Is killing fat cells actually BAD for the patient?
Posted Feb 11 2011 11:16pm
What do we know about the body’s fat cells, adipocytes, that makes it acceptable to destroy them for cosmetic gain? For decades, weight control gurus and liposuction surgeons have deemed these cells to be extraneous to the body’s function, and have merely removed them from patients’ bodies to create a slimmer physique. Unfortunately, not many physicians take the time to understand this cell before removing it. As we all know, the human body is a well-oiled machine, and unless proven otherwise, shouldn’t we assume that every cell has a purpose?
We all know that fat cells are meant to store extra fuel for the body. While today’s obesity rates may be dangerous, the storage of a reasonable amount of fat in the body is somewhat of an evolutionary necessity. A standard adipocyte can expand up to 20 times its original size in diameter, and after a certain amount of volume has accrued, patients often opt for liposuction. Unfortunately, that might not be such a good idea. Recent university studies identify this adipocyte as an essential part of the endocrine system, defining it as a “mini organ.”
Next time you stand in front of your mirror and wish away collections of fat cells, consider this: they may serve an integral role in regulating appetite control, heart disease, blood sugar, immunity, and more. Regardless of its size, an adipocyte secretes essential hormones and proteins that can reduce the risk of diabetes and other diseases.
While current fads that destroy or remove adipocytes may seem like a great idea at the time, the lack of fat storage locations will not help with weight control, nor does it improve the body’s metabolism. In fact, it could lead to the storage of fat in other, more dangerous areas of the body. These findings have not transitioned to the cosmetic community as of yet, but it is important for all potential patients to understand the additional risks before undergoing such a drastic surgery.
It is essential to understand the difference between removing or destroying these fat cells, and what Erchonia’s Zerona laser does. Rather than dissolving these “mini organs,” Erchonia’s FDA-backed cold laser empties the contents of the cell, leaving a lean and healthy cell behind. This laser is the only cold laser that currently utilizes the safe alternative method. Next time you pinch and prod at yourself in the mirror, consider your options before eliminating portions of your body that may carry very important biological roles.