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All You Need to Know: How Body Contouring Works!

Body contouring or sculpting has turned a boon for millions of people suffering from stubborn excess fat deposits. Advances in science and technology have made body contouring technologies a reality for us. Compared to invasive surgical procedures which usually mean pain, anaesthesia risks, hospital stays, and so many other inconveniences, non-surgical body contouring technologies are bloodless, convenient, and effective.

It’s not surprising that more and more people are beginning to explore a plethora of non-invasive body contouring procedures to finally get that fit-looking attractive body. At the Ensoul Body Medical Clinic, Dr Thean explains that these treatments are ideal for removing stubborn fat pockets that are not responsive to stimuli such as diet or physical workouts. It’s important to have an idea of potential results in your specific case before embarking on your journey to your ideal physique.

When you discuss body contouring treatments with your doctors, they will usually tell you about three types of treatments that are commonly used or recommended for patients. Let’s find out what these treatments are and more importantly, how they work in your body.



CoolSculpting Singapore

What is it?

What is the Operating Principle?

This is a popular medical technology that harnesses energy derived from extremely low or subzero temperatures, targeting specific areas of the body pockets of fat with extremely cold temperatures. 

Under the cold temperatures induced, it then freezes fat cells and demolishes them.

In this way, the fat pockets get eliminated in the body. This reduces the volume in the targeted areas such as abdomen, thighs, breasts, buttocks and flanks. 

The operating philosophy behind cryolipolysis took birth when scientists were studying the impact of frostbite in body fat. 

The scientists observed that the fat inside our bodies has a higher freezing point than that of our skin on the outside. It means that the fat freezes faster and sooner than the outer skin. 

The principle was quickly adapted for fat reduction treatments and is known as cryolipolysis.

What is the procedure like?

The device comprises an applicator with a suction vacuum cup that is used to envelop the area chosen for fat reduction. During the treatment, the panels within the applicator will begin to cool rapidly. 

When exposed to such low temperatures, the targeted fat cells die then crystallize and die. Usually, about 20-27% of the fat cells in the targeted area get destroyed during the session.  

Since the surrounding skin, muscle and nerve tissue have lower freezing points, they are unaffected by the low temperatures used for freezing the fat cells. The dead fat cells are then eliminated naturally over the course of a couple of months after the treatment. 

Fat Freezing Treatments


Laser Treatment 

What is it?

What is the Operating Principle?

It is a non-invasive technology that uses laser heat energy for melting the fat deposits in the body. 

The laser-based procedure targets stubborn fat cells and destroys them through the high temperatures induced. 

Typical target areas include below the chin, the neck, jowls as well as areas such as arms and abdomen that have loose skin. 

This procedure does not only eliminate fat cells but could also target skin laxity by contracting collagen which in turn tightens the skin.

Laser treatments for fat reduction work on the principle of using heat energy to specifically target fat deposits located under the skin. The lasers bypass the intervening skin and tissue layers to destroy the stubborn fat cells. 

The high temperatures result in the death of the fat cells which are then gradually eliminated by the body’s lymphatic system.

After 12 weeks of treatment, the contents of damaged fat cells are flushed out through the lymphatic system.

What is the procedure like?

During the treatment, applicators are strapped to the targeted areas accordingly. The patient might feel a cooling sensation that is applied during the entire treatment to combat the rising temperature that the lasers induce and keep the skin comfortable. 

The session usually lasts for around 25 to 30 minutes with no downtime involved. The dead fat cells are eliminated naturally over the course of a couple of months after the treatment.


Ultrasound Fat Reduction

What is it? 

What is the Operating Principle? 

Also known as ultrasonic cavitation, this technology uses highly concentrated sound or sonic waves to demolish the targeted fat cells in the chosen area of the body. 

The focused bombardment by sonic waves then breaks down the fat deposits which are then flushed out via the body’s lymphatic system. 

During the treatment, ultrasound energy traverses through the skin generating rapid pressure fluctuations that destroy the targeted fat cells. While this process takes place, the surrounding tissues and cells remain unharmed. 

High-frequency ultrasonic waves are sent deep into the layers of the skin, causing a disruptive vibration. 

Tiny cavities/vapor bubbles are formed between the fat cells, creating pressure as they expand and break apart from each other and are dislodged from your dermal layers. 

When these bubbles burst, they break up the enclosed fat deposits as well. These damaged fat deposits get transformed into glycerol and free fatty acids. 

The fatty acids are then flushed out naturally via the body’s lymphatic system. 

What is the procedure like? 

In the treatment, a transducer which is a device used for converting energy from one form to another to another and is rested on the targeted area. The transducer then begins to radiate high-intensity ultrasonic waves to target the fat deposits beneath the skin. 

Under the ultrasonic waves induced, fat cells then begin to break down and are naturally eliminated over the course of a couple of weeks after the treatment. Unlike cryolipolysis or laser treatments which might see more significant results after one session, ultrasound fat reduction treatments might require more sessions to achieve the desired results. 


Get Ready for the Actual Body Contouring Experience

As you can see, non-invasive body contouring treatments are the products of what modern science and technology can achieve. Speak to the experts at Ensoul Body Medical Clinic and find out what treatment modality suits you the best.