Excess fat along the bra line is a common concern for many women. Even those who are otherwise healthy and in good shape may struggle with a little bit extra along the armpit and upper back when wearing certain tops or lingerie. A bra-roll excisison is a procedure that targets this area of excess skin and tissue to create a smoother, natural-looking contour.

Who Should Consider Bra-Roll Excision?

We recommend bra-roll excision in Raleigh, NC surgery for women who are struggling to get rid of the pesky skin and fat that often pokes out just above a bra or other form-fitting tops. This area is often resistant to traditional methods of diet and exercise, and can persist even when you have reached your goal weight and are otherwise happy with your figure. This surgery helps to refine your body’s silhouette and give you the confidence to wear all of your favorite outfits without hesitation.

Bra Roll Excision

What can I expect from my results?

The results of bra roll excision are apparent right away. The contours of the sides of the chest continue to improve as swelling subsides over the course of a few weeks. The sculpting achieved with the excision and fat removal techniques used during surgery are expected to last many years, if not indefinitely, though tissue changes are inevitable due to aging and weight changes.

How much fat can be removed with the procedure?

Bra roll excision removes a minimal amount of fatty tissue in proportion with the body as a whole. The objective of this personalized procedure is to sculpt the area above and around the bra line to appear smoother and slimmer. Patients should not expect to weigh less after bra roll excision, nor to experience a reduction in bra cup size.

Is Bra Roll Excision painful?

No. The procedure is performed using appropriate anesthesia that inhibits pain receptors from communicating with the brain. After surgery, patients can expect mild to moderate soreness or tenderness. Prescription pain medication or over-the-counter medication should be taken as directed to prevent unnecessary discomfort and stress. Generally, the uncomfortable side effects of surgery decrease significantly during the first week of recovery.

Can I combine Bra Roll Excision with other procedures?

Yes. This procedure may be combined with a number of other body contouring or breast shaping procedures. To accentuate the results of plastic surgery, some patients choose to combine this procedure with abdominal, back, or other liposuction, abdominoplasty, or other techniques. Your consultation visit is our opportunity to get to know your concerns and desired outcome so that we may design a treatment plan recommendation just for you.

How can I prepare for Bra Roll Excision?

Bra roll excision is a conservative plastic surgery procedure that is tailored to the individual. The goal of adequate preparation before surgery is to increase the chances of an ideal outcome and decrease the chances of complications after the procedure. The specific surgical guidelines provided to each patient may differ slightly based on their personal medical history. General pre-surgical tips include:

  • If applicable, stop smoking and using nicotine no less than 2 weeks before surgery. Smoking and nicotine can impair the body’s ability to heal. 
  • Avoid certain medications and supplements that can increase the risk of excessive bleeding. Products like aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, fish oil, and others thin the blood and should be stopped approximately 2 weeks before surgery. 
  • Arrange help for recovery. Patients may not be able to perform certain activities while they recover from their bra roll excision procedure. A partner or loved one should be available to assist with cooking, child care, pet care, and other daily obligations. 
  • Prepare meals ahead of time. This can ease unnecessary stress during recovery.
  • Consume a healthy diet with protein and fiber. Nutrient-dense foods are vital before surgery because they can boost the immune system and promote healthy cellular activity. 
  • Exercise. Biking, walking, hiking, and other physical activities promote healthy circulation, which can enhance the oxygenation of tissue before and after surgery.

What to Expect from Your Bra-Roll Excision Surgery

A bra-roll excision is a surgery that targets the excess skin and/or fat that resides around the bra area. During your consultation, we can determine the best approach for your personalized procedure.

Depending on your unique condition, our board certified plastic surgeons may use a combination of skin excision/tightening and liposuction fat reduction. Some women’s problem may be caused mostly by excess skin and tissue, whereas others may be dealing with small amounts of stubborn fat. Occasionally, CoolSculpting could improve this area. 

After Your Bra-Roll Excision

Once your surgery is complete, you will notice a firmer, well-contoured silhouette of your upper body. Women often feel more confident in their favorite outfits and are excited to show off their new figures in a form-fitting dress or bikini.

Are there any risks to the procedure?

Though conservative, the bra roll excision carries some degree of surgical risks. These include:

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Seroma (accumulation of fluid)
  • Hematoma (bleeding)
  • Poor wound healing
  • Blood clots
  • Numbness or other changes in sensation

How can I maintain my results after the procedure?

The best way to maintain the results of any plastic surgery procedure is to live a healthy lifestyle. Body contouring procedures are vulnerable to the effects of aging as well as weight. Eating lean proteins, healthy fats, and an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables provides the body with the fuel it needs to burn fat more efficiently. No specific exercises are needed to maintain the outcome of bra roll excision, though strength training is highly recommended. Activities like yoga, pilates, and even light weight lifting are advantageous for muscle tone in the upper body.

How much does a Bra-Roll Excision Cost in Raleigh?

At your consultation, the cosmetic coordinator will provide you with a detailed individual estimate given your surgeon’s recommendations. Please click here if you would like a generalized price estimate.

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Our plastic surgeons have over 75 years of combined experience in cosmetic plastic surgery. If you’re ready to learn more about bra fat removal, please contact our office in Raleigh to schedule a consultation.

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