A layer of fat occurs over most of the body. The primary functions of this fat layer is to provide thermoregulation, protection against mechanical trauma, body contour and filling of body space. Most importantly, this fat layer is a source of energy.
Adipose tissue (fat tissue) is loose connective tissue composed of adipocytes. It is technically composed of roughly only 80% fat. Its main role is to store energy in the form of lipids, although it also cushions and insulates the body. Subcutaneous fat is found just beneath the skin and has no effect on one’s health as opposed to visceral fat which is found in the peritoneal cavity packed between the organs (stomach, liver, intestines, kidneys, etc.) and is linked to metabolic disturbances, such as an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. While visceral fat can only be reduced by diet and exercise, subcutaneous fat is more resistant to diet and exercise, and therefore it can be treated medically.
Body contouring involves treating subcutaneous fat and it has been offered at the Arbutus Laser Center since 2006. We offer the latest devices including Coolsculpting, Ultrashape and VelaShape III, all of which have been cleared by Health Canada and are FDA approved. These devices can be used individually or used in combination for optimal results. Our clinic has worked intensively with companies such as Syneron (Vela) and Zeltiq (Coolscuplting) to increase device utilization and efficacy. Our certified and experienced body contouring technicians can assess you during a complementary consultation.