Sex After Plastic Surgery — How Long Should You Wait?

Amy Spagnola on 13 Jun 2014 at 9:00am

How Long Should You Wait to Have Sex After Plastic Surgery?


It’s a taboo topic. There’s a lot of anxiety about the surgery itself… but what about after the procedure is complete? It’s common to feel uncomfortable talking to your doctor about when you can jump back in the sack, so it’s no surprise that post-surgery sex is a popular topic here on RealSelf.

As many physicians point out, sex is a vigorous activity. Most recommend that you wait at least three weeks before engaging in anything strenuous. Depending on the severity and complexity of the case, some doctors may recommend a waiting period of up to two months. After that, the only person that can determine whether you feel ready is you.

Breast augmentation can be especially enticing for post-op petting, but check in with your body before hopping back in the saddle. “Your body will let you know what you are or are not capable of doing within a couple weeks of resting and taking it easy,” explains San Diego plastic surgeon Tom J. Pousti. “Intimacy can be resumed when your incisions are well healed and there is minimal pain with movement,” adds LA-based Raffy Karamanoukian.

While the decision is ultimately up to you and your partner, be aware that having sex too soon is certainly a risk. “The main problem would be potential bleeding which would require further surgery, warns Edward Domanskis, a plastic surgeon in Newport Beach. “Fortunately this happens infrequently.”


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 can greatly improve your sex life. 95 percent of women who took the survey reported improvements in body image regardless of the type of procedure they had undergone. What’s more, 80 percent of breast augmentation respondents declared an improvement in sexual satisfaction, while 50 percent of body patients reported an enhanced ability to achieve orgasm.

If you feel you’re ready to rev those engines, here are a few reminders before beginning your 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 fresh incisions and scars. Bacteria can lead to a serious infection.
  • With re-operative surgery, wait twice as long before being intimate.

And if you're really hoping surgery results enhance your sex life — ask your doctor about the G-Shot to amp up the action!

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