Tips For A Successful Circumcision Recovery

Adult circumcision is a surgical solution to help build a man’s confidence, security, and attractiveness in his body while providing an array of urological health benefits. Whether you’re confident in your decision to pursue circumcision or are still hesitant about committing, you probably still have questions. One, of course, is: what is the recovery like after getting circumcised as an adult? The majority of circumcised men don’t remember what their recovery protocol was because they were only a few days old. Other men who underwent a circumcision later in life might not have been given adequate care instructions from their doctor and were left with less than ideal results. Dr. Mo Bidair imparts clear and comprehensive after-care instruction to each patient well before their operation so that they are well-prepared and confident because care and precautions during recovery are crucial in order to enjoy optimal results later down the road. If you are one of the thousands of men interested in adult circumcision, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation at our Southern California offices. Here, Dr. Bidair will give you all the information you need to make a well-informed decision about your manhood. And, once you’ve made up your mind, you’ll be provided with individualized instructions for each stage of this simple process. To reach our front desk staff directly and get started, call us at (619) 486-5005.

Before and After Photos

24 to 48 Hours Post-Op

Dr. Bidair completes all circumcisions by closing the incisions with dissolvable sutures and wrapping the newly exposed skin in a bandage. Dr. Bidair performs circumcisions with a local anesthetic, so you will still be numb, but not groggy as with other forms of anesthesia. However, immediately following your circumcision, we recommend you go straight home. Dr. Bidair prescribes pain medication to help with any lingering discomfort. If you do take OTC pain medicine, avoid any that thin the blood as these will lead to excessive bleeding in the area and delay healing. In the next 24 to 48 hours, you will need to take the dressing off your penis. This dressing may fall off naturally during this time. But, we will also give you personalized instructions on when and how to take off the bandage, depending on the type of circumcision you received. If you’re worried about how the dressing might look underneath your pants, don’t be! It is a lightweight wrap that won’t cause friction while walking or make a bulge in your pants. For comprehensive after-care instructions, we give our patients a list to follow upon leaving our care. 

Lay Low

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For the first few weeks, lay low. Kick your feet up and take this as an opportunity to focus on less strenuous activities or hobbies. Does your car need to go to the shop? Take it in and let the professionals handle the repairs. Does your email inbox need to be decluttered? Sit down and unsubscribe from all those spam emails! Does your garage full of heavy boxes need reorganizing? Slow down there. Because the incisions and newly exposed skin will need time to heal properly, we recommend avoiding all strenuous activities for the next few weeks. 


One of the most popular questions Dr. Bidair receives is: when can I get back in the gym? Since most workouts include heavy lifting or quick movements, we recommend skipping the gym for the next few weeks. Most workouts result in some degree of friction around the crotch, so Dr. Bidiar generally advises to stay clear of the gym until the sutures have dissolved fully. We will give you a more personalized answer to your unique situation during your initial consultation. 

Give the Boys Some Space

Too much pressure on the stitches can irritate the treated area and disrupt the sutures from healing properly. To avoid this dilemma, we recommend opting for light, loose-fitting pants to allow for some space in your nether regions. So, skip the skinny jeans for at least 3 days and switch to pants with more room to breathe. 

Boxers or Briefs?

If you are a proud boxer-loyalist, we recommend going out to buy a few pairs of briefs before your procedure. While studies have shown that half of men choose boxers over the field,[1] boxers don’t keep the penis and testicles secure during daily activities, resulting in more friction to the area than briefs. For men who are recovering from circumcision, this rubbing can irritate the treated area and cause severe discomfort. This can go so far as to interfere with the healing process entirely. So, keep the boxers in the dresser for the next few days. 

The Question On Everyone’s Mind

If you’re thinking about circumcision, you’re definitely not the only one with questions. Questions about what happens in the bedroom afterward are on the top of every guy’s (and their partners’) mind. Healthy men experience on average 3-5 nighttime erections.[2] However, erections in the first few days following surgery might be detrimental to the healing process and cause sometimes severe discomfort. While nighttime erections are difficult to avoid, we recommend taking a walk when you experience unexpected arousal during the day. Walking will help mitigate blood flow from the penis to other areas of the body. 

When Is It Okay To Have Sex?

After your circumcision, any type of friction will be painful and disruptive to the healing process. So, we recommend forgoing intercourse for the next two to four weeks. Take this time to focus on her and discover what satisfies her –– or, you know, pick up a book. 

Is Adult Circumcision Right For Me?

Deciding to undergo circumcision as an adult can be a no-brainer for some patients and a more complex decision for others. For patients still on the fence, Dr. Bidair will expertly guide you through this simple process. Typically, patients who come to see Dr. Bidair report the same issues: pain around the foreskin and the desire for a more attractive appearance. 

Pain or Discomfort?

Balanitis & balanoposthitis are urological conditions where the head of the penis or the foreskin becomes inflamed, irritated, or infected. These conditions happen because the foreskin either gets trapped by the head of the penis or because of hygenic issues. These conditions can be very painful and often result in a very red and irritated-looking penis

Displeasing Aesthetic?

In American popular culture, a circumcised penis is often considered the norm. This standard can be detrimental to a man’s confidence in the bedroom or locker room, and might even make him avoid these situations entirely. If this sounds like you, there’s no need to keep hiding. Be sure to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Bidair to discuss your treatment options. 

Unveiling Your Final Results

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It will take a couple of days for the dressing to come off and a couple of weeks for the sutures to heal. During this time, be sure to follow the after-care instructions our staff provides. Once you have fully healed, you will notice that your penis appears natural, is more hygienic, and is more in line with your desired aesthetic. At your follow-up appointment, we will check on the progress of your healing to determine where you are in the process and give you a better idea of when you’ll be able to enjoy a full recovery. 

Why Choose Dr. Bidair

As a board-certified urologist, Dr. Bidair has had a storied career in improving the lives and health of thousands of men. He has served as a Chief of the Urology Section at the VA Medical Center in La Jolla, California as well as published over 100 articles, abstracts, and presentations on stone disease, urological oncology, and laparoscopic surgery. Since 1988, Dr. Bidair has performed thousands of circumcisions for men wishing to achieve a more desirable appearance and improved function. Dr. Bidair’s unique approach results in the best outcome possible. Unlike other urologists, Dr. Bidair carefully takes his time with each patient. His procedures last around 90 minutes –– easily twice as long as a traditional approach. So, why choose Dr. Bidair? He has the experience, the precision, and the expertise to help you finally appear the way you’ve always wanted. 

Personal Consultation

We will begin your initial consultation with a brief new patient intake interview and a physical examination. Then, we ask about any health conditions and urological concerns. This may include pain around the glans or foreskin or just displeasure with your penis’s appearance. Next, we will explain the different types of circumcision and determine which approach is best for you. You can check out the different types of circumcision that Dr. Bidair performs by clicking here. Then, we will explain what surgery will entail and the best preparatory steps to ensure a smooth procedure. Finally, we will schedule a time and date for your operation. Check out our post detailing the best time to schedule a circumcision by clicking here!

How Much Does Circumcision Cost in Southern California?

The cost of your circumcision will depend on a couple of factors relative to your unique anatomy and personalized procedure. We will discuss and determine the cost of your procedure during your consultation. If you would like to read about Dr. Bidair’s satisfied clients, check out our reviews page. For those interested in seeing before and after pictures of previous clients, go to our results page. And, finally, for those with any questions whatsoever, don’t hesitate to call us at (619) 486-5005.


  1. Lidia Mínguez-Alarcón, Audrey J Gaskins, Yu-Han Chiu, Carmen Messerlian, Paige L Williams, Jennifer B Ford, Irene Souter, Russ Hauser, Jorge E Chavarro, Type of underwear worn and markers of testicular function among men attending a fertility center, Human Reproduction, Volume 33, Issue 9, September 2018, Pages 1749–1756,
  2. Zou, Z. J., Chen, S. T., Ma, G. C., Lai, Y. F., Yang, X. J., Feng, J. R., Zang, Z. J., Qi, T., Wang, B., Ye, L., & Zhang, Y. (2020). Consecutive nightly measurements are needed for accurate evaluation of nocturnal erectile capacity when the first-night laboratory recording is abnormal. Asian journal of andrology, 22(1), 94–99.
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