As people get older, their skin loses some of its elasticity. Especially after gaining and losing weight, the resulting combination of fat bulges and sagging skin around the bra area can be challenging to fix simply by exercising and eating right. For some people, there is a hereditary component to consider. Even women who’ve always been slim can have fatty deposits that create a bulging effect around bra straps. Plastic surgery procedures can eliminate bra bulge for a smooth, sculpted appearance.
Removing fatty deposits through tiny quarter-inch incisions, this minimally-invasive surgical treatment is safe and effective for creating flatter contours. Tumescent liposuction involves adding medicated fluid to the patient’s fatty areas to reduce pain and bruising. Fat deposits are then suctioned away with great precision via thin cannulas. With the fat cells removed, the problematic bulges are eliminated.
Also referred to as liposelection or ultrasonic-assisted lipolysis, vaser liposuction is a body sculpting technique that uses ultrasound high-frequency waves to break down fat cells. This step emulsifies fat from a solid to a liquid, making it easier to remove without affecting the surrounding vessels or nerves. The ultrasound energy also helps tighten the skin for an improved appearance.
Another alternative is to use injectable substances. This non-surgical approach breaks down fat cell membranes, dissolving it over time. Plastic surgeons are most often using Kybella, an injectable treatment approved by the FDA in 2015. FDA-approved to eliminate a double chin, it works well for bra bulge too.
Kybella is administered as an in-office procedure. Each treatment takes about 10 minutes, and several sessions are scheduled one month apart for the best results. Patients can expect to see a difference after one or two months. Kybella uses a form of acid that naturally occurs in the body, and afterward the destroyed cells are metabolized and expelled. Like liposuction, this treatment is also permanent, with the bulge disappearing for a smooth, contoured look.
For a completely non-invasive approach, Coolsculpting is the method of choice. Effective on love handles, bra bulges, belly pouches, and other pockets of fat, Coolsculpting is a good option for individuals who seek a completely nonsurgical option. It utilizes an applicator that’s placed over the skin to freeze underlying fat cells. Results are visible within weeks, as the body sweeps the affected cells away.
Today there are more options than ever to remove unwanted bulges around the bra line. For additional information about body sculpting techniques and which approach is best for you, contact the team at Donaldson Plastic Surgery.