Dealing with stubborn belly fat isn’t fun, especially if you’ve been working hard on your weight-loss journey. Many women and men alike strive to have a tight, toned tummy, but getting there could be easier said than done.
The truth is, you don’t have to go through a surgical procedure to get rid of those final pockets of belly fat. Our medispa specialists at Amy Brenner, MD & Associates help patients every day with achieving their body goals, including providing effective methods to get rid of belly fat without surgery.
One of our biggest secrets: Non-invasive body contouring.
With advanced techniques and science-backed technology, body contouring allows you to finally flatten your stomach with zero downtime and little to no discomfort.
Where does belly fat come from?
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was one simple source for body fat? Although that’s not the case, there are common factors that may lead to fat accumulation around your midsection. Remember, everybody and every body is different, so if you want a more definitive answer based on your specific circumstances, it’s best to visit a health professional in Cincinnati.
It goes without saying that what you eat could seriously affect how your stomach looks. A diet full of refined sugars, unhealthy fats, and too much salt could pack on fat over time. In many cases, when the bulk of your diet consists of unhealthy meals and snacks, you’re more than likely eating more calories than you burn. Consistently eating in a caloric surplus will always lead to weight gain, and in turn, more belly fat.
Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand, and you should remain physically active even when you’re not trying to lose weight. First, exercising regularly helps you burn calories and body fat. While you can’t target fat loss (no, hundreds of crunches a day won’t automatically lead to abs), working out shrinks fat cells throughout the body.
Second, the type of workouts you perform may influence the amount of body fat you have. A cardio-only regimen may lead to the “skinny fat” phenomenon. As contradictory as that sounds, being skinny fat means you’re within a healthy BMI range, but your body fat percentage is disproportionately high. That means you could lose weight but still have extra unwanted fat hanging around your belly. Adding more strength training could help you build muscle, which boosts your metabolism to continue burning fat.
An alcoholic beverage here and there probably won’t impact your stomach-flattening efforts, but you want to be cognizant of how much you’re drinking. Alcohol is empty calories, void of nutrients, vitamins, or other necessities. As a result, you’re consuming excess calories that seriously stack up over time. Sugary cocktails could come with hundreds of calories, and those excess calories turn into fat if you drink regularly.
Your genes influence your body type and how you store fat. For some people, they carry more fat around their midsection, making toning and sculpting a lot harder. If you’re one of those people, you may struggle with achieving the flat tummy you want simply because you’re fighting against something out of your control.
How non-invasive body contouring can get rid of body fat without surgery
One fact you may not know: You cannot get rid of fat cells on your own.
Here’s what we mean. Whenever you’re working out, eating right, taking supplements, and other great things to get in shape, you’re shrinking your current fat cells; they don’t completely go away. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it can make achieving your body goals trickier.
On the other hand, non-invasive body contouring takes your health journey to the next level by permanently eliminating fat tissue. Modern technology allows both men and women to finally flatten their tummy without going under the knife. Painful procedures such as liposuction take time away from your day-to-day life, and you’re forced into extended downtime periods. However, there are a variety of aesthetic treatments that provide noticeable results.
CoolSculpting is one of the most popular non-invasive fat reduction treatments available. Why? Because it has proven to be extremely effective in permanently destroying belly fat. Let’s talk about the science behind it: cryolipolysis. The technique centers around how lipid-rich fat cells react to cold temperatures compared to water-rich cells surrounding them. While other tissue can handle the cold, fat cells can’t. When exposed, they freeze and die off.
During a CoolSculpting procedure, two cooling panels hold the treatment area(s) in place and ensure fat cells don’t retreat below the surface. Keep in mind, you won’t notice results right after; the process takes time. However, over the following weeks, your body will naturally get rid of dead fat cells and reveal a leaner physique.
Evolve® Body Remodeling
The Evolve Body Remodeling system is a newer approach to body contouring. This non-invasive full-body system boasts three applications:
- Fat reduction
- Muscle toning
- Skin tightening
Evolve’s versatility gives well-rounded results to help you trim your midsection, strengthen your abs, and tighten loose skin.
Evolve Tite uses radiofrequency energy to tighten and improve the appearance of loose skin. RF waves penetrate the surface of your skin and deliver uniform heating to the deepest layers, promoting the creation of new collagen and elastin. After your initial series of treatments, collagen and elastin fibers rebuild and restructure the skin, leaving it rejuvenated, youthful, and smooth.
The Trim setting on the Evolve body-contouring system tackles stubborn subcutaneous fat that’s often resistant to diet and exercise. Similarly to CoolSculpting, the applicator keeps tissue in place, but instead of freezing fat cells, Evolve Trim heats cells with radiofrequency energy. As a bonus, Trim also acts as an effective cellulite treatment—even liposuction can’t do that!
The future is truly here with Evolve Tone. With the same system used to deliver skin tightening and body contouring, Evolve can also sculpt your abdominal muscles! During the treatment process, electrical muscle stimulation (EMS) triggers involuntary muscle contractions stronger than the ones you can create on your own. Four unique hands-free applicators target specific muscle groups to refine and define with no need for hundreds of crunches.
Beyond belly fat: Using body contouring for your overall physical goals
Why stop at getting rid of belly fat when you can tone and sculpt your entire body? Both CoolSculpting and the Evolve system work great on your arms, hips, thighs, flank, and buttocks. So not only can you get a leaner stomach, you can also have the perfect peach to match.
One of the biggest benefits of a non-invasive treatment is the ability to create a structured jawline and reduce the appearance of a “double chin” (yes, even if it’s genetic!). The CoolSculpting device comes with a small applicator perfect for smaller treatment areas such as under the chin. To take your efforts even further, we highly recommend Kybella® injections.
What is Kybella?
Kybella utilizes deoxycholic acid, a natural substance in your body that breaks down fat in the digestive tract. As the only FDA-approved injectable for submental fat, it destroys unwanted fat cells for a more contoured look. Once gone, those cells can’t come back, ensuring you have permanent results as long as you maintain a healthy weight.
Bonus: Maintaining your results
Your results can last for years, but it is up to you to play your part at home. If you pick up unhealthy eating habits and live a sedentary lifestyle, the fat cells leftover may expand and reverse your hard work.
Instead, you should:
- Eat nutrient-dense foods within your caloric maintenance range (or below maintenance for weight loss).
- Exercise at least three times a week for 30 minutes, alternating between cardio and strength training.
- Cut back on empty calories such as alcohol, soda, excess oils, etc.
- Reduce stress levels to avoid stress-induced weight gain.
To complement your efforts at home, make sure you continue getting maintenance treatments to stay as lean as possible. At Amy Brenner, MD & Associates, we often combine body contouring procedures with Morpheus8 RF Microneedling. RF Microneedling is a great option for those who don’t have a lot of fat but need a little extra help. By combining radiofrequency energy with traditional microneedling, Morpheus8 further enhances your results through skin tightening and collagen stimulation.
Get rid of belly fat without surgery at Amy Brenner, MD & Associates
Let our health experts help you gain a slimmer, more toned midsection. As a medspa and medical practice, we have the unique ability to not only boost your overall health, but also help you enhance your outer beauty with aesthetic treatments.
We’re here to offer a warm, friendly environment while providing the highest quality aesthetic treatments and wellness plans to help you look great and feel great. No matter what, we will stick with you throughout your entire journey, because your goals are our goals.
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