How to Fashionably Hide Specific Body Parts (Upper Body) Part 1

Like many sayings from fashion experts, every woman always has something about her body she would like to hide. Whether you are top-heavy or bottom-heavy, even if you have a proportioned hourglass shape, there are always some parts of your body that you would wish to hide, to cover, or at least to camouflage by drawing the attention away from that area. Learn how you can compensate for areas that make you feel less confident by accentuating the features you are happy with.

Continuing the article “How to Choose Clothes and Fashionably Hide Specific Body Parts” we’ve known that generally female figure is defined into two types of body shapes; top-heavy and bottom-heavy. This includes those with hourglass, straight, or round shape but tend to have wider area on the upper or lower body part.

However, when you have problems only with specific part of your body, you might want to focus only on that area without worrying too much to your overall shape. Whether you are top-heavy, bottom-heavy, pear, apple, hourglass, straight, or round shape, there are still number of ways to draw attention away from specific parts you don’t like and conceal or enhance parts you like to achieve the best possible look. Here is the handy ‘how to’ guide:


How to Dress the Turkey Neck
Commonly referred to as double chin, the gobbler, or the wattle, turkey neck is a condition in which you appear to have a second chin above your neck and below your jawline. Usually in your forties, the horizontal wrinkles around your neck are the first wrinkles that begin to appear. And by the time you hit your sixties, many women will have extra skin under their chin, giving them a double chin. If turkey neck really annoys you fashionably, what you need to do is to camouflage turkey neck by drawing attention down and away from the area. Here are some tips:

  • If you have a short neck, a thick neck, and/or a double chin, look for the right necklines. Tops with V-neck, cowl neck and scoop neck, or button-down shirts with the collar popped are your best choices
  • Scarves in soft colors also help to drag the attention away from the neck, especially if you tie them vertically which is good to create longer silhouette visually
  • Opt for jewelries – necklaces and earrings – that create long vertical line, such as a pendant or long necklaces, or earrings with medium to long vertical dangles. Choose one of the jewelries – just the necklace or just earrings. Avoid choker as it can exacerbate the problem.
  • If your neck is thin and long, you have more freedom to choose different varieties of necklines. Opt for turtlenecks and mock necks as it’s great alone or as a layer.
  • Or you can opt for necklines that show your neck, in fact, covering up so much could actually create more mature look, while a little bit of skin is more youthful.
  • Varieties of jewelry are also best fitted to this long, thin neck. Try chunky jewelries including a choker if you want to. As well for scarves, you can also opt for a short stiff scarf or scarves closely tied around your neck.

How to Dress the Armpit Fat
Sometimes, strapless dresses can be unflattering especially when there’s bunching and bulging excess flesh around the underarms, causing even the most beautiful women to feel self-conscious. Learn a handful of tricks to make arms look lean and lovely in these garments.

  • Be mindful that bulge is a symptom of a bra that doesn’t fit, so always choose the most comfortable and fit underwear. Try bras that go down at least one band size and up one cup size than your usual measurements to help keeping things in place, while bras with side slimmers can also help to keep wandering flesh at bay.
  • Opt for comfortable and fit cup that doesn’t make your boobs spreading out horizontally which make your breasts separate too far apart, leaving a huge gap in the front – push-in push-up bra with underwire can be your choice.
  • With the breasts push towards to your arms, you will have problem of arms hitting breasts and sometimes make bulges appear under the arm. Basically, far-apart boobs create a wider frame than our body frames really are, so opt for the right cup to make your breasts appear nicely and in placed
  • If you have trouble with strapless bras ‘sliding down’ under the weight of your bust or need to find well-fit bra to give support for your special dress, try a strapless longline push-up bra to get enough support. The extended structure of these bras helps to absorb some of the weight of the bust and provide support without slipping down under the weight of the breasts.
  • When shopping for a bra, ask for advice from staffers or experts who know what pieces are available and have seen them on a variety of bodies. Watch video below for a few tips on bra shopping

    • Find the right cut of your necklines. Go for sweetheart necklines and tanks with thick straps. Especially for sweetheart necklines, these are preferable to bodices that cut squarely across the upper torso.
    • When you invest in a strapless gown or cocktail dress, make sure that your dress is tight enough to keep it up and covering that underarm area (but not too tight that it cuts into your skin).
    • If you have large bust, better to avoid strapless dresses that cut straight across the chest, tube tops, or too-tight tanks. But, of course, it depends on person and the cut itself
    • Or you could opt for dress with similar necklines as strapless but have the ability to hide your under arm such as off shoulder, wide V-neck, bateau neck or boat necklines

How to Dress the Flabby Arms
It’s usually called the Batwings and refers to underarm fat, flabby parts of the upper arm which afflict ladies of a certain age. However, flabby arms are not necessarily a feature of older women, but a lot of mothers have them as well as regular to plus size women. The good news is that there are easy techniques to keep you looking great and feeling more confident about this problem..

  • One easy and effective fix is obviously by wearing sleeves tops – that go all the way to the elbow.
  • Especially for blouses, tops, knitwear, shirts, or tees with three-quarter-length sleeves, these sleeves will flatter your figure more than short or long ones. They have the effect of making the body and the arm look longer and slimmer.
  • Better to avoid cap and puff sleeves that only make your arms look bigger. You may think bulky cap sleeves provide some coverage, but they actually make the upper arms look just that
  • Basically, try to give up those sleeves that end right at the widest part of your upper arms, no matter how beautiful the design you will only end up with upper arms that end up looking more massive than they really are.
  • Tops or dresses with long, billowy sleeves that won’t hug your arms such as wide, angel and dolman sleeves are very flattering to give you the illusion of slimmer arms, or make it harder for people to guess their state.
  • Finding the best sleeved tops for your flabby arms doesn’t mean you need to choose thick sleeves to hide your arms completely, the ones with sheer-through fabric are also your best choice only to little bit hide your arms. Even you can pick off-shoulder necklines that has long sleeves to cover your underarm
  • If you want to opt for sleeveless tops or dresses but also wish to hide your underarm fat, pick accessories such as scarves, wraps, or shrugs to hide a bit of your arms just to draw the attention away from that section.
  • Lightweight cardigans or boleros are also good to give relaxed style with sleeveless tops, while still provide great coverage to your figure.

Continue the article to “How to Fashionably Hide Specific Body Parts (Upper Body) Part 2” for other tips and ideas on how to dress for your specific body parts.


Strapless dresses are hard to avoid if you’re attending formal events or dressing for summer. While the silhouette is especially popular, it isn’t the most flattering on all body types, especially those with a larger upper body, but even slimmer figures can fall victim to the bunching and bulging of flesh around the underarms which strapless cuts create. That said, there are a handful of tricks to make arms look lean and lovely in strapless shapes.

Wear the Right Bra

Bras that don’t adequately fit a woman’s bust will cause skin to be pushed up and out toward the arms. Some stylists believe that a woman wearing a bra band and cup size that are one size smaller and one size larger, respectively, than her usual measurements will help to keep things in place. Specialty bras with side slimmers can also help to keep wandering flesh at bay.

Find the Right Cut

Most often, it isn’t the body but the dress that causes skin around the arm to pour over the edges of a strapless clothing item. By choosing flattering necklines, women can avoid the appearance of chubby underarms. Sweetheart necklines, for example, are preferable to bodices that cut squarely across the upper torso.

Get Extra Help

When shopping for strapless dresses, make sure to ask for advice from staffers who know what pieces are available and have seen them on a variety of bodies. Seamstresses can also greatly improve the look of a strapless dress with a few minor alterations.

What Cause Armpit Fat or Underarm Bulge

If you have that fat under your arms, how would you feel? Would you be comfortable and confident at how you look, especially when you are in a tank top or a strapless/sleeveless dress? I guess you wouldn’t be. This excess fat is commonly called armpit fat, or underarm bulge, underarm fat, armpit lump, armpit bulge, or armpit fat hang etc. But whatever you call it, it’s unsightly and definitely an eyesore.

There are many factors that cause armpit fat. It could be a genetic trait for some people. If you know your mother, aunt and grandmother all had this issue, then you should not be surprised that you have this problem also. If the upper body is not used very actively, such as working with your arms, or in strength training, you may possibly develop this armpit lump because the muscle tone to tighten up this area is very little.

The size of your breasts could matter too. Do you have naturally large breasts? If yes, then the fat content in your chest is already high, and the chances of developing armpit fat is also high. Other contributory factors to underarm bulge include being overweight and hormonal imbalance and changes.

However, the most common cause of armpit fat is wearing a bra that does not properly fit. When you wear a bra with cups being too small for your boobs, then your breast tissue could “escape” or “migrate” to the underarms region. This happens also if the band is not fitted right to your body. Overall, it is reported that 80% women do not wear a fitted bra. But even if you get your size right, it is still very usual that you have the armpit fat, as most bras on the market are not designed to prevent or cure this issue, if not worsen it. The following is an illustration of underarm fat rolls even the bra sizing is not the cause.

Armpit Fat / Underarm Bulges

Women with armpit fat have different approaches to this problem. Some try diet and exercise combo in the hope of losing the fat at their underarms. Others use topical creams containing licorice. But more studies must be done and more positive results are needed to prove its effectiveness. Some people try syringe liposuction or cosmetic surgery, which cost a fortune, and, painful. Additionally, if you are terribly overweight, only a few surgeons will agree to do it on you as the doctors don’t expect to see good results on this procedure.

To eliminate the appearance of armpit fat, the first and perhaps the easiest thing to do is to find the correct size, either by yourself or bra experts. Having the right size, you need to select the bra styles that offer strong side support and push in function which help to push and cover more breast tissue under the cups. If you try an underwire bra, see where the wire ends: it should be on the rib cage, not on the breast tissue. The wire ending on the breast tissue means that the cups are too small. If your skin still bulges even if the cup encircles your entire breasts, get a larger size of back band. FinallyBra is the only brand with designs to prevent and banish armpit fat in mind and see the picture below for the quick and stunning results.

FinallyBra for Armpit Fat / Underarm Bulges

How you wear a bra matters too. You need first fasten the band, then place your breasts inside the cup and slip the straps. After that, scoop the breast tissue that is under your arms and place them inside the cups, making sure that they are settled. Adjust the straps to a two-finger tension. See here for a detailed guidance of how to wear a bra right.

Bra is actually one of the most important pieces for women because it makes you look pretty when wearing it right and magnifies your imperfection when you get it wrong. Get a right bra and wear it right, it is all that simple!

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Armpit fat, or bra bulge, are those stubborn fat deposits that accumulate around the upper bra area and tend to bulge out when wearing a form fitting dress or workout tank top. Learn how to get rid of armpit fat with these 6 effective solutions, and you’ll be loving your tank top bod in no time.

Bye-Bye Bra Bulge: How to Get Rid of Armpit Fat with 6 Proven Methods

The armpit and upper arm is a common problem area among adult women, notorious for collecting stubborn fat deposits that resist diet and exercise. Armpit fat usually gets worse with age, is more common among big breasted women, and sometimes, is often not fat at all, but breast tissue.

How to Get Rid of Armpit Fat?

The internet is full of myths for how to get rid of armpit fat. Most of them revolve around specific exercises or strength training routines. But spot reduction, or the idea that you can target a certain area of fat on the body with specific exercises, is a myth. The only way you can get rid of armpit fat using diet and exercise is by reducing your overall body fat, and hopefully some of the fat will be taken from your underarm area.

So if spot reduction is a myth and there is no amount of diet and exercise that specifically targets bra bulge, are there any reliable solutions for getting rid of armpit fat? Or any way to keep upper bra fat from bulging out when you put on a tank top? Yes! Read on to discover tips, tricks, and cosmetic procedures that actually work for reducing bra bulge.

1.) Freeze Away Armpit Fat with CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is the most popular cosmetic treatment for reducing fat that accumulates around the arm pits and upper bra area. The revolutionary fat reduction procedure targets fat cells and destroys them by freezing them to death with controlled cooling, in a process called cryolipolysis.

Learn more about CoolSculpting >>

CoolSculpting is a popular cosmetic treatment among celebrities because it requires no down-time, is convenient, and delivers impressive results (a single treatment reduces targeted fat by 25%. For those trying to get rid of belly fat with CoolSculpting, that equates to 1 inch off of their waistline)

An article in ALLURE magazine titled “CoolSculpting Unexpected Spots Is The Latest Trend In Celebrity Red Carpet Prep” recently revealed celebrities are opting for CoolSculpting to get rid of bra bulge, or armpit fat prior to a big red carpet event. One Hollywood Spa owner renowned for his celebrity clientele explained “I can foresee trends coming, but I never thought women were going to want their upper bra area …It’s crazy how many people we’ve been doing it on.”

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2.) Getting rid of armpit fat using Liposuction

Liposuction use to be the golden standard of cosmetic fat reduction, but is quickly being outdated by revolutionary fat reduction treatments that are non-invasive. Still, liposuction is one effective, albeit drastic way of dealing with bra bulge. During liposuction for underarm fat, a cosmetic surgeon makes an incision at the crease of your armpit. A cannula, or tube is inserted into the incision, which may deliver a fat dissolving agent. Once the fat is dissolved it is sucked up and out of the body through the cannula. Liposuction for getting rid of armpit fat requires anesthesia and typically runs between $4,000 and $8,000 dollars.

Related Article: CoolSculpting v. Liposuction

3.) Getting Rid of Armpit Fat with an Underarm Lift

Another cosmetic surgery that gets rid of armpit fat is an underarm lift, or brachioplasty. Underarm lifts involve removal of excess upper arm tissue. It can be used in conjunction with liposuction. While an upper arm lift can tighten loose and sagging skin and reduce bra bulge, it is an extensive, expensive surgery that usually leaves a scar that runs from your armpit, all the way down to your elbow.

4.) Reduce Bra Bulge with Fat Dissolving Injections

Kybella is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure that is FDA approved to reduce sub-mental fat, commonly known as a double chin, but some doctors employ an off label use of Kybella to reduce fat around the upper bra area. Kybella is a serum that dissolves fat. It is administered through a series of injections, over a number of appointments.

Related Article: CoolSculpting v Kybella: Which is Better for Reducing Double Chins?

5.) How to Get Ride of Armpit Fat? Hide it

It’s normal to have some fat around the armpit area, but not all armpit fat has to bulge. Bras that are a size too small are notorious for causing bra bulge. One of the best ways to get rid of unsightly armpit fat that bulges around your bra area is to buy a new bra that better fits you. Additionally, there are bras that are especially good for hiding armpit fat. If you are wanting to avoid bra bulge, consider bras that have wider and taller bands, fuller cup sizes, or side panels

Similarly, strapless gowns, such as wedding dresses can also push up armpit fat, creating a bulge. You can hide armpit fat while still wearing a strapless gown by choosing a dress that has an extra inch or so of fabric at the top.

6.) Change the appearance of armpit fat with strength training

While you can target specific areas of fat with diet and exercise, you can transform the appearance of you underarms and upper back by developing lean muscle mass. Strength training exercises that target the muscles around your underarm should work the pecs, the triceps, and the lats.

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When Chrissy Teigen admitted earlier this month that she had her armpit fat sucked out nine years ago, I felt…empathy. I mean, not that much — she’s a celebrity who in the same interview admitted that she never washes her face at night, and with her gorgeous skin, that makes me want to throat punch her a little. (Only a little. Still love you, Chrissy.) But I understood where she was coming from, and why she would have wanted to get armpit liposuction. Because I did the same thing this January, and the change in my self-confidence since has been astounding.

It’s weird how women focus on a certain body part — one that nobody else even notices, most of the time — but it becomes this thing that you zero in on every time you look in the mirror. I’m someone who’s ultimately pretty OK with her body image — I know I’m in shape and I like to take care of myself — but for as long as I can remember, I’ve had this obsessive thought of, “I have really fat armpits.” I know it sounds ridiculous, but it was constantly on my mind. So much so that I started looking for it on other people when I walked down the street, while I sat in doctor’s offices, or as I waited in line at Starbucks. Did they have this bulge? Was I normal?

I realized that, in this sense, I wasn’t. I had a patch of fat in my armpit that others didn’t. And it wasn’t because of my boobs. Whenever I confided my insecurity to close friends or family, they would say, “You have big, DD boobs — it’s just breast tissue.” But I knew that wasn’t it. I have low-hanging boobs, and they start a solid four inches below where this fat lives. Yes, women with larger breasts tend to store more fat in their arms, but this wasn’t breast tissue.

It may not sound like a big deal, having extra armpit fat, but it dictated things like what clothes I would wear, my overall confidence, and my ability to feel sexy. I never wore tank tops because they would pinch my fat out. I struggled to find a swimsuit or nice piece of lingerie that didn’t make me immediately want to cover up. I even became close with my tailor because I was there so frequently, having him alter my clothes so that straps and sleeves were as far away from my armpit as possible.

Despite how awful it made me feel on a near-daily basis, in the back of my mind I always thought it was just a part of my body that I was going to have to deal with. It didn’t matter how much I worked out — I regularly hit the gym 3 to 4 days a week — or how clean my diet was. I couldn’t work away the fat. So I thought I was stuck.

I started looking at other people when I walked down the street, while I sat in doctor’s offices, or as I waited in line at Starbucks. Did they have this bulge? Was I normal?

At least, that’s how I felt until I started seeing Dr. Ryan Neinstein, founder of Neinstein Plastic Surgery and plastic surgeon at NYC Surgical Associates. I went to him for botox right after my 30th birthday, and after a few appointments, I brought up my bulge. When I told him I thought it was my own personal anxiety, he quickly brushed the idea away, telling me that it’s actually not an abnormal concern and he treats women with this same problem all the time. I was blown away, and immediately wanted to know what I could do to fix it.

He suggested minimally invasive armpit liposuction. At first, I was pretty nervous about the idea — I’ve never been interested in plastic surgery, as the risks were always too scary for me — but this procedure was way less extreme than any liposuction treatment I had ever heard of. Rather than using anesthesia, you’re given a sedative before going into the operating room, and once you’re in the OR, they inject a numbing liquid directly under the fat to soften it. Then, they use ultrasound-based energy to melt the fibrous tissue and the fat, and after they grab micro devices to gently remove the fat. At least, that’s how Dr. Neinstein scientifically explained it all. To me, it was just him numbing me up, sticking a tube in, and sucking the bane of my existence out of my body. The best part: Dr. Neinstein said I’d be done in 30 minutes, there wouldn’t be any stitches, and I’d just have to wear a compression wrap for two days to reduce swelling.

The only thing I took more than two seconds to consider was the cost. Because it’s a completely cosmetic procedure, it isn’t covered by insurance. The cost is about $4,000, which isn’t exactly chump change. But when I stopped to compare it to the average cost of liposuction (about double, the doctor told me), I decided to go for it. Paying $4,000 to take care of an issue that’s haunted me for my entire life was worth it.

The actual procedure itself wasn’t scary or painful at all. The whole time they were sucking the fat out of my armpit, I was having a conversation with the nurse about her recent breakup. Before I knew it, I was done. And the fat — a soda-can size worth on each side, mind you — was finally gone.

The recovery process was super easy, too. I had the procedure done on a Friday, giving me the weekend to just chill, and was back to work on Monday. (I even went to the opera with my parents on Sunday.) After a week, I was exercising again. I had a little bruising, but nothing drastic — I hadn’t told the guy I was dating about the liposuction; I just said I bruised my armpit while working out. And the scar from the incision? It’s about the size of a bug bite.

It’s been about five months since I had the liposuction, and I’m still so happy that I did it. There’s a huge stigma around young women getting cosmetic surgery, but this was something about my body that was a constant source of anxiety. I saw an opportunity to change it, in a way that was minimally invasive and relatively affordable, so I took it. And it’s genuinely changed the way that I feel. I’m so much more likely to wear a tank top, and I bought a halter top bathing suit — something I never would have done before — that I can’t wait to wear this summer. I’m not constantly starting at other women anymore, questioning whether they notice my fat. I just walk down the street now. It sounds so simple, but compared to my life before? I’ll take it a thousand times over.

*Name has been changed for privacy.

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Armpit and Bra-Line Fat Reduction


The most common side effects of liposuction surgery include mild swelling, bruising and discomfort around the treated area. Compression garments or elastic bandages can be worn to reduce these symptoms as the area heals. Patients usually return to work and regular activities within a few days of treatment, though any strenuous activities should be avoided for a few weeks, including exercise. To ensure optimal results, Dr. Barrett will give you specific aftercare instructions on how to care for the area and minimize the risk of complications occurring.


Since swelling will initially affect the area, most patients notice gradual results. The final improvements typically develop once the treated area has fully healed, which may take several months. The results of armpit and bra-line fat reduction surgery are generally long-lasting, so long as you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. If significant weight is gained, however, the effects of liposuction surgery may be altered. After your treatment, Dr. Barrett can suggest ways to help you increase the longevity of your shapely and refined physique.

Benefits of Armpit and Bra-Line Fat Reduction

Liposuction surgery can offer transformative benefits for those seeking to sculpt and enhance their figure. When targeting the armpit and bra-line area, this procedure can produce a more balanced and proportional upper body and mid-frame. Benefits of this treatment include:

  • Removal of fat rolls and unsightly bulges
  • Improved muscle tone
  • A well-defined and toned upper body and midsection
  • Increased comfort and confidence in tight-fitting clothing
  • A more balanced body frame to enhance weight loss results

Contour the Body You Deserve

For many patients, achieving and maintaining the ideal body takes more than just diet and exercise. When your figure doesn’t give justice to your hard work and healthy lifestyle, it can diminish not only your appearance but also your confidence and self-esteem. At Barrett Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills, CA, we are passionate about helping you accomplish your desired look. Through liposuction surgery, Dr. Barrett can eliminate unwanted pockets of fat around the armpit, underarms, back and bra-line to help you enhance your natural curves and achieve a slimmer, more balanced profile. If you have worked hard to achieve your weight loss goals and are ready to reap the benefits, call our clinic at (310) 598-2648 to schedule your consultation. Start embracing your best and most confident self today!

How I Learned to Love My Armpit Fat

I started my research for this article in the usual place: Google. When I typed in “armpit,” the search bar immediately auto-populated with “armpit fat why.” Which pretty much sums it all up, if you ask me.

Why? Why, no matter how many hours I’ve been putting in at the gym, no matter how defined my abs are, how toned my biceps are, how cut my quads are-why does that little fold of skin between my armpit and my boob always pooch out? (Guys, these moves are guaranteed to blast that annoying bulge.)

As far as insecurities go, this one seems pretty silly and small. After all, we’re talking about a few inches of skin here-skin that’s mostly covered, except during tank top and swimsuit season. Still, it’s been a huge source of angst for me, basically ever since I was aware of my body.

For at least that long, I’ve considered cap sleeves and halter tops “not my thing,” solely because (in my mind, anyway) they highlight that weird little fold. I stood with my hands on my hips (in a precursor to the sorority girl chicken wing) whenever I donned a bathing suit at summer camp. I remember asking my mom why it was there. I don’t remember what she said, but it was probably some variation of, ‘Everyone has that, it’s just there.’

What was the issue? I thought it made my arms look fat. Not just fat, but fatter-fatter than my friends’ arms, which felt like a pretty big problem. In retrospect that seems kind of dark and sad. But it’s also the truth. For a long time, when I looked at a group picture, one of my first reactions was calculating: How big do I look in relation to them? And armpit fat played into that. (A negative body image could actually be destroying your body.)

What’s weird, though, is that I was probably most aware of the fold when I was, overall, happiest with my body. Besides a few periods of minor chubbiness (I didn’t gain the Freshman 15, but I did gain the Junior Year Abroad 30), I’ve maintained a pretty average weight for most of my life. When I fell on the heavier side of that average spectrum, my attention was usually diverted to the fact that my jeans were cutting off circulation to my thighs. When I was on the lighter end, suddenly I was obsessing over the armpit.

So what happened? Honestly, I started working out.

I’m not saying that just because this is! And no, the armpit fat didn’t suddenly melt away once I started doing bicep curls. (Spoiler alert: I still have it!) Learning to exercise did change my body, of course. But what surprised me was that it changed the way I thought about my body. The slow process of lifting ever-heavier weights (and bags of groceries), of running ever-farther distances, of literally watching my muscles grow stronger and more defined made me feel proud of the ol’ bod in a way I never had before, even when I weighed whatever number of pounds I’d deemed “ideal” that week. (It’s one of the 24 Inevitable Things That Happen When You Get in Shape.)

I don’t know exactly why that pride translated into me being okay with wearing tank tops and bathing suits, or being photographed with my arm actually resting against my side (a total no-no before, since that would-god forbid!-accentuate the armpit fat). But it did. My thoughts about my body became much less about how it looked, and much more about what it could do.

Full disclosure: Something else that also helped was going to group exercise classes and realizing that at least half the women there had armpit fat too, regardless of their size. And they looked totally fine; the skin looked like it was just a part of their body, not something disgusting and offensive. (Did you know self-conciousness is the number one reason women skip the gym?)

Since I’m a journalist, I couldn’t resist “asking the expert” about armpit fat. I got on the phone with Harley Pasternak, a celebrity trainer and the New York Times best-selling author of The Body Reset Diet. “There are two reasons so many women have armpit fat. Number one: It’s near the breasts, so there are estrogen receptors in that area. That means women are just more prone to store body fat there than men are,” he says. “Number two, women tend to have a more forward-rolling shoulder posture, also because of their breasts. As a result, their biceps turn in toward the body, and that creates a pinch point of skin.”

What does that mean? First, my mom was right-everyone (every woman, anyway) has it. Second, in order to get rid of it, you’d probably have to get your body fat super, super low, which, to me, sounds like a pain in the neck. Third, if you want to minimize the appearance of it, you should stand up straight-which is the exact opposite thing I was doing all those years when I felt self-conscious about my upper arms. (This workout will also help you achieve perfect posture.)

All this is not to say I don’t still discard tank tops that I feel make the fat bulge out a bit more. I totally do. But I also don’t agonize about it any more. And this is an almost unbearably cheesy thing to write, but now when I take a group picture, the first thing I look at is everyone’s smile, not the size of their arms.

  • By Mirel Ketchiff @mirelbee

Even Supermodels Have Armpit Fat


June 2, 2014 | By: Whitney E. RD

I was interviewing a plastic surgeon once about weight loss techniques and exercise vs. surgery, and asked if he had any advice on how I could get rid of the pudgy area between my arm and chest. You know, the “armpit fat.”

His response: “Get a boob job.”


While some of the gentlemen reading this post may be confused about what exactly I’m talking about, the ladies out there are likely all too familiar with this unwanted area.

Our society is so unforgiving of armpit fat that, unsurprisingly, it’s one of the most photoshopped areas of the body.

Just last week, one of the top trending stories was how Harpers Bazaar erased Kate Upton’s underarm in a recent editorial.

The photoshop mishap caused major outrage online.

Apparently, it wasn’t just the picture itself that caused the controversy — we all know extremely altered images are commonplace in entertainment — but the fact that the accompanying article detailed Kate’s healthy diet and fitness routine.

It was as if the article was telling readers that they too could look like Kate with a little hard work and willpower, despite the fact that this isn’t how Kate looks (or anyone for that matter).

Which brings me back to what the doctor said.

As offensive as some people would find his response, what he was trying to say is that there really isn’t a direct approach to removing armpit fat.

The problem is, it’s not just fat. That area is also comprised of skin and muscle. So even if you get liposuction, there will still be a skin fold, and possibly unsightly scars.

Not to mention the fact that we have lymph nodes in that area, so surgery isn’t just pointless, it’s dangerous.

He was also acknowledging that you can’t do specific exercises to remove the fat. Despite countless Google search results with titles like “5 Exercises to Eliminate Armpit Fat,” it’s pretty much common knowledge that you can’t spot reduce body fat.

Working the muscle in that area, the pectoralis minor, with exercises like the chest press and chest fly is unhelpful for this purpose, as it won’t reduce the size of the bulge in that area. Even if you strengthen the muscle, you’ll still have the layer of fat and skin on top.

The doctor’s suggestion to try breast augmentation was based on the idea that implants would pull the armpit skin taut, and reduce the appearance of fat.

As helpful as it was (ha), I won’t be rushing to the operating table anytime soon.

So what can you do?

1. Make sure your bras fit properly.

Ill-fitting bras increase the appearance of armpit fat.

2. Don’t wear tube tops.

They’re the number one culprit behind armpit fat — I know from experience.

3. Reduce overall body fat percentage.

While you can’t target specific areas with exercise, decreasing the percentage of fat tissue in your body should reduce the distribution of fatty tissue in areas like the armpit. A healthy or “fitness” range for women is 21-24%.

4. Accept it.

As the title of this post points out, everyone (even supermodels) have armpit fat.

You can stress about it, or your can acknowledge that normal people are not perfect and magazines are always photoshopped.

As Jennifer Lawrence once said, “I know I have armpit fat. It’s OK.”

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This post will be about how to lose armpit fat, the causes of its appearance and different ways to get rid of it or, at least, make it less visible.

If you have that fat under your arms (they call it armpit fat or underarm bulge), you may feel uncomfortable at times, especially when you love to wear tops or strapless dresses. And it’s not just aesthetics. Those fat folds under your arms just look as a sign of unhealthy and untrained body (even if in reality it is not the case). Which was a weird thing for me because I used to train A LOT! And my aim was to look toned and healthy.

That’s why I started searching for solutions (as always!).

And this article sums up everything I’ve learned and tried on myself to get rid of armpit fat.

What causes armpit fat

Annoyingly, there’s no simple solution to eliminating extra tissue from that area. Why? Because in many cases it’s our genetics that determined whether we will have an armpit fat or not. For example, if your mother or other close relatives have the same problem area, chances you will store extra fat exactly there. Other contributory factors to underarm bulge include being overweight and hormonal imbalance and changes which are also not the easiest things to deal with.

However, the most common cause of armpit fat is wearing a bra (and other clothes) that does not properly fit. It happens when you wear a bra that is too small for you, and you have a lot of loose skin in the underarms region. The problem may be both with cups and with bans. It may sound like an obvious thing but in fact, most women wear wrong bras that don’t fit them well. As most bras on the market are not designed specifically for your body type and don’t prevent the issue, many women continue to wear bras that exaggerate the armpit bulge.

Of course, if you have a lot of excess fat you more likely to have an armpit bulge. This can be the other reason. But the reality is that it’s not possible to lose fat in one specific area of your body. If you want to get rid of armpit fat make sure you are ready to do some strength training for this area, follow a proper nutrition plan and tighten the skin of your armpit so it looks more toned. Let’s talk about everything in more detail.

How to get rid of armpit fat

1) Choose a right bra

As it was already mentioned, many women don’t realize that a bra that doesn’t fit properly will cause bunching of skin near and around the armpit.

First of all, always choose the right size. Sometimes it takes a lot of time to find your perfect bra but it’s totally worth it. You need to select the bra styles that offer strong side support and cover more breast tissue under the cups. The wire ends should be placed on the rib cage, not on the breast tissue. Otherwise, it will mean that the cups are small for you and you’d better try a bigger size. Larger size of a back band can also be helpful in removing underarm bulge so you may want to focus on such bras.

Second, the way you wear a bra matters too. You need fasten the band first, then place your breasts inside the cup and fit until they are settled well. Then adjust the straps to a two-finger tension, making sure that armpit bulge doesn’t appear.

Also, keep in mind that it’s not only about the bra. If you want to hide armpit fat, other clothes you wear should fit your right as well. Because when you wear too tight and small tops, it may create armpit folds and bulges. Be careful when buying dresses that have cut near the area as this will cause armpit bugle.

And avoid tube dresses if you know that armpit is your problem area. They’re the number one culprit behind armpit fat — they are designed for women who don’t have any loose skin in this area. Unfortunately, for us, it’s not the case. But don’t be sad – there are many other great clothes out there you can wear and still look amazing!

2) Tighten the skin

Many times it’s not excess fat that creates an armpit bulge but the loose skin you may have around this area. With age, our skin loses its elasticity which can result in folds under your arms.

In order to tighten your skin, you can use exercises, massage, supplements and different cosmetic treatments. I try to incorporate everything because having hormonal problems makes my skin really fragile and demanding. So I need to use all the methods to keep it young and plump.

One of the ways to make the skin tight and hydrated is by using firming cream. While their effects are often subtle, they may help improve the appearance of loose skin by nourishing and hydrating it.

A good choice for a firming cream is one that contains a product called a retinoid. Retinoids prevent free radical damage in the skin and improve the production of collagen.

If you want to try even more natural remedy, choose grapeseed oil. It has been shown to tighten skin and improve skin’s elasticity. So feel free to incorporate it into your daily skincare routine.

They say that creams containing licorice can be really effective in making your skin tight and hydrated. Licorice reduces the visible signs of aging — fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. If you have lots of loose skin under your armpits, you may want to try this creme and see whether it helps to improve your condition.

You can get amazing results if you incorporate skin massage together with using skin firming creams. Many studies showed that regular massage increases the positive effects of the cream in many times as well as improve blood flow.

But not only external methods are important for reducing armpit bulge. You have to get all the necessary nutrients to make your skin tight and fresh. If you want to fix loose skin, make sure you are getting enough vitamin C and other collagen-boosting nutrients (like essential amino acids and protein). You can also supplement with silica from bamboo which is a natural plant-based ingredient that boosts the production of collagen in body tissues.

3) Train your arms

This is one of the best ways to improve the appearance of your armpits. By performing strength exercises, you can tighten and tone this area. But you have to ready to put in some time and effort, as the results don’t come overnight.

Adding the following exercises to your workout routine can make a difference. The aim is to tighten up the muscle groups around your armpit and to reduce the appearance of underarm fat.

What are the best exercises for this? The ones that target your chest and your upper back.

Some of the most effective exercises are pullups, chinups, and cable pulldowns, bench press, chest fly, pushups, and shoulder press.

lying chest

You can perform a lying chest fly on a mat or bench. It mainly works the chest and shoulders, and but also targets your triceps. Make sure you don’t go too fast. Instead, try to take your time and feel the burn. So don’t rush, make it slowly and mindfully.


Another great wat to target the armpit area is by doing various push-up exercises. Push-ups help to work on many muscle groups of the body, particularly the muscles surrounding the underarm. The most common variations are knee and wall push-ups. Start doing at least 10-20 repetitions, it will be difficult at first, but with time you will gain the strength and improve your performance.

tricep dips

The next amazing exercise to make your shoulders more toned and beautiful is tricep dips. This move helps to build your tricep muscles which will also help to decrease armpit fat. The only thing you need for this workout is a stable chair or a bench to support your arms.

jab cross

Want another fun exercise? Try the jab cross! This total movement comes from boxing. It’s great for targeting your back and arm muscles, but it also warms up the upper body by providing much-needed bloodflow.

It’s recommended to wait a day or two before working your chest and/or back again so your muscles have time to repair and rebuild.

Workouts to lose armpit fat

You can see most of the recommended exercises in this workout

Get rid of armpit fat in 1 week

10 min armpit workout

You can find many more on YouTube. But I don’t think you have to perform hundreds of different exercises to reduce armpit fat. You can choose just a couple but BE CONSISTENT in doing them. I personally choose to focus on push-ups and chest flies, because it’s easier for me to incorporate them in every workout routine I do.

Other helpful things

Follow a healthy diet

While you can’t target specific areas with exercise, you can decrease the percentage of fat you have in your entire body and this way to reduce the appearance of the armpit bulge.

The first and most important thing to eliminate any fat is to eat healthy. Unfortunately, there is no “magic pill” here. Start slowly by reducing the amount of sugar, simple carbs and processed foods you eat. With these changes, you not only improve the quality of your nutrients but also start consuming fewer calories that can help your body lose fat. For more on that Check out my article “How to burn fat fast”.

Sugar and saturated fats are probably the main reasons for the extra fat you have on your arms and tummy. Some of the top foods high in sugar are sodas, cakes, pastries and candies. You can follow tips from my article “Low-glycemic diet” to boost your weight loss process by choosing foods that have a low glycemic index and don’t cause blood sugar spikes.

But as a general rule, you have to limit saturated fats, sweets dairy products, cooking oil and margarine butter. The goal here is to eliminate processed foods and those junk foods.

And if you are struggling with quitting sugar, you may find my article “How to stop sugar cravings” really helpful as it shows natural ways to stop sugar addiction for good.

Work on your posture

This is another thing you have to keep in mind every day. Slouching and rounded shoulders really aren’t good for you! Good posture makes you look taller and more elegant, but it also tones your muscles and tightens the skin around problem areas. When you have bad posture, your tummy looks bigger and your armpit fat becomes more prominent. If you hunch or slouch it will affect how your body appears and can result in skin bunching near the underarms.

So always make sure you sit and stand straight. The trick is to keep your neck and shoulders upright when walking, standing or sitting.
It’s very easy to hunch your shoulders when you’re at a computer typing so pay attention to your body’s posture.

Besides that, you can do stretching and yoga workout to improve your posture and get rid of muscle stiffness. Other helpful things are massage, swimming and using a proper sleeping mattress.

Checklist on how to get rid of armpit fat:

  • Avoid tight clothes and tops
  • Choose a bra that fits you perfectly
  • Use creams to hydrate and tighten armpit skin
  • Practice self-massage of this area
  • Take vitamin C, protein and amino acids
  • Do exercises to reduce armpit fat
  • Follow a healthy diet to lose excess fat
  • Improve your posture

As a final word, I just want to ensure you that everyone (even supermodels) have armpit fat. In fact, this area is the most photoshopped ever! So if you see all these celebrities having ideal armpits, remember that it’s all fake most of the time.

Normal people are not perfect and may have excess or loose skin in different areas of their body. It’s all okay as long as it is healthy. It doesn’t matter how much you weight or what size you wear. The main focus should be on keeping your body healthy and toned by following a healthy diet, having a workout routine and building good habits.

Armpit Fat? Back Bulge? How to Get Rid of Extra Arm or Back Fat

How to reduce fat near your armpits / How to get rid of back rolls:

Dare to share a hint of shoulder? Go backless? Rock a form-fitting dress? If not, there are any number of issues that may be making you think twice about a body conscious dress or look. Today, we’re talking fat on the upper body. From armpit fat, to underarm flab to back bulge, here’s what causes these stubborn fat deposits and how to get rid of them:

Back Fat and Armpit Fat: Causes

Upper back fat, back bulge and extra fat in armpit area are common complaints. One reason is that these places on the body are notorious for accumulating stubborn fat that resists diet and exercise. Here’s what causes excess fat in armpit areas or underarm back fat:

Aging and Fat Distribution

As we get older, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin. As a result, skin and connective tissue have a tendency to lose elasticity and sag. While we tend to associate this process with the face, the areas of the upper body (particularly the backs of arms, under the armpits or along the bra area) are also prone to appearing less toned. Additionally, a fifty year old is just much more likely than a thirty year old to have more flab, as fat tends to accumulate as we age.

Genetics and Fat Distribution

The apple usually doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to fat deposits. Where we store fat is largely determined by genetics. So if your mama or grandma had armpit fat or back bulge, you’re likely to develop it too.

Large Breasts / Improper Bra Fit

It’s possible that what you’re calling arm fat or bra bulge is not fat at all. A condition called “breast tissue migration” may be to blame. Commonly defined as a semi-permanent redistribution of breast tissue to the armpit or back area, it typically occurs due a bra not fitting properly.

How to Get Rid of Back Fat and Bra Overhang? How to Reduce Fat Under Armpits?

Are There Exercises to Get Rid of Back Rolls or Underarm Fat?

If you’re looking for an exercise that’s an arm fat blaster, you’re likely in for disappointment. The only way to get rid of armpit fat or stubborn back fat permanently is to physically destroy the fat cells. However, exercise, most commonly in the form of strength training, can work to tone these area. What strength training does is provide a greater network of support for arm or back flab. As a result, you can reduce the appearance of underarm fat or back rolls.

Can I Hide Bra Bulge?

Having some fat in the back or armpit area is normal. But that doesn’t mean you have to live with bra back fat. A simple bra bulge removal fix is to get a bra fitting from a professional, who can advice you how to pick a bra to reduce back fat. In general, consider bras that are a larger cup size, have broader straps or additional side panels to smooth out areas of back fat.

Does Underarm Liposuction or Back Fat Lipo Work?

Liposuction to remove back fat or for underarm fat (called brachioplasty or arm lift) has been around since the 70’s. Both will result in permanent reduction of under arm or back fat and a more contoured look. However, as with any surgical procedure, liposuction to remove back fat or arm fat comes with risks, including infection, nerve damage, loss of sensation in the area and scarring.

What Non Surgical Back Fat Removal or Arm Fat Removal Options are There?

Kybella for Armpit Fat / Back Bulge

Kybella is an injectable that physically destroys fat cells with the naturally-occurring molecule, deoxycholic acid. Typically indicated for permanent double chin removal, one off label use is taking advantage of Kybella to get rid of underarm fat or back fat. It offers the advantage of being a non-surgical alternative to liposuction that is highly targeted and offers permanent fat reduction with multiple treatments.

Ultrasonic Lipo-Cavitation

Ultrasonic Lipo Cavitation (also called Cavi Lipo, Ultra Cavitation, Ultrasonic Liposuction or Ultrasonic Cavi Lipo) is another nonsurgical liposuction alternative. It’s a great spot treatment for any area of the body with pockets of fat. Three modalities penetrate deep within the skin to target stubborn fat:

  1. The first modality is ultrasound, which uses low frequency sound waves to selectively destroys fat cells, while preserving the surrounding tissue.
  2. The second is radiofrequency, which uses a thermal effect to heat the skin and cause collagen tissues to regroup and contract, which creates a tightening and toning effect on the targeted area.
  3. The third is microcurrent, which mimics your body’s own electrical currents and delivers a low dosage of precise energy under the skin. This restores the natural energy in the tissue to jumpstart the regenerative processes of the skin, fat, muscle and connective tissue, as well as the circulatory system.

Why Choose Smooth Synergy Medical Spa for Fat Reduction on The Arms or Back?

Smooth Synergy NYC has been in the business of providing body contouring solutions since 2002. This experience gives us a distinct advantage in assessing which treatment option might be right for your particular concern, in order to provide you with superior results. Call us at 212-397-0111 to speak with an Expert in Beauty, who is here to create a customized treatment plan to meet your individual beauty goal.

Are you the type that could not put on a sleeveless dress, a tank top or a strapless dress/bra because of an extra fold of skin between your arm and your boobs? Then you are not alone, thousands of women around the world has the same issue. This excess fat around the armpit is mostly called armpit fat (A.K.A underarm fat or bra bulge), this is common among women so nothing to feel bad about, instead of feeling bad, try to get rid of it. But before you do that you need to first understand the causes of it.

There are so many factors that could cause armpit fat but this article is going to focus on the most common among them and also explain to you on how to get rid of it permanently without going for any surgery.

Causes of armpit fat are:

Genetic trait: if any of your female family (let say your mother, aunt or grandmother) had the same issue, then should not be surprised when you start developing the same problem. It has proven that fat accumulation in some part of the body can be genetic in nature especially from mother to daughter, so when you know your mother has it and you are seeing a trace of you having it too, you should work on it.

Inactive of the upper body:

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since inactive has been one of the causes of obesity, and different people accumulated fat in the different part of the body. Some people on their hip, some butts, some stomach while some do add fat around their armpit. If in your own case is around your armpit and you are not very active with your upper body, then the underarm fat will so be obvious.

The size of your breasts:

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Are you endowed with big breasts? If you say yes, then the fat content in your chest is already high, so you have the higher chances of developing armpit fat. This is because larger breasts tend to increase the fat around it. When breasts tissue pushed fat around your armpit against your arms, your underarm might appear to be having a lot of fat.

Unfit bra:

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This is the most common factor. When you wear a bra with smaller cups compare to the size of your boobs, then the tendency of your breasts tissue migrating or escaping to the underarms region is so high. This also happens if the band is not fitted right and too tight to your body. Overall, it is reported that 80% women do not put on a fitted bra and more so wearing a too tight bra because they want to make their breasts stand.

Other contributory factors are overweight and hormonal imbalance and changes.

How to get rid of the armpit fat

The top natural ways to get rid of your dreaded armpit fat involve everything from adopting a balanced diet to performing regular aerobic exercise and strength training to keep your upper body toned and flab-free. Below are the five easiest ways to get rid of armpit fat without going for any surgery.

Wear the right bra size: using the right bra size with bigger cups to cover up your breasts without giving room for the breasts tissue to spread to the armpit area is the first step to take in reducing the fat underarm.

Change of diet:

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Make sure you reduce your daily calories intake. Keeping track of the calories you consumed will go a long way in controlling the fat accumulation in your body. Eating plenty of fruit, vegetables, whole grain and lean meats. Keeping a smaller portion of food size and avoid fried, fatty foods and sugary snacks. Also, drinks lots of water and avoid carbonated drinks, as they very high in sugar. Cutting down your calories intake can lead to losing weight under your armpit.

Read also: fat burning foods

Exercise (both cardio and weight training):

In other, for you to get rid of unwanted fat under your arms or preventing fat from accumulating under the arms, you need to include proper exercise routine both cardio and weight. You can start from cardio then go to weight training to tone the muscles around the arms.

Stop slouching:


having a proper posture also helps in dealing with underarms fat. Keep your neck and shoulders upright, make sure you are not hunching over whenever you sitting, standing, or walking. Slouching or hunching over can affect how your body appears and can make skin bunch near the underarms. Not only does slouching get you a bad posture, it also gathers fat around your armpit area. Try to be more conscious of your posture all the time.

Stay away from extremely tight clothes:

Extremely tight clothing can make it appear like you have underarm fat even when you don’t have if you wear dresses, and it is too tight, it may pull the skin around your armpits, making the skin bunch together.

inconclusion: though this article seems to be talking about only women having armpit fat, men do have it too but it is more of an issue for the women than the men, that why. However, the same ways of getting rid of it apply to men too.

If you’ve noticed a bulge around your bra and your armpit fat is making you self-conscious, there are some things you can do!

You can access heaps of fat-burning and toning exercises on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge, but if you want some tips to help lose weight around the underarms, here are some top tips!

What causes armpit fat?

When you’re overweight, it’s natural to see weight gather under the arms as well as on our tummies, butt, thighs and more! But there are some other causes of armpit fat including:

  • Genetics
  • Not working your upper body enough
  • Big boobs
  • Wrong bra or clothes size
  • Bad posture

So what can be done about it? Glad you asked!

Here’s how to say au revoir to your armpit fat!

The good news is you don’t need fancy gym equipment or surgery to get rid of that extra fat near your armpits. Try some of these tactics!

1. Reduce your calorie intake

If you fill your diet with vegetables, fruit, lean protein, wholegrains and water, you will certainly see results in your weight.

Need some healthy food inspiration? You should definitely check out our 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipe hub for over 4,000 yummy recipes!

2. Give muscle-building and resistance exercises a go

We’re not saying to give up on cardio, in fact you should definitely be engaging in regular aerobic exercise. Exercises like power yoga, Pilates, planks and of course weight training help to tone muscle, raise your basal metabolism and you’ll burn even more calories while resting!

Have you checked out the weights workout videos on the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge?

Resistance exercises help to tone your arms, back and chest muscles. Try incorporating pushups, pullups, yoga sun salutations and triceps dips into your workout.

3. Make sure you’re wearing the right clothes

Even if you don’t have much armpit fat, when you’re wearing the wrong bra or clothes, it makes it more obvious.

The majority of women are wearing the wrong bra size so get fitted for optimum support and comfort. Good excuse to go shopping, right?!

4. Work on your posture

Turns out your teachers were right, slouching really isn’t good for you! Not only does good posture make you look taller and more elegant, but it also tones your muscles and keeps your bones in line.

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