Avoid Surgery for Armpit Fat Through Exercise?

What exercises can I do to get rid of armpit area fat and avoid plastic surgery?

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There is no such thing as non-surgical targeted fat loss

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Thanks for the question.

Unfortunately there is no such thing as targeted fat loss through diet or exercise. People lose and gain weight from different areas in their body as they gain and lose weight overall. What's even worse is those areas can change (typically it becomes harder to lose abdominal and peritoneal fat) as we age.

All the fancy machines that talk about "blasting your core" are great for toning muscle but will NOT accelerate fat loss in a particular area.

In addition, sometimes patients who have fullness in their armpits have what is known as axillary breast tissue. If these areas get larger or more painful around your menses it is very possible this is what you have. In our San Francisco area office we have treated many of these patients with liposuction or direct excision.

See a physician with specific questions.

I hope this helps.

Weight loss in armpits

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Isolated weight loss is not going to happen unless you have liposuction.  Weight loss in general would reduce each area of the body  in similar proportions.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Axillary fullness

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It is nearl impossible to achieve selective weight loss of a specific area. The armpit (axilla) is also the location of the lymph nodes and you should make sure that the swelling you are describing is fat and not enlarged lymph nodes.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 86 reviews

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 Your ability to lose weight depends on using more calories each day than you take in.  Your genetic code will determine where the weight comes off, not any specific exercise.

Can I avoid surgery for armpit fat through exercise?

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The idea of VIGOROUS exercise is to burn more food calories than we eat AND have in our fat stores. Just like out National Budget, when we spend more than we take in with taxes, the more we go into debt. If you burn more than you eat, eventually your fat deposits will go away.

NOW - the important question is just how much skin shrinkage will you have if and when the fat is lost?? If you have healthy young skin, this may actually work for you. But if your skin tone is not good you will have loose skin.

So while you MAY be able to save yourself a liposuction (for fat removal) you MAY NOT be able to save another procedure, should it result in loose skin.

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Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

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