How long does it take to heal after arm surgery?

I have loose skin on the back of my arms and would like to have it removed. How long does it take to heal after arm surgery?

Answers from doctors (3)


Postoperative recovery will vary from patient to patient. The technique employed can also play a role.

In my practice, recovery from brachioplasty (excisional procedure for contouring of the upper arm) is typically 4-6 weeks, with a final result becoming apparent at 3-6 months post-op. Patients may have drains present for a few weeks post-op. They are often required to wear a compressive garment for 6-8 weeks post-op.

Exercise can resume at 4 weeks, with strenuous exercise resuming at 6 weeks.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Answered by The Institute of Aesthetic Surgery (View Profile)

Postoperative recovery will vary from patient to patient. The technique employed can also play a role.

In my practice, recovery from brachioplasty (excisional procedure for contouring of the upper arm) is typically 4-6 weeks, with a final result becoming apparent at 3-6 months post-op. Patients may have drains present for a few weeks post-op. They are often required to wear a compressive garment for 6-8 weeks post-op.

Exercise can resume at 4 weeks, with strenuous exercise resuming at 6 weeks.

As always, discuss your concerns with a board-certified plastic surgeon (ABPS).

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Barry J. Kaplan, D.O.

Published on Jun 03, 2016

Two weeks, but you can resume normal life activities in 2-3 days.

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Answered by Barry J. Kaplan, D.O.

Two weeks, but you can resume normal life activities in 2-3 days.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Edward Domanskis M.D.

Published on Mar 31, 2016

I would give yourself a good two weeks before you start doing anything too vigorous, but check with your plastic surgeon. Use ScaRx Tape for at least two months after the surgery, for the scars can be bad after a brachialplasty.

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Answered by Edward Domanskis M.D.

I would give yourself a good two weeks before you start doing anything too vigorous, but check with your plastic surgeon. Use ScaRx Tape for at least two months after the surgery, for the scars can be bad after a brachialplasty.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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