Sex After Plastic Surgery
Amy Spagnola on 9 May 2011 at 9:00am
How long do you have to wait to have sex after surgery?
It’s a taboo topic. There’s lots of anxiety about the surgery, especially the procedure and healing…but what about after the stitches, tucks and pulls? When can you jump back on the sex saddle? Since it may be uncomfortable to ask your doctor in person, this is a popular question on RealSelf.
Most physicians point out that sex is a vigorous activity, so you should wait anywhere from 3-8 weeks just as you would with any other exercise.
Breast augmentation can be especially enticing for post-op petting, but it requires one of the longer wait times: Up to six weeks for direct sexual breast contact after augmentation.
“The main problem would be potential bleeding which would require further surgery, but fortunately this happens infrequently," warns Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon Dr. Edward Domanskis.
The wait is worth it
A study from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal called “Better Sex from the Knife? An Intimate Look at the Effects of Cosmetic Surgery on Sexual Practices,” found that cosmetic procedures improved sex life and the ability to achieve orgasm. In the study, 70 women completed a survey and more than 95% reported improvements in body image regardless of the type of cosmetic surgery they had undergone. What’s more, after surgery, 81% of the 26 breast surgery respondents and 68% of the 25 body surgery patients said they experienced improvements in sexual satisfaction.
A few reminders before revving the engines for a lover’s tryst:
- Gentle is best.
- If it hurts, stop. Don’t try and push yourself. Ask your surgeon about anything that feels unusual or uncomfortable.
- The tongue and other body parts should stay far away from open wounds. Bacteria can lead to serious infections.
- With re-operative surgery wait twice as long before being intimate.
And if you're really hoping surgery results amp up your sex life -- ask your plastic surgeon about the G-Shot to enhance the action.
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