When patients come to a cosmetic surgeon for body contouring, they often worry most about their bellies. Liposuction of belly fat helps them to achieve the flatter stomachs they hope for. Yet not all types of body fat are the same. Visceral fat is not the same thing as subcutaneous fat. So, how do you know the difference? What can you do about each? Read on to learn more.
Subcutaneous and Visceral Fat – The Differences
Many people are keen to restore more youthful contours to their stomach areas. Stomach lipo could be the answer they are looking for. However, liposuction has its limitations. Also known as intra-abdominal fat, visceral fat usually collects around the body’s organs. You will find it deeply buried behind the wall of the abdomen. It collects around the liver, intestines, and stomach. This means you will find it behind the core muscles. This type of fat can be dangerous to a person’s health. When you have a lot of visceral fat, you may develop heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes.
Unfortunately, you cannot eradicate this type of fat through liposuction because it’s too deep inside the body.
We also have subcutaneous fat inside our bodies. Another name for this fat is extra-abdominal fat. The body stores this fat directly under the skin. Subcutaneous fat is the flab that you often have remaining after dieting and exercise. Although it won’t negatively affect your well-being, it can be annoying and unattractive. This is the type of fat that liposuction works well to remove.
Will Liposuction Remove My Stomach Fat?
To determine whether body contouring is the answer to your stomach fat, you’ll need a cosmetic surgeon’s consultation. Everybody will have some visceral fat. However, some people are more prone to developing it than others. Older men are especially prone to visceral fat. Women may also develop it, particularly once they have been through menopause.
If you’re unable to attend a consultation because you live far away from your cosmetic surgeon, there is another option. Visceral fat feels firm when touched. Stand upright and see how much of your bulge you’re able to grab. Subcutaneous fat is flabbier. If your belly looks the same, even if you’re crunching your abdominal muscles, you may respond well to lipo.
Removing Visceral Fat
Liposuction won’t remove visceral fat. However, exercise and dieting can help eliminate it. Eat less fatty food, drink less alcohol, and eat a well-balanced diet. This should help to reduce your visceral fat and improve your general health.
Exercising for a half-hour a day with fat-burning exercises is ideal. But adding in a little strength training will also be beneficial. Weightlifting, performing core exercises, running, biking, and circuit training are all excellent additions to your daily regime.
You should also eat foods that are unprocessed and low in sugar. Eat plenty of vegetables, beans, and fruit. Add more fiber into your diet, too, and bake, boil, or broil your meals.
Reduce your stress levels, too. There is a connection between cortisol – the stress hormone – and visceral fat storage. Therefore, meditation, better sleep, and deep breathing exercises can reduce your visceral fat.
Arranging Your Liposuction
If you have subcutaneous fat rather than visceral fat, contact the team at Artistic Lipo and Plastic Surgery today. We are experts in the field of lipo and can offer you the consultation you need. Dr. Su can carry out liposuction of belly fat to restore your youthful contours and improve your self-confidence. Give us a call now, and we can answer your questions and book your initial appointment.
Dr. Meegan Gruber is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been in practice since 2005. She is a native Floridian who was born in Miami. Dr. Gruber attended the University of California at Berkeley where she graduated with honors with a double major in Molecular Biology and Ethnic Studies and a minor in Fine Art.