How to Reduce FUPA – Fat Upper Pubic Area or Bulging Mons

Surgery to Reduce Mons Pubic Fat or FUPA – Monsplasty by Dr Turner

Excess fat anywhere on the body is often unpleasant. A lot of factors come into play when it comes to fat distribution in our bodies. Some women end up storing a little bit of extra fat in the upper pubic area. FUPA is a popular term used for Fat Upper Pubic Area and it is more common than you think. Most women get it post-pregnancy or after a dramatic weight loss. It can leave to a lack of confidence and even discomfort.

Fat in the upper pubic area can be a source of embarrassment and social distress for a lot of women. It can make you feel self-conscious, shy away from swimwear and sexy underwear and can impact intimate relationships.

Mons fat is one of the most stubborn areas of the body and can’t be easily eliminated with the help of diet and exercise. You can get rid of the excess fat in the pubic area with the help of cosmetic surgery known as Mons Pubic Reduction or Monsplasty.

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What Is FUPA?

The terminology became famous in 2018 when the world-famous pop sensation Beyonce spoke about it in an interview. She mentioned how she got a little mummy pouch post the C-section. A combination of pregnancy, C-section and weight loss can contribute to excess fat in the pelvic region.

Upper pubic fat is very stubborn fat that collects just below your bikini line. This area is called mons pubis and excess fat can lead to a bulging effect, giving your body a very unappealing look. It is not only a cosmetic concern but can lead to a variety of medical issues such as skin irritation, inflammation, and even ulcers. Moreover, excess fat can lead to excess sweat and bad odour.

What Causes FUPA?

Some of the causes that lead to FUPA include but are not limited to:

1. Genetics

Genes are one of the major culprits when it comes to FUPA. Your genes determine where you store fat in your body. For some of us, our belly is the problem area, some struggle with a heavy lower body, others deal with heavy arms, and some women struggle with fat in the upper pubic region. Your genes are not only responsible for storing fat in certain areas but also determine from where your body will burn fat once you start to diet and exercise. That is why diet and exercise fail to work on certain stubborn parts of the body. Not to worry, that is where cosmetic surgery and liposuction can help.

2. Losing or Gaining Weight Rapidly

If you gain too much weight rapidly, chances are the excess weight will redistribute itself unevenly in different parts of the body. Rapid weight gain is one of the most popular reasons behind excess fat storage in the pubic region. Similarly, rapid weight loss also leads to excess skin and skin laxity in the pubic area, ending up in FUPA.

3. Pregnancy

When you get pregnant, your body undergoes lots of changes in order to accommodate a new life growing inside you. Most of the fat will be stored all around the midline. Unfortunately, a lot of women are unable to get rid of the excess fat post-childbirth especially if it is localised in the pubic region. Many women are concerned about losing a FUPA post a C-section. Thankfully, it can be eliminated with the help of a monsplasty or mons liposuction and give you your pre-pregnancy body back. This can be combined with tummy tuck surgery.

Best Ways to Get Rid of FUPA

There are several ways to flatten and tone your FUPA. One of them is a combination of diet and exercise. This works for some people but not all as fat stored in the pubic area is quite stubborn. If you have accumulated access fat post a sudden weight loss or after pregnancy, it can most likely only be eliminated through surgery.

Sometimes a combination of one or more cosmetic procedures performed by a specialist plastic surgeon is required to eliminate FUPA. Here are a few of the best options to get rid of fat in the upper pubic region:

1. Mons Pubis Reduction – Monsplasty

Monsplasty is a surgical procedure, often done in combination with a tummy tuck surgery designed to eliminate excess fat and skin in the upper pubic area. Dr Turner will begin the procedure by making a straight incision on your bikini line that extends from one hip to the other. Then, excess skin and fat will be removed from the lower belly and upper pubic region. After that, your skin will be pulled tighter together and your incision will be closed with the help of thin, absorbable sutures to minimise scarring.

Monsplasty is often combined with a tummy tuck if you have skin laxity in the abdominal area. It can also be done as a part of a full mummy makeover that typically includes a breast lift or breast augmentation and a tummy tuck.

2. Mons Liposuction or Mons Lipo

The fat in the upper pubic region can also be eliminated with the help of liposuction. During the procedure, Dr Turner will use a rigid catheter to suck the excess fat from underneath the skin. In some cases, a combination of liposuction, pubic lift (Monsplasty) and tummy tuck is used to achieve the best outcome. The process reduces the size of your FUPA considerably. Mons liposuction can be done during the tummy tuck procedure. It can be ideal if you are hoping to get a quick fix or do plan to become pregnant again. Please be aware that the liposuction won’t do anything for excess loose skin and will only get rid of fat in the upper pubic area. (surgery is usually required for excess loose skin removal)

3. Non Surgical reduction – Cryolipolysis or Fat melting devices

Cryolipolysis can be an effective non-surgical alternative to eliminate FUPA. However, it only helps eliminate excess fat and doesn’t do much for excess skin. Cryolipolysis is a method that doesn’t require any incisions or needles. The device can help flatten the FUPA by freezing stubborn fat in place and melting it away. It is a non-surgical alternative that can get rid of the fat and has minimal downtime. The procedure is a surgical alternative for some patients. It is crucial to choose the right expert for performing the procedure to minimise the chances of any complications. NOTE – Dr Turner does NOT offer or recommend Cryolipolysis.

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Are You a Good Candidate for Mons Pubis Reduction?

You might be wondering whether a Monsplasty is the right choice for you. The only way to know for sure is to book a consultation with Dr Turner.  Here are a few general points to consider:

  • Your weight has been stable for six months to a year
  • You are not planning to become pregnant again
  • You do not smoke or can quit smoking for a specified duration
  • You are generally in good physical and mental health condition with no chronic illnesses
  • You have realistic expectations from the surgery
  • The excess fat on the pubic region is causing you loss of confidence, back pain, irritation, or bad odours

If these apply to you, then book a consultation with Dr Turner. It will give you a chance to talk openly about your concerns, let Dr Turner review your condition and recommend possible solutions. If you decide to go ahead with the treatment, Dr Turner might ask you to undergo certain tests to ensure you are the right candidate for the surgery and it is safe for you.

What to Expect from the FUPA Surgery Recovery?

In most cases, you will be asked to stay at the hospital overnight to ensure everything is well and going smoothly. Expect to have some swelling, bruising, and discomfort for the first few days after the surgery. As time progresses, these side effects will subside. Make sure to continue taking pain killers and other medications prescribed to you to help you with the recovery. Do not skip any of your follow up appointments and make sure to follow all the instructions given by Dr Turner. Most patients are fully healed in 4 to 6 weeks.

FAQs about Fat Upper Pubic Area – FUPA Surgery

Let’s address a few frequently asked questions we get regarding monsplasty:

How soon can I get back to work post monsplasty?

  • Most patients can get back to work in about one week. If your job is physically demanding, Dr Turner might recommend taking two weeks off from work.

When will I see the results of Monsplasty?

  • While you will be able to notice a visible difference immediately after the surgery, there will be some swelling left. Most of the swelling will subside by the end of six weeks after the surgery and you will be able to see the final results of the procedure.

Can I have a tummy tuck alone without Monsplasty?

  • You can get a tummy tuck done separately if you don’t have excess skin and fat in the pubic area. However, if you do struggle with FUPA and you get a tummy tuck, the results of the surgery will make the fat in the pubic region more obvious. That is why Dr Turner might suggest addressing this area too.

Does Mons Pubis Reduction leave a scar?

  • While an experienced plastic surgeon will use modern techniques and fine absorbable suture lines to ensure minimal scarring, some scarring is bound to happen. There is no way to eliminate the scarring completely in the bikini region. There are ways to minimise scarring after the surgery and it is important to discuss your options during the initial consultation.

Can men have FUPA?

  • Contrary to the popular belief, men can also get FUPA. However, the condition is more common in women as compared to men. Genetics, sudden weight changes can cause stubborn fat and skin to build up in the pubic area above the penis. A monsplasty (mons pubis reduction) is ideal for men dealing with this problem. The surgery will not only make the pubic area flatter but will also make the penis appear bigger since it removes the fat surrounding it.

Does Medicare cover FUPA surgery?

  • This largely depends on each particular case. In some cases, if the surgery is purely cosmetic, you will probably not be able to get a Medicare rebate. However, in other cases, when the surgery is a medical necessity and you meet the strict criteria, you might be eligible for a rebate. A Monsplasty may be a medical necessity if it’s causing problems like skin irritation, ulceration, pain, or another debilitating problem.

Will the Monsplasty surgery hurt?

  • You won’t feel anything during the procedure as it is done under local or general anaesthesia. After the surgery, you might experience some discomfort for the initial few days. However, it isn’t something major and can be easily alleviated with pain killers.

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About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Scott Turner - Top Plastic Surgeon Sydney and Best plastic surgeon Newcastle

Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.

Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures. He is a committed board member of ASAPS – Australia Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.

Next Steps

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Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Scott
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

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