Liposuction is a technique to remove localized excess areas of fat — in both moderately heavy individuals and the very thin — so that proportion and balance is created. Dr. Grossman offers liposuction in Santa Monica and NYC at Grossman Dermatology.
All About Fat
A certain amount of fat is important to our wellbeing. Directly under the skin is a layer known as metabolic fat. Encasing blood vessels and nerves that nourish the skin, this layer of fat gives it a smooth contour while providing warmth. Between this metabolic layer and muscle tissue is storage fat. It is this storage fat which collects in isolated areas such as the neck, stomach, waist, hips, thighs, and knees that patients often choose to remove with liposuction.
These areas frequently prove to be bothersome to patients, but respond well to the liposuction procedure. With our increased understanding of fat metabolism, we now know that heredity and hormonal influences along with lifestyle account for these problem areas. Each of us is born with a genetically pre-determined number of fat cells.
The local concentration of these cells and the extent to which they absorb and hold fat is largely hereditary. Pinching an area of your skin between your thumb and forefinger will give you a good idea of the amount of fat concentrated under the skin.