Aging can carry some unexpected surprises. One of the more frustrating examples comes when you’ve spent years staying active, watching what you eat, keeping fit, and doing what you can to maintain a healthy body weight, only to end up with a mom or dad body.
It seems that somewhere around your 40th birthday, your body gets some strange ideas about where it stores body fat. All too often, it ends up on your belly. What’s worse is that you can ramp up your efforts, which makes no difference to the paunch.
At Bayview General Medicine, we offer our patients a way to literally “melt the fat.” SculpSure® body sculpting treatments deliver a non-surgical way to selectively shape and tone stubborn belly fat — plus much more.
Why belly fat accumulates
It’s normal for you to carry a certain amount of body fat. It’s necessary for a wide range of functions in your body. Lean bodies vary from 8% to 33% depending on your gender, age, and other factors.
So there’s no such thing as a fat-free body. It has to go somewhere, and your metabolism doesn’t ask for your opinion about where you’d like these stores to go. Similarly, if you’re in a calorie deficit, burning more calories than you consume, you have no say about location when your body draws from stored fat to make up the missing energy.
There’s also the location of belly fat stores. Visceral fat resides beneath abdominal muscles. This is a great spot to shape through gym routines and exercise. However, there’s also the fat that sits between muscles and skin, subcutaneous fat.
These deposits won’t respond to muscle toning since the muscle is underneath. As you lose elasticity in your skin, you also lose any containment value your skin has over these stores. That’s a big reason belly fat takes on less flattering shapes as you age.
What to do about stubborn belly fat
Liposuction has been the go-to for body contouring for decades. It’s a coarse surgical procedure in which a hollow tube called a cannula enters your body through an incision. The surgeon uses the cannula to break up fat and vacuum it out of your body. While there are refined liposuction techniques, it remains a surgery with risks and recovery time as part of the process.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could literally melt fat? As it happens, you can, and you can do it without the need for incisions or surgery. The secret is SculpSure laser body contouring. Using the power of amplified light, we can treat your belly fat through the skin.
As SculpSure’s laser output absorbs into subcutaneous fat, some of these cells reach the coagulation point, a level above normal body temperature, where they break down. Your body naturally flushes these from your system.
As well as belly fat, SculpSure also treats these areas:
- Under the chin (submental fat)
- Love handles
- Thighs, both inside and outside
The active part of your SculpSure treatment lasts 25 minutes, making it an ideal procedure to schedule over a lunch hour.
Find out more about SculpSure and your contouring options with our SculpSure specialists at Bayview General Medicine. Book your consultation online or over the phone today.