Originally Posted by Bm31
I wouldn't say it's always coincidental. My penis was never buried/trapped until the re-circ at age six. The thing is, I'm not really clear on the terms/differences between buried/trapped/concealed penis. If it's a case of being buried because of an excessive fat pad, they have a better chance of outgrowing it. However, if it's caused by excessive removal of shaft skin (denuding) during the circ the liklihood of outgrowing it is much less; the skin that was meant to be there and expand with the growth of the penis later simply isn't there and it keeps the penis "trapped" under the fat pad in the pubic area. From what I've researched, in those cases the fix is basically reconstructive surgery where they graft some skin back from elsewhere.
Buried penis, concealed penis and trapped penis are terms that are often used interchangeably but there are differences and they are not the same.
Males have differences in their penises. Some will have penises that are held close to the body their entire lives and some will have penises that fall away from their bodies. I have seen the term "some are growers and some are showers" and that describes it well.
Concealed penis is one of these penises that are held close to the body when flaccid. In an infant, the penis can be pulled into the fat pad of the mons pubis and the vast majority of these children will grow out of this condition if not all. No intervention is required.
Buried penis looks very much the same but is a complication of circumcision where the circumcision has gotten into the underlying structure of the skin system and foreshortened it pulling the flaccid penis back into the mons pubis. This condition may self resolve and it may not. If it does self resolve, it usually happens between the ages of 3 and 5 years old.
Trapped penis is where there is phimosis secondary to the circumcision holding the penis inside the remnant skin sleeve.
Some doctors perform a second circumcision to relieve the buried penis condition but this runs great risk of exacerbating the condition by further shortening the skin system. In another forum, a mother reported this condition in her son and by selecting the information she wanted to see, decided to have her son circumcised a second time with the same results as the first circumcision. After searching around, she found another doctor who agreed to perform a third circumcision and it was only then that it became indisputably obvious that all three circumcisions were wrong. She then had to subject her son to skin graft surgery to replace the skin that was removed causing the initial problem. Unfortunately. the upper eyelids are the only site on the body that has skin similar to the penis and the skin had to be harvested from the boy's hip. This will leave the child/man with a very different band of skin around the shaft of his penis. The reason for the original circumcision was cosmetic and the boy ended up with anything but a cosmetically pleasing appearance.
There is little research and good information on hidden/concealed penis. My opinion is that circumcision probably exacerbates concealed penis and in many cases, makes it permanent.