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Body Fat-Belly Fat

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What is Belly Fat from?

Stress, over availability of fatty foods and lack of sleep or exercise can all contribute to the development of belly fat, a type of body fat concentrated on the abdomen and frustrating to eliminate. For many, stomach fat is the “stubborn” fat that even a good diet and exercise can’t remove. Some face the issue later in life when the metabolism suddenly slows and some face it sooner, when a stressful lifestyle contributes to a physical change in the body.

Is Belly Fat Dangerous?

Belly fat can be an indication of a dangerous underlying condition that stores fat around the vital organs (visceral fat) when the normal fat cells are full and stretched to the max. Even if a patient is not experiencing this visceral fat buildup, it can be aesthetically displeasing to have an excess of stomach fat, especially for individuals who lead an otherwise active and fit lifestyle.  Visceral fat is dangerous as it lead to insulin resistance and many diseases such as diabetes and high cholesterol.  This type of body fat is critical to start losing.

How Do We Lose Belly Fat?

It depends on the belly fat that you have.  Internal belly fat that is not pinchable, like a beer belly, can only be reduced with diet and exercise.  Subcutaneous or pinchable belly fat has several options for reduction and removal.  Beleza Medspa has several Weight Loss Diets to help you.

SmartLipo Liposuction

One option for dealing with this excess in stomach fat is Smart Lipo, which utilizes a local anesthetic and a light sedative to eliminate the chance of discomfort during surgery but allows the patient to remain awake during the surgery and recover in the comfort of his or her own home.  Smart Lipo is considered by many to be a better option than traditional liposuction because it not only removes fat, but allows for body contouring too.

The downtime is also very favorable; many patients get the surgery on Friday afternoon and return to work the following Monday. For patients of traditional liposuction, the time out can be much more extensive.


With very few non-invasive options, patients with stomach fat who don’t want to “go under the knife” are pretty limited. The best option for dealing with stubborn stomach fat without incisions, stitches or downtime is Coolsculpting, a fat freezing technology that freezes fat cells, causing them to die. After the treatment and for the next 8-12 months, you body naturally processes the dead cells, leading to a reduction in fat in the treated area.

Stomach fat is treatable and there is no need to live with it, regardless of whether or not it is affecting your health. Both Smart Lipo and Coolsculpting allow us to help you get your ideal shape by strategically eliminating fat in undesirable areas. Plus, patients often find themselves more motivated to adopt a healthier lifestyle after an investment in their appearance, only adding to the success of the surgery.

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