Breaking news! Scientists at the University of Texas’ Southwestern Medical Center announced they have found a way to genetically alter fat cells to burn calories and to stop storing fat. Success so far is with mice, not with humans…yet. Human petri dish experiments are currently underway. Incredible news! But could the ability to genetically alter fat cells also alter the future of the body contouring business? Could it eliminate the need for fat reduction treatments?
We’ll give you our answer to this question at the end of the article, but first a review of some body contouring-ology.
Four kinds of fat cells
Our bodies have four kinds of fat cells.
- Brown fat cells
- Beige fat cells
- Essential fat cells
- White fat cells
What roles do each of the fat cells play in our bodies?
- Brown fat cells burn energy, rather than storing fat, but we don’t have many of them.
- There is no agreement among experts, but some say beige fat cells can burn energy too. However, like brown fat cells, we don’t have many beige fat cells.
- We need our essential fat cells. They provide ‘essential’ functions.
- It’s the white fat cells that cause aesthetic concerns (and medical concerns) with our clients. White fat cells are the ‘bad guys.’
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Why do we question if this breakthrough may alter the future of the body contouring business?
Could this discovery eliminate the need for body contouring?
The researchers are laser focused on improving health. Dr. Rana Gupta, the lead researcher, says this breakthrough could have a major impact on the rate of obesity in the US.
White fat cells store energy (in the form of fat) and have an unlimited potential to expand to store more fat. These are the fat cells that lead to obesity. So the problem with white fat cells runs much deeper than worrying about how good you look in your bikini.
Dr. Gupta surmises that this innovation, creating calorie burners out of white fat cells, rather than calorie storers, could be a way to help people with diabetes and other obesity-related pathologies – and ultimately save many lives.
Could this be the future of the body contouring business, and eliminate the need for body contouring treatments?
No, we don’t think so.
First of all, for the most part our clients are not obese, and don’t need treatments for obesity.
Second, our clients have specific complaints, not ‘overall too much fat’ problems.
- I want my hourglass figure back
- I hate the cellulite on my thighs
- I just can’t seem to lose this belly fat
- I hate the way my arms jiggle
Third, even this astonishing ability to genetically alter fat cells will not produce an effective ‘spot reduction’ for our clients. Targeted fat loss is a myth and will continue to be.
In other words, genetically altered white fat cells won’t be able tell the body where to lose the fat.
We believe this discovery will indeed save lives. But body contouring technology will continue to be the only tool for non-invasive fat reduction.
Body contouring professionals should rest at ease…and celebrate this discovery. Body contouring technology will continue to be very much needed and in demand. This discovery does not alter the future of the body contouring business.
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