Daily Vanity Logo

In our quest for the ideal body, we often think that being “skinny” equates to being healthy and attractive. But what do you do if you appear slender overall but still have a protruding belly, jiggly “bingo wings“, or excess fat on your inner thighs?

This puzzling phenomenon known as “skinny fat” is something most of us can easily identify with. It describes a body type characterised by a lack of noticeable muscle definition, coupled with enough body fat to create a soft appearance, especially when shirtless.

It’s a common body type that most of us sport, but if you’re looking to change that, read on. Ahead, we’ll be sharing why being “skinny fat” could be a cause for concern and how you can start shaping up.

Being “skinny fat”: What are the causes?

skinny fat causes

Understanding the underlying causes of being “skinny fat” is essential to address this paradoxical body composition.

To start, let’s talk genetics. We’re all born with unique genetic makeups that influence how our bodies store fat and build muscle.

Some individuals may be genetically predisposed to carry a higher percentage of body fat and have less muscle mass, making them more prone to the “skinny fat” appearance. This genetic influence means that despite their slender frame, they might still struggle with stubborn pockets of fat.

Beyond genetics, lifestyle choices significantly impact one’s body composition. Exercise and nutrition habits play a pivotal role in determining whether someone becomes “skinny fat” or not.

A sedentary lifestyle combined with a diet high in processed foods and sugar can lead to fat accumulation in specific areas, even in individuals who are naturally slender.

On the flip side, regular physical activity and a balanced diet can help combat the “skinny fat” dilemma, promoting muscle development and fat loss.

Additionally, factors like age and hormone levels also contribute to body size and composition. As we age, our metabolism tends to slow down, making it easier for fat to accumulate, especially around the midsection.

Hormone imbalances, such as fluctuations in estrogen or testosterone, can also influence how the body stores fat. These hormonal shifts can lead to the development of “skinny fat” characteristics, particularly in certain age groups and genders.

Health issues that may arise if you’re “skinny fat”

Being “skinny fat” is not just a matter of aesthetics; it can also pose significant health risks.

Despite appearing trim on the outside, individuals grappling with this paradox may be silently facing an increased risk of Type II diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol levels. The culprit here is often visceral fat, that stealthy fat hiding around your vital organs.

Visceral fat has been linked to numerous diseases, including heart disease, and has even been associated with a higher likelihood of premature death.

To illustrate, a study conducted in 2018 unearthed a startling revelation: women who predominantly carried their weight around their midsection faced a 10% to 20% elevated risk of experiencing a heart attack compared to women with a more evenly distributed weight profile.

This underscores the critical importance of not just monitoring body weight but also paying close attention to how and where body fat is distributed, as it can significantly impact one’s health outcomes. It’s a stark reminder that appearances can indeed be deceiving.

Liposuction as the solution to being “skinny fat” – not just for vanity, but also for health


While you may think of liposuction as a way to refine your “skinny fat” appearance, it might also be a key player in your quest for overall well-being.

By targeting and banishing excess fat, especially the notorious visceral fat, liposuction has the potential to mitigate the risks associated with being “skinny fat” and enhance your well-being in surprising ways.

Here’s what it can do:

It trims blood fat

Beyond its cosmetic prowess, liposuction contributes to a healthier bloodstream. High levels of blood fat, particularly triglycerides, are a red flag for heart disease, which is why maintaining triglyceride levels below 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) is crucial for cardiac health.

By removing stored fat from various body areas, liposuction also streamlines your internal fat composition.

It guards against diabetes

Research reveals liposuction’s potential in reducing insulin resistance, a condition in which the body’s cells do not respond effectively to insulin. Insulin plays a crucial role in regulating blood sugar (glucose) levels and facilitating the uptake of glucose into cells.

This revelation isn’t merely promising for those on the brink of diabetes, but it also suggests liposuction could act as a preventive measure, thwarting diabetes before it takes root.

It lowers inflammation

Chronic inflammation is the precursor to numerous diseases, from heart conditions to autoimmune disorders, but here’s how liposuction can help mitigate this.

A study unveiled that six months after the liposuction procedure, patients witnessed a remarkable drop in inflammatory markers and a surge in anti-inflammatory counterparts. Furthermore, liposuction might quell vascular inflammation, diminishing the risk of cardiovascular ailments.

It revives metabolism

Adipose tissue, the body’s energy reservoir stored as fat, isn’t just about insulation; it’s also a metabolic powerhouse.

An intriguing clinical paper from the US National Library of Medicine illuminates the role of liposuction alongside exercise. Together, they emerge as a potent duo in addressing metabolic disorders.

This partnership isn’t confined to one aspect. It extends its reach to conditions such as lipodystrophy syndrome, where the distribution of fat within the body goes askew, causing imbalances in specific regions.

It’s a fresh outlook that portrays liposuction as a holistic approach to both looking and feeling your best, demonstrating that beauty and well-being go hand in hand.

From “skinny fat” to “pretty fit”: Sculpt your arms, tummy, and thighs

How Amaris B. Clinic’s Modern Liposuction with MDC-Sculpt®️ Lipo Technique works

If you’re looking to transform your “skinny fat” physique, consider Amaris B. Clinic’s Modern Liposuction with MDC-Sculpt®️ Lipo Technique, tailored for specific areas like the arms, tummy, and thighs.

This technique adds a new dimension to the conventional approach, emphasising precision and delicacy in treating stubborn fat pouches. It’s tailored to the unique contours, fat distribution, and skin elasticity of each individual’s body.

The MDC-Sculpt®️ Lipo Technique serves a dual purpose: it effectively targets localised stubborn fat that remains unresponsive to exercise and diet while concurrently sculpting the body.

Addressing a common concern among patients – surgical scarring – Amaris B. Clinic’s Medical Director, Dr Ivan Puah, employs a strategic approach to minimise incision scars.

These incisions are thoughtfully placed to provide efficient access to the three layers of fat. His proprietary fat removal technique also enhances skin retraction, a benefit often unattainable through traditional liposuction methods.

Its versatility allows Dr Puah to perform comprehensive 360-degree fat removal and sculpting, targeting common trouble areas such as the abdomen and waist, delivering natural and optimal results for patients.

Amaris B. Clinic’s Modern Liposuction pairs perfectly with a healthy lifestyle

“Most of the patients exercise and try to eat healthily, but sometimes, despite a healthy lifestyle, they find it hard to see a significant improvement in stubborn fat reduction,” Dr Puah shares.

“So, is it really cheating if you use Modern Liposuction with MDC-Sculpt®️ Lipo Technique to help you eliminate those stubborn areas? Not at all.”

Liposuction complements a healthy lifestyle by addressing areas that diet and exercise may not fully resolve, offering a chance for individuals to achieve their desired body contour.

However, liposuction’s significance goes beyond mere body transformation; it’s a journey that reshapes your relationship with yourself. It’s about aligning your external appearance with the vitality and renewed sense of self that you feel inside.

Whether it’s banishing that under-chin pouch, erasing the bra roll, or bidding farewell to that pesky muffin top, liposuction allows you to rediscover and embrace your true form. With such transformative potential, there’s no room for surprises – only a chance to emerge feeling renewed.

Let Dr Ivan Puah from Amaris. B Clinic help you achieve your dream physique

skinny fat amaris b clinic dr ivan puah

It’s important to choose a qualified liposuction doctor who possesses not only the right credentials, but also the meticulousness and attention required for such a delicate procedure like liposuction.

Dr Ivan Puah stands out as a practitioner who pays meticulous attention to detail and is adept at addressing potential challenges in liposuction procedures. His proficiency with the MDC-Sculpt®️ Lipo Technique makes him a top choice for those seeking a transformative body contouring experience.

Amaris B. Clinic is located at 140 Arab Street, Singapore 199827. Call 6536 4211 or email [email protected] to schedule a consultation.

This article is brought to you by Amaris B. Clinic.