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Understanding Body Fat and Non-Surgical Fat Loss Treatments

Understanding Body Fat and Non-Surgical Fat Loss Treatments

Body fat is an essential component in our bodies. It gives our bodies energy, protect the organs, support healthy cell growth, and absorbs certain vital nutrients.

Striking a balance is important when it comes to body fat because too much body fat is bad for your health. High percentage of body fat generally increases the risk of heart diseases, diabetes, stroke and some cancers. 

Types of body fat

In general, there are 2 types of body fat you should know.

Subcutaneous fat

Usually found just under the skin, subcutaneous fat accounts for most of the overall body fat percentage when you measure your body fat composition.

Subcutaneous fat is usually found around the thighs and buttocks in females and around the abdomen in males. It is often known as “pinchable” fat because they are found just under the skin.

Subcutaneous fat has an important role to play in our body. The four main functions of subcutaneous fat are:

  • Protect your muscles and internal organs from impact to your body
  • Store energy in your body
  • Insulate the body to regulate temperature
  • Help to absorb some nutrients in body that requires fat as a medium such as Vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E as they are fat-soluble

However, if your body stores too much subcutaneous fat, you will be at a higher risk for the health issues such as heart diseases, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, fatty liver disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure etc.

Visceral fat

Visceral fat is bad for health. This type of fat is typically found in the abdominal area around the organs. It is a known culprit for building resistance in insulin, thereby causing diabetes. High levels of visceral fat in the body are also linked to colorectal and breast cancers and stroke.

Unlike subcutaneous fat which is pinchable, visceral fat is known as “hidden” fat because it is stored deep inside your belly, wrapped around the organs. It is dangerous because it is not immediately visible. 

Understanding Body Fat and Non-Surgical Fat Loss Treatments

Non-surgical body contouring treatment options

To target stubborn pockets of fat around the abdomen, flanks, hips and thighs, non-surgical body contouring treatments can be very effective. Clinically proven technologies can help to specifically reduce localised body fat.

Fat freeze works by breaking down fat cells using cold temperature. It is considered as an effective alternative to liposuction and it can be used on delicate, small areas such as arms, thighs, back, abdomen, and chin.

It works selectively freezing excess, pinchable (i.e. subcutaneous) fat tissue without affecting collagen and other components of the skin. The medical term of this treatment is “cryolipolysis”. It works by placing a probe on the targeted area to create a vacuum to pull the excess skin and fatty tissue towards the empty space in the probe.

During the 40-minute treatment, the temperature of the localised fat is brought down to a temperate range of about -5 to 5 °C. This induces cell death of the subcutaneous fat, without affecting the healthy cells. The dead fat cells will be drained naturally from the body over the next few days.

To complement the destruction of subcutaneous fat, Redustim is another body contouring treatment that targets the visceral fat in the body.

The biostimulogy technology utilizes a low frequency alternating bioenergetic magnetic field which stimulates imperceptible muscle contraction, which in turn induces energy consumption. This action results in the breakdown of visceral fat cells and enhance lymphatic drainage to eliminate toxic waste and reduce water retention.

Redustim treatment has been associated with improved metabolic liver parameters such as transaminases.

This is a 45-minute treatment that is completely painless with no downtime. During the treatment, you may experience some compression and tightness.

Other than relying on body contouring treatments, one of the best and safest ways to minimise overall body fat is to revamp your diet, cut out processed foods, and set aside about 30 minutes a day to exercise and burn some calories.  

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