Losing weight can be tough, whether you’re trying to drop a large amount, or just those last few pounds. Everyone on a weight loss journey has their ‘problem’ area, where the fat just won’t shift, no matter how hard you try.
It is important to understand that, when trying to lose weight, targeting certain areas is unrealistic – you won’t be able to specifically reduce fat in one area, but rather work to reduce fat in all areas to minimise the stubborn fatty deposits.
The Gender Difference
Although stubborn fat appears in different places for every individual, men an women usually carry these in specific places. For men, this manifests around the abdomen and back (or ‘love handles’), and for women, there is more around the hips, thighs, and buttocks. This is caused by fundamental biological differences in sex-specific fat stores that are unavoidable.
Despite what you may have heard, spot reduction as advertised is a myth; there is no specific food you can eat or exercise you can do to drop weight from a certain area; the only way to reduce fat in one area is to reduce fat everywhere, which we all know can be difficult. This is because certain areas are just more stubborn than others, and can’t be shifted as easily, as well as the effects of ageing on your skin.
Luckily, this is where we at PHI come in; we have a range of treatments designed to help with that little extra bit of bulge everyone falls victim to. The key to finding the best way to treat this excess fat is to find out whether it’s adipose tissue (the anatomical term for fat) or sagging skin, which it often is. Sagging skin can very easily be mistaken for fat, and due to the fact that they require different treatments, it is important to identify the problem.
Treating sagging skin
PHI Clinic is one of the best clinics in terms of skin tightening – housing the largest number of devices in England, we’re positively spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting the perfect treatment for you. These include Ultherapy and Ultraformer, which use ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen growth in order to tighten up loose or sagging skin, as well as radiofrequency devices. Having a number of devices ensures we can treat each patient exactly to their needs, and is just another example of the high standard of care we provide.
Treating Stubborn Fat
The process of fat and lipids breaking down is called lipolysis. At PHI, we use laser lipolysis and cryolipolysis to reduce fat in specific areas for targeted treatment of stubborn fatty deposits. The devices we use, Sculpsure and CoolSculpting, use hot and cold temperatures, respectively, to cause the lipolysis process, the products of which are then flushed out by the body’s natural lymphatic system over time.
To find out more about how we can help you achieve the figure of your dreams, contact us today on 02070 345999 or log an enquiry through our website for more information.