Body Contouring Inside and Out
New technology ( SculpSure ) is now available to contour our body that minimizes stomach fat. Increased stomach fat is associated with increased risk for developing cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
New technology (SculpSure) is now available to contour our body that minimizes stomach fat. Increased stomach fat is associated with increased risk for developing cancer, heart disease, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. The deep visceral fat that surrounds the stomach and intestines is the cause of these deleterious health consequences. This deep fat is responsible for a cascade of hormones and chemical reactions that contribute to the metabolic syndrome. With this syndrome, there is a deceased sensitivity to insulin and blood pressure and cholesterol levels are elevated. Insulin resistance results in the development of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a progressive disorder that affects every body system, even when on medication. Medication masks the symptoms but does not cure the disease. Stomach fat is mostly attributed to a sedentary lifestyle and diet consisting mainly of processed foods, sugar, and meat products. Long-term and chronic stress, sleep apnea, and poor sleep habits also factors that can contribute to visceral fat.
How can dangerous visceral fat be combatted? The changes which should be the easiest are often the most challenging. We all need 6-8 hours of quality sleep. If you experience sleep apnea, then the body is experiencing the stress of poor oxygen exchange. This leads to heart disease, high blood pressure, increase in the stress hormone cortisol, and increased belly fat. Quality sleep allows the body to rejuvenate and to heal. Next, stress management is crucial to combating unwanted fat. We all experience stress in a variety of areas in our lives including responsibilities at work, home, school, as well as financial responsibilities. In many cases, we cannot change the stressors, but we can change how we respond to stress. Mindfulness and breathing exercises, even for 5-10 minutes per day, decrease cortisol levels. Stress often leads to anxiety and depression which leads to insomnia. With the lack of sleep, we are too tired to exercise. Therefore, it all starts with sleep. Walking, running, dancing, gardening, weight lifting, biking are all great ways to get moving, burn calories, and to relieve stress. In addition, the majority of our food intake should consist of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, and lean proteins. Small changes benefit our health greatly.
We are all concerned about unwanted fat, especially belly fat. Newer options for body contouring are now available that offer the benefit of no downtime when compared to the gold standard of liposuction. SculpSure, CoolSculpt, UltraShape are newer technologies that reduce stomach fat just below the skin by different modalities. SculpSure uses a light based technology that reduces stomach fat by up to 24%. CoolSculpt freezes the fat while UltraShape uses ultrasound technology to reduce fat. These devices target exercise resistant fat of the stomach of love handles. SculpSure has the benefit of fat reduction in a 25 minutes session. The technology permanently destroys the fat in the treated area. The body then rids the fat through the lymphatic system over a three-month time period. Two treatments 6 weeks apart are normally required. The treatment is customized to your body. There is no downtime with this procedure and all activities can be resumed immediately after treatment, even exercise. SculpSure is a great adjunctive treatment that helps us to look better on the outside. In conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, we will not only like our new look, but we can live life more abundantly because we feel better. The best medicine is exercise, spending time with loved ones, and laughter.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Katina Byrd Miles regarding SculpSure, call 410-451-0500 or schedule online at www.skinoasisderm.com.
(Maryland Women’s Journal issue-Oct/Nov 2016)
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