In numerous cultures the circumcision of the male foreskin has a history of thousands of years. Even today, circumcision is performed not only for medical reasons (phimosis), but also for religious, cultural and aesthetic reasons.
However, not every circumcision is performed with the same technique. Depending on the type and style of a circumcision, the foreskin of the penis is removed either completely or only partially. If so much skin is removed that the glans is always completely exposed, it is called a radical circumcision. On the other hand, if only a part of the foreskin is removed, it is called a partial circumcision.