Many people who struggle with stubborn fat work for months or years on their problem areas without much luck. They may find themselves in a vicious cycle of crash dieting and falling back on a workout plan that doesn’t produce the desired results. While healthy lifestyle choices are important for fat loss and body contouring, other factors can also contribute to excess weight. These include issues involving hormone levels, a slow metabolism, and stubborn pockets of fat make it difficult to sculpt the body without a little help.

Patients primarily choose to treat stubborn fat for two reasons:

  • Safety and Minimal Downtime: Non-invasive procedures like CoolSculpting or Emsculpt are appealing because they don’t involve surgery or anesthesia. They typically have minimal downtime and fewer risks compared to invasive procedures, making them a safer option for many individuals.
  • Targeted Fat Reduction: These treatments offer targeted fat reduction in specific areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. They can effectively address stubborn pockets of fat, helping individuals achieve a more sculpted and contoured appearance without undergoing invasive surgery like liposuction.


Protect, correct, and love the skin you’re in at SKIN FIVE Pacific Palisades.


A great deal of people have problems getting rid of excess fat deposits that appear in various areas of the body. Some commit to a diet and exercise routine but in many cases, this does not provide the desired results. Knowing what causes the body to accumulate stubborn fat can help us when creating a treatment plan for you.

  • Genetics
    • Genetic predisposition plays a significant role in determining where your body stores fat and how easily it can be mobilized for energy. Some individuals may have a genetic tendency to store fat in specific areas, making it more resistant to diet and exercise.
  • Hormonal Changes
    • Hormonal fluctuations, such as those associated with puberty, pregnancy, menopause, or certain medical conditions, can affect fat distribution and metabolism. Hormones like estrogen, insulin, cortisol, and thyroid hormones play key roles in regulating fat storage and metabolism.
  • Age
    • As we age, our metabolism tends to slow down, making it easier to gain weight and harder to lose it, particularly in stubborn areas. Additionally, hormonal changes that occur with age can also contribute to changes in fat distribution and storage.
  • Lifestyle Factors
    • Sedentary lifestyle, poor dietary choices, excessive stress, lack of sleep, and other lifestyle factors can contribute to the accumulation of stubborn fat. Consuming a diet high in processed foods, sugar, and unhealthy fats can promote fat storage, while inadequate physical activity can lead to muscle loss and decreased metabolic rate.
  • Insulin Resistance
    • Insulin resistance, a condition where cells become less responsive to insulin, can lead to elevated insulin levels and increased fat storage, particularly around the abdomen. This can be exacerbated by factors such as excess weight, a high-carbohydrate diet, and lack of physical activity.
  • Poor Circulation
    • Reduced blood flow to certain areas of the body can impede the breakdown and mobilization of fat stores, making it more challenging to lose stubborn fat in those areas. Poor circulation can be caused by factors such as sitting for long periods, wearing tight clothing, or certain medical conditions.
  • Stress
    • Chronic stress can lead to increased production of cortisol, a hormone that promotes fat storage, particularly in the abdominal area. Stress-related eating behaviors, such as emotional eating or cravings for high-calorie foods, can also contribute to stubborn fat accumulation.

Regardless of the cause for your stubborn fat, SKIN FIVE has the expertise and the treatments to help you achieve your aesthetic goals.


You may have heard that it’s not possible to spot-reduce fat, and that is true. You cannot do crunches alone to reduce stubborn fat around the abdomen. However, some people lose weight at a faster rate from other parts of their body compared to others. So, where fat melts off one person is completely different from one person to the next. 

  • CoolSculpting®: Non-invasive fat reduction treatment that freezes and eliminates fat cells.
  • Radiofrequency (RF) Therapy: Uses heat energy to target and disrupt fat cells, leading to their elimination.
  • Injection Lipolysis: Injects a solution into fat deposits to dissolve and remove excess fat, like Kybella.
  • Body Contouring Treatments: Combination therapies such as radiofrequency, ultrasound, and laser therapy to tighten skin and enhance body contours after fat reduction. Emsculpt and Emtone are our two favorite body contouring treatments at SKIN FIVE.


Whether you’re curious about the best treatments for your skin type or seeking personalized advice, we invite you to contact us online or call us with any questions—our expert team is here to guide you towards your skincare goals.

Say Goodbye to Stubborn Fat

“Non-invasive body contouring is a game-changer when it comes to eliminating stubborn fat. Treatments like EmSculpt and CoolSculpting are not only effective but also incredibly convenient. I love that there’s no downtime, so we can all get back to our daily routines right away. The results speak for themselves— and my patients feel more confident and comfortable in their skin than ever before.

Elisabeth Dzhanzhikyan, RN

SKIN FIVE Pacific Palisades

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