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Understanding FUPA: Causes and 8 Strategies for Elimination


Dealing with persistent fat deposits around the abdominal region can lead to self-consciousness and discomfort. The term FUPA, an acronym for "fat upper pubic area," describes the accumulation of fat cells in this area. Wearing tight clothing may accentuate the protruding fat, causing aesthetic concerns. While a certain amount of fat above the pubic bone is normal, an excessive accumulation may occur, sometimes even hanging over the genitals. Various surgical and non-surgical methods exist to address FUPA.

Defining FUPA

FUPA, colloquially known as excess fat in the pubic area, stands for "fat upper pubic area," with the medical term being panniculus. It is also referred to as mons pubis or pubic mound. This fatty tissue is situated above the pubic bone, both in the front and back, creating an additional curve above the pubic area. While subcutaneous fat is located just beneath the skin, FUPA primarily consists of this type of fat, which is visibly noticeable, especially in snug-fitting attire.

Understanding FUPA Causes

Several factors contribute to the development of FUPA:

  1. Genetics: Research indicates that genetic factors influence the distribution of fat in the body. Individuals with pubic fat may have a genetic predisposition to this storage pattern.

  2. Hormonal Changes: Puberty brings about significant hormonal changes, affecting body weight distribution. Hormones like testosterone and estrogen play a role in fat cell distribution, resulting in distinct patterns for men and women. Menopausal hormonal shifts can also lead to increased visceral fat, making FUPA more prominent.

  3. Weight Gain: Consuming more calories than the body burns leads to weight gain. Rapid weight gain can permanently stretch the skin, causing lingering excess skin even after weight loss.

  4. Ageing: Age-related factors contribute to weight gain as muscle mass diminishes. With fewer calories burned due to decreased muscle mass, weight gain becomes more likely. Hormonal changes during ageing exacerbate this issue.

  5. Childbirth: Pregnancy induces fat storage for lactation, leading to FUPA in many women. C-sections may result in scar tissue, further emphasizing the prominence of pubic fat.

Addressing FUPA involves a combination of lifestyle changes, targeted exercises, and, in some cases, medical interventions. Understanding its causes empowers individuals to choose appropriate strategies for eliminating or reducing FUPA and achieving a more comfortable and confident body image.

How to Eliminate FUPA Without Resorting to Surgery

To address FUPA without opting for surgical intervention, consider the following measures following consultation with a medical professional.


Experimenting with full-body workouts such as swimming, running, cycling, and brisk walking can be beneficial. Additionally, the following exercises offer advantages:

  • Forearm Planks: Assume the position on your toes with extended legs and bent elbows at the front. Maintain this pose and repeat. High planks, where you form a straight line with your back while on all fours, are also effective.

  • Bicycle Crunches: Lie on the floor with bent knees and feet planted firmly. Place your hands at the back of your head and extend one knee while bending the other. Touch the bent knee with the opposite arm's elbow.

  • Hip Lift: Lie on the floor with arms straight down at the sides. Slowly lift your legs until your buttocks are slightly off the ground, and hold the position.

  • Bridges: Similar to hip lifts, but instead of lifting the legs, bend your knees and keep your feet on the floor, raising only your hips.

  • The Hundred: While lying on your back, raise your head to shoulder level, extend your arms, and bend your knees at a 45-degree angle. Create a "table-top" position and move your arms up and down. Roll-ups often follow this Pilates exercise.

  • Roll-ups: Sit with legs and arms extended straight in front of you. Slowly lie down on your back and then rise again. You can also perform this exercise with bent knees for an easier variation.

  • Cardio: This includes various forms of aerobic exercise.


Trimming 500-1,000 calories from your daily diet can lead to a weight loss of up to 1 pound per week. To address the issue of FUPA (Fat Upper Pubic Area), it's crucial to maintain a calorie deficit by burning more calories than you consume. Opt for a diet rich in nutritious foods such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts while avoiding sugary or processed foods. Adequate water intake can support weight loss by promoting a feeling of fullness.

Reduces Stress

Studies indicate that stress can contribute to abdominal fat accumulation, primarily due to elevated cortisol levels. For premenopausal women, fat tends to accumulate around the hips. Stress may also lead to unhealthy eating habits, potentially contributing to FUPA. Therefore, adopting stress-management techniques like yoga, meditation, and regular exercise is advisable. Certain foods, such as fish (mackerel, sardine, salmon), nuts, plant seeds (chia, canola, flaxseed), dairy (eggs, milk, Greek yogurt), vegetables (bell peppers, broccoli, beans), and fruits (berries, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries), can help alleviate stress.

CoolSculpting: A Non-Invasive Alternative

CoolSculpting offers a non-surgical solution to target stubborn fat pockets by freezing the fat cells within the body. This process breaks down the fat cells, and they are subsequently eliminated from the body through urine. It's important to note that CoolSculpting is effective for small fat pockets and may yield little results for larger areas.


How to Eliminate FUPA Through Surgical Procedures

For those dealing with a significantly noticeable FUPA, opting for specific surgeries can yield more pronounced results:


Monsplasty, also known as a pubic lift, is an aesthetic plastic surgery procedure designed to eliminate excess fat and skin from the mons pubis. Under either local or general anesthesia, the surgeon makes incisions for the removal of fat and skin. Recovery may take around 3-4 months as swelling subsides over time. The results are permanent with stable weight maintenance.


When excess, loose skin is not a concern, liposuction is an option for removing fat cells. This procedure can be performed in larger areas. The surgeon makes incisions into the skin to break down the fat, which is then suctioned out using a vacuum.

Tummy Tuck

Many individuals choose to combine monsplasty with a tummy tuck. This surgery is beneficial because, after removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal region, the pubic mound may become more prominent, leading to improved cosmetic outcomes.


Panniculectomy is typically a medically necessary procedure. It involves excising excess hanging skin from the lower abdomen to enhance overall health. Similar to tummy tucks, FUPA prominence may increase after the removal of excess skin and fat. Therefore, combining panniculectomy with monsplasty is a viable option.

Consider Luviacure Today For All Plastic Surgery Services

FUPA, or fat present in the pubic area, can protrude from the lower abdominal region, leading to aesthetic concerns. Various factors contribute to its development, but both surgical and non-surgical solutions are available to address it. It's important to note that maintaining a stable weight is crucial to prevent the accumulation of fat in the same region. Consider consulting with professionals, such as Luviacure, which offers specialized services in this area, to explore effective and personalized solutions for FUPA-related concerns.


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