Myths and Facts about Regional Slimming and Shaping

The human body has a certain number of fat cells from infancy, and this count remains relatively constant. When we gain weight, these fat cells increase in size, and when we lose weight, they shrink. The number of fat cells doesn’t change with weight gain or loss. Aesthetic, Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery Specialists emphasize that genetic factors entirely determine the distribution of fat storage cells.


Even when close to normal weight, we wonder how to get rid of thickness in our arms, the existing bulge, or excess fat in the hips or belly. Logically emphasizing that the first option is attempting weight loss, highlighting misconceptions that are commonly accepted as truths.

While gaining weight, it is regional, but when losing, it is uniform from all areas.

When gaining weight, due to genetic influence, a significant portion of fat gained can be directed to specific areas. This is because people are born with many hereditary traits. For instance, if we have a total of fat storage, and the ideal proportion in certain areas is set, the distribution may differ based on genetic factors.

However, when it comes to losing weight, regardless of our genetic makeup, we lose weight symmetrically and evenly from all areas. In this case, while we’ve slimmed down the fat gained, only a fraction has been lost, resulting in a petite model of the undesired appearance.

The second option that comes to mind is usually exercising. We try to eliminate the problematic area by working it out. Yes, exercising can burn fat, but just like in weight loss, it dissolves evenly from all areas rather than the desired region. Therefore, there is usually no significant change in appearance.

Since localized slimming, shaping, or weight loss is not achievable naturally, the easiest and most economical solution involves numerous regional slimming methods and devices. These are often applied or recommended by individuals without a medical or aesthetic surgery background. However, regardless of the device or method’s name, the body cannot eliminate claimed melted fat through external contact or injections.

Kidneys cannot excrete fat, protein, or carbohydrates through urine, no matter how much water we drink. Some devices and injections applied externally can damage a minimal amount of fat cells, and the body’s lymphatic system will eliminate this damaged fraction. However, this amount is tiny and insignificant, not justifying the time, money, and loss of trust.

In conclusion, if there’s an excess fat depot in one area, post-procedure, we should be able to carry back home the excess fat depots and fat, figuratively speaking, to see results. Let our time and money not go in vain. The methods that can achieve this in historical order are liposuction, ultrasonic fat melting, and finally, laser lipolysis. However, the effectiveness of the method and device used is crucial, and the experience and expertise of the practitioner, the number of applications, and the success of the outcome are unquestionably the most significant factors determining patient satisfaction.

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