Archive for February 12th, 2015
It seems that the “inner thigh gap” has become an obsession for many women. The internet is absolutely littered with “ITG” or “inner thigh gap” propaganda. Obtaining this goal can be dangerous, if you are dropping to an unhealthy weight. There are however, options to help you achieve the coveted thigh gap, with out starving yourself.
About Fat Cells
Our bodies, generally do not create new fat cells after puberty. While the actual number of fat cells remain the same, they do change in size. Each fat cell will become larger with weight gain (stored fat), and when we lose weight (reduced body fat) each fat cells shrink. Where the fat cells are concentrated within the body, will vary, individually. Although, diet and exercise can reduce the size of fat cells, it will not reduce the number of fat cells or change the concentration of fat cells in a specific area. Luckily, there are procedures that can reduce the number of, or shrink fat cells in a targeted area.
Cosmetic procedures are ideal when you want to reduce the concentration of fat in a specific area, however they are not intended to be used for weight loss. Cosmetic procedures target subcutaneous fat, which is found underneath your skin, but over the muscle. Cosmetic procedures do not target visceral fat, which is below the muscle and surrounds internal organs. Exessive visceral fat is associated with many serious health problems, and needs to be controlled with a healthy diet and exercise.
Liposcuction is a surgical procedure, where fat cells are physicaly and permently removed from the treated area. Liposuction has long been used to remove fat, but we now have non surgical options, such as CoolSculpting and Velashape to treat targeted areas of fat.
VelaShape™ is a non-surgical option that uses a combination of Bi-Polar Radiofrequency (RF), Infrared Light Energy, plus Vacuum and Mechanical Massage to increases the metabolism of stored energy, increases lymphatic drainage and reduces or shrinks the size of the actual fat cells and fat chambers. In short it shrinks fat cells, tighten skin and reduce cellulite. Velashape allows you to target the fat cells in the treated are. Most people should expect to do a series of 5 treatments, each treatment scheduled about 2 weeks apart. This treatment is very comfortable and with out any down-time. A typical treatment takes about an hour per area.
CoolSculpting™ uses controlled cooling to freeze and eliminate unwanted fat cells without surgery or downtime. CoolSculpting procedure is similar to liposuction, because it actually reduces the number of fat cells in the treated areas permenatly. Results can be seen as early as 6 weeks and continue to improve up to 4 months after each treatment. Most people should expect to do about two treatments per area.
Motivation & Self Image
Most of the people I see in the clinic are a healthy weight, but would prefer to reduce the fat between their thighs, without dropping a lot of weight. These women are good candidates for aesthetic contouring procedures. My concern is with anyone who may have an unhealthy body image and an inner thigh gap is a measure of how thin they have become. If you are hopeing for an inner thigh gap, you need to ask yourself if you have a healthy goal or if you are struggling with body image and a possible eating disorder. In general a BMI below 18.5 is underweight, but if you are not sure consult with a doctor. History has shown us, that like beauty trends, body type prefreances will come and go, but healthy is always pretty.
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