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A 36-year-old member asked:

how long should i wait to be sexually active after a breast reduction?

5 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Alexander
Plastic Surgery 27 years experience
2 weeks: Length of time is as variable as the individual patients having breast reduction. With average cases, resumption of reasonable sexual activity will be able to start within two weeks.
Dr. Samuel Rosenthal
Plastic Surgery 57 years experience
I prefer a wait of 6 weeks to allow for more mature wound healing
Feb 1, 2012
Dr. Michael Beckenstein
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
4 to 6 weeks: I perform close to 200 breast reductions a year. The complication rates are low and often activity related . Inhave seen a patient return to surgery three weeks after her reduction due to sexual activity. It isvavrare event but a good surgeon learns from experience.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Common sense: Usually 5-7 days is adequate, but remember to use common sense and take it easy.
Dr. Archibald Miller
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Healing time: It is generally recognized that it takes one full month for your tissues to mend to 75 percent, and 90 days to heal to their maximal amount of 85 percent. Thus, i usually recommend one month.
Dr. Robert Stroup
Plastic Surgery 38 years experience
It's up to you: You can return to sexual activity (gently and excluding the breasts) whenever you feel up to it. Recovery from a 3 hour procedure, discomfort, and the use of pain medications will significantly reduce any interest in sexual activity. The patient should pay attention to her body's signals, and she will know when she is ready, with the above limitations. About 1 month for sex with no restrictions.

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