What is Trapped Fat

How The Body Stores Fat

There are two layers of fat in your body (not including visceral fat, which surrounds and protects the organs).  The top layer is the subcutaneous layer, which lies directly beneath the dermis and is a part or the skin itself.  Fat storage in this layer is controlled primarily by hormones, and cannot be eliminated with diet, exercise, or liposuction.  This is the layer where trapped fat occurs.

The second layer is where excess calories are stored away as fat cells.  This layer of fat takes its own shape on top of muscles, and can be eliminated through exercise, diet, and/or liposuction.  Men and women store this fat in different places on the body, as shown in the diagram below:

fat distributionHow Does Trapped Fat Form?

Within the subcutaneous layer are fat chambers formed by a fibrous, connective tissue.  As fat cells enlarge with weight gain, they push against the walls of the chambers and cause them to stretch.  In women these chambers run vertically, which is one of the reasons why women experience cellulite in addition to trapped fat.  In men these chambers are structured in an diagonal, web-like manner, which prevents them from experiencing the dimpled effect of cellulite at the surface of the skin.  They can, however, still experience trapped fat.

There are many potential causes of trapped fat.  Trapped fat can form due to periods of weight gain, weight loss, and/or dieting.  Trapped fat can also form if someone exercises sporadically, or exercises regularly for an extended period of time and then suddenly stops.  Regardless of whether he or she starts exercising again, fat will get trapped in the subcutaneous layer and remain there.

During short periods of weight gain, fat cells within the subcutaneous and reserve layers of fat swell and enlarge; during long periods and/or dramatic weight gain, they swell, enlarge, and multiply.  Either way, when the individual begins a regime of dieting to lose weight, it shocks the body and sends it into fat storage mode, making the fat cells more resistant to shrinking.  If the person sticks to this new routine, he or she will eventually burn off the excess fat stored in the lower “reserve” layer and lose some weight.  The enlarged fat cells within the subcutaneous layer, however, are unaffected by exercise and dieting and will remain swollen.  Additionally, almost everyone gains extra inches over time due to the slow breakdown of the dermal layer, and the consequent buildup of blood and waste fluid that accumulates as a result.

Unfortunately, liposuction won’t solve this problem either as it can only target fat within the lower “reserve” layer.  In fact, liposuction can actually make the problem worse by damaging the delicate blood and lymph vessels in the dermis.  This in turn will cause additional fluids and wastes to build up within the dermal layer increase swelling even more.

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 Can I Get Rid of Trapped Fat?

You may be wondering, “if I can’t get rid of trapped fat through dieting, exercise, or liposuction, then how do I get rid of it?  Is it even possible?”  Thankfully, it is not only possible to reduce (and even eliminate) trapped fat, but you won’t even have to break a sweat to do it!  The White Tea Med Spa offers two treatments proven to reduce and/or eliminate trapped fat: VelaShape and LPG Endermologie.  To read more about each treatment, and how it can help eliminate trapped fat in both men and women, please click the appropriate links below.

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LPG Endermologie

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