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Is Bra Fat (Armpit Fat/axillary fat) caused by tight bras?

September 23, 2021
January 29, 2024

Contrary to popular belief, this bulge can happen to any woman, even those with small or average breast size and those who are slim and fit.

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According to Independent UK, "worries about armpits were particularly popular among young people. One in 10 of the more youthful among the 2,000 women surveyed said they avoided spending time with their partner or friends because of underarm inhibitions.

The research also found six in 10 women have felt "judged by others" purely based on the appearance of their underarms. In addition, 34 percent claimed their lack of confidence in displaying their underarms had hindered their career. 'Armpit fat' is also establishing sensitive issues among women."

The relationship between ill-fitting bras and armpit fat (axillary fat)

Armpit fat is the bulge between your breasts and upper arm when you don fitted tops or a bra (loose or tight). If you have excessive back or armpit fat, your bra and tops may not fit properly. The fat pockets may spill over your bra straps, and the back fat bulges may show through your tops. The sleeveless outfit may not be a feasible option anymore.

However, armpit fat is not as the name implies. Your poorly fitted or tight bras do not JUST cause that fat pocket. And it may also not mean that you are overweight either.

Contrary to popular belief, this bulge can happen to any woman, even those with small or average breast size and those who are slim and fit. Depending on our DNA, each unique one of us has trouble spots in different areas where we accumulate more fat in specific body parts than others. For example, some people have more excess fat in their outer thighs, while some have more excess fat in their abdomen.

Getting rid of Bra Fat (armpit fat/axillary fat) with exercise

Spot reduction is generally accepted as a myth. An effective fat loss program usually entails a full body workout, and losing fat this way is a more highly-encouraged method. Nonetheless, specific exercises such as toning the upper arms, including the area around the armpits, strengthen the muscles in those areas. Still, they may not do much to eliminate underarm fat.

A study on the efficacy of a resistance training program focusing on the arms revealed that although there is increased overall fat loss it is not as effective in specific areas. A comprehensive approach would be to incorporate strength and cardiovascular training, and attention has also to be given to diet.

Work on your food intake

So when it comes to food, a balanced diet will go a long way in helping an individual look and feel great. Knowing how much fuel (calories) your body needs to function daily may be a chore for some to count. But knowing where these calories come from is an easier task, and the list includes the following:

  • fresh fruits
  • fresh vegetables
  • whole grains
  • legumes
  • nuts
  • lean proteins

Like any other stubborn fat pouches like the saddlebags or muffin top, armpit fat is resilient to a healthy diet and regular workout.

Bra Fat (armpit fat/axillary fat) removal: Modern Liposuction with MDC-Sculpt® Lipo technique

According to Dr Ivan Puah, liposuction is “70% art, 30% science.” The approach taken at Amaris B. Clinic tailors to a patient’s clinical condition and goal. Dr Puah does not believe in a cookie-cutter approach because each patient is unique. This uniqueness requires a personalised method to achieve optimal and favourable results.

This understanding and experience led Dr Puah to develop the MDC-Sculpt®️ Lipo technique. This technique allows thorough fat removal on the area, constituting a more desirable cosmetic outcome as the scarring is reduced to the bare minimum.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) strictly regulates liposuction in Singapore. It is, therefore, a must-do or necessity to find a competent MOH liposuction-accredited doctor. A doctor with a keen eye for the aesthetic can combine science and art and communicate to the patient what is achievable without over-promising.

With more than 15 years of liposuction experience, Dr. Ivan Puah was also part of the team that introduced Laserlipolysis (Laser Liposuction) in Singapore. He is also known for his aesthetic sense and meticulousness. Communication between doctor and patient is essential. His experience is, among others, a reflection of his professionalism, friendly and trustworthy disposition, and bedside manners.

He has helped alleviate many patients’ concerns and worries as he truly understands their different needs. Dr Puah tailors his treatments based on these needs.


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