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CoolSculpting® for Men Vs. Women: Part 1

shutterstock_157899467Compared to when we were in our 20s (or even 5 to 10 years ago), we tend to store more fat and gain weight despite being physically active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This can be frustrating and challenging for both men and women who lead busy work and home lives, especially when they are doing everything they can to be healthy and look their best!

It is unrealistic for the average man or woman to be as slim, trim and physically in top form as celebrities, many of whom work out several hours a day and have personal trainers, chefs and coaches to maintain their camera-ready fit physiques. However, we all want to look our best and have an athletic, youthful physique that reflects our health and vitality.

Interestingly, there is an anatomic difference in the quality and texture of fat stored between men and women. Men’s fat tends to be firmer and more fibrous than women’s, which is often more difficult to lose through traditional weight loss methods such as a healthy diet and regular exercise. Men’s fat can also be challenging to treat with traditional surgical techniques like liposuction, particularly in the chest, flanks or back. On the other hand, women’s fat is often ideal for liposuction or surgical excision such as a tummy tuck, particularly in areas like the lower abdomen, hips, thighs or buttocks.

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 1.03.36 PMMen and women also have genetically-determined and vastly different distributions of “adipose tissue” (fat cells). Men usually deposit their excess fat in the mid-section (known lovingly as a “spare tire”, “love handles” or “muffin top”). Women are predisposed to store fat in the lower belly, hips, buttocks and inner or outer thighs, creating their characteristic curves. Additionally, each person has an inherited propensity for a specific body shape that runs in his or her family. For example, no matter how fit we are, some of us are “apples”, others are “pears”, and others still store excess fat in their necks, arms or “saddlebags”.

The good news is, many of these regions are appropriate for non-surgical permanent fat reduction using our in-office, state-of-the-art CoolSculpting® technology. However, because of the aforementioned differences between women and men, the CoolSculpting® treatment process differs for both genders. In my next blog post I will detail the “Treatment to Transformation” process for men and women, so be sure to stay tuned to learn more!

Dr. Karen Horton, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

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Dr. Karen M. Horton, M.D. - Plastic Surgery, Physicians & Surgeons - Medical-M.D., San Francisco, CA