How Long Do I Have to Wait After Liposuction to Have Sex?

Sometimes, no amount of diet and exercise can give you the shape you desire. Saddlebags, double chins, muffin tops, and junk in your trunk can be the most stubborn house guests you’ll ever have, refusing to leave no matter how much you try to send them packing. If you suffer from localized fat deposits that won’t leave, liposuction may be an option for you.

A motivating factor for many people is a desire to feel sexier than ever, but how long will liposuction get in the way of your sex life? Nights in Denver can get awfully cold, so let’s talk about how soon after liposuction you can warm up with your partner again.

Denver liposuction is a surgical procedure, so you will need some recovery time. The good news is that liposuction is not as invasive as a tummy tuck or a breast lift, and so recovery time is much shorter. You’ll be back in the saddle—this time without the saddlebags—before you know it.

During your liposuction procedure, we start by injecting a tumescent solution under your skin in the area you want contoured. This helps to limit bleeding and prepare the fatty tissue. For each area, we make a small incision in a place where the scar won’t be conspicuous. We use ultrasonic energy to liquefy and break up the fat prior to removing it through a thin tube (called a cannula).

Before you go home, we’ll give you detailed instructions on caring for your incisions, making yourself comfortable, and speeding the healing process. You can expect some bruising, discomfort, and swelling in the treated areas, and you may be sore enough for a few days to want to take prescription pain medication. It may take several weeks for the swelling to go down so you can see your new, sleek body.

I know what you’re thinking: several weeks? Relax; that’s only to see your final results. Depending on the area treated, many of our Denver patients get back to their normal activity level in just a few days.

Deciding when to have sex after liposuction depends on the areas that were treated and how much fat was removed. If you had liposuction under your chin, on the backs of your knees, or your upper arms, you may be ready to resume sexual relations within a few days. But if we removed excess fat on large areas of your thighs, belly, and/or buttocks, you might have to wait a week to ten days. Before then, your body will be tender and that could make the experience painful. There’s nothing sexy about that. You also won’t want to compromise the healing process or your final results.

It’s important to follow our instructions when you leave and to listen to your body. Even if it’s been long enough according to your post-op booklet, if you feel like you’re not ready for sex, give it a few more days. Waiting a little longer might make that first reunion with your partner even more exciting!

If you’re healing well, feeling comfortable, and going about your daily life, you can probably try having sex. Go easy the first time. Be gentle and avoid any areas that are still healing. In general, follow your doctor’s orders, and then let your body tell you whether or not you’re ready to have sex after liposuction.