There are two types of fat, but only one type can be easily reduced with lipo or a non-invasive fat reduction treatment. In honor of Men’s Health Awareness Month, here’s the lowdown on fat reduction, and what you need to know before scheduling your body contouring treatment with us:
Can you pinch an inch? That’s subcutaneous fat!
Subcutaneous fat is located right beneath your skin. These pinchable, pliable stores of fat are harmless and can be easily suctioned away with liposuction. Common nicknames for subcutaneous fat include “love handles”, under arm “bat wings,” “double chin,” “saddle bags,” and “muffin top.” If you can pinch an inch, then you may be an ideal candidate for a treatment at CNY Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery!
The fat that cannot be reduced with a body contouring treatment is called visceral fat.
Visceral fat is belly fat that sits inside your abdominal cavity, surrounding your organs. Visceral fat is bad for your health because it produces inflammation, which is linked to a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease, and certain cancers. Visceral fat can be reduced by eating a low-carb diet and plenty of exercise.
Weight loss is NOT the same as fat loss.
You can reduce your weight and still have stubborn bulges of fat. Subcutaneous fat is hard to tame with diet and exercise, which is why liposuction is so popular!
If you are unhappy with the overall size and weight of your body, we can refer you to a weight loss program that fits your unique needs and goals. After you’ve achieved your weight loss goals, you may be ready for some fine tuning/fat reduction with your preferred body contouring treatment of choice. We love BodyTite™ because it reduces fat and tightens skin in one efficient treatment, and loose skin is a common concern after weight loss.