Date: 10 Aug 2011 | Posted by: Dr. Olivier | 1 Comment |
Almost everyone has at least once in their lifetime complained about the fat on their bodies. Many patients I see at my Brookyln plastic surgery practice even go as far as having it removed with liposuction. But do you really know the facts about fat?
A. Stores Energy
B. Influences your ability to fight infections.
C. Regulates your blood pressure.
D. Affects the way blood forms clots.
E. All of the above.
If you answered E you would be correct. The truth is fat can be very good for your body. It’s only when there is too much fat, that we find ourselves at risk for many health problems.
For those of you thinking you can simply have liposuction performed to nix the fat, think again. It’s only the subcutaneous fat, fat that resides just beneath the skin, which can be removed with liposuction. You also need to be within or very close to your ideal weight range at the start because liposuction is a body shaping procedure, not a weight loss one. Liposuction patients can even have the fat that’s been sucked out of them injected into areas such as their lips, cheeks and butt to give them some extra oomph in the plump department.
The type of fat that can’t be liposuctioned away, however, is known as visceral fat, sometimes called belly fat. Residing in your abdominal cavity and around important organs, this fat can be dangerous at high amounts. Visceral fat has been linked to many health issues such as diabetes, cardiac disease, high cholesterol, and hypertension. That beer belly so many men sport is visceral fat gone wild.
What causes visceral fat?
It is partially hereditary, but most visceral fat comes to be due to our unhealthy habits. That extra beer, that greasy double cheeseburger, and that extra scoop of ice cream will slowly cause your belly to expand.
But don’t brush these things off just because you may lack a belly. MRIs have found high amounts of visceral fat in people that do not appear obese, meaning they are still at risk for any of the above health issues.
So how do we drop this fat if liposuction is not an option?
The only true way of nixing visceral fat is good old diet and exercise. Bariatric surgery and several medications that curb appetite or decrease fat absorption are also options but are reserved for patients that are obese. So unless your tipping the scales far beyond what’s normal, you’ll have to lose the fat the old school way.
Though some plastic surgeons believe that one day there will be a procedure that will rid bodies of visceral fat the way liposuction does for subcutaneous fat, I do not agree. In my opinion, being active will be the only way to get rid of that awful belly fat. Therefore, it’s time to get up, get moving, and cut back on the junk food. It’s something we can all benefit from.
Dr. Wendy-Ann Olivier is a female, board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Olivier specializes in breast surgery, body contouring, and facial rejuvenation. Dr. Olivier also specializes in plastic surgery for African Americans.
Dr. Olivier brings to her practice, superior professional training blended with artistic skills. Dr. Olivier works with her patients to enhance their beauty, providing both balance and rejuvenation. Dr. Olivier is committed to providing her patients with individualized treatment plans to meet their special needs. She uses the latest techniques to give her patients a more youthful appearance. She strives to not only enhance beauty, but to improve overall wellness.