10 FAQs About the Hypodermis

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Provides Shock Absorption

The fat stores in the hypodermis function to provide the body's outer layer with protection and shock absorption against trauma. For example, the hypodermis in the buttocks can provide comfort against the hardness of a chair.

This fat can also protect the palms of the hands from bruising when shovels or other hand-held tools are in use. Additionally, this fat protects internal body parts, such as tissues, organs, bones and muscles, by acting as a cushion against impacts or falls.


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