Bra Fat - The Other Bulge

21 Nov 2013 at 9:00am

By Andrew M. Ress, MD

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You know exactly what this is -- that unattractive bulge in the upper corner of the armpit and on the rib cage, that oozes out from your bra. Patients are often planning other procedures, like breast augmentation or tummy tuck, and come into the office saying, “Oh, by the way, Doctor, is there anything you can do for this ... this … bra fat?” And the answer is, "Yes!"

What is bra fat?

Anatomically speaking, bra fat is just that -- pesky fatty tissue and a little extra skin that's a part of your torso. 

What causes it exactly?

"Bra fat" most commonly affects women over 30 years of age. Over time, and as gravity works its “magic”, the breasts descend. This  causes some of the tissue from the armpit area to move forward, where it is now more visible.

Another culprit is a decrease in breast fullness which explains why many women only notice this problem after childbirth or weight loss. Or, if the breasts are considerably heavy, they can pull the skin on the sides forward, and accentuate the appearance of bra fat.

You've also probably realized that wearing a firmer (or tighter) bra -- especially one that accentuates your cleavage -- can scrunch up the bra fat and make it more noticeable.

before after bra rolls

How can I banish my bra fat forever?

The good news is that bra fat is treatable! The great news is that for the vast majority, bra fat can be treated with liposuction, done right in the office using local anesthesia.

If your case is a little more extensive, a more assertive liposuction will be needed and light anesthesia is beneficial. Results will be immediate --  and obvious improvement in the appearance of the chest and torso will be seen.

The fee for bra fat correction generally runs about $2,500. Many women chose to take the experience to that extra step and further their enhancement with a breast augmentation, lift, or both.

The first step is an evaluation of the entire area around the breast. Each case is unique and may require a different solution for your specific needs -- including the amount of fatty tissue, skin tone, elasticity, where the "rolls" are located, as well as the size, shape and position of the breasts.

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