You might be embarrassed to ask, or maybe you are eager to get back at it, but one of the most common concerns after plastic surgery is when you can return to normal sexual activity. There is no fast answer to this question, and in many cases, you are the best judge of when you are ready. However, if you aren’t sure when it’s okay to return to sex after plastic surgery, we’ve put together several tips for you to consider.
Be honest with your plastic surgeon
If one of your concerns about your plastic surgery recovery involves your sex life, it is important to be honest with your surgeon up front. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon may be able to give you guidelines for when you may return to sex after surgery. Some procedures, particularly tummy tucks, may have longer recovery periods before you are cleared for sexual activity or exercise. Other procedures may require that you be in certain positions during your recovery to aid in your healing. These factors and others may be discussed during your consultation, thus providing a guide for your post-surgery recovery and return to activities.
Factors affecting your return to sex
There are a number of factors that ultimately go into deciding when you may return to sex. The first factor depends on the type of surgery you had and any related recovery considerations. Second is your comfort level — if you aren’t comfortable or are experiencing pain, you may want to hold off on having sex for a bit longer. Ultimately, however, you are your own best guide and by paying attention to your body and how you feel with the guidance of your surgeon, you will know when you feel ready for sex.
Rarely do patients feel ready for sex in the first few days after surgery, and even you feel ready, your body may not be. Special consideration will need to be given if you have temporary drains, if you are required to be in particular post-operative position, or if you have had a more involved procedure. Your pain level also should be a guideline — if you are still experiencing enough pain to require narcotic pain relief, you probably aren’t ready for sex.