I have found 8 hours per day to be more than adequate for good results using this method.
Review
The tugging method is one of the oldest methods around. It's very easy for guys new to restoring to start but this method. The downside is using a tugging strap which may hinder the use of certain clothing ( no shorts ) I generally find more restoring time is needed with this method 8 or more hours per day for consistent results.
Review
I use this method periodically just to change things up. It can be used in public as long as you're not using a lot of weight. I fine using the retainer with this method a bit easier than using the DTR Bell since it's more compact. It does provide a very unique stretch that is not like tugging. I do think it is an effective way to add more restoring time to your routine. 8+ hours per day I believe are needed for this method to be effective if used alone depending on the weight used.
Yellow shaded area of skin shows area I found most affected from method.
Aggressiveness
 some experimenting to use
Pros
Cons
  • Zero pressure placed on glans
  • Can provide an extreme stretch on the skin
  • Very comfortable even with extreme pressure
  • Most rapid skin growth
  • Can be used with a DTR bell or Retainer
  • Can be cumbersome
  • longer to install and remove
  • covering urethra with tape highly recommended
  • experimental way to restore
Review
Do not confuse direct air with indirect air (balloon) they are completely different on how they work. I have found directed be extremely effective especially to push through plateaus we all experience when restoring. Even though I find it to be highly effective I still do not think it's going to replace tried-and-true method such as dual tension and tugging. I do find it to be extremely beneficial addition to my restoring Regiment. It can provide a stretch unlike any other method. 6+ hours per day of use per day shows great results.
Pros
Cons
Aggressiveness
Easy to use
Aggressiveness
  • Less pressure placed on glans
  • Can be used for beginners
  • Can be used with a DTR Bell or Retainer
  • Wrap should be used to prevent outward expansion
  • Difficult to direct pressure to specific areas
  • Balloons need to be broken in prior to using them.
Review
After experimenting for some time using indirect air  ( balloon  ) I have found it to be not as effective as using direct air ( no balloon ) when comparing air methods. I find it outwardly expands the skin more and is not as comfortable as using direct air, this is because of the balloon itself is putting pressure against the skin from the inside. I also cannot re-create the directional pressure that can be done with direct air even when using a wrap. One major difference between dual tension with a push plate vs using a balloon is that you cannot create the same bi-directional high tension you can create when using a push plate.Using a balloon to create tension and using a push rod and push plate ( dual tension ) are completely different restoring methods and should not be confused to be equal. 8+ hours per day I have found to be productive using this method.
Pros
Cons
Review
Aggressiveness
Practice and experimenting required
  • Relieves pressure on glans
  • Increase tension
  • Needs to be removed more frequently
  • some experimenting needed to use probably by user
I developed this method to take pressure off the glans from the push plate when using dual tension. This method utilizes a gripper on the push plate to act as a braking system against the inside wall of the foreskin  when using dual tension. Some experimenting is needed in order to have this method work most efficiently. I've used this method from time to time to break through plateaus because it allows extreme tension to be exerted on the skin without adding additional pressure to the glans. The one major drawback is the everything needs to be removed more frequently at least once every 45 minutes is what I did.
Overall effectiveness
Easy to use
Pros
Cons
Review
  • Increased gripping power
  • Additional way to prevent slippage
  • More grip placed on skin under gripper
  • Device needs to be removed more often
There was a short time when I was experiencing some slippage with my DTR when using higher tension. This happened during the summertime when it was very humid and I was sweating excessively. The use of two grippers allowed more gripping power and completely solved any issues I was having with slippage. I no longer use this method anymore since I no longer experience any slippage. I believe my original problem was due to the soap I was using to wash the gripper and DTR. The soap I used contained moisturizers which caused the slippage problems I was experiencing.

This is still a good method to use if excess moisture is causing slippage when using dual tension or tugging.
90% of the time any slippage that occurs with a DTR is because of the soap being used to clean it . Always use regular dish soap to clean the DTR and grippers, avoid hand soap or anything that contains moisturizers because these can cause slippage with the device.
This next section will consist of additional methods that can be used to enhance the restoring process. These are used in conjunction with tugging or dual tension etc.
Restoring methods such as tugging, dual tension and weights have been used for many years. There is no one method that is perfect for everyone. I have found after 10 years of restoring experience that varying and changing your methods will produce more consistent results. Having a device that allows you to change your method is a huge benefit.
I have found there is no one true "best method" or routine. Every method and routine is highly effective to some extent. Plateau or "hitting a wall" happens to me from time to time. When this happens I know it's time to rotate my method of restoring for at least a short period before resuming back to my favorite routines and methods.
I will use this ratings system to show the aggressiveness and ease of use for each of these methods. This is strictly from my own personal experience over the last 10 years.
One of the oldest restoring methods. Tugging is the slang word for restoring. Tugging methods include T-taping, canister, and others. Tape was used years ago to adhere the skin to whatever a person was using to tug with. Today most devices are tapeless.
This restoring method has been around for many years. Also called bi-directional and what I referred to as dual tension because of the push / pull effect on the skin.
History
History
History
This method has been used for many years. Hanging a weight to provide tension was just another way to tug without using an elastic strap.
History
Yellow shaded area of skin shows area I found most affected from method.
Yellow shaded area of skin shows area I found most affected from method.
Yellow shaded area of skin shows area I found most affected from method.
History
Relatively new to restoring, gaining popularity in 2013 the use of air restoring devices are becoming more common. I would consider air methods to be experimental since they have not been used long enough to gather sufficient data on its overall effectiveness. I do believe direct air produces better results than indirect air.
Yellow shaded area of skin shows area I found most affected from method.
Relatively new to restoring, gaining popularity in 2013 the use of air restoring devices are becoming more common. I would consider air methods to be experimental since they have not been used long enough to gather sufficient data on its overall effectiveness. Direct air shows more promise in my opinion.
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My "go to"  method to restore
 The higher the aggressive level,  the higher the potential for stressing the skin in a shorter period of time.
Caution
 Although restoring is safe being too aggressive can lead to minor injuries such as skin tears and bruising. I've had these happened to me many times because of being too aggressive with my routines. Always use your own judgment on how you choose to restore. The information on this website is to show how I personally choose to restore. What you choose to do with this information you do at your own risk.
How do I determine how much tension or how much stress I am applying to the skin.
I can judge how much tension I am using by how long I can use a particular method. For example. If I am using dual tension and I am able to use the device for more than two hours at a time without any discomfort I would consider this a medium to low tension.
If I am using a method where I have to remove the device after 45 to 60 minutes for a few seconds break I consider this to be high tension.
How many days you have been restoring consecutively will also play a role. For example if I was to restore Monday through Friday for eight hours each day. When it's Friday I may find my skin is a little more sensitive to the tension setting since it has been stressed out all week. I didn't know this when I first started to restore because a very really took any days off. I like to take two days off a week when I am restoring.
What I find to be low tension and someone feels to be high tension will be different.  This will vary from person to person due to the amount of skin a person has and how long they have been restoring.
Stages of restoring
It took a couple of days for my body to get use to using a device. At first wearing the device was a little awkward but my body quickly got use to having something attached to it and it became second nature. For the most part I never feel like I'm wearing anything when I restore. The only time I feel anything is when I start to get a little discomfort after using the device for a period of time. To relieve this discomfort I simply remove the device for a few seconds and put it back on.
Stage I : loosening of the skin , ( first 2 weeks ) The skin will loosen up quite a bit when first starting to restore this should not be confused with actual skin growth. Loosening of the skin makes it much easier to use a restoring device.
Stage 2 : Skin growth (Week 3 ), this is where I feel skin growth starts to take place. After the skin stretches to its max it has no alternative but to grow in order to compensate for the stress it is under.
Stage 3: Rollover, ( Month 3-4 ) the most exciting stage of restoring for me was rollover. This happens when you are not using a device or a retainer and this usually takes place when you are sitting. The skin starts to roll over the Corona edge. Sometimes the skin will even give partial coverage when sitting down.
Stage 5: Glide action, ( Month 11-12 ) Enough skin has been gained so moving the skin over the glans with an erection can be achieved.
Stage 4: Partial coverage, partial coverage would be skin that stays partially over the glans when standing. The skin will stay over the Corona's edge when in a standing position.
Stage 6: Flaccid coverage, ( Month 22-24 ) when enough skin has grown so that the glans are at least 80% covered when standing. This can vary from 80% to 100% on a daily basis.
Stage seven: Overhang, ( Month 36+ ) having enough skin grown so that it goes past the ends of the glans and begins to taper to look more natural. Coverage is 100% when flaccid. Partial coverage when erect is possible. Tighteners at the end of the foreskin can change depending on temperature. More overhang equals better taper.
 When I first began restoring as soon as I was able to retain my skin I did. I used an O-ring to keep the skin over the glands, this also provided a little bit of tension because I would pull as much skin as I could through the O-ring.
Years ago the " O-ring method " of restoring was used. Guys would stack O-rings on top of each other in order to keep tension on the skin.  It is a slow way to restore and not a lot of fun to use but for some it did the job. The more skin or tension the more O-rings could be stacked on.
Restoring strictly using this method would take a very long time since you cannot produce the stress on the skin as you can with other methods.
Given a choice I would use the Retainer instead of O-rings If I had it available to me.  I only created it a short time ago with the suggestions of some other close restoring men who wanted me to build something with the same quality as a DTR but was made for retaining purposes and less aggressive restoring.
As time went on some men wanted  longer custom retainers. I figured using spacers would be a cheaper alternative that can be added to any existing  retainer and do the same job.
Spacers will make the retainer longer to provide more tension.
"less aggressive" restoring methods are great ways to provide enough tension so that the skin is never in a relaxed state.
foreskin O-rings
foreskin retainer with weights
push method foreskin restoration
push method foreskin restoration
role method foreskin restoration
inner foreskin
Adding some washers for weight is another easy option to provide tension to the skin.
Push or Roll method of installation with any device.
Push method, is simply pushing the device into the glans and working the skin forward onto the device to be held in place by the gripper.
Working the skin over the device so that the skin closest to the glans edge is on the device. You are using the glans itself as a way to create tension. It's also a great way to concentrate on inner skin growth when used with other "more aggressive" restoring methods.
Roll method would be as its name implies, simply rolling skin onto the device to be held in place by a gripper. This method of attachment is good for any method that provides some form of tension, weights, tugging, dual tension etc.
it's also a good way to concentrate on outer skin growth.
My theory is that if I stress the skin enough during my restoring time for the day and then not let the skin fully relax this forces the skin to grow. This is much like a 24/7 routine but without the inconvenience of wearing a restoring device constantly.

I truly feel that 24 hours a day seven days a week is just too inconvenient and unnecessary to restore. I've never done this kind of routine and my results are exceptional with eight hours a day of "aggressive" restoring followed by some "less aggressive" methods.
Super stressing the skin ( advanced restoring )
Super stressing can also be done with aggressive methods of restoring such as dual tension, direct air and tugging.
The idea behind super stressing is to stress the skin out then not allow it to relax to its normal state. This forces the skin to grow. I have found that doing this gives me the same results but with less time using that method. The benefit is I can combine aggressive and less aggressive methods for that day and still get good results.
  • Get a well-made device that's going to last years ( or make one yourself )
  • Use multiple ways to restore if you can
  • Use routines that will fit your lifestyle
  • Have a positive attitude ( never give up )
  • Eating healthy ( try the best you can )
  • Exercise ( do what you can )
  • Learn and research as much as you can on restoring
  • There is no "BEST" device, anyone trying to sell you on this just wants you to $buy$ something
  • Have fun , be patient and stay creative with your routines and be safe because there is no short cuts in restoring.
The "do" List for anyone restoring
This also keeps the skin under constant light tension. The skin is never in a fully relaxed state.
Insanity: "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein
Problem : everyone who restores will hit a plateau. This is when the routine or method that has been working no longer is producing the same results.
Solution : it's time to switch things up.
Less aggressive methods for restoring does have its place.
The skin's natural elasticity is amazing. The trick to restoring is to force the skin to grow by stretching the skin past the skin's natural elasticity.  Forcing the skin too much can cause small injuries such as bruising or small skin tears. The trick is to find this balance of getting the maximum stress to the skin without overdoing it.
Consistency, this is the most important part of restoring. When you're not consistent with restoring the skin's natural elasticity comes back and the process of stretching the skin has to start all over again. This process can take about a week or two for someone very new to restoring.
Some guys will even experience this on a day-to-day basis although not to the same degree.  When I'm not restoring or the skin's elasticity will come back to normal in about a week or two. This is not a bad thing in fact it wasn't for the skin's natural elasticity coming back I would not have that natural looking end to my foreskin.


Using any means of retaining where some stress is placed on the skin will keep this back and forth process to a minimal. (Example: using the retainer with a small amount of weight etc. )
Super stressing means stressing the skin to its maximum for a short period of time to avoid any injuries.
After I super stressed the skin I will switch to a less aggressive way to restore this could even be using the same method I used to super stressed the skin but with a lot less tension or air pressure if I am using direct air.
An example would be using dual tension or direct air at a maximum amount of stress for anywhere between 2 to 4 hours ( with quick breaks soon as I feel any discomfort ) I will then switch to a less aggressive method such as using the retainer with a little bit of weight for the rest of my restoring day.  When using a super stressed routine I generally will restore for 10 to 12 hours for that day. This may seem like a lot of time but considering most of the time is spent using a less aggressive way to restore it's actually very comfortable and easy to do.
A quick look after super stressing the skin with direct air.
Tape still visible on my urethra from using direct air
Any combination of aggressive and less aggressive methods of restoring can be used when using a super stressing routine.
Having more options and being able to change my routine has given me the results I have today. Things have changed quite a bit since my first two years of restoring. I believe taking a couple of days off per week is beneficial.  Seven days a week of restoring is just to overwhelming for most people and in many cases counterproductive.
This is the trade-off of using more aggressive methods to restoring. You will sacrifice some comfort for faster progress. I could choose to use a less aggressive method in which case I will be able to use that method for hours on end without feeling any discomfort but the trade-off will be less progress.  There is a balance that needs to be found by anyone restoring. A balance between aggressive and less aggressive ways to restore is the best way to go.  Rotating methods will also keep any discomfort to a minimum.

Using aggressive methods all the time will result in over stressing the skin and I will be prone to more skin injuries such as bruising or very small skin tears. These sounds scarier than they are but they do require me having to stop for a couple of days to let them completely heal. This is much like overtraining when it comes to exercise.

So to recap, for 95% of my restoring day I will not feel any discomfort whatsoever. When I do start to feel some discomfort that's when I know I need to remove whatever method I am using for a quick break before I continue.

I am often asked the question "What is the most comfortable and productive way to restore?"  My response is that restoring should never be an uncomfortable process, but there are going to be some brief discomfort now and then when using any method regardless of whatever device you are using.   This usually happens after wearing a device for a period of time during your restoring day. When I first put a device on my will feel almost nothing at all. There may be a brief learning curve for someone new to restoring only because their body has not been accustomed to having something attached to it but they should not be any pain involved.

I will experience some discomfort no matter what method I am using after a set amount of time. This all depends on what method I am using, and how much tension I am using.
The more aggressive the approach the more discomfort I will start to experience.  An example of this would be using dual tension when I first apply the device I will feel nothing even with a high amount of tension. After let's say the first hour or two I may start to feel some discomfort on either the glans or the skin that is gripped under the gripper. In which case I will remove the device for a quick break and then reattach the device.

This is the same with any method I use; there is always a point at which I need to stop using whatever method I am using for a quick break. The less aggressive I am  the more time I will have before feeling any discomfort.
The most commonly asked question