My sister is getting married.
“Congratulations!” you’re thinking, right? Maybe congratulations to her plastic surgeon who will be racking in my older sisters paychecks. To be blunt, my sister Lacey is obsessed with her appearance. So naturally, the conversation of arm fat has come up a time – or 20. Imagine shopping for a dress with the 25-year-old who is 5’5” and a size 2, yet had her knee fat removed – yes. her. knee. fat. But her latest obstacle is the fat that accumulates between the bra and the arm. What I once thought of simply as, skin, Lacey and several others refer to as, arm fat (clever name, girls) or brarm fat. But every dress that she considered (one that shows off her $7,000 breast augmentation) also showed off her brarm fat.
To help my sister and all you ladies covering it up, we’ve entrusted in several docs, stylists, and therapists in the know on how to end this madness once and for all.
After watching Lacey eat the last of the danishes she had been putting off all morning, I fed her the best treat – the fitness fix for underarm fat. Fitness expert Kathy Kaehler says push-ups are a great exercise for toning and strengthening the chest, triceps and shoulders. “The more you do with interesting variations the more tone and definition you will have in the upper chest area,” she said.
Dr. Julius W. Few offered us a great piece of advice when it comes to removing the appearance of fat for a cheaper price. “The trend today is to try to minimize the appearance of fat and loose tissue with radio frequency (RF) energy,” he said. The process would be issued over a 6-to-8 week time frame to target specific fat areas.
Fashionably late is one thing — fashionable weight is another.
One of the biggest things for looking like you have extra weight (according to Lacey) is that brarm fat that can occur from something as necessary as a bra. While going without a bra just isn’t an option, New York City Rory McDonough stuffs us with some valuable thoughts. “I’d suggest buying a top or a dress with a ruffle around the sleeve to cover the immediate area,” he says. “Also, try buying a dress with a neckline that shows off a hint of décolletage to draw the eye just where you want it.” A man after the prize.
Dr. Few assured us that many women experience this excess fat/tissue in this area, especially when constricted by clothing. He said the medical fix is to remove this bulge in one of two ways. “In-office laser liposuction can target and remove the fat from this area. The treatment is quick and won’t leave scarring. However, if the area turns out to be axillary breast tissue, surgical excision may be required to achieve a more appealing contour,” he said.
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