Difference between armpit fat and axillary breast? (Photo)

i have armpit fat more than a normal.i want to be sure whether these are axillary breast or just extra fat and can be removed by exercises ??i am attaching a photo of my armpit. kindly help. and how can i getrid of them with out liposuction?

Doctor Answers 8

Possible axillary breast tissue

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Thank you for your question and your photo.  It can be difficult to determine from just a photograph the difference between axillary breast tissue and simple excess fat.  This is best determined by direct examination, and possible ultrasound imaging.  Axillary breast is best removed by direct surgical excision, with an incision that hides in the armpit.  Excess fat in this area is often problematic to get rid of by diet and exercise alone - this represents a very common "problem area", even in people who are otherwise quite thin.  Liposuction is an easy and effective means of treating the problem, with minimal recovery time and discomfort.

Axillary breat tissue

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While this does have an appearance of axillary breast tissue a formal examination would be necessary to confirm this. 

Difference between armpit fat and axillary breast

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Thank you for your question. An examination would be necessary to evaluate if liposuction alone or liposuction in combination with a skin excision is needed. Consult with a board certified Plastic Surgeon. Best Wishes

Axillary breast tissuet

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Thank you for your question and posting appropriate pictures. You do seem to have axillary breast tissue especially if you notice changes in the size at the time of menstural  cycle. This needs to be confirmed by physical examination. If so, you could be excised through a incision in the axillary region.

Armpit Fat

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Armpit fat can be associated with being above one's ideal body weight, but not always. I've seen patients who are very thin with a prominent bulge of armpit fat.

An axillary breast would have a "supernumerary" ("extra") nipple.

Unfortunately, if you are at a good weight, there isn't much you can do on your own to get rid of it. Even liposuction for a well defined armpit bulge with its own extra skin pocket won't smooth it out completely.

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Axillary breast?

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It looks more like axillary breast tissue but an exam in person and a discussion of your history would be very helpful.  Good luck.

Arm pit fat?

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Thanks for writing,

Unfortunately exercise will not make this go away. Regardless of fat or axillary breast tissue the skin surrounding this area looks somewhat poor, that is poor elasticity and tone. As a result the skin will not shrink appropriately even if this were to go away with exercise, but to won't. Liposuction alone will not help completely. The excessive weak skin will need to be adjusted. 
The best way to determine what needs to be done is to seek out a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, who upon a good physical examination can be highly specific relative to your choices. Good Luck, I hope this helps

Stephen M. Davis, MD, FACS
Green Hills Plastic Surgery

Arm pit fat or axillary breast

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Thank you so much for your question about liposuction for the arms.

  • If the under-arm area enlarges or gets sensitive with your monthly periods, it is almost certainly axillary breast. 
  • Axillary breast tissue doesn't change much with weight loss and not being fat, is hard to liposuction.
  • Fat under the arm will be clearly related to changes in weight, is softer and can be removed with liposuction.
  • B ut under the arm, the loose skin, often means that in addition to liposuction, the excess skin and any underlying breast tissue needs to be removed for a good result.

Be sure to see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Here’s hoping you find this helpful. Have a great day!

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