Why Do Men Get Circumcised? What is circumcision? Normal males are born with foreskin on their penis. The foreskin is a layer or fold of skin that covers the head of penis. The procedure becomes more complicated and riskier in older babies, children, and men. How is circumcision done? During a circumcision, the foreskin is freed from the head of the penis, and the excess foreskin is clipped off. Most guys have no choice in whether they have a foreskin or not. Nearly 60 percent of male newborns in the U.S. get circumcised at birth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But your parents’ decision about that tiny bit of skin has far- and wide-ranging implications. Here.