October 28, 2014
FUPA Treatment: What Are My Options?
The name may, for some, lend itself to juvenile humor; however, for those experiencing the symptoms of a FUPA—an acronym of “fatty upper pubic area”—the condition can often feel very limiting and even cause extreme embarrassment. For men, it may diminish the observable length of the penis; and for women, it can make wearing swimwear, fitness clothing, and fashionable outfits uncomfortable and/or stressful due to self-consciousness. In our last blog post, we discussed many of the common causes of excess fat in the upper pubic area. In this article, we will cover a range of treatment options that can help reduce the appearance of the condition.
Our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Charles Perry, encourages patients suffering from a collection of fat in the upper pubic region to employ non-surgical methods before considering more invasive measures. Poor eating habits and a lack of exercise can often play a major role in the development of the fatty deposits associated with this condition. As a result, healthier lifestyle choices can help to minimize the effects. Dr. Perry advises individuals to eat a diet rich in leafy green vegetables, fish, and fruit, as well as to avoid highly processed foods, alcohol, and high fructose corn syrup. Furthermore, developing a fitness regimen can help to reduce fatty tissue in this area, as well as increase overall health.
Stress is another factor that can lead the body to store fat around the lower stomach and pubic area. Though most patients lead busy lives, it’s important for them to try and find ways to relieve anxiety, including obtaining a full night’s rest and participating in calming exercises, such as yoga or meditation.
If conservative treatments are unsuccessful, there are several surgical procedures available to address this area. Liposuction can remove stubborn pockets of fat on men and women who do not have weight loss or pregnancy-related skin inelasticity and muscle looseness. A monsplasty, or Pubic Lift, is another option, one that is often popular with mothers as part of a mommy makeover. A mini abdominoplasty is designed to reduce excess skin and tighten muscles of the lower abdomen, and the procedure can also be combined with liposuction and monsplasty for more comprehensive results. Patients who desire a surgical solution should seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience who will develop a customized procedural plan that addresses their unique concerns.
For more information about treatment options, or if you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Perry, please contact us today.