Why Does Some Fat Stay So Stubborn?

June 22, 2017 |

Those stubborn fatty areas like the love handles may have served our distant ancestors as an emergency energy store, but in today’s decidedly non-hunter/gatherer lifestyle, they’re just an irritation. Why does some fat disappear in response to diet and exercise while other problem spots remain behind?

The Two Types of Fat

The truth is, there isn’t just one type of fat. Instead, our body makes two distinctly different types of fatty deposits: visceral fat and subcutaneous fat.

  • Visceral fat develops around the internal organs. This buildup is responsible for significant weight gain and responds best to normal weight loss efforts.
  • Subcutaneous fat lies closer to the skin’s surface, and is characterized by being that last annoying flab that sticks around even after you’ve reached your target weight. The love handles are a great example of subcutaneous fat.

When it comes to liposuction aiding in fat removal, we’re talking about subcutaneous fat.

Slimming Down

The only function subcutaneous fat seems to serve in the modern world is to increase your blood pressure as the numbers on the scale keep right on dropping but your love handles remain exactly the same. That’s where liposuction comes in.

While traditional lipo can remove fatty deposits, your new body shape typically comes at the cost of significant downtime, bruising and long-term swelling. One of the main benefits of water-assisted liposuction like AquaShape® is that you can fine-tune your figure with a much faster recovery along with superior results, finally getting rid of those love handles for good.