Extra fat around the midsection is something many people are self-conscious about. Despite that common dislike of belly bulk, losing stomach fat on your own can be a challenge because of the higher number of fat cells that accumulate in the area. Men, especially, are prone to having a heavier upper body—and aging, genetics, or pregnancy can also make you more likely to have some extra flab in this region. Whether you have the dreaded “beer belly,” “love handles,” or a “muffin top,” slimming down does more than just enhance your physique and help you to fit better in your clothes. Losing unwanted fat can improve your posture and your mood. At our practice in the Minneapolis area, CoolSculpting® for belly fat can be the best way to attain a flatter stomach. However, this fat-freezing treatment only works on belly fat in certain cases.
There are two types of fat stored in the abdominal area: subcutaneous fat and visceral fat. Everyone has some of both of these types. Visceral fat (hard belly fat) is a more dangerous type that is found deep in the abdomen, near to the vital organs. Large amounts of this type of fat can make someone more prone to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Smoking, stress, eating badly, and drinking too much can cause you to have more visceral fat. This type of fat builds up and causes the overlying tissues, muscles, and abdominal wall to protrude outward at the surface, which is why it feels rigid.
Subcutaneous fat is squishy, below-the-skin, pinchable fat that has a soft texture. Most of our body fat is this type.
CoolSculpting® only works for decreasing the soft, grabbable subcutaneous fat sitting on top of the muscles around the stomach and flanks, so it’s better to increase your activity level and maintain a healthier diet if you’re trying to remove visceral fat.
That said, a CoolSculpting® session can decrease subcutaneous belly fat by up to 25 percent. The abdomen is one of the most common areas patients target with CoolSculpting®, which causes fat cells to crystalize, die, and be flushed from the body.
Find out more about CoolSculpting® for belly fat in the Minneapolis area from Zel Skin & Laser Specialists. Fill out a contact form or call us at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth) to start planning your procedure.