We all probably have something we'd like to change about our appearance. Whether that means getting highlights or a procedure that requires a little more commitment (and money) — for example removing fat between armpit and bra, known as "bra bulge" — then who are we to stand in the way?
The procedure is a fat-reduction surgery that can be done one of three ways: via liposuction, cryolipolysis or lipolysis injections. The most common procedure for this type of treatment is liposuction: It's the oldest and best-known option. During liposuction, which is a one-time treatment, incisions are made in the area of concern and fat cells are vacuumed out with a cannula. Then incisions are stitched closed. "Bra bulge" liposuction can be performed under local anesthetic within 1-2 hours.
Some patients, meanwhile, opt for cryolipolysis, a noninvasive method for killing fat cells by chilling them. When fat cells freeze, they die, which reduces some of the bulge. The procedure, which reduces approximately 20 percent of the fullness of the "bulge" during a 35-minute session, involves attachment of a CoolCurve applicator to the area of concern while the patient sits and waits.
Initially, the treatment feels cold, and after a few minutes, the area just feels numb. There is minimal discomfort as the treatment starts, but once it has set in, there is no pain. Following the procedure, the area of skin treated will feel slightly sensitive to touch, but will return to normal within about a half hour. With cryolipolysis, more than one session is typically needed.
And then there's lipolysis injetions that dissolves fat, much like a detergent can break down grease, which has picked up steam for this type of fat-removal procedures since its FDA approval two years ago.
Lipolysis injections can be used on virtually any part of the body, so it is commonly requested for treatment of the neck (double chin), back of the thighs, flanks, inner thighs, or residual fat after liposuction procedures. It takes only a few minutes to administer and is injected into areas of unwanted fat with a series of small needle sticks. In the weeks following the injection session, the medicine breaks down fat cells.
Similar to cryolipolysis, lipolysis injections require multiple treatments, depending on the amount of fat being targeted, but the average amount of sessions for small- to moderate-sized "bulges" is two to three. For all three treatments, typical side effects include bruising and slight swelling, but these last only a couple of weeks at most.