How soon can I have sex after breast augmentation?

22 November 2017 / / Breast lift

Many women opt to augment their breasts though plastic surgery in order to enhance their sex lives and to attract better partners. Having better breasts can feel empowering and embolden your attitude when it comes to sex, but how soon can you have sex after breast augmentation?

Sex after breast augmentation

If your breast augmentation surgery is performed by an experienced and skilled plastic surgeon, you can have sex sooner than you might expect. However, there are a number of factors that must be taken into account before getting the green signal to have sex. These factors include the intensity of the procedure, the type of breast augmentation, any pain and discomfort you might be experiencing, swelling, and your recovery speed and quality.

There are many patients who can restart their sex routine a week after the procedure, whereas others may be required to wait for at least a month after the surgery to have sex. Some women may be satisfied with the aesthetic improvements brought about by the breast augmentation right away, while it may take others quite some time to be comfortable with their new breasts. You can resume your sex life after the surgery once you think that your body has healed properly.

The breast augmentation surgery

Breast augmentation is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures in the US and around the world. The procedure not only increases the size of your breasts but also makes them appear fuller, shapely, and sexy. There are two types of breast augmentation surgeries: breast implants and fat transfer. A breast implant surgery uses prosthetic devices to enhance your breasts, whereas a fat transfer procedure uses your own body fat to augment your breasts.

Breast implants are found to be very effective when it comes to making the breasts fuller and prominent. The implants can make the breasts perky and shapely, accentuating your overall body shape.

The ideal candidates for the surgery include women with smaller or flatter breasts looking for ways to enhance their breasts. This surgery is not for those who want to imitate the breasts of a specific celebrity. Also, you must be in good health and have realistic goals and expectations to qualify for a breast augmentation surgery.

Recovery after breast augmentation

When soonest you can engage in sex again depends on a number of factors, including how well and quickly you recovery after surgery. Following the procedure, you may experience fatigue, pain, and discomfort that will continue for 24 to 48 hours. Your surgeon may prescribe certain medications to cope with the discomfort and exhaustion.

When you return home after the surgery, you may remove the support bra while bathing. However, make sure to keep your dressings intact until your follow up visit to your doctor. About 3-4 days after the surgery, you will revisit your surgeon where the dressings will be removed and your breasts and healing status evaluated.

Majority of patients are able to return to work within the first week of the operation. However, your doctor will examine your breasts and healing speed and quality before allowing you to resume work. You will be required to avoid high endurance activities that involve arm movements for at least 3 weeks after the surgery. This is especially important if the implants have been placed sub-muscularly.

You will also experience inflammation and bruising in the surgical area and incision after the procedure. The bruising will disappear in a few weeks but the swelling may take more time to subside. If you want to have sex, you should make sure that your breasts have healed to a considerable degree. You should also be careful during sex, as mishandling the breasts can lead to bleeding and other complications.

Your doctor will encourage you to take short and slow walks immediately after the procedure. However, you should wait for about two weeks to engage in exercise and longer walks.

Results of the breast augmentation procedure

While some of the results will be apparent immediately after the surgery, the full outcome will only be visible after 8-10 months. The incisions and surgical wounds require enough time to completely heal and your breast implants need time to settle. The results are sustainable; however, they will be affected by factors like aging, gravity, and pregnancy.


One of the popular questions that breast augmentation patients ask is: “When soonest can I have sex after the procedure?” However, only experienced, board-certified plastic surgeons are able to provide full information on the matter. It is important for patients to do their research and openly ask this question during the initial consultation with the plastic surgeon.

Majority of patients are able to resume their sexual activities within a week after the procedure. However, it is important to understand that your body needs to heal considerably in order for you to have sex. Furthermore, you should be careful with your breasts if you are having sex within the first two weeks after your breast augmentation surgery, because foreplay and pressured caressing of the breasts may trigger bleeding or set the incisions open.

You will also be experiencing some degree of pain and discomfort in the first few days after the surgery, so you should also take this factor into account before deciding to have sex. Breast augmentation may lead to a change in or loss of nipple sensation that may negatively affect your sex life. This change or loss of sensation can either be temporary or permanent.


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