The Fats Of Life

Fat can be a great and healthy thing for our body to have. Fat stores energy, influences our ability to fight infection, regulates our blood pressure, and even affects the way blood forms clots. But this doesn’t mean that you should be gorging yourself with fatty foods, because like all good things, too much becomes a bad thing. In fact, one type of fat can cause some very severe health issues for you if you have too much on your body.

It is called visceral fat, and no amount of liposuction, even at the Cosmetic Surgery of Indianapolis practice, will get rid of it. This fat settles in your abdominal cavity and around important organs. Diabetes, cardiac disease, high cholesterol, and hypertension are just are few health problems associated with this type of fat.

So why won’t liposuction work?

Liposuction is only meant to access the fat right underneath your skin, called subcutaneous fat. A belly pouch, as well as the extra flab residing around your thighs and hips is subcutaneous fat; all easily removed with a simple liposuction procedure. But a beer belly, visceral fat gone wild, just won’t benefit from such a procedure.

Surprisingly, it’s not just the obese that can have large amounts of visceral fat. In fact, MRIs showed that many healthier appearing people had large amounts of abdominal fat. Therefore, their health is at a high risk too.

So how do you get rid of visceral fat?

There are few medications available that curb appetite or deter fat absorption, as well as bariatric surgery; however, these options are usually reserved to patients that are obese or at least already very heavy. Other than those options, the only other way is to exercise and eat healthy to combat this dangerous fat. Perhaps in the future there will be a procedure to rid the body of visceral fat, but until then it is up to you to get yourself healthy.

To your health and beauty,

Dr. Michelle Jones Singer


About Michelle Jones Singer, MD

Michelle Jones Singer, M.D., is a licensed and board certified M.D. in the State of Indiana with over 20 years' experience serving Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville and Zionsville. As a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Jones Singer specializes in body sculpting, breast enhancements, Mommy Makeovers and minimally-invasive treatments such as Botox, dermal wrinkle fillers, and skin treatments such as microdermabrasion. Visit her website at or call us today at 317.708.4228.
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