Summary: After procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck or liposuction, many men and women wonder when they’ll be able to reap some of more intimate benefits of plastic surgery. While these procedures can certainly help people to regain self-confidence, a positive body image and even a newfound boost in their sex drive, holding off on vigorous activity following plastic surgery can help ensure a safe and smooth recovery, as well as an optimum outcome.

Getting back in the saddle too soon can hinder your body’s ability to heal properly, and may affect the quality of your results.

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Breast Augmentation

It can be especially tempting to want to jump back into the sack right after a breast augmentation, but it’s important to understand that your body first needs time to comfortably heal. It’s recommended that you avoid intimate contact involving the breasts for at least 6 weeks after getting implants to reduce the likelihood of complications during your recovery.

That said, however, sexual activity can be resumed within 2 weeks following your procedure, provided that it’s relatively gentle. Keep in mind that vigorous sexual activity can elevate blood pressure, which could complicate and slow the recovery process. You may want to stick to positions where the woman is on top to help reduce risk and minimize trauma to the breasts and the surrounding healing tissue.

Tummy Tuck

Because the general timeline for a tummy tuck recovery can take slightly longer than breast augmentation recovery, most plastic surgeons recommend that you wait for at least 3 to 4 weeks after an abdominoplasty to have sex. It’s important to remember that everyone is going to heal differently and at a varied pace, so rather than counting down the days until you hit the 3-week mark, it’s more appropriate to take the recovery process one day at a time. Assess your individual ability to begin reintroducing sex and other physical activities back into your normal routine as your body begins to heal and you feel more physically capable.

Liposuction

Resuming sexual activity after liposuction can, in most cases, occur much sooner than with other plastic surgery procedures. Typically, the only concerns that may keep you from being intimate following liposuction are some soreness and how well your incisions are healing. Listen to your body to determine how soon you can return to your normal sex life. Many people find that after about 1 week, they feel physically and emotionally able to have sex again.

When in Doubt, Consult with Your Plastic Surgeon

It may be difficult for some people to discuss sex with their plastic surgeon. However, keeping an open line of communication with your plastic surgeon is the key to having a safe, smooth and effective recovery. If you’re not sure when you can begin reintroducing certain physical activities, including sex, back into your daily routine, it’s critical that you check with your plastic surgeon. Attending regular follow-up appointments can help to ensure that you’re on track for an optimum recovery.

Because everyone heals at a different rate, there is no set date to when a particular person can resume specific activities. Throughout your recovery for any plastic surgery procedure, remember to listen to the signals your body gives you, and consult with your plastic surgeon if you have any questions or concerns.