How to Get Rid of Fat Deposits Under Your Skin
Do you know that liposuction is the second most popular cosmetic surgery around the world? It accounts for 15.1% of all procedures. However, liposuction is not the only choice to get rid of your fat deposits.
Depending on the cause of it, you may consider a non-surgical fat reduction. Read on to find out why you may have an excess of fat in the first place, what to expect from liposuctions and what are the alternatives.
Causes of Fat Deposits
Fat deposits are a build-up of layers of fat, either be it in your chin, tummy, or another part of your body. One of the most common fat deposits is a fat neck, also called a double chin.
It is not clear what is a single cause of fat deposits under your skin. Weight gain often plays a role, especially with tummy or neck fat. But you may have a double chin or sagging jowl even if you are not overweight.
Your genetic makeup may be responsible for fat storage, especially around your neck. There is a possibility you will have a double chin if someone else in your family has it.
Another factor can be aging. The aging process causes your skin to loosen, so your neck looks fatter. This happens because there is less collagen and elastin to keep your skin in shape. In addition, your muscles weaken as you age, causing your skin to sag more.
Most likely your poor posture contributes to the fat deposits too. We are all guilty of reading on our phones making our necks crane. Unfortunately, this abnormal neck pose contributes to neck pains and disturbs the platysma muscle connecting your neck to the chin.
It is possible to lose fat deposits, however, it depends on where the fat is stored. There are surgical and non-surgical procedures you may want to consider.
If you tried different diets and exercise regimes, but you can’t remove fat you may consider getting liposuction. A plastic or dermatologic surgeon can perform liposuction on your tummy, thighs, arms, chin and face, as well as hips, buttocks, and back.
The procedure is safe, however, to be a candidate, you need to be in a good health, have elastic and firm skin, and be within 30% of your ideal weight. If you suffer from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or a weak immune system you may not be a suitable candidate.
You should always discuss your goals, potential risks, and expected results with your surgeon. Your doctor will guide you on how to prepare for the procedure. You may need to change your diet, and reduce alcohol intake or medication consumption.
Types of Liposuction
Your liposuction may take place either at your surgeon’s operating theatre or a tertiary medical centre. During the procedure, a thin tube, known as a cannula, is used to suck out the fat from your body.
There are 3 types of liposuctions to consider:
Tumescent liposuction is when a sterile solution is injected into the fat deposits. The solution consists of saline (salt water), lidocaine, and epinephrine. Thanks to the solution, it is easier and less painful to suction the fat deposits.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction, or UAL, is performed with the use of sound wave energy. The sound waves are placed under your skin to break down the cell walls of the fat. The fat turns into a liquid and is suctioned out.
Laser-assisted liposuction, or SmartLipo, liquefies the fat with the use of a laser.
Although liposuction is a safe treatment, it is still a cosmetic procedure. After the surgery, you may go home or you need to stay in the hospital. This will depend on the amount of fat you have removed.
In either scenario, you may experience soreness, bruising, or swelling. You may need to take some antibiotics, so you won’t develop infections.
Additionally, your surgeon may recommend you wear a compression garment to control swelling after the surgery. You may need to wear it for 1 to 2 months.
If your healing goes well, you will be able to return to your normal duties soon after the surgery.
However, some of the potential risks of liposuction could include:
- Blood clot
- Reactions to anesthesia or lidocaine
- Fluid accumulation
- Uneven fat removal
- Burns from instruments
- Change in skin sensations
- Damage to abdominal organs, nerves, blood vessels, or muscles
If you are not keen on liposuction, you may want to look for less invasive fat removal procedures. Getting rid of fat deposits is a process and requires persistence.
Adopting a Healthy Lifestyle
It is no surprise that you can improve the look of your body by adopting a healthy lifestyle. If the cause of your double chin is weight gain, the way of getting rid of it, is to promote weight loss. Implementing a healthy diet plan, starting an exercise regime, as well as reducing stress, are all elements of a healthy lifestyle.
Usually, fat loss occurs when you consume fewer calories than your body burns. Your new diet plan may focus around eating fewer empty calories.
Many foods such as baked goods, refined grains, and other processed foods are high in calories, but low in nutrition. You can remove them from your diet and add nutrient-dense foods such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruit.
You may need to watch out for sugary drinks and try to eliminate them from your diet. Sugary drinks spike insulin production, which can lead to fat deposits around your tummy.
It is worth noting that sodas or sweetened teas and not the only source of sugar. Many fruit juices can also contain high levels of sugar.
Vegetables and fruits are great sources of complex carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. They are full of fibre and low in calories. They can be a great alternative to processed carbohydrates.
Your healthy diet should include proteins, such as nuts, seeds, legumes, or lean meats. You should also increase the consumption of healthy fats.
Not all sources of fat are healthy, saturated and trans fat do not add any health benefits. However, consuming healthy fats, such as avocados, nuts and nut butters, eggs, or fatty fish can make you feel full for longer, and reduce sugar cravings.
Developing a workout regime will help you to lose overall weight, including fat deposits from your chin or belly. In addition, you can target specific areas of your body with targeted exercises.
Highly targeted exercises aim to build muscles. Some examples of exercises for double chin reduction can be whistling at the ceiling, lower jaw forward exercise, or stretch tongue exercise. Those exercises stretch the neck muscles and give break to your neck after a whole day of sitting in front of a computer.
Another exercise that can assist with fat removal from your chin is chewing gum. You are working out your muscles when you chew gum. This helps to burn fat cells and tighten the neck muscles.
The main point of exercising is to increase your overall activity, calorie, and fat burn. Because one of the causes of fat deposits is aging, exercise helps you to boost your metabolism and strengthen your muscles.
You may want to try cardiovascular exercises such as walking, running, or swimming. To further burn calories, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can be implemented. HIIT combines periods of intense exercise with moments of lower activity.
Non-surgical treatment of double chin and sagging jowl reduction is CoolSculpting. This procedure helps to remove neck fat. As the name suggests cooling energy is applied with the use of a specialised applicator.
During the procedure, fat cells are frozen, crystallised, and then broken down. There is no downtime needed with this procedure, as the fat will gradually disperse over the period of 3 to 6 months. This can be achieved due to the body’s metabolism that removes the fat cells.
The whole treatment takes anything from 35 to 60 minutes.
Some of the benefits of CoolSculpting are neck fat reduction of up to 27% and recontouring and toning of the shape of the neck. You can see results after 8 weeks.
Another treatment to get rid of fat deposits is ultherapy. Ultherapy maximises the results of lifting and tightening neck skin and decolletage area. This type of treatment is usually recommended after CoolSculpting.
The ultrasound applicator used during the procedure boosts collagen and elastin production. This has a long-term effect as these proteins will start naturally replenishing themselves.
In addition, ultherapy tightens neck skin, improves skin tone, and sharpens your chin. There is also no downtime with this treatment.
3D Facial Reconstruction
Another alternative to get rid of fat deposits is 3D Facial Reconstruction. 3D Facial Reconstruction specifically target stubborn fat deposits across the face and neck area, allowing for lifting and tightening of skin and resculpting of the facial fats structures. This treatment is the go to solution with definitive results and is highly recommended for specific targeted zones such as the jowls, double chin and nasolabial folds. Another specific area that it can target is that of protruding eyebags, where it can grant long term results of eyebag reduction.
Surgical radiofrequency used during the procedure stimulates collagen and elastin production. It also generates a long-term effect to restructure the facial fat regions which allow for a V shaped facelift result.
In addition, 3D Facial Reconstruction is also selected to target specific body regions which are recalcitrant to Coolsculpting.. There is some mild downtime with this treatment.
Your Next Step
You can get rid of fat deposits by choosing surgical procedures such as liposuction. However, there are some health risks, so it is always recommended to speak with a trusted surgeon. Or you may opt-in for non-invasive fat removal such as a healthy diet, exercising, or body sculpting.
Contact us today to discuss what options are available for you. For affirmation, it will be best for a in person consultation with Dr Sin Yong before proceeding. A selfie can also be sent to Dr Sin Aesthetics Consult at +65 8023 7170 for a personal evaluation by Dr Sin Yong.
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