If you are among the 60% of adults with excess abdominal fat, then belly fat removal is probably a major concern to you. You may see fat around the belly as unattractive but that does not compare to the deadly health risks in which it places you. Abdominal fat is accessed by scientific researchers to be far more dangerous than the fat found in the rest of your body. If you are considering removing your excess fat in the abdominal area surgically, then you need to read these shocking facts first.
Health Risks of Belly Fat
You have 2 kinds of abdominal fat.
1. Subcutaneous fat covers your abdomen from visibility. It’s found immediately below the skin but on top of the abdominal muscles.
2 Visceral fat, “organ fat,” “belly fat” or intra-abdominal fat lies in your abdominal cavity underneath your muscles and dispersed around your internal organs. It is located packed among the stomach, intestines, liver, kidneys and other organs.
Subcutaneous fat and visceral fat are both serious and present health threats. But there is proof that excessive visceral fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat. Both types of fats are linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, inflammation, degenerative diseases, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer and other obesity-related health issues. Visceral fat is also critical because it releases inflammatory molecules into the body and the presence of these is an indication of possible disease.
Surgical Belly Fat Removal
- (Traditional) Liposuction: Under anesthesia, fat cells are suctioned through a large incision. Before suctioning, the fat is broken up manually often causing bruising and swelling. Recovery can be up to several weeks accompanied with pain. possible areas
- SmartLipo: Uses laser to remove belly fat. This is a less invasive fat removal method using a smaller incision. Laser is used to break up the fat or melt it. A tool is used to then remove it. Some Smartlipo methods involve no suctioning and the fat is allowed to drain out of the body. Recovery time is much shorter and with less pain than with traditional liposuction.
- Tummy Tuck or Abdominal Wall Surgery: This is different from liposuction but can be combined with liposuction. Surgery can be minor or major requiring general anesthesia. An incision is made above the pubic area and the fatty tissue and loose skin are cut away. Abdominal muscles are tightened and “love handles” can also be removed.