Losing Belly Fat Depends on the Type of Fat
Lots of us have it. Annoying belly fat that ruins our appearance and saps our self-esteem. But when we look around, we can see that there are many types of belly fat. There are those with beer bellies, large, protuberant abdomens that almost mimic pregnancy. On the other end of the spectrum, are those with small rolls that hang over the belt line. Then in between, we see those with loose skin and belly fat. Just as the types of belly fat differ, the significance and treatment of each varies also.
The Beer Belly or Visceral Fat.
The worst type of belly fat to have is the beer belly. It’s name is derived from men who consume large amounts of alcohol. Beer tends to be rich in excess amounts of empty calories. It is not only cosmetically displeasing, but the health consequences of this type of fat are very significant. When you look at this type of belly fat you will notice that only a small amount of fat is found under the surface of the skin. This is because the vast majority of this fat is contained inside of the abdomen itself and is known as visceral fat. Visceral fat is a very dangerous fat to have in excess. It is very biologically active and has many ill effects on the body to include insulin resistance and diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Unfortunately this fat is not accessible with surgery or other noninvasive procedures. It only responds to a medical weight loss diet and exercise. It is critical to loose weight to prevent the health consequences of excess visceral fat. As the weight is lost, the cosmetic concerns can also be addressed.
Pinchable (Subcutaneous) Belly Fat.
In contrast to beer bellies, are those with significant pinchable layers (subcutaneous) of belly fat. Although less dangerous than visceral fat, this type of fat still has negative impacts on health and appearance. This type of fat responds not only to weight loss and exercise, but also surgical and noninvasive procedures. Liposuction is ideal to remove this fat as well as sculpt its shape to accentuate natural body curves. Liposuction alternative procedures like Coolsculpting can freeze this fat layer for long-lasting reduction.
Loose Skin and Belly Fat.
Further complicating belly fat for many women is loose skin. In fact, the belly fat gives the loose skin support and removing it can worsen the skin laxity. In these situations, another modality must be introduced to deal with the loose skin. Heat can be added either internally via laser liposuction or from the outside (Venus Freeze) to induce skin tightening. Heat can deliver a good amount of tightening without large incisions. But in many patients, the amount of excess skin exceeds the capability of the laser or other heating devices. These cases require excision of excess skin via a tummy tuck or abdominoplasty. Liposuction and heat can be combined with a tummy tuck for optimal results. Do I need liposuction or a tummy tuck?