Did you know that by the time you exit puberty your body typically stops creating fat cells? The fat cells you have into adulthood increase in volume when you gain weight and shrink when you lose it. It’s one of the reasons there’s a difference between fat loss and weight loss.
What Are Fat Cells?
According to Craig Freudenrich, PH.D., fat or adipose tissue is found in different areas of the body. Subcutaneous fat is located just under the skin. Some fat, called visceral fat, can be found on top of your kidneys and in your liver. Even smaller amounts are stored in muscle.
Men carry fat in their chest, abdomen, and buttocks. Women usually carry it in their breasts, hips, waist, and buttocks. Interestingly, science has proven that your body doesn’t typically generate fat cells after puberty. As your body stores fat, the number of fat cells stays the same. The cells just get bigger. Craig Freudenrich raises the theory that there are potential exceptions to this, but in general, the number of fat cells the body has after puberty remain the same into adulthood.
How Do Fat Cells Accumulate?
It’s all about diet, right? You are what you eat! Well, not entirely.
ScienceBlogs’s Ed Yong covers the emerging science of obesity and the new understanding of fat cells stemming from studies. A study conducted by Kirsty Spalding from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that people with more body fat had larger fat cells both in their subcutaneous and visceral (belly) fat. The study found that the number of fat cells a person has is set during childhood. Each year, roughly 8% of their fat cells die off and are replaced.
The obese subjects in Spalding’s study included people who were obese from an early age. Interestingly, most of them grew up to be obese. Approximately 75% of obese children become obese adults.
Once fat cell counts are set during childhood, there isn’t a change in adulthood unless a significant event triggers fat cell production. The exact reasons for childhood obesity vary, and sometimes, they have little (or nothing) to do with diet and activity levels.
How Do You Get Rid of Fat Cells?
As weight is lost, fat cells shrink, which is why a person who loses weight begins to look thinner or smaller. If the accumulation of fat cells has little to do with diet and exercise, then it stands to reason losing fat isn’t all about diet and exercise. While adopting a healthy lifestyle is without a doubt a key factor to losing weight and seeing the number on the scale drop, it’s not the only contributing factor to losing fat.
Your body will naturally break down fat, but the number of fat cells will remain the same. Maintaining a healthy weight generally requires:
- Eating a balanced diet of carbohydrates, fat, and protein
- Avoiding overeating (a daily diet of 1,500 to 2,000 calories is usually sufficient)
- Regular exercise
While your body will naturally burn fat for energy, sometimes it doesn’t burn it where you want. This is where targeted fat loss strategies based on the science we just covered come into the picture.
Fat Loss (and Reduction) Strategies
Diet and exercise-resistant fat can be treated in multiple ways. For people trying to rid themselves of fat in hard-to-target areas, body contouring procedures have provided a non-invasive and non-surgical solution, depending on their body and goals.
CoolSculpting and Body Contouring
Our “go to” fat reduction treatment is CoolSculpting, which we many times combine with Exilis Ultra to generate the best possible results of fat reduction and skin tightening.
We also specialize in the use of Exilis Ultra, Kybella, and SculpSure for body contouring and skin tightening needs. You’ll need to schedule a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for one of these body contouring treatments.
Tina Jaffe is a master esthetician with 30 years of experience. Cosmetics for skincare are continually changing, and she’s been on the cutting edge of it all since learning aesthetic lasers in the early 90s – when they first appeared on the market and Exilis gained FDA approval.
What drew Tina to the field? “Helping others is self-gratifying,” she says.
Relationship building is important to her and focusing on the patient-provider relationship is one of the things she does to make a lasting impact on her patients. She also makes it a point to have extensive knowledge of treatments and passes it on to her patients in a way they can easily understand and use.
Getting to Know Tina
Tina lives in Virginia Beach and is a Newport News native. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother to two amazing girls, Lily and Emma.
In her spare time, Tina is passionate about pursuing causes of importance. She is a member of social clubs and a fundraising volunteer for everything from animal cruelty to CHKD. She’s also an advocate for Bikes for Tikes.
Tina’s Favorite Treatments
When it comes to recommended products, Tina likes to share SkinMedica products with her patients. “Their science and technology back up the efficacy,” she says.
Her favorite treatment to perform is Exilis facial treatments. “It helps to rebuild collagen and provides instant gratification plus lasting results. Exilis is an ideal anti-ager,” says Tina. As a provider who has followed Exilis since it first gained FDA approval, her preference certainly carries weight!
diVa is Tina’s favorite treatment to receive. It’s a treatment that has changed her quality of life and the quality of life of many other women. diVa laser vaginal therapy is an amazing solution for women experiencing pain and discomfort for various reasons. You can read all about here: What Is diVa Laser Treatment?
Learn more about cosmetics for skincare. Stop in to meet Tina or browse our online learning center.
Non-invasive body contouring options are growing in number. Many are finding these options to be a great means of losing stubborn, exercise-resistant fat and meeting their fat loss goals. But with all the options on the market, it’s easy to get lost. Which body contouring procedures should win your attention and what can you expect from them?
The Hampton Roads Body Contouring Experts
We’ve been serving the body sculpting and fat reduction needs of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk since May of 2006. We have multiple systems and modalities for body contouring, allowing us to truly customize to meet your unique needs.
The number of fat cells the body stores typically remains constant throughout adult life. Fat cells shrink as we lose weight, but diet and exercise don’t destroy them. Body contouring procedures like CoolSculpting, Exilis Ultra, and SculpSure destroy fat cells for people who struggle to lose fat in troublesome areas.
CoolSculpting uses cold temperatures to accomplish its goal: the destruction of fat cells. It’s completely non-surgical and non-invasive. Your provider will attach the applicator to the area being treated and freeze the unwanted fat cells in your target area. Once the fat cells are cooled in a controlled way, they die. The dead cells are naturally eliminated from the body over the next 12 weeks.
Want to know more? Check out these helpful CoolSculpting topics:
Our second most popular body contouring treatment is Exilis Ultra. It’s the most capable skin tightening and body contouring system of 2018, and it’s multi-purpose. It can be used to contour troublesome areas like the abdomen or as a powerful face and neck treatment.
For the Body
The need for skin tightening can occur anywhere on the body for numerous reasons. If you’ve lost a good deal of weight or have a post-pregnancy “pouch,” you know how hard it is to tighten loose skin. Toning at the gym doesn’t always work, and professional intervention is needed. Exilis Ultra is a solution. It can be used to tighten and rejuvenate skin anywhere on the body.
For the Face
Exilis Ultra is our “go to” system for face and neck skin tightening and rejuvenation. The skin on the face and neck is delicate and has many contours. Exilis allows us to best customize the procedure for exactly the area you need to tighten, no matter how delicate or shapely.
You can learn more about Exilis Ultra by browsing these topics:
Kybella is the first (and the only) FDA-approved injectable designed to contour and improve the appearance of submental fullness or a double chin.
o one likes looking a double chin in the face, especially when it’s your face in the mirror. If you’ve done the diet and exercise thing, adopted a healthy lifestyle, lost weight, and still find that double chin is staring back in the mirror, there IS a solution – Kybella.
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The SculpSure body contouring treatment is, in some ways, the opposite of CoolSculpting. Instead of freezing away unwanted fat cells, SculpSure heats them up to achieve similar results. Instead of causing a cooling sensation during treatment, it creates a warm and sometimes achy feeling.
Is body contouring something you’ve wanted to try or are curious about? Let’s chat! Our team of passionate experts is ready to assess your needs, discuss your goals, and recommend the best body contouring procedure for you.
Contact us today for a consultation!
Awe-Mazing is the made-up word of the day because the results our patients see from Exilis Ultra are more than just amazing. They are awe-mazing thanks to the awesome changes and awe they inspire for our patients seeking facial skin tightening.
One question that we get often is, “How long will CoolSculpting take?”
Depending on the applicator and the placement of the applicator, it can take anywhere from 35 minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes.
Also, everyone’s body is different! This means that CoolSculpting will vary from person to person. Some people will also have multiple applications to complete the process.
To help get a clearer idea of what the CoolSculpting process will look like for you, we recommend that you schedule a complimentary consultation. We will help you fully understand the process so you can know exactly what to expect.
Give us a call or email us to schedule your complimentary consultation!
The CoolSculpting Procedure
Every medical procedure comes with risks, even the safest and most straightforward. If you have decided CoolSculpting is right for you, then you are about to be one of the hundreds of people to shed unwanted, stubborn fat through this FDA-approved procedure. Chances are you already know the possible side effects are minimal, but are there any CoolSculpting risks that should worry you? We’re here to tell you that there is one major risk you need to be acutely aware of – the practice you choose.
CoolSculpting is a cutting-edge fat reduction treatment with numerous benefits. It’s non-invasive and non-surgical. Most patients receive treatment with limited downtime and impact on their daily routines. If you’re thinking about getting CoolSculpting, side effects may be a topic that concerns you. The good news is most “side effects” are superficial and minimal. Let’s take a look at the three most common that affect some patients.
It’s a fact; fat cells hate the cold. What does this mean for you?
Did you know that losing weight, healthier eating, and life- or self-improvements topped the 2017 New Year’s resolution list? According to StatisticBrain.com, these goals were among the top 10 with 21.4% of 2017 New Year’s resolutions being to lose weight and/or eat healthier. 12.3% were to make life- or self-improvements. If you’re one of the millions of people who set any of these goals and have struggled with stubborn, clingy fat deposits, you are not alone. There is a solution. CoolSculpting can help decrease unwanted fat and sculpt your body. In this blog, we’ll address one of the most commonly asked treatment questions: Is CoolSculpting permanent?
How It Works
CoolSculpting treatments target hard to shed fat deposits in some of the most troublesome places. It’s a proven treatment for reducing fat that is exercise resistant, which is commonly found in the following areas:
- Inner and outer thighs
When you receive a CoolSculpting treatment, a percentage of your fat cells are crystallized and damaged, effectively destroying them. Your body then flushes these dead cells out through your lymphatic system in the weeks that follow. CoolSculpting permanently removes fat cells and, except in cases of extreme obesity, the body does not make any new fat cells after adolescence.
CoolSculpting is a permanent fat loss solution. It is a non-invasive, non-surgical alternative to liposuction. It might be the right treatment for you if you struggle with exercise-resistant fat.
A Compliment to a Healthy Lifestyle
CoolSculpting treats up to 24% of the subcutaneous fat cells that are pulled into the applicator during each treatment. The fat cells that remain will act like normal fat cells. When you gain weight, these cells swell. When you lose weight, they shrink. While the fat cells destroyed during a CoolSculpting treatment are permanently gone, if you gain weight in the months and years that follow, the remaining fat cells can swell. As a result, the body contouring you achieved can be temporarily lost.
It is important to note that CoolSculpting is not meant to be a substitute for a sensible, balanced diet and exercise. It is meant to compliment a healthy lifestyle by helping you target pockets of fat that are a little more resistant to exercise.
CoolSculpting is backed by science and proven results. In clinical trials, CoolSculpting helped patients achieve a reduction of 20-25% of the fat cells in the treated area. Most of our patients see immediate body sculpting results with full effects manifesting about three months after treatment.
If you struggle with stubborn fat or have a goal to better sculpt specific areas of your body, CoolSculpting may be an excellent solution for you. Our experienced staff of medical experts can help you explore all available options based on your desired outcome. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.