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What is a FUPA?

FUPA  is a slang term known as (Fat Upper Pelvic Area or Fat Upper Pubic Area). Another term for this is pannus or panniculus. The main causes for the FUPA is typically due to genetic predisposition which results in extra fat around the pelvic area also known as mons pubis which is hard to get rid of with only diet and exercise. Other causes can be due to stress, aging, pregnancy and weight changes.

Although options such as Coolsculpting can treat this area, the best option is liposuction to remove the excess fat in your lower midsection which is also known as monsplasty. Dr. Eric Payne will design a unique treatment plan and discuss the risk and benefits of the procedure at your initial consultation.

What does a FUPA look like?

The terminology FUPA was shortly famous after Beyonce pointed this matter out on vogue magazine in 2018. When the upper pubic fat becomes too fatty it can start appearing as a bulge leading to an unappealing appearance specially when wearing gym clothes, bathing suite and tight clothing.

Am I a Good Candidate for a FUPA Liposuction?

An Ideal candidate for FUPA liposuction is someone that is in overall good health and is maintaining a healthy diet and exercising. The following criteria’s outline the best candidates for this procedure:

  • If you were previously overweight and have had tummy tuck surgeries or prior panniculectomy.
  • If you have experienced massive weight loss.
  • Women who had a c-section.
  • Patients with genetic disposition to retain fat cells in the upper pubic region but would like a contouring bikini line appearance.
  • Liposuction for the fatty upper pubic area can be an addition to complete Mommy Makeover or combined with liposuction in other areas of the body.
  • Patients who have maintained to control mild obesity.
  • Have realistic expectations for surgery outcomes.
  • You are not planning to become pregnant in the future, pregnancy can cause weight gain mainly in the FUPA region.

How is liposuction of the pubic fat performed?

Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgical procedure that will leave you with small incisions. The incision is typically around 2mm and located in hidden areas. A long thin tube known as liposuction cannula is inserted to access the fat deposits and remove fat safely.

How is recovery time after the cosmetic procedure?

You may experience moderate to mild discomfort post procedure in the lower abdomen and suprapubic area. Your small incisions after your lipo procedure with heal in a few days. Post op instructions and information on how to take pain medications will be given to you right after your fat removal procedure. This cosmetic surgery has little to no downtime.

What kind of results can I expect from this plastic surgery procedure?

After your FUPA cosmetic procedure you will be able to gain the confidence to wear flattering clothing and bathing suites. Excess skin may appear but once the new collagen forms, your skin should tighten over time with proper exercise and diet. Some patients with severe skin laxity may require a excision of the excess skin in the future.

Recommended guidelines after a FUPA surgery

  • Having a well balanced diet after any surgery is very beneficial, patients should refrain from consuming fast food and fatty foods and instead consume fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
  • Drink at least 6-8 oz (glasses) of water a day.
  • Refrain form any carbonated drinks
  • Right after surgery, you will be placed in a compression garments. The compression garment will help with the healing process and ensure that you get the best results from your liposuction cosmetic treatment

Common Recovery Symptoms

The most common recovery symptoms with FUPA liposuction are:

  • Swelling – The FUPA is a delicate area of the body; some swelling can be expected. Swelling in this region can vary between patients. Avoiding salty foods can help reduce the swelling.
  • Bruising – this is expected after any liposuction procedure and can disappear within a short amount of time. We recommend over the counter Arnica cream or Arnica pills.
  • Discomfort in the upper pubic area -The FUPA may last somewhere between a few days to a week. We recommend alternating over counter pain medication such as Tylenol and Advil. The instructions will be given to you at your pre-operative visit.

Can I have a tummy tuck alone without Monsplasty?

If you have a FUPA, a Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty) can be without mons pubis reduction. However, for best results we do recommend a monsplasty to target your fatty tissue in the pubic bone area as indicated. When having a tummy tuck done to remove the excess abdominal fat or loose skin, your FUPA could become more noticeable afterwards. Hence, this is the reason if you do have a fat upper pelvic area you should combine abdominoplasty with mons pubis reduction.

Does Mons Pubis Reduction leave a scar?

When performing a tummy tuck and monsplasty (also known as pubic lift), Dr. Payne will create small incisions and utilize the abdominoplasty scar or incision with the monsplasty incisions. This will help reduce your scarring overall leading to the optimal results. However severe scarring is possible as with any procedure. It is important to follow the post-surgical instructions to help reduce your scars. Our board certified plastic surgeons is highly trained and will do the best to hide your scars.

Can men have FUPA?

Yes! This is not only a common issue in women but also for men. Typically, genetics and weight change can cause excess stubborn fat and skin to build up which can cause a bulging appearance in the pubic area right above the penis. A monsplasty cosmetic surgery (mons pubis reduction) is ideal for men dealing with this problem. In some instances liposuction of the mons area can help reduce the bulging. The surgery will make the create a more flat pubic region and lower belly.

Is a FUPA unhealthy?

Some fat in the upper pubic region can be natural and healthy as soon much can obscure the genitals. This can lead to irritated skin in this area. The option to get rid of the FUPA completely is made by choice and it is up to you as a patient.

Do FUPAS worsen after a C-Section?

In some instances excess skin and fat can form after pregnancy or after undergoing a c-section. Scarring from the C-section incision can lead to an indentation above the FUPA creating a worsening appearance of the super pubic region. The excess fat can be removed from the FUPA area by use of any liposuction techniques such as SmartLipo or Tickle Lipo then removal of the excess skin via a monsplasty.

How much does Liposuction of the fat upper pubic area cost?

Texas Liposuction offers best pricings. The cost can vary on the amount of fat in the FUPA. During your consultation visit, our staff will go over the pricings and answer any questions you may have.

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