Even if you follow a regular cardio or strength training at the gym, the truth is that back fat could still be difficult to eliminate.
This is the fat tissue that gets deposited underneath the bra line for women, detracting from a slim and toned shape from behind.
Liposuction cosmetic surgery of the back can offer significant visible improvements. But the procedure may be more effective on individuals who have not lost large amounts of weight (so they don’t have loose skin).
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides back liposuction to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations.
Back Fat Types
The fat tissue in the back can be categorized into a few important areas:
- Infra-scapular fat (commonly called female flanks): This is located above the waistline and underneath the shoulder blades. These are the unsightly fat deposits that often bulge below the bra strap.
- Posterior axillary fat: This fat is located around the upper-outer back area, close to the armpit.
- Posterior waist fat: These fat deposits can be found above and posterior to the buttocks and hips.
- Lumbo-sacral fat pad: It is seen in midline of the lower back, right above the tailbone.
- Buffalo hump: This includes fat deposits located in the upper back area, close to the neck.
Fat in Infra-scapular Back Area
Infra-scapular back refers to the area on the back right beneath the bra. The fat tissue in this region is in the form of a single subcutaneous layer, but does not have a well-defined deep fat compartment.
When a woman is wearing a tight bra, this area might bulge out more visibly. Some women may have a genetic predisposition to collect fat in the site of infra-scapular back.
With obesity becoming increasingly common, the infra-scapular back among many patients may accumulate so much fat tissue that the skin and subcutaneous tissue could bunch-up and form parallel rolls of fat.
Tumescent liposuction is less invasive body contouring plastic surgery technique to remove this unsightly localized “bra-fat” and provide dramatic aesthetic improvement.
During the back liposuction surgery, the surgeon will create a series of minor incisions into the back at specific locations. They will then insert a slender cannula into the incision areas. Through the cannulas, which are attached to a suction pump at the other end, the surgeon will gently remove the excess fat from the back.
In some cases, the surgeon may use laser or ultrasound energy to heat up and melt the fat, making its removal less traumatic. With heating techniques, some degree of skin tightening may also occur.
The patient may only require a local or regional anesthetic. Depending on the amount of fat tissue that is removed from the back, the surgery could last for about one to two hours.
Following back liposuction, the incision sites may be covered with absorbent pads, which are held in place with a torso compression garment.
Back liposuction may not require too much external compression. The torso motion during respiration along with other everyday activities could be enough to improve the condition and promote healing.
Liposuction for back fat removal is not a weight loss surgery or a skin tightening procedure. The goal is to eliminate excess fat from targeted areas of the back help sculpt and tone it to a desirable shape.
Patients who have significant loose skin following rapid loss of weight may have to choose a skin tightening procedure along with back liposuction. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and nearby areas for back liposuction.
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