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Armpit Fat And Folds, Getting The Contours You Want
June 30
12:06 2016

Article Highlights

  • As they’ve seen their percentage of body fat reduced globally, they see loss of fatty tissue in some parts of the body but not others.
  • Liposuction on this area would be considered a minimally invasive surgery
  • The most common complications that arise with both traditional and laser-assisted liposuction is that the area remains a little bit irregular or the skin remains loose

Gone is the frigid winter and with its departure we (gladly) said good-bye to bulky coats, sweaters and layers upon layers of clothing. And now, with spring in full gear and summer fast approaching, we welcome tank tops and sleeveless dresses into our wardrobe with open arms—well, almost.

For women who have armpit fat and folds, these pieces of clothing can be more a source of frustration than a form of seasonal liberation.

Dr. Mathew Mosher, a plastic surgeon at YES Medspa & Cosmetic Surgery Centre in Langley, BC, said that armpit fat and folds, this extra bit of body fat that forms along the lateral border of the pec major muscle near the armpit, is not dependent on weight and can occur in even the leanest patients.

“I find the patients that are the most concerned about it are the ones that have worked hard to try and get more fit,” explained Dr. Mosher. “As they’ve seen their percentage of body fat reduced globally, they see loss of fatty tissue in some parts of the body but not others. Although it’s a minor collection of fat at the front of the armpit, it’s one that’s visible in a lot of outfits. So, patients that want to wear a sleeveless top, or they want to wear a nice dress, they don’t care for that fullness at the front of their armpit.”

Dr. Mosher recommended liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction in particular, as the best treatment to improve these contours.

Liposuction on this area would be considered a minimally invasive surgery, explained Dr. Mosher, and it can be done either with the patient awake or under a general anesthetic. This is frequently done at the time of breast enhancement surgery to complement and improve the contours adjacent to a patient’s  new breasts.

Armpit Fat And Folds, Getting The Contours You Want

Armpit Fat And Folds, Getting The Contours You Want

“The area that we’re treating is infiltrated with a diluted solution of local anesthetic that makes the area numb,” clarified Dr. Mosher. “Then, a small straw is put underneath the skin to vacuum or suction that fat away.”

Laser-assisted liposuction has one extra step, where a small laser-fibre is put underneath the skin first.

“That laser fibre preferentially melts the fat cells, as well as delivering heat underneath the skin surface that can stimulate collagen remodeling and skin tightening,” expanded Dr. Mosher. “When performed carefully, laser-assisted liposuction has a little faster recovery time, less bruising and may achieve a smoother outcome than traditional forms of liposuction.”

The most common complications that arise with both traditional and laser-assisted liposuction is that the area remains a little bit irregular or the skin remains loose, explained Dr. Mosher. In addition, it is important to note that not everyone is an ideal candidate for liposuction alone.

“That’s usually a judgment call and there are going to be patients who won’t be good candidates for liposuction only, because they have skin laxity or because the fullness is actually breast tissue,” Dr. Mosher informed.

In select patients, non-surgical strategies, such as focused ultrasound or cooling of the fat, can be utilized to try to reduce and regress these deep armpit skin folds, Dr. Mosher noted. However, these methods are not the most effective options.

“Unfortunately, for small areas like that, many of the non-surgical technologies don’t adapt well to treating that small an area. So, we’re often faced really just with surgery as the main solution.”

Most commonly, armpit fat and folds are a result of excess body fat, but in rare cases, they occur because of accessory or glandular breast tissue, which usually shows up either at puberty or at the time of a patient’s first pregnancy. If it is true glandular breast tissue, then it is generally treated with direct excision, as opposed to liposuction, expanded Dr. Mosher.

The good news is that armpit fat and folds are purely a cosmetic issue and may be fixed quite easily with the right treatment.

“It’s not an uncommon area of frustration,” said Dr. Mosher. “Fortunately, the surgical management is relatively straightforward. Unfortunately, you can’t fix it with exercise alone.”

Regardless of the type of procedure you undergo, choosing an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon is the most critical decision you can make for any form of liposuction or body contouring surgery, emphasized Dr. Mosher.


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2 Comments

  1. hello hello August 15, 19:25

    very interesting

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  2. A Tremblay August 29, 20:08

    Excellent!!

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