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How To Treat & Remove A Stubborn Fat

What Is Stubborn Fat?

In many instances, there are areas of the body where it is difficult or seemingly impossible to lose fat, even with drastic dietary and lifestyle choices. Stubborn fat can exist anywhere on the body and is defined as fat that is resistant to exercise and diet. 

Stubborn fat may be the result of a hormonal imbalance, making it unresponsive to the caloric deficit caused by increased exercise and decreased food consumption or healthy dietary changes. Insulin, for instance, stores fat; if your body overproduces insulin, you may be more likely to have or develop excess fat.

What Causes Stubborn Fat?

There are a number of factors that can result in stubborn fat deposits in the body. These include:

1) Estrogen levels

If you are overweight or obese, your body may produce an excess amount of estrogen. A rise in estrogen results in the body storing excess fat, which results in stubborn fat deposits that are difficult to shed. This is what causes the formation of stubborn fat deposits.

2) Irregular or excessive eating

Eating your meals at odd times, or not consistently pacing out your food intake throughout the day, may result in your body having difficulty processing the nutrients from your food, which may result in a significant gain of stubborn fat. Excessive eating can also result in significant weight gain, which can cause hormonal imbalances that result in stubborn fat.

3) Alcohol and soda

These types of drinks are particularly likely to result in the development of stubborn fat around the belly and midsection.

4) Lack of exercise

Maintaining a sedentary lifestyle can result in weight gain, which can include the development of stubborn fat that is difficult to lose. 

5) Unhealthy eating

Eating food that is overly sugary, deep-fried, refined, or processed can result in excess weight gain.

What are the Common Areas of Stubborn Fat?

While stubborn fat can occur anywhere on the body, there are areas where it is more likely to develop. These include:

Surgical Ways to Treat Stubborn Fat

Because stubborn fat is difficult to lose, you may find that having it removed surgically is the only effective, permanent way to eliminate this type of fat, in order to help you achieve a more attractive overall shape and to improve your self-esteem and self-confidence. 


Liposuction is a type of body contouring procedure that can remove localized, stubborn fat through suction, through small, hidden incisions. In addition, modern liposuction also “melts away” excess and unwanted fat using laser, radiofrequency, or ultrasound energy. Most procedures are performed with local anesthesia, and recovery takes a maximum of three weeks.

Tummy Tuck

A tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty, is a type of cosmetic surgery that involves the removal of loose skin and stubborn fat around the midsection. During a tummy tuck, your surgeon can also tighten weak abdominal muscles, and restore muscles that have become separated. This type of surgery may be ideal for those who, in addition to stubborn fat, also have loose or excess skin due to dramatic weight loss. The procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia. 

Double Chin Treatment

If your stubborn fat occurs around the chin and neck, you may wish for a facial procedure to remove it. A double chin treatment, which can include a neck lift or neck liposuction, can remove excess fat (or jowls) around the chin and neck, and can tighten any excess skin in the area.

Non-Surgical Ways to Treat Stubborn Fat

If you are unwilling or unable to have an outpatient procedure performed for your stubborn fat, some non-surgical procedures can help reduce its appearance. It is important to be aware, however, that such procedures are unlikely to offer the dramatic results of surgical procedures. 


CoolSculpting® is a non-invasive type of liposuction procedure that reduces or eliminates excess fat pockets by freezing the cells. During the procedure, non-invasive cool temperatures freeze fat cells in target areas, which the body then naturally removes. During a CoolSculpting procedure, paddles are applied to the area of treatment, which cool tissues to 4 degrees. In the weeks following your treatment, fat cells in the treated area will die off.


EMsculpt is a type of non-invasive procedure that stimulates muscles and kills fat using electromagnetic energy. Using high-intensity electromagnetic energy, 20,000 supramaximal muscles contractions can be induced in just 30 minutes of treatment. Following twice-weekly treatments, the size of the muscle fibres increases, improving your body’s contour and form.

Exercise and a Healthy Diet

In addition to surgical and non-surgical procedures, lifestyle changes can help eliminate some types of stubborn fat. Incorporating cardiovascular activity, as well as strength-training and conditioning, into your daily regimen can help you shed fat, and can help you improve your body’s overall shape. Eliminating high-salt, high-sugar, processed foods and opting instead for lean proteins, fruits and vegetables and complex carbohydrates can also create a caloric deficit that can reduce your overall weight. 

How Much Does It Cost to Treat Stubborn Fat?

The cost of treating your stubborn fat will depend on the type of procedure you choose to undergo. If you opt for a surgical procedure, such as liposuction, you will be paying more than you would pay for a non-surgical procedure, such as CoolSculpting. However, a surgical procedure is more likely to offer lasting, drastic results. 


Choose Stubborn Fat Reduction Clinic at SpaMedica

At SpaMedica, our team of clinical professionals and world-renowned plastic surgeons will work with you to determine what excess fat removal procedure is best for addressing your specific concerns and specific desired outcomes. Our surgical team is world-renowned for their individualized, professional, experienced approach to cosmetic surgery. Eliminating excess fat can help restore self-confidence and a positive self-image. Contact the clinic to book your consultation today. 



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