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Banana Roll Fat Removal: What Are Your Non-invasive Options?

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Banana rolls, or the unwanted strips of stubborn fat on the underbutt, are a growing epidemic. When diet and exercise are not enough, women suffering from banana rolls see liposuction as the only remaining answer to solve their banana roll troubles.

But going under the knife is not an attractive option, with most of us preferring to avoid surgery at all costs due to the higher risk of complications, higher costs, and longer downtime.

So what are the best non-invasive procedures to get rid of your banana rolls? Some of the top treatments available include Kybella, Sculpsure, Vanquish, and CoolSculpting.

At Ethos Spa, we recommend CoolSculpting for banana roll removal, as patients are guaranteed to lose up to 25% of the stored fat in their underbutt area.

What are Banana Rolls?

Simply put, banana rolls are the fat accumulated under your buttocks. Banana rolls get their name from their banana-like shape in the underbutt, where women typically store fat. The fat folds create saggy untrained glutes that many people find undesirable due to their fatty appearance.

Surprisingly, banana rolls aren’t necessarily limited to overweight individuals; depending on a person’s weight distribution and fat composition, banana rolls can also occasionally be found on thin bodies.

This leads to frustrating situations for individuals who have average overall body fat but struggle with the stubborn banana rolls on the underside of their butts. Not only do banana rolls look unattractive, but they make it difficult to fit clothing comfortably. 

It is quite common for women to have banana rolls. And even though extra weight plays a factor in increasing one’s likelihood to develop banana rolls, it all boils down to one’s luck in the genetics lottery. 

Our genetic code maps out the deposit of fat in various areas in the body. Depending on your genes, you might tend to store fat in the underbutt area (creating banana rolls) or store elsewhere — for women, other common areas include the chin, the abdomen, the thighs, the back, and the submental area (the neck).

Like any other accumulated fat, getting rid of banana rolls can be a frustrating process, especially when done incorrectly and inconsistently. Nevertheless, there are numerous invasive and non-invasive alternatives to choose from to help tighten and tone those saggy fat folds. Below are some of the most common and effective treatments.

How Banana Rolls are Traditionally Removed

Liposuction is the most popular option to eliminate fat permanently, but it also involves the greatest investment in time, pain, and money. This treatment requires general anesthesia and surgery, making it a last resort option for most patients. During the operation, small incisions no longer than two inches are made to insert thin tubes which suck out the unwanted fat from the body. 

Being placed under general anesthesia creates an entirely new cluster of potential risks. With every incision or cut there is additional risk for infection. Since liposuction is an invasive procedure, patients will experience greater pain and longer recovery. In addition to the various risks the liposuction surgery posits, there is also an aesthetic drawback. Liposuction for a banana roll allows overreduction, leaving for an unnatural-looking indentation in the buttocks. 

Fortunately, advancements in technology today provide us with numerous alternatives to liposuction for excess fat removal. 

Banana Roll Fat: Non Invasive Options

Unlike liposuction, non-invasive treatments for fat reduction do not require incisions, stitches, anesthesia, and lengthy recovery times. This leads to much fewer risks and a much higher overall success rate. 

Healthy Living

Sometimes the simplest solution can be the best solution. Treating your body to a healthy lifestyle can work wonders for your weight and stored fat, particularly your rolls. Here are some ways you can improve your lifestyle:

  • Diet: Clean eating is the best way to keep your weight and fat under control. Make sure your daily micronutrients are balanced and maintained, with a focus on lean meats and complex carbohydrates instead of sweets and sugars. 
  • Exercise: Diet might help you avoid the fat, but exercise ensures that you tone your body efficiently. Toning the hamstrings and the glutes helps burn away the banana rolls, particularly when you put your body through weightlifting and HIIT, or high intensity interval training. Exercises like deadlifts, squats, and donkey kicks are great for isolating the muscles in the banana roll areas.
  • Massage: Massages are another great way to help reduce the appearance of banana rolls. Natural coffee scrubs can be used to exfoliate and detoxify your skin to improve your butt shape. By scrubbing, your skin becomes red and warm, which then improves your blood circulation in the area.

Medical Aesthetic Treatments

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Diet, exercises, and massages are sometimes not enough to remove stubborn banana rolls. If you have tried the healthy living above and the rolls just won’t budge, then perhaps one of the treatments med spas provide can be of help:

Kybella Sculpting

Kybella Sculpting is a non-surgical option that dissolves fat cells and helps tighten skin. Kybella is made of a specialized acid that permanently dissolves adipocytes or fat cells. The destroyed fat cells are removed from the body through the lymphatic system over the weeks following the procedure. Once removed, the fat cells can’t immediately grow back.

Benefits: The great thing about Kybella’s results is its permanence. Kybella permanently destroys the existing targeted fat cells, such as those under the buttocks, and it takes a while before the body can regrow new fat cells or move fat cells from other regions to the treated area. This treatment works well for those maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Risks: Kybella has only been FDA-approved to permanently remove fat under the chin. It is currently being used off-label for other unwanted bulges such as banana rolls. Kybella treatments are also very grueling procedures, leaving patients feeling its side effects for weeks after. These side effects include numbness, bruising, soreness, and swelling.


Sculpsure is a non-invasive treatment that uses heat in eliminating fat cells. This method uses light-based technology to increase heat for cells to rupture, thus removing fat deposits by destroying fat cells. During the treatment, applicators are placed on the treatment area, and a laser is used to heat the targeted fat to the point of irreversible damage.

Benefits: Sculpsure treatment is FDA-approved to treat not just the double chin, but also the stomach, back, and thighs. The treatment is also just around 25 minutes and there is no down time.

Risks: The common side effects of Sculpsure are mild swelling, numbness, redness, and tingling. Since this procedure requires a laser to heat the fat in the body, the high temperature will bring discomfort and pain.


Vanquish is a branded radio frequency technology for nonsurgical body contouring treatments. This method delivers therapeutic heat to skin tissues, which then reduces cellulite, wrinkles, and fat folds. Thin three-paneled applicators are used to treat the target area by sending radio waves through the skin without touching it. The leftover lipid fluid is absorbed by the body. This leaves the treated area tighter and smoother.

Benefits:  Vanquish is considered one of the most effective body contouring methods. Though it uses heat in eliminating the fat, it is relatively painless and the experience feels more like a warm electric blanket. Much like the other aesthetic treatments, Vanquish permanently eliminates the treated fat cells.

Risks: The risks associated with Vanquish are temporary redness and a warm sensation. Skin pigment may also change in the treated area, which mostly occurs when skin is exposed to the sun after the procedure. This treatment is also not recommended for patients with implanted devices, like IUDs, or to those with any history of implanted devices.


CoolSculpting is the most popular non-invasive treatment for removing banana rolls. It is an FDA-cleared procedure that essentially freeze fat cells. It utilizes controlled cooling (about 4°C or 39 °F) to irreversibly damage the fat cells.

During the CoolSculpting procedure, a CoolSculpting treatment applicator is pressed against the area to be treated; this area is cooled and the fat beneath the skin is frozen while the patient sits or lies for the entirety of the session. 

Benefits: You will see no needles, no blood, no anesthesiologist and no surgical instruments during this treatment. Damage to the fat cells is irreversible and new cells cannot immediately take their place, making it a fairly permanent solution. 

The cooling also just reaches beneath the surface of the skin, rather than the organs, making it completely safe. The typical process takes around 35-60minutes. Patients experience zero downtime as CoolSculpting is a painless procedure, though there may be some slight discomfort due to the press of the applicator. 

Risks: The common effects of CoolSculpting are temporary mild swelling, numbness, redness, and tingling, which last for less than a week. It may take a few months before patients can see final results of the CoolSculpting treatment, as you need time to flush the frozen, dead fat cells out of your system.

Ready to Remove Your Banana Rolls? Contact Ethos Spa

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For banana roll removal, the chosen method at Ethos Spa is CoolSculpting. We have found that it provides the most guarantee for success for patients of all shapes and sizes. With just a few treatments, your banana rolls can be erased away with the CoolSculpting procedure.

If you are interested in learning more about CoolSculpting or would like to schedule an appointment for a CoolSculpting consultation, contact us at Ethos Spa today. As one of the premier providers of CoolSculpting and other skin and laser procedures in New Jersey, our team at Ethos Spa has successfully treated countless patients with CoolSculpting.

Whether you are dealing with back fat, bra fat, a banana roll problem, or anything else, the CoolSculpting procedure can help you.

Let us know what you are looking for with CoolSculpting and we will help you achieve your dream body and aesthetic as soon as possible.

Get rid of your frustrating, stubborn banana roll problem today!

Dr. Hardik Soni

MD, Founder/Lead Physician

About Dr. Hardik Soni

Dr. Hardik Soni is the founder and Medical Director of Ethos Aesthetics + Wellness. His primary focus is on minimally invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures including botulinum injection (Botox and Dysport), dermal fillers (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse), laser hair removal, chemical peels, and laser skin rejuvenation. Dr. Soni believes in a more conservative approach and his first goal is education. Clients are able to determine the ideal treatments after discussion with Dr. Soni regarding the expected outcomes, cost, as well as risks.

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