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Beating the Bra Bulge

Breast Augmentation | Eric S. Schaffer, MD FACS | San Antonio, TX“Bra bulge.” Who would have ever imagined that this would be a widely-recognized term? In fact, we hear about bra bulge fairly often. This problem is one that presents a lot of frustration. Excess fat spilling over the outer edges of the bra, where breasts meet armpits, can prevent a woman from wanting to wear tank tops and the fitted t-shirts that are so popular today. With summer approaching, now is a great time to talk about what bra bulge is all about and how we can improve your shape.

Is Bra Bulge a Fat Issue or a Bra Issue?

There are a few schools of thought regarding bra bulge. One is that women can prevent this problem by getting a bra that fits properly. The theory is that, if fat and skin are billowing over the side of the bra, there is a need for a bigger cup size. Another theory about bra bulge is that the issue relates to excess fat tissue in the armpit area. The truth is, every situation is unique. Bra bulge may be a result of a poorly fitted bra, excess fatty tissue, or even excess skin and poor muscle tone.

It is essential to know what is causing bra bulge so you can correct the problem. More and more lately, we are seeing women handle this problem with liposuction.

Liposuction for Bra Bulge

When excess fatty tissue is in the armpit area or axillary breast, there may be an option for reducing bra bulge with a simple liposuction procedure. Liposuction techniques have improved significantly over time, allowing us to treat smaller areas such as the armpits and under the chin.

The procedure has become “friendlier” with the inclusion of tumescent fluid. Tumescent liposuction involves the addition of a mixture of sterile saline, epinephrine, and local anesthetic. By flooding the target area with this mixture, a few things are accomplished. First, the mixture blocks nerve sensations, so the procedure is comfortable. The epinephrine in tumescent fluid causes capillaries to shrink, which substantially reduces bleeding. Finally, tumescent fluid causes fatty tissue to become firm, which eases the removal process.

Most liposuction procedures are complete in one to two hours. After the outpatient procedure, recovery includes prescription pain medication and rest. For the first several days after armpit liposuction, it is necessary to limit physical activity. Dr. Schaffer recommends compression garments to manage the swelling. Most patients are able to return to work within 7 to 10 days and can resume moderate physical activity after a follow-up appointment to evaluate the extent of healing.

Bra bulge may not have been a problem we ever imagined, but it exists. Fortunately, we also have ways to deal with it. Learn more about liposuction in a consultation at our San Antonio office. Call 210-227-3223.

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