BUFF

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BUFF, Brothers United for Future Foreskins, was perhaps the first organization advocating foreskin restoration and intactivism.

In 1977, a surgical method for foreskin restoration was created, which involved the implantation of a small platinum ring within the tip of the "foreskin." The ring held the skin in place over the glans, resulting in a "created phimosis" (meaning that the skin could not be retracted while the ring was in place). The hope was to generate enough new skin to permanently re-cover the glans after the ring was removed. As it turned out the skin was left was a fibrous, raised band where the platinum ring had been lodged and there was not enough skin to cover the glans.

While reviewing the results of the implanted-ring procedure, an engineer living the Pacific Northwest hit upon the idea of using tape to hold the skin in place over the glans. His intent was to avoid both the surgery needed to have the platinum ring implanted and the unsightly fibrous band it left. This simple idea was circulated among a small network of men who had been sharing whatever information they could find on foreskin restoration as well as their ideas and experimentation. As a result, in 1982, BUFF (Brothers United for Future Foreskins) was born.

One of his founders was Clifford Spooner, who died of cancer in Washington state, on February 12th, 2007.

The BUFF method was the first modern-day non-surgical method of foreskin restoration to gain widespread acceptance. It consists solely of cross-taping (which it calls "tape strap") followed by ring-taping ("tape ring").


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