I've struggled to get rid of it through diet and exercise without any luck. I figured it was badly distributed fat all these years, but now I'm hearing it could actually be migrated breast tissue from wearing the wrong bra size. Well, either way it's an eyesore. Whether it's fat or tissue, what can I do about it? Maybe lipo? Or excision? Thanks in advance for your help.
What Can I Do About my Armpit Fat? (photo)
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Armpit fat is really breast tissue and needs excision.
You appear to have what is known as an axillary breast. As an embryo, everyone has a " breast line" which runs from the armpit, through where the normal breast is and down as low as the groin. Breast tissue can develop anywhere along this line. It is relatively common to have it develop in the armpit area. As it is partially breast tissue and fiberous, it is hard to remove it with liposuction alone and resection is usually needed. The trade off is a small scar which should be well hidden.
What Can I Do About my Armpit Fat?
It would behoove you to be examined in person by a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. This examination will be critical in determining the best course of action.
For example, if the area consists of “fat” then liposuction may be an option depending on the skin elasticity overlying the area). If the skin elasticity is not sufficient then direct excision of skin and underlying adipose tissue may be necessary.
If the area of concern, on the other hand, consists of breast ( axillary tail of Spence) that liposuction will likely not be effective and direct excision of the breast tissue and overlying skin will likely be necessary to achieve the desired results.
Again, examination by well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon may be very helpful.
I hope this helps.
Treatment for armpit fat and/or axillary breast tissue
I would highly recommend consulting with aboard-certified plastic surgeon who has experience dealing with this "problem area." It is at the time of this examination that the best course of action can be determined. All the best.
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The treatment of pre axillary folds is dependent upon the cause of the problem. In some cases it may be secondary to excess fat. Under these circumstances, the fat bulges outward from the edge of the patient’s bra and is very noticeable. In other cases, the bulge may actually be secondary to accessory breast tissue. When this situation occurs, the size of the mass may fluctuate with the menstrual cycle.
The treatment of pre-axillary folds is dependent upon the cause of the condition. Although your pictures illustrate the problem, they aren’t helpful in determining the actual cause of the condition. This usually requires a physical exam. During physical examination, breast tissue will be noted to be firmer and more fibrous than fatty tissue.
When fatty tissue is encountered in the pre axillary region, liposuction will often provide correction of the problem. When breast tissue is encountered in this area, more aggressive procedures are usually necessary. In most cases, surgical resection of the tissue will prove to be necessary.
If you’re concerned about pre axillary folds, consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is appropriate. This surgeon should be able to formulate a treatment plan that’s appropriate for your problem.
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