JUST NOT FAT FREEZE

Back when Work From Home (WFH) was the new normal, most of your time is spent on the couch or indoors. It’s literally goodbye to the gym and outdoor activities too. 

 You huff and puff at home, trying to shed away the effects of good food and a forced sedentary lifestyle. All your efforts go in vain, as you fight a losing battle against the bulge. It’s a cruel world, you think to yourself. How come, some of your friends look fit as fiddles, despite staying away from the gym for months on end? 

Of course, popular fat reduction treatments such as fat freezing do offer a ray of hope. But often, the results leave disappointments in their wake. The uncertainty and frustration weigh down heavily on your mind.       

JUST NOT FAT FREEZE

Back when from Home (WFH) is the new normal, most of your time is spent on the couch or indoors. It’s literally goodbye to the gym and outdoor activities too. 

 You huff and puff at home, trying to shed away the effects of good food and a forced sedentary lifestyle. All your efforts go in vain, as you fight a losing battle against the bulge. It’s a cruel world, you think to yourself. How come, some of your friends look fit as fiddles, despite staying away from the gym for months on end? 

Of course, popular fat reduction treatments such as fat freezing do offer a ray of hope. But often, the results leave disappointments in their wake. The uncertainty and frustration weigh down heavily on your mind.       

Why Fat Freeze Does Not Work for Everyone

Of late, fat freezing therapy has emerged as a popular fat reduction option. But in many cases, the results tell a different story.

If it’s disappointment in some cases, it could be unflattering side effects in other patients.  

The genesis for these sorry stories usually springs from one or more of many possible factors. You need to actually look behind the scenes to discover them. For instance, it could be the patient’s overall weight in some cases. In others, skin thickness may be the reason behind unflattering results. Skin laxity, the density of fat deposits in the targeted area, and even patient expectations are all factors that matter when charting the success of fat freeze therapy.

1. Temperature Tales

Your fat cells can survive only in specific ambient conditions. When exposed to sub-zero temperatures, the fat cells are unable to survive the hostile conditions for long. Cryolipolysis, better known as fat freezing, is a non-invasive therapy that unleashes ultra-low temperatures to destroy subcutaneous fat deposits clinging on to the body.

Notorious for resisting conventional fat-loss methods like dieting and physical workouts, these stubborn fat deposits disintegrate when targeted with the 3 Cs or Controlled Constant Cooling with temperatures under -8 degrees. Below par results can occur if the device fails to maintain cooling temperatures precisely during the treatment.   

2. The Fat and Skin Sides of the Coin  

An inch or two of abdominal skin grasped between two fingers, can be mistakenly diagnosed as pinchable fat. Actually, skin laxity is to blame for this condition. As we age, our muscles lose mass, elasticity, and tone. Major muscle groups in areas like the abdomen are no longer able to withstand the gravitational pull. As a result, the waist, arms, thighs, flanks, and buttocks begin to expand and droop down.

Although these conditions actually require skin tightening treatments, they are sometimes erroneously prescribed fat freezing therapy. In such cases, with no fat deposits in the target areas, the fat freezing results are bound to be disappointing. 

3. Going off the Mark 

A thorough understanding of an individual’s body and skin structures is crucial for the success of fat freezing therapy. Equally important is an appreciation for evaluating anatomical aesthetics and professional expertise. It translates to selecting the appropriate CoolSculpting applicators and properly positioning them on the target areas. 

Remember, you are unique. Each pocket of fat, its density, depth, hardness is distinctively yours alone. A detailed assessment of the treatment areas, aids in the accurate diagnosis and selection of applicators that are vital for exquisite results in fat freezing therapy. Even the slightest deviation in the process and procedure can spell trouble and unsatisfactory results. 

4. Correct Use of Applicators 

CoolSculpting® has US FDA clearances for treating visible fat bulges in the submental and submandibular areas. Stubborn fat deposits can be effectively cleared from areas such as the thigh, abdomen, and flanks. It is also ideal for tackling typical conditions such as bra fat, and back fat. It can even be difficult to reach spots like ‘banana rolls’ under the buttocks, and the upper arm.

CoolSculpting™

CoolSculpting is a fat freezing treatment that reduces fat by as much as 25 percent in the targeted body areas. This non-invasive fat reduction treatment has approvals from the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). Based on cryolipolysis technology, the procedure freezes excess fat cells and expels them from the body. The frozen and crystallized fat cells are then passed out from the body naturally.  

Many of us have stubborn fat despite diet and exercise.

CoolSculpting® technology uses controlled cooling, inducing temperatures from -10 to -13 °C to target the stubborn fat cells without harming the surrounding tissues.

In the weeks to follow, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells.

CoolSculpting procedure results are long-term1, as treated fat cells are gone for good.

Reference: 1. Data on file. Allergan. 

Knowing Your Applicators

CoolAdvantage™ is one of the 3 main applicators in CoolSculpt treatments. “V-shape for men, or hourglass figure for the damsels, this applicator comes equipped with three different contouring heads – Fit, Core, and Curve+.

The applicator is ideal for large-scale fat removal as well as focused treatment of individual spots. Apart from the abdomen, flanks, love handles, butt rolls, bra line, and bra fat, CoolAdvantage is also effective on the arms too.

With the CoolFit Advantage™, bulging areas are targeted with efficiency.

  • Inner thigh fat reduction. Great for patients who desire ‘thigh gaps.’
  • More comfortable for patients during treatments.

This CoolSculpting applicator works best for patients who are of a smaller physique.

  • Allows for smaller fat deposits to be targeted with precision.
  • Conforms to countless body shapes, sizes and areas.

This CoolSculpting applicator is great for its ability to reduce the layer of pinch-able belly fat and contour the abdominal region.

  • Fast fat reduction for pinch-able fat.
  • Most commonly used CoolSculpting Applicator

Curved to fit the contours snugly, CoolCurve+ Advantageis able to effectively pinpoint and target love handles, banana rolls, bra line and flanks areas.

  • The reduction of unsightly love handles.
  • Targets hard to reach areas and shapes it up beautifully

This CoolSculpting applicator is the largest one out of all the applicators in the CoolAdvantage line. It is uniquely designed to target bigger areas of the body.

  • Target larger areas of stubborn fat
  • Treat more surface area in a single session

This CoolSculpting applicator is also one of the largest applicators, and is effective for ‘de-bulking’ large, stubborn areas around the upper and lower abdomen.

  • Less time required for de-bulking belly and other areas in the body.
  • Ability to target large volumes of stubborn fat in a single session.

Alternative Body Contouring Solutions

A comprehensive suite of US FDA-cleared devices and applicators, empowers Ensoul Medical Clinic to curate and customize fat loss treatments specifically for you.

The combination of technology and Dr Thean’s experience, are responsible for the stellar results we deliver consistently.   

SculpSure (Warm Sculpting)

SculpSure is a body contouring treatment that uses laser thermolysis to target fat cells. It is a non-invasive laser technology that uses heat energy to melt the fat deposits in the body and destroy as much as 25% of treated fat cells in a single treatment.

The device uses a 1060 nm laser to heat the targeted subcutaneous fat cells. Between 42°C and 47°C, the fat cells begin to lose their structural integrity, resulting in fat reduction. The destroyed adipocytes are naturally flushed out of the body through the lymphatic system. 

SculpSure (Warm Sculpting)

SculpSure is a body contouring treatment that uses laser thermolysis to target fat cells. It is a non-invasive laser technology that uses heat energy to melt the fat deposits in the body and destroy as much as 25% of treated fat cells in a single treatment.

The device uses a 1060 nm laser to heat the targeted subcutaneous fat cells. Between 42°C and 47°C, the fat cells begin to lose their structural integrity, resulting in fat reduction. The destroyed adipocytes are naturally flushed out of the body through the lymphatic system. 

Onda CoolWaves 

ONDA induces a regenerating and toning effect, minus the side effects. Its non-invasive action works overtime to reduce localized fat deposits in the body. It is powered by DEKA patented microwave technology.  Coolwaves® dissolves fat, firms up skin tissues, and contours the skin.

Complementary Treatments 

Sometimes, complementary treatments have to be used in conjunction with the main fat removal treatments in order to achieve the most desired results. 

Whether it is to treat skin laxity after the fat has been removed, or improve lymphatic drainage to accelerate the breakdown of fat post-treatment, complementary treatments will often be advised to observe more significant results for our patients. 

 

Ultracel Q+
HIFU – High intensity ultrasound for Body Contouring

This High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) based procedure is especially helpful for skin-lift treatments on the face and nearby areas like the skin and under the chin.

The FDA-cleared procedure also helps reduce lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. A non-invasive procedure, Ultherapy is characterized by low downtimes and minimal discomfort. 

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ENDYMED

ENDYMED is a non-invasive body treatment technology that provides a deeper, controlled and focused Radio Frequency energy penetration that tightens and contours the skin by stimulating the body’s natural collagen renewal process. The heat induced by ENDYMED is able to reach into the deep dermis and sub-dermal layers to provide effective collagen tightening as well as remodelling 

The Process

Plan

Our Body Sculptor will discuss and plan together with you to help you achieve your goals

Assess

A detailed body assessment is required to evaluate and assess the suitable treatment for your body

Execute

The appropriate modality and applicator will be placed on the marked framework. Post treatment will be performed to improve results.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS​

Body contouring is not meant to be a weight reduction program for people who are grossly overweight or obese. Body contouring aims to achieve defined body contours by getting rid of the stubborn fat cells that are resistant to conventional solutions like diet control and exercise.

Body contouring is for you, if:

  • You are relatively healthy
  • You can grab at least an inch of fat, from the desired area, between your thumb and index finger;
  • You are not pregnant
  • You have stubborn pockets of fat resistant to healthy diet and regular exercise

To learn more about which type of fat reduction modalities will be suitable for you and if you are a good candidate for this non-surgical fat reduction procedure, schedule an appointment with us today.

The body contouring works equally well for both men and women. The treatment is customisable to cater to every individual’s body shape and needs.

Step 1: Consultation – During the consultation, Dr. Kenneth Thean or Dr. Chiam will first understand your area of concern and your fat reduction goals. Your designated doctor will then explain the science behind the technology, walk through with you on the type of procedure that will be suitable for you, the results you can expect from the treatment and answer any questions that you may have.

Step 2: Body Assessment – Before we begin any treatment, our Master Body Sculptor will first conduct a comprehensive body assessment that consists of an InBody weight and body fat analysis, 2D position baseline photographs, tape circumferential measurements, and caliper readings. Once the assessment is complete, a tailored treatment plan will then be crafted.

Step 3: Treatment – The appropriate applicators will be placed onto the area within the planned framework as marked. During the first few minutes, you will feel slight pressure and an intense cold on your skin. The cold will begin to subside after a few minutes and the area will feel numb. As the technology only focuses on freezing fat cells, the other tissues will not be affected.

Step 4: After treatment – After the treatment has been completed, a non-invasive shockwave therapy that uses low-energy acoustic wave pulsations is applied onto the treated areas to break up the fat cells. This also helps to enhance circulation and stimulates lymphatic drainage, which increases the elimination of destroyed fat cells.

Step 5: Review – The follow-up appointment is later scheduled within a week after the treatment, followed by 30 days, 60 days and, 90 days. Every follow-up session, we will repeat the photograph taking, objective circumferential and caliper measurements of the targeted area, and observing the quality of the skin post-treatment.

For patients who have had a large volume of fat removed, complementary treatments might be advised to treat the loose skin. They will undergo a skin tightening treatment that uses special microwave technology to induce immediate shrinkage of the collagen fibers in the dermis and stimulate collagen production which helps to make the tissues firmer and tighter.

After the treatment has been completed, our Body Sculptor will review the before and after images and the overall fat reduction loss with our patients.

The overall CoolSculpting treatment takes about 35 to 45 minutes* for each applicator to complete. Patients can expect up to 27%* reduction in fat.

A detailed body assessment is critical, as the more accurate the measurements are, we are able to recommend a comprehensive, precise treatment plan based on the patient’s anatomy and deliver the best results for our patients.

The objective of this tool is to provide transparency and valuable insights into our patient’s body transformation as well as assist the patient to keep track of their progress.

Once the fat cells have been treated, they will be excreted from the body permanently. However, maintenance through the implementation of a healthy diet and an active lifestyle is always advised post-treatment.

As every patient is different, it varies from person to person as each of us is different in terms of physical proportions, problem areas, genetic makeup, and dietary habits. A clear picture of treatment requirements will emerge after a personal consultation with Dr. Kenneth Thean and a body assessment complete by our Body Sculptor. Based on the findings of the consultation and body assessment, the treatment plan will be finalized. Schedule an appointment for a personal consultation to discuss the possibilities in this regard.

CoolSculpting is ideal for individuals with “pinchable fats”. SculpSure treatments are ideal for people with skin laxity and stubborn fat that is particularly resistant to diet and exercise. A body assessment is required in order to provide an accurate treatment plan. Some patients may also require two different treatment modalities for the different body areas.

Yes. It is possible to simultaneously undergo SculpSure and CoolSculpting procedures on the same day or in the same week, on different parts of the body.

 

Yes. The fat cells that are eliminated by CoolSculpting will not come back as they are permanently destroyed. However, it is important to also maintain the results by sticking to a healthy lifestyle.

Everybody is unique, the cost is dependent on variable factors;

  • The number of area(s) you would like to target
  • The size of the targeted area(s)
  • The type of fats
  • The patient’s desired results

A detailed body assessment is required in order to provide a suitable treatment plan and an accurate quote.

Post-treatment, a daily 10-minute gentle massage on the treated area helps accelerate the disposal of the disrupted fat cells from the body. Drink lots of fluids and also exercise moderately.

Since it’s a non-invasive procedure that doesn’t involve surgery or suturing of any kind, you don’t require any anesthetic for this treatment. During the procedure, all you’ll experience are intermittent phases of cold or hot temperatures – the heat of the laser energy, and the cool of the applicator on the skin to protect it and keep you comfortable.

Fat removal is possible through any of these three methods. Liposuction is a surgical treatment that has to be done under anesthesia and sucks out fat with the help of tubes inserted into the targeted fat areas. It is an invasive procedure and the recovery process is significantly long. On the other hand, CoolSculpting and Sculpsure are non-invasive, non-surgical FDA-approved procedures that use extremely low temperatures and high temperatures respectively to target the fat cells, denature them which the body naturally eliminates from the body.

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