September 17, 2012 – What type of fat do you have? That sounds like a really personal question, and many people would be offended or at least not know how to answer. But knowing what type of fat you have may be crucial to knowing what type of cosmetic surgery procedure will work best to remove it. It’s also important to know what type of fat you have because different types of fat pose different health risks.

There are two types of fat, according to a recent article in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) newsletter. There is subcutaneous fat, which is located just beneath the skin, and there is visceral fat, which is deeper and wraps around your internal organs. Subcutaneous fat causes you to weigh more but visceral fat is linked to more health problems such as inflammation, diabetes and heart conditions.

If you have extra weight around your abdomin and stomach, the article states that you can do a sort of self test to see what kind of fat you have. Basically if you try to pinch your stomach and can actually get ahold of some of the fat it is probably subcutaneous fat. If you try to pinch your stomach but the fat is too firm or deep to get ahold of it then it’s probably visceral fat.

The article went on to say that’s why researchers say the health benefits of liposuction may vary. You can have subcutaneous fat in your stomach area and it won’t pose as much of a health risk than if you have visceral fat in that area.

In fact, a study quoted in the article found that patients who lost at least 30 pounds of subcutaneous stomach fat with liposuction didn’t show any of the health improvements (lower cholesterol and blood pressure) that patients who lost visceral fat or other fat through exercise and dieting. That may be because liposuction won’t get rid of visceral fat.

But just because you see someone with excess weight around their midsection, that doesn’t necessarily mean they have the health problems usually associated with it. The article says that around one in four people who are overweight have normal levels of cholesterol, normal blood pressure and aren’t diabetic.

It’s also important to note that the ASAPS recommends that people who have a BMI over 30 should lose weight before having any type of non-invasive body contouring cosmetic surgery procedure.

As always before you have any type of cosmetic surgery you should find the most qualified and experienced board-certified cosmetic surgeon to perform your surgery. He or she can evaluate the type of fat you have and recommend the best body contouring procedure for the most health and aesthetic benefits.

[tags]Liposuction, Body Contouring, Fat[/tags]