The excess fat that gathers on your back can increase the size of the shirt you wear, as well as your bra size. Excess back fat is a sign you may be overweight. There are medical and genetic conditions that can result in a person becoming overweight or having trouble removing extra pounds. The main reasons, though is a lack of physical activity, and bad eating habits.
When you try to lose weight, you may feel as though all fat is the same. There are actually two different types of fat on your body. One type is called visceral. Visceral fat surrounds your organs, and although not visible, this fat is responsible for numerous diseases. The other type is subcutaneous fat.
Subcutaneous fat is jiggly or bulging areas of fat just under your skin. This fat usually is harmless and can even protect against certain diseases. If you can see and pinch fat, it is subcutaneous fat.
Causes of Back Fat
Almost everyone has subcutaneous fat. Lifestyles are the main factor for how much of this fat a person will develop. Take a look at your daily schedule and think about the food you usually eat. If you are eating a lot of processed foods that contain additives and preservatives, they are most likely high in fat and calories. Foods that come from packages or are bought in fast food chains are called junk foods for a reason. These types of foods are not only high in calories and fat, but they also contain a lot of carbohydrates, sodium, and added sugar.
Your body needs a certain amount of these foods, but the fast foods and processed foods contain more than you need. When your diet includes a lot of foods high in calories, sugar, and fat, you are going to gain excessive weight, which can lead to subcutaneous back fat.
If your day consists of mostly sitting and you perform minimal physical activity, you are living what is called a 'sedentary lifestyle.' Your body requires a food source for the activities you perform. First, it will burn any stored sugars, and then use the body fat. If you are living a sedentary lifestyle, you are not using these fuel sources. When you don't use the fuel sources, your body has a decreased metabolism that leads to excessive weight gain.
Back Fat and Other Body Fats
If you have noticed the bulges on your back, you may have noticed fat bulges on other areas of your body. Back fat seems to be one of the first areas a person notices if they have put on pounds, but this is not the only area where fat will settle. If these bulges become too big, you are jeopardizing your physical health. Overweight people increase their risk for Type 2 diabetes, depression, sleep apnea, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
Exercise and Back Fat
You cannot perform a specific exercise to reduce just the back fat. Exercises are not designed to target this area of your body; however, you can improve your entire body composition with adequate exercise. By exercising just a few minutes each day to start and working yourself up to a routine of thirty to forty-five minutes will significantly help reduce fat pockets on your body, including your back fat.
With the right amount of exercise and eating a proper diet, you can significantly reduce the amount of excess fat your body will create. Prepare meals that contain low-fat, sugar-free, fat-free, and organic products to get the nutrients your body needs without the additives it doesn't need.
Your back fat can result from a combination of things, and one of these is atrophy of your back muscles. Atrophy means they have lost their muscle tone and strength. The leading cause for this loss goes back to your lack of physical activity and bad eating habits. When you have poor eating habits and lack of physical activity, excess fat tissue accumulates around the back. This accumulation gives the appearance of back flab around your lower and upper back and your sides. There are some things you can do and some things to avoid, which can help reduce or eliminate back fat:
- Increase your cardio activity
- Drink alcohol in moderation
- Provide your body with the proper fuel it needs by staying away from processed foods or ones with little to no nutritional value
- Make sure you are getting plenty of rest
- Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids
- Create a structured eating plan with healthy fat and proteins
- Exercise muscles surrounding your back to ensure you become proportioned and well rounded
- Control your stress as it has been proven stress hormones slow your body down and it’s ability to burn fat
Why It May Be Hard to Lose Back Fat
Back fat and other areas of excessive fat can be challenging to lose. Factors that play a role in making this weight loss difficult include:
- Research has shown the fat known as visceral, which you cannot see under your skin and around your organs releases cytokines. Cytokines are responsible for causing inflammation. The inflammatory response has been linked to weight gain and can increase your subcutaneous fat, which has turned into back fat.
- Insulin resistance has been linked to difficulties in losing both subcutaneous and visceral fat.
- When a person notices their back fat is making their clothes fit differently, they try to create a strategy to 'spot-reduce' this area of fat. It is not possible to target just your back fat. You have to create a strategy for your entire body to lose weight, which will reduce the back fat in the process.
Option for Losing Back Fat
Back fat can make you feel insecure. It affects how your clothes fit as well as how they feel. There are offered solutions to change your diet and perform more exercises, but sometimes, these changes do not work.
Another option for getting rid of back fat is a procedure called CoolSculpting. This treatment is designed to help you get rid of unwanted fat pockets, included back fat.
What is CoolSculpting?
The procedure, CoolSculpting, is an FDA approved treatment for visible signs of fat pockets in your submental and submandibular areas. These areas include your flank, abdomen, thighs, underneath the buttocks, upper arms, and also back fat. This procedure is not a weight-loss treatment; it is designed to affect the appearance of lax tissues.
The CoolSculping procedure is not recommended for those suffering from:
- Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria- a rare form of autoimmune hemolytic anemia. This condition is caused by the presence of cold-reacting autoantibodies in your blood and is affected by exposure to cold temperatures.
- Cold agglutinin disease- a rare form of hemolytic anemia in which your body’s immune system attacks and destroys its own red blood cells.
- Cryoglobulinemia- included in a group of diseases that cause inflammation and damage to the blood vessels.
CoolSculpting was developed by scientists at Harvard University and is a patented cooling technology that gets rid of fat cells. It is not a surgical procedure, so after treatment, there is no downtime for recovery. When the fat cells are reduced in your back area, you will have noticeable improvements in the bulges disappearing. This is a treatment to help you look your best and feel better about yourself.
There are those of us who perform workouts and follow strict diets, but still have trouble getting rid of unsightly bulges. Trouble areas, such as those on your back, build up flab, and it is nearly impossible to shed through exercise. The CoolSculpting procedure is comfortable and safe and will remove those bulges and flab to give you the toned body you've always wanted.
How Does CoolSculpting Get Rid of Back Fat?
CoolSculpting treatment is all about science. The procedure will freeze away your fat. Freezing fat cells is possible because your fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than the surrounding tissue. The technology involved with CoolSculpting is to target the fat cells underneath the skin and then get them to a temperature that triggers their natural death. The process is called Cryolipolysis.
Cryolipolysis crystallizes fat cells or freezes them, so they die. The fat cells crystallize much faster than healthy cells, so there is no damage to your skin, nerves, or tissues in the surrounding areas around the fat cells. The treated fat cells will begin to shrink as they die, and then your body will naturally metabolize them. Once they are eliminated through your body's natural process, you are left with a more sculpted look.
This procedure works differently than exercise or diet, as the fat cells are reduced in size, and once they are gone, they do not regenerate. CoolSculpting is done in several sessions, and with each one, your treated fat cells in your back will be decreased by about twenty percent. Electing to have additional treatments will enhance your final results.
How to Prepare for the Removal of Back Fat
There is not much preparation for the CoolSculpting procedure. You will want to ensure you are healthy and close to an ideal weight. This treatment is not intended to treat those considered obese and is not a weight-loss program. An ideal person for this treatment is healthy and fit and is looking for a tool to eliminate an unsightly bulge of back fat.
During the treatment, the applicator can cause bruising. It is a good idea to stay away from anti-inflammatories such as aspirin before having the CoolSculpting procedure. Anti-inflammatories could enhance bruising.
How CoolSculpting Works to Remove Back Fat
A trained healthcare professional performs the CoolSculpting procedure with a handheld device that looks much like the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner. They will begin by applying a gel pad and applicator to the areas on your back where you want the fat reduced. The applicator will deliver controlled cooling to those areas on your back that has accumulated fat cells.
The treatment consists of the healthcare professional moving the handheld device over your skin as it applies suction and cooling technology to the back fat. During this treatment, you will feel a slight pinching and pulling sensation as the process is completed. Once they have finished going over the area of fat on your back; they will gently massage where they have gone over your skin to break up the frozen deep tissue. Your body can then begin to absorb the fat cells that have been destroyed.
The treatments last from one to three hours. A lot of people find this time relaxing and will either read a book, listen to music, or complete work on their computer as the procedure is done.
CoolSculpting can reduce fat pockets in several areas of your body besides the back fat. Other areas frequently targeted include:
- Inner and outer areas of your thighs
- Underneath your buttocks which often called a banana roll
- Lower and the upper regions of your abdomen
- Love handles or flanks
- Chin areas where many people develop a double-chin appearance
Side Effects or Risk of Removing Back Fat with CoolSculpting
In 2012, the FDA approved the CoolSculpting procedures for targeting fat tissues of the abdomen and flanks. The treatment was cold-assisted lipolysis, and since then, they have given the procedure clearance for other areas of the body. The FDA has stated it is a safe and effective procedure based on the clinical trials performed. There have been no reported adverse side effects resulting from the clinical trials completed. There was also a 2009 study completed, which supported the fact that cryolipolysis does not increase levels of fat in your bloodstream. This study also showed there was no significant damage done to the liver.
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive treatment and is relatively safe. There are a few side effects you may experience while the procedure is being done:
- Sensations of intense cold
These side effects all go away once the treatment area has been numbed. When the treatment is completed, there are a few side effects that are temporary and will disappear within a few days of the procedure. These temporary side effects include:
- Skin sensitivity in the back area where fat cells were targeted
- Redness around the treated area
- Bruising around the treated back fat area
- Tenderness of the treated area
- Swelling of the back area treated
The CoolSculpting procedure is not for everyone. You should speak with your doctor at Fat Freezing Sculpting about your concerns about your back fat. Talk with them about the benefits and risks involved in having these fat cells frozen. If you have a sensitivity to cold temperature or suffer from Raynaud's disease, you should receive their approval before scheduling a treatment.
- Raynaud’s Disease
Raynaud's disease is when your arteries in the fingers or other extremities spasm. Constant vibrations or the cold generally trigger the contractions. The contractions can lead to numbness, pallor, pain, and in severe cases, it can lead to gangrene. CoolSculpting treatments may not be an option for one suffering from this disease.
What to Expect After Treatment of Back Fat
When you have the CoolSculpting treatment of your back fat, you will experience little to no recovery time. Those who have this procedure to remove fat bulges from their bodies are often approved to resume their daily routines as soon as treatments are completed. You may notice some minor soreness or redness on your back where the application was targeted, but it should subside within a few days.
You should begin seeing noticeable results of your back fat disappearing within three weeks of the treatment. Your desired results should be seen within two to three months of the procedure, but the fat-flushing process in your body will continue up to six months. In some cases, areas may require more than one CoolSculpting treatment.
The CoolSculpting process targets specific areas of your body, such as the back fat. If you want other areas of your body reduced, you would want to schedule separate treatments for those areas. This procedure is not going to treat obesity, and it is not intended to replace a healthy lifestyle. You should continue to exercise and eat properly to maintain your results.
Which Works Better? Liposuction or CoolSculpting to Remove Back Fat?
Liposuction and CoolSculpting are both procedures done to reduce fat pockets. Both of these treatments will permanently remove fat cells from your back. With the CoolSculpting treatment, you are undergoing a noninvasive method of removing those fat cells, and the side effects are minor. While you may experience temporary bruising or sensitivity of the skin, you will see these disappear within a few weeks.
Liposuction is an invasive surgery and is performed using anesthesia. The side effects are more severe if they occur and can include adverse reactions to the anesthesia or blood clots. Liposuction is not recommended if you blood clotting disorders, are pregnant, or suffer from any form of heart disease.
When you have the CoolSculpting treatment, you are treated as an outpatient. Each of your sessions will take approximately one hour, and should you need more than one session; they will spread out over a couple of weeks. Liposuction can also be performed as an outpatient service, which will take one to two hours to complete. The recovery time from liposuction can take several days.
After your CoolSculpting treatment, you should begin seeing results within a few weeks. Results from liposuction are not noticeable for several months. The costs involved with CoolSculpting are much less than those involved with liposuction as well.
When you have a CoolSculpting treatment to target your back fat, it will eliminate up to twenty-five percent of the fat cells in that area. With liposuction, it removes up to eleven pounds of fat. It is not safe to remove any more than eleven pounds. Both of these treatments will permanently destroy fat cells, but you can still develop fat in other areas of your body. A study conducted on liposuction results showed that most participants of liposuction had the same body fat after one year; it just moved to other areas of their body.
When you compare CoolSculpting to liposuction, you will see both are medical procedures that are targeting fat cells in specific areas of your body. There are; however, key differences between these two treatments:
- Coolsculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is a noninvasive medical procedure that will remove your back fat without surgery. A physician who has been trained in the CoolSculping technique will use a clamp to freeze the fat cells in your back, which will destroy them, and they will die. Your body will begin to eliminate those dead cells through your liver naturally, and you should see results within a few weeks.
You will require no recovery time with CoolSculpting, and a session should take approximately one hour.
- Liposuction is a surgical procedure, therefore invasive. You would undergo cutting, stitching, and being anesthetized. A surgical team is needed, and you may be given local anesthesia or be fully sedated throughout the procedure. The surgeon makes an incision into the back area where fat has pocketed and then uses a long, narrow suction tool to vacuum the fat out of your back.
Surgery to complete this procedure generally takes from one to two hours. Typically, people need only one operation to complete the removal of fat, and it can be completed on an outpatient basis. Recovery is usually a few days; however, you may have to wait two to four weeks before resuming strenuous activity.
The process and recovery times of these two procedures are quite different, but the results are similar. With either treatment of your back fat, you will permanently remove excess fat from your back or other areas of your body if you choose. Neither of the procedures is intended for weight loss. Both the CoolSculpting and liposuction procedures are effective in removing fat bulges from specific areas of your body. Neither of the treatments can improve the looks of cellulite or loose skin.
Find A Los Angeles CoolSculpting Near Me
If you are tired of clothes not fitting properly because of unwanted back fat, call Fat Freezing Sculpting at 310-919-5296 and schedule a consultation. We understand how looking good makes a person feel their best, and we are ready to help you attain the look you want. Through our personalized, non-invasive treatment plan, we will get you looking your best using our cutting-edge technology delivered by highly-trained professionals.