Muffin Tops

What causes Muffin Tops?

A visible roll of fat above the waist area. This usually occurs in women wearing lower waist pants or tighter clothing, however, it can occur in men as well. This name originated in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s when low rise and hip hugging pants were more popular. It caused the fat and skin around the waist to rise up over the pants causing a “muffin top” effect.

Women that are going through perimenopause or menopause are more likely to develop a muffin top. This occurs because the estrogen levels drop when the menstrual cycles end. When this occurs, body fat is usually redistributed from other areas into the belly area. Many other factors can also contribute a muffin top. Factors such as poor diet with high starch or fatty foods, lack of exercise, alcohol over indulgence, stress, lack of sleep, and too much sugar in your diet. Health factors such as diabetes, insulin resistance, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, and polycystic ovarian syndrome.

There are a few things a person can do to aid in reducing or preventing a muffin top prior to any procedures cosmetically being done. Wardrobe should include a higher waist pants and longer shirts. Diet should include consuming fewer calories and avoiding processed or refined foods which include white breads and potato chips. Exercise is key to aiding in healthy modifications in life as well as weight loss.

When the correct diet, exercise, and clothing are in place and you still have stubborn areas to get rid of, Coolsculpting is a great non-surgical, non-invasive way to aid in this. Coolsculpting will target fat cells and cool or freeze them without harming the surrounding tissue. The fat is then naturally eliminated from the body within a few weeks. Sometimes more than one treatment is necessary to achieve optimal results. There is no down time and can be done in an hour or 2 and the person can return to normal daily activities immediately afterward. The more common after effect is mild numbness, tingling, and some redness to the area.

Please speak with your dermatologist to see if Coolsculpting is meant for you!

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