The Skinny on Fat

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The Skinny on Fat

FAT. The word itself has the power to instantly make us feel unattractive and tell us we’re not up to par with our diet and fitness regimen. *Le Sigh* But to a doctor, all fat isn’t just a bevy of emotions that accompany a word. Fat comes in different forms and a variety of ways to treat it. Who knew there were different types of fat on our bodies and that each requires a different treatment plan to get rid of it? Well, consider yourself informed! Here, we give you the scoop to steer you in the right direction so you know exactly what to do in order to get the body you want.

Fluffy Fat

This type of fat sits happily under the skin with few dense connections. You see it most on the abdomen and outer thighs. It’s the Pillsbury rolls; the jiggle in the middle; the protective padding of the hips. The good news? This ‘soft’ fat typically responds well to diet and exercise, but if you’re not seeing results with a regular routine, cryolipolysis, such as CoolSculpting, is a great option to treat it. It’s also easily removed with just about any type of liposuction.

Fibrous Fat

This type of fat is more dense and challenging to treat. Naturally found on the upper back in particular (think pesky under-bra rolls), this type can easily be treated with liposuction and cryolipolysis, depending on the thickness and density of the fat.

 Visceral Fat

This is the firm fat, primarily in the abdomen, that lives below our muscles and surrounds our internal organs like our heart and intestines. Having more visceral fat can result in higher LDL levels (“bad” cholesterol) and blood pressure, which can be dangerous to a person’s health. This fat only responds to diet and exercise. A diet high in whole grains, lean proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables, and low on alcohol and miscellaneous sugars that don’t provide nutrients and tend to result in visceral fat.

Cellulite

Is such a  dirty word. It’s made up of fat in tiny dimple compartments—fibrous bands attach to the skin and create pockets, which act like walls to contain pockets of fat, and the attachments pull on the surface of the skin, creating dimples—cellulite is best treated by a procedure that breaks down those fibrous walls and gets rid of the fat at the same time. Much to our comfort: about 85 percent of women have cellulite, and good hydration may help reduce the appearance of it! Much to our despair: diet and exercise cannot remove it. We’d be willing to wager that there’s probably a Nobel Prize awaiting the person who effectively and permanently solves the cellulite problem. Until then, at least we can be united in knowing we are not alone in this battle.

So there you have it. Diet and exercise are your friends. But if stubborn fat is your worst enemy, contact us today at 262-657-5446 to make your complimentary consultation for Coolsculpting and/or liposuction!

By | 2017-06-09T19:01:19+00:00 August 6th, 2016|blog|