The recovery for a brachioplasty is dependent on the type of arm lift you have and your general health. Since many patients combine a brachioplasty with other surgical procedures, recovery times are not standardized. On average, a full brachioplasty requires 1 – 2 weeks of rest and time off of work for most occupations. Most patients can resume driving after about 10 days.
Swelling and bruising is expected immediately after the procedure. It’s important to have someone you trust to help take care of you and your needs for a few days after your procedure. Most patients have brachioplasty on both arms, which can make basic self-care a challenge for up to one week. Patients can often return to exercise and most activities of daily living about 4 – 6 weeks after the procedure. Your specific timeline will be detailed prior to your surgery as you work with Spectrum Plastic Surgery doctors to customize your procedure.