New Orleans Plastic Surgeon Uses New Procedure to Eliminate Bra Rolls

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An attractive upper body isn't just about breasts. Many women are frustrated by "bra rolls," excess fat protruding over and under the bra strap. With a new procedure, Dr. Michele Cooper offers a solution for this common problem.

When most women consider breast enhancement, they’re probably thinking of an augmentation, lift, or reduction. But, there’s more to an attractive upper body than the breasts. To ensure that results are as attractive as possible, the area along the bra line should also be considered, as this is where many women develop stubborn fat deposits ("bra rolls"). Recently, many women have been requesting procedures to eliminate these bra rolls, with New Orleans plastic surgeon Dr. Michelle M. Cooper (

“I completely understand the desire to have a feminine and sexy appearance. Breast augmentation or a breast lift can go a long way toward achieving that goal and improving confidence; but, to be thorough, I make sure that I’m addressing all the issues that contribute to my patients’ dissatisfaction with their appearance. Sometimes, that means taking a look at bra rolls," says Dr. Cooper.

A bra roll is an area where fat protrudes over and/or under the bra strap, as well as to the sides. This can be bothersome when bras and other items of clothing rub against these pockets of fat. Bra rolls can also make women feel unattractive and embarrassed when wearing bathing suits or other revealing tops. Unfortunately, despite diet and exercise, women have trouble removing these fat deposits.

“I'm pleased to be able to offer a procedure to remove bra rolls. It can serve as an enhancement to other breast surgeries or can be performed on its own to provide relief for women frustrated by this challenging area,” explains Dr. Cooper. "Most of my New Orleans plastic surgery patients are very pleased with their bra roll surgery and say that it improves the appearance of their chest and their overall body contours.”

Dr. Cooper utilizes micro-liposuction to reduce small pockets of fat and achieve precise contouring. During this procedure she will create small incisions, infuse the treatment area with tumescent fluid (to reduce bleeding, trauma, and discomfort), and remove excess fat through a tiny tube. This is a simple procedure performed in an outpatient facility. Patients may leave soon afterwards, provided that they have assistance.

"It's often the case that bra roll procedures aren’t performed on their own. Many women combine their bra roll surgery with breast augmentation using a breast implant in New Orleans," explains Dr. Cooper. "And remember: liposuction isn't just for bra rolls. Other areas of the body frequently treated with liposuction include the abdomen, hips, thighs, upper arms, and neck or chin – just to name a few."

Dr. Michele Cooper ( is a board-certified New Orleans plastic surgeon performing cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures ranging from breast enlargement and liposuction to endoscopic face lift, combination procedures, and noninvasive treatments for the body and skin. After earning her MD from the University of Maryland Medical School, Dr. Cooper completed residencies in general and plastic surgery, as well as an additional fellowship in craniofacial surgery. She has received numerous awards for her work, and currently serves a full range of patients from her New Orleans plastic surgery offices.


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