Women2Women - Winter 2018 - 31

Health2Wellness

Look your Best in 2018
By: Dawn Wivell

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ew Year, new you! This is the time of
year many of us commit to getting
in shape. All the lavish dinners and
luscious desserts of the holidays are behind
us, and we're ready to get back to the gym.
But what the heck is up with that stubborn
tummy pooch or that little extra fat on your
thighs that just won't go away?
Sandy Wagner, L.M.T, owner of Sensory
Concepts in Wyomissing and Leesport,
calls it squishy fat, but says the technical
term is subcutaneous fat. Unfortunately,
for many women, diet and exercise alone
won't get rid of that squishy fat, but there
are other options.

Visceral vs. Subcutaneous Fat
Before you can get rid of extra fat, you
need to understand the two basic types of
fat: subcutaneous and visceral. They do
share some similarities. For example, they
both grow when you consume more calories
than you burn, both can add inches to your
waistline, and both shrink in size when you
lose weight.
Visceral fat is located around your abdominal organs. It is considered an "active
fat" and has better access to your blood
supply than subcutaneous fat. Too much
visceral fat increases the risk of a number
of health problems including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and breast
cancer. Visceral fat is usually the result of
an unhealthy lifestyle. Fortunately, because
it is so active, visceral fat usually responds
well to diet and exercise.
Subcutaneous fat (aka squishy fat) is another
story. It is the fat just under your skin. Your
body stores this type of fat to prepare and
protect you from starvation, emergencies,
and childbearing. It is far less dangerous
than visceral fat, but it can be unsightly and
doesn't always go away with diet and exercise.
To get rid of this subcutaneous fat, there
are a variety of options.

Tummy Tucks
For years, many women have turned to
tummy tucks (aka abdominoplasty) to surgically remove loose skin, tighten muscles,
and get rid of that stubborn squishy fat.
Tummy tucks can provide more dramatic
results than non-surgical procedures, but it
is surgery and with it comes the drawbacks
of surgery: recovery time (up to six weeks),
an incision, swelling, discomfort, sometimes
pain, and time out of your busy schedule.
Plus, tummy tucks typically cost more than
non-surgical options.

CoolSculpt®
In 2000, the world was introduced to a
non-surgical FDA-approved procedure that targets subcutaneous fat called CoolSculpt®. This
procedure uses cold energy or Cryolipolysis®
to freeze the fat cells, which then die and
are absorbed by your body over time and
eventually passed.
Vacuum applicators draw the fatty tissue
into an applicator, so you may feel some
pulling, tugging, and/or mild pinching. Most
patients need two to four 60-minute sessions
to achieve their desired results.
CoolSculpt® is non-invasive and eliminates
many of the drawbacks of surgical procedures,
so it's no surprise that it quickly became
popular among women eager for a more
contoured figure.

signs of treatment. With UltraShape®, most
patients require three 45-60 minute sessions
to achieve their desired results.
Wagner and her team are the only certified
UltraShape® technicians in the area. Wagner
notes that menopausal women are often fans
of this technique, which can take off extra
weight that accumulates over time.

Not an Alternative to Diet and Exercise
None of these procedures - surgical or
non-surgical - are meant to be a replacement
for a healthy lifestyle. They are intended for
people who can't get the sculpted body they
want from diet and exercise alone. Wagner
says, "If you don't maintain a healthy lifestyle
after any of these procedures, new fat will
replace the fat that was removed."
If diet and exercise aren't removing that
tummy pooch or that extra fat on your thighs,
one of these options may be just
what you need for a slimmer,
more contoured look in 2018.
To determine if you're a good
candidate for UltraShape®,
contact Sandy at
484-509-5505 for a
free consultation.

UltraShape®
Last year, a new FDA-approved, non-surgical alternative hit the scene: UltraShape®.
Instead of freezing the fat cells, UltraShape®
uses focused ultrasound waves that generate
neither heat nor cold to remove the fat cells.
A small handheld device is moved over the
targeted area and delivers pulse points to each
fat cell without touching the tissue around
those cells. The fat cells die and are absorbed
into your body and eventually passed. There is
no tugging, shocks, burns or any discomfort.
Following your session, there are no visible
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