How to Get Rid of Bra Bulge

Say goodbye to bra bulge and back fat

Woman wearing smaller size bra
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Nearly every day I consult someone who wants to get rid of bra bulge, or excess fat or skin rolls in the back area. Here are three of the most common reasons that overspill in the back bra area is happening and how to solve it.

Bra Bulge Reason #1

However, there are times when bra bulge is caused simply by a poorly fitting bra! Eighty-five percent of women wear an incorrect bra size. Sometimes it is a combination of excess back fat and a poorly fitting or too tight bra.


The problem arises when the band part of the bra is too small for the chest circumference. In order for the fasteners to connect, excess skin and fat is pushed out of the way. This excess fat is pushed both under and over the bra. This overspill of fat and/or skin results in bulges. When fitted clothing is worn, the outline of the bulges becomes apparent and can make a woman severely self-conscious. How can a woman get rid of this back bulge?

Banish it: Release the fasteners on the back of the bra. If a poor fitting bra is the issue, then voila, problem solved. Get a bra that is a better fit. Some women don’t like to hear that they need to add an inch or two or more onto their bra band size, but it’s a much cheaper and simpler solution than having surgery, especially unnecessary surgery. 

Bra Bulge Reason #2

If the issue is indeed excess fat, then there are two ways to get rid of the bra bulge.


Banish it: The first has nothing to do with surgery and has everything to do with weight loss. Sometimes all that is needed is a change in diet and exercise habits to facilitate a decrease in body fat and alleviate the issues of bra bulge. 

Some women prefer more of a quick fix and will lean to the second option for getting rid of bra bulge – liposuction.

 Excess back fat can be treated with liposuction. Liposuction removes excess fat from an area by suctioning or vacuuming the fat through a special instrument called a cannula. Liposuction unfortunately does not tighten loose skin.

Bra Bulge Reason #3

Lax or loose back skin, which is caused by a loss of skin elasticity, can be caused by weight gain followed by weight loss, excessive tanning, or simply the aging process. What if the issue is excess skin, with or without the problem of excess fat? Excess skin can also be pushed above and below the bra band causing unsightly bulges.

Banish it: Excess skin cannot be removed with liposuction. Instead, it must be excised or cut off. This procedure is known as a bra line back lift. This procedure smoothens the back by removing excess skin and obliterating back bulges. It is not done often because of the scar. The scar is a horizontal scar across the back in the region of the bra band. It is camouflaged by a bra when worn.

In short, getting rid of bra bulge can be as easy as adjusting one’s bra size, or it can involve weight loss alone or in combination with surgery.

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