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Understanding Teen Circumcision

Procedure, Benefits, and Considerations

Understanding Teen Circumcision

Procedure, Benefits, and Considerations

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Teen circumcision or adolescent circumcision is more popular than you may have thought.

Our Queensland circumcision clinics offer circumcision for teenage boys and adolescents, as well as infant circumcision, and adult circumcision for men of all ages. 

Because we are a dedicated circumcision clinic for adolescents and teens, our clients travel from across Queensland to access circumcision care. While infant circumcision is generally available in most Australian cities, there are relatively few doctors with expertise in circumcision for adolescents who are no longer babies or who are entering the teenage years.

Teen Circumcision Procedures & Other Ages

With our focus on circumcision procedures for all ages, circumcision procedures for all pages, we are able to deliver a high standard of male medical care for boys and teens.

Adult circumcision is also offered at our clinics and you can find more detail on this service on a dedicated page on this website.

Book a teenage circumcision appointment

Please contact us today for a consultation (in clinic or by phone) regarding a circumcision procedure for your son with Dr. David Hunt.

You can reach us by phone during clinic hours at 07 2103 2322 or use the contact form and we will call you back to answer your questions or book a teenage circumcision appointment. 

Dedicated Queensland Circumcision Clinic for Adolescent Teenagers

We are often asked about the best age for a boy’s circumcision, and if at a certain point a child becomes too old to get circumcised. The answer to the question is that circumcision is available for boys and men of all ages, from infant to teenagers, to adults, and our doctor always performs the operation with all possible care taken.

The Pollock Technique – Virtually painless circumcision procedures for teenagers

If you have a newborn boy and plan to have him circumcised we encourage you to book an appointment as soon as possible, as it is better to have the circumcision earlier in your child’s life. If, however, your son is no longer a boy or teenager, a virtually painless circumcision can still be performed with the Pollock Technique™ at our Spring Hill, Brisbane, Underwood and Toowoomba clinics serving all Queensland.

There are no age restrictions for circumcision

There are no age restrictions for circumcision. Our patients include a wide range of ages from infants to seniors, and Gentle Procedures is the only dedicated circumcision clinic in QLD offering circumcision for boys and teens as a routine procedure with the Pollock Technique™.

For this reason, many of our patients come from across Queensland and beyond to our Brisbane area clinics. Just let us know if you are travelling overnight for the surgery, and we can recommend local accommodation for you and your boy as needed. 

Getting Circumcised as a Teenager

Teenage and pre-adolescent circumcision is sometimes prescribed as a treatment for phimosis and certain other conditions that may become problematic as the boy matures.

In these cases, the age of the boy is not material, as the need to resolve a medical issue is what drives the circumcision decision. Pollock Technique™ circumcision is a good option when it has been determined that circumcision is the best treatment for a boy’s phimosis.

Whatever your reasons for contacting our clinic, our professional medical team is ready to assist you in achieving your personal objectives and resolving medical issues through circumcision safely and as comfortably as possible. 

Getting Circumcised Before Adolescence – Circumcision for Children

Circumcision is also routinely done for older boys at Gentle Procedures Clinics. No medical referral is required. Your primary care doctor may refer you to our clinic for circumcision for your boy but your doctor does not need to make a referral for you.

You can call us directly at 07 2103 2322 or use the Appointment Request form.

What are the benefits of circumcision for teenagers, boys and adolescents?

There are some potential benefits from getting circumcised as a child or teenager, many of which are similar to those gained from infant circumcision. 

Here are some examples of benefits for teenage circumcision:


If you have questions regarding the appropriateness of circumcision for your son or any questions regarding specific details of the process at our clinic, you may choose to first book a consultation for your son before you schedule the circumcision appointment.

To arrange a consultation with our circumcision doctor please call us at 07 2103 2322, or use the Appointment Request Form.

The Adolescents Teenage Circumcision Procedure

Circumcision for teens and younger boys is a routine procedure at Gentle Procedures Clinics in Spring Hill, Brisbane, Underwood and Toowoomba. We appreciate that it can lead to anxiety and concerns for boys and parents so our procedures include communication among the parents, patients, and our medical team before and after the operation. The overview below provides some detail and your doctor will answer your specific questions as well. 

Getting ready for circumcision

This information will help you understand what you can expect and it will help you safely prepare for your child’s surgery.

The more you (and your son) understand exactly what is planned, the more comfortable you will be during the circumcision procedure and recovery period of several days.

Talk to your boy about the surgery. Tell your son that the surgery will remove the skin on the head of his penis. Older boys will understand well and children will appreciate a simpler version of the reasons.

Plan for the recovery period after the operation

Plan for your child’s recovery time. He may need more of your time right after the surgery, both for care and for comfort. Your child will probably be able to go back to school or daycare in 2 or 3 days. The presence of a parent is very helpful, for younger boys especially.

Follow-up from the circumcision clinic

A nurse will call you the day before the circumcision appointment to confirm the time and date of your child’s surgery and answer any questions. Remember to follow your doctor’s instructions about your child taking or stopping medicines before surgery. This includes over-the-counter supplements or painkillers. 

Getting ready for circumcision

Have your child take a bath or shower before you come in. For younger boys, you can bring a favourite stuffed animal or small toy if this comforts them. For an older boy getting circumcised we recommend a book, music player, Ipad, or tablet with games/music.

It is recommended that both parents attend the appointment with your son. If one parent cannot attend you will be required to complete a Non Attending Parental Consent Form along with a Patient Registration Form. 

Anaesthetic prior to circumcision

Local anaesthetic is given by injection through the skin near the base of the penis. During a circumcision, the foreskin is removed from the head of the penis (glans). The surgery will take just a few minutes and you will be in the rooms for 30 to 40 minutes in total.

Even though the teenage boy having the procedure will be awake, there will be limited pain while the procedure is being performed. The best is if he can be distracted with music during the short surgery in order to minimise his or your stress.

Sedation options are available to children over the age of 3 years.

Post-circumcision pain-killers

After the procedure, some discomfort is expected when the local anaesthetic wears off.

There are pain-killers that relieve any pain or discomfort and full post-operative care instructions will be emailed to you on the day of the procedure.

Take care to regulate the dosage and follow the doctor’s instructions. 

What to expect after a teenage boy’s circumcision

Circumcision for older children, adolescents, and teenagers who are not babies will entail a recovery period with reduced activity levels. Your son will leave our clinic after the operation, and guidance and follow-up continue afterward, with written and verbal instructions on how to provide care after the circumcision. Dr. Hunt will be reachable 24-hours a day during the period immediately after the procedure so that he can react fast in the unlikely event of a serious complication.

Promote healing

The goal is to minimise your boy’s discomfort and promote healing. You will be shown how to reduce the risk of infection and informed of warning signs to watch for in case of any complications.

Our doctor will be available by phone after surgery and will respond quickly to questions or concerns.

Your son will require your attention in the days immediately after his circumcision.

Rest after surgery for a few days

You will likely be able to take your child home 2 to 4 hours after the surgery. Encourage extra rest the first day. Most children can be more active on the day after surgery. Follow your doctor’s instructions about when your child can do vigorous exercise. This includes sports, running, and physical education.

When you leave the clinic, you will get more information about how to take care of your child at home. The doctor will tell you when your child can start normal activities again. 

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