Visceral Fat vs Subcutaneous Fat – What Is The difference?

Today we had a client ask the question: “What is the difference between visceral fat and subcutaneous fat?” So this inspired me to write a blog and explain for everyone else out there who may also be wondering. 

What Is Subcutaneous Fat

The subcutaneous layer of fat is the jiggly fat you can see just under the skin which visibly grows as we put on weight. It lies between the skin and the superficial fascia (a thick strong connective tissue that wraps over the top of muscles and bones). 

Underneath this subcutaneous fat layer is the abdominal muscle wall, which is covered by a strong thin layer of the superficial fascia.  On a very lean person – where there is no subcutaneous fat – the abdominal muscles are visible and you can see the ‘six pack’. Lean people still have fat cells in the subcutaneous area, however these fat cells are so very small that it is still possible to see the muscle structure underneath. For those of us with ‘normal weight + some’, our muscles are still there but aren’t visible because the subcutaneous layer of fat cells is thicker. 

How To Lose Subcutaneous Fat

The reason that fat freezing is so safe is because it only freezes the subcutaneous layer of fat so the organs inside your belly – your bowel, small intestines, stomach, pancreas, liver, kidneys, bladder and uterus – are protected by this layer of abdominal muscle. These organs are not drawn into the handle and frozen. They stay well protected behind the superficial fascia and the abdominal muscle wall. 

What Is Visceral Fat

Visceral fat is the term given to the internal fat that is deep inside your body surrounding your internal organs. Small amounts of visceral fat are important for your overall health however excess visceral fat can pose serious health risks because of the increased pressure it puts on your internal organs.

More Information About Visceral Fat

Click on the link below to watch a video further explaining this:

Click on the link below to view a healthy heart versus an unhealthy heart due to a large amount of visceral fat.

At Beautiful Body Clinics – Fat Freezing Melbourne Clinic – we can only treat the subcutaneous fat through our fat freezing treatments, not visceral fat. However we strongly encourage a healthy diet and exercise program to keep within a healthy weight range . A healthy weight range indicates a healthy level of visceral fat. 

Fat freezing treatment at Beautiful Body Clinics

We specialise in fat freezing treatment as we believe that fat freezing is the most effective and cost-efficient way to permanently change your body shape. 

Fat freezing is also the safest treatment as there are no needles or blood or the need for an anaesthetic.

We offer free consultations in our fat freezing Melbourne clinic – so please click here or give us a call on 1300 BODY NOW (1300 2639 669) to book and let us start you on the way to find your beautiful body.

Author’s Bio:

Linda – (Bachelor of Nursing) had over 10 years of hospital and surgical work experience as a Registered Nurse (1994 – 2007), and was a busy working Mum when she established Australia’s first Fat freezing Specialised clinic in Melbourne – Beautiful Body Clinics Fat Freezing Specialists. This was after personally experiencing the life-changing results of fat freezing (also called Cryolipolysis or Coolsculpting) when she was unable to get rid of your tummy despite a healthy diet and frequent exercise program. You can contact her here directly,


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