Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)


The surgical technique, Brachioplasty, is a procedure that improves the contour of your upper arms.  The procedure tightens the upper arm by removing excess fat and skin that may be caused from weight loss or the aging process.

Liposuction is not included in a brachioplasty procedure, although it may be performed in conjunction with an arm lift to enhance results, depending on your unique situation.

If you have a moderate amount of hanging skin or arms that are disproportionately larger than the rest of your body, a brachioplasty procedure may be the surgery for you. Please read the following guide.  It provides you with the fundamentals and gives you an accurate portrayal of what to expect from having your surgery performed by Dr. Sachse.

Dr. Sachse understands that each patient’s situation is unique and that every procedure must be tailored to fit the specific needs and goals of the patient.  Dr. Sachse works with each patient, making sure that they are completely informed about every aspect involved in the procedure, and what results can be expected.

Here at Broward Plastic Surgery, Dr. Sachse and his staff are dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality medical and personal care.  Each aspect of patient care from the first consultation to the last visit receives the same careful consideration. We are available Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm to help answer questions or concerns.  Dr. Sachse is available to all of his patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Prior to Surgery

During your initial consultation, Dr. Sachse will review your complete medical history, as well as any medications you may be taking (including vitamins or herbs), any allergies you may have, and your alcohol and tobacco use. Be sure to provide him with every bit of information, as this prevents complications and will help Dr. Sachse give you the best results. Dr. Sachse will also want to discuss the motivating factor behind the procedure, your priorities, concerns, and fears.  He will make suggestions, explain the advantages and disadvantages of every option, and advise you on the best choice, given your desired appearance.

Where Your Procedure Will Be Performed and Anesthesia

A brachioplasty can be performed in a hospital, free-standing ambulatory facility, or office based surgical suite.  To ensure your comfort during the procedure, general anesthetic will be administered, using either intravenous sedation or local anesthesia.

The Procedure

A “T” looking incision is commonly made down the inner arm, from the upper arm to the elbow. Dr. Sachse removes any excess fat and loose skin. He may use a surgical drain to reduce fluids for the first week after surgery.   Sutures are used to close the incision.

Following Your Procedure

Usually, a brachioplasty is performed as an outpatient procedure, except when the procedure is being performed in addition to other surgeries, such as liposuction.  You will stay in recovery for one hour following surgery, and will then be permitted to go home with a family member or friend.

Dr. Sachse will monitor your pain, and medications will be prescribed as needed.

For the first three weeks following the brachioplasty, there should be no strenuous activities such as heavy lifting and exercise. Dr. Sachse expects his liposuction patients to wear a compression garment for up to three weeks, depending on how well the body is recovering.  Dr. Sachse will monitor your recovery and give instructions on when to resume normal activity.

What to Expect

Immediately following surgery, you have complete use of your hands.  However, you will be unable to fully extend your arms for up to one month after the brachioplasty. Dr. Sachse may instruct you to wear compressive dressings for the first weeks. You may experience numbness or swelling, and this is temporary.


All physical activities should resume within a 3 to 4 week period.


For further information on what a Brachioplasty can do for you,

please call 954-202-9898.