Lumps and rolls that appear on the upper back and around the bra line can be bothersome and hard to disguise. This kind of fat often has a genetic component, but sometimes, there may be another culprit. “If you have liposuction in your abdomen, and if you gain weight, it doesn’t all go back to the abdomen, it goes back to where the fat cells are—and the upper back tends to store a lot of fat cells, especially in women,” says West Palm Beach, FL, plastic surgeon Luis A. Viñas, MD. “There’s a reason we stress how important it is to keep a stable weight after lipo. It’s not a quick weight-loss fix and you have to keep it up with diet and exercise or else the results will not be successful.”
If you’re dealing with back fat, try hitting the gym first. High-intensity cardio exercises and weight training can help target stubborn back fat. Also, keeping the skin around the back area properly exfoliated and hydrated will keep the skin soft and help create the illusion of a more toned area. But if you’re looking for a surgical solution, liposuction is the only permanent solution to remove fat and redefine the back.