Subcutaneous Fat Layer, a journey through skin

Lately, I have taken you on a fascinating journey through our skin.

We can liken the layers of skin to an outfit:

The Epidermis: This is the sweater our outer layer.

The Dermis: This is the blouse, the middle layer.

The Subcutaneous fat layer: This is the vest, the deepest layer.

Our Subcutaneous fat layer, is made up of fat cells, these are known as adipose tissue and loose connective tissue.

These tissues and cells, attach themselves to muscle and bones.

Subcutaneous Fat Layer

Lets have a look at some of its functions:

  • Fat cells serve as an energy reserve
  • It adheres your skin to the tissues underneath it
  • It gives us our internal cushioning and encases our organs
  • It draws nutrients and oxygen from our blood stream, in order to feed the whole skin
  • It’s a heat insulator, keeping our body warm and stabilising our body temperature
  • It is abundant in breasts, hips, thighs and abdomen, padding out the whole body working like a shock absorber

Role of Subcutaneous Fat Layer

Our Subcutaneous fat layer is a vital centre of activity, it has a direct effect on our complexion and how our skin looks and feels.

It provides energy, storage and support for what lies below, helping to give the dermis structure.

In fact technically it’s not really skin.

It is a layer of fat and connective tissue that lies between the skin and muscles.

Here the subcutaneous cells are tightly woven together, their rich in blood and lymphatic vessels, and contain interspersed bundles of nerves and fibers.

The cells in the subcutaneous fat layer, are continually sending and receiving messages, they deliver nourishment, transport and clean up crews for cuts and infections.

Whilst the entire time producing plump even contours, that we associate with youth and healthy skin.

As we age our subcutaneous tissue does start to disintegrate, it becomes less able to protect the body’s delicate bones and organs.

Which is why, we are more prone to getting injured and feeling the cold.

See a little fat layer around the stomach is not such a bad thing, so please don’t panic, because it is essential to good health.

7 thoughts on “Subcutaneous Fat Layer, a journey through skin

  1. Kris says:

    Hi Samantha,
    Thanks for your response. I’m scared to do laser. I heard that can cause fat loss, too. Not sure there is any left to loose though. Do you think message could help to increase blood flow?
    This is the most depressing thing I’ve ever been through. It has stripped all of my self confidence. I don’t look in mirrors anymore and I am so self conscious. My face is not me anymore.

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Kris
      I am so sorry I really am about this, what an awful experience, and i am a loss as what to really advise. where do you live Kris? if it is America I would try to reach out to…in the industry they are very well respected and have been around a long time and may have more advise for you and experience with this problem…Gosh sorry I can not be more help!

      • Kris says:

        I am live in the eastern US. It looks like they are located in CA. I would be afraid to contact them regarding my experience with Botox because they use it at there office? idk I’m so lost?

  2. Kris says:

    I have lost all of the fat in my face and head, in a very short amount of time. (Fat atrophy) This has hollowed my face and made it thin and small. My body has lost all of it’s tone at the same time. Will the subcuteneous fat and tissue ever return? So depressed from what this has done to me. The cause was Botox injections. No other cause found. Is it possible to regain this fat and tissue in the face and body? How can this be done?
    Thank you!!!!

    • Verified Author Samantha Miller replied:

      Hi Kris
      I am so sorry to hear this, I have not seen a lot of research done that can reverse this, in saying that I have no experience in treating this condition, I don;t work with injectables and have never had them. Kris I advise going to a dermatologist to see what they can do, maybe they can stimulate it with laser, it’s almost as though you need to get blood flow back to the area affected. Apologies i can not be more help.

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