Fat Freezing Treatment (FDA Approved)

*This treatment is performed by Singapore Medical Council (SMC) registered doctors.

procedure type

Controlled cooling treatment that uses freezing for fat reduction

Results

May result in a more contoured appearance

Downtime

None

where

Body

Procedure Time

35 minutes to an hour

What are the Key Considerations for Fat Freezing Treatments?

Fat freezing treatments such as CoolSculpting® and other similar body sculpting procedures serve as non-invasive treatments that  utilise controlled cooling to target fat cells, initiating their natural breakdown through a process known as cryolipolysis. In the weeks that follow, the body may naturally metabolise the affected cells, facilitating their elimination through standard bodily functions.

Safety features are often integrated into the equipment used for these treatments. In Singapore and around the world, practitioners typically undergo specialised training on various cool body sculpting methods to uphold particular standards of care while administering these procedures. CoolSculpting® by Zeltiq is a globally renowned non-invasive procedure and the only FDA-approved fat-freezing technology. It is a safe and effective way to reduce stubborn fat without surgery or downtime. The machine is only available for trained and CoolSculpting® certified medical professionals – your safety and comfort is paramount during your treatment.

How Does the Cryolipolysis Process Work?

Fat freezing treatments, like CoolSculpting®, are based on the science of temperature’s effect on fat cells. Specifically, controlled cooling, known as cryolipolysis, is applied to target areas. This gentle cooling causes fat cells to crystallise, kickstarting a natural breakdown process. Your body then naturally manages the remnants through its regular metabolic processes.

CoolSculpting® is a technology developed by doctors at Harvard Medical School, and it’s the only FDA-cleared fat-freezing solution. However, when considering such treatments, it’s important to remain informed. Additionally, be cautious of non-approved alternatives that may lack essential safety features. Prioritise your well-being above all else.

 

Who Can Potentially Benefit from Fat Freezing Treatments?

Fat freezing and other body sculpting treatments can be a consideration for individuals seeking to address noticeable fat deposits in specific areas of the body. These treatments may be suitable for targeting fat in various regions, such as:

  • Double chin
  • Abdomen / Hips and Waist
  • Upper and lower belly fat
  • Under bra fat / Back and Flank
  • Fat underneath buttock
  • Male chest
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Knees
  • Arms

 

Who Might Not Be Suitable Candidates for Fat Freezing and other Body Sculpting Procedures?

If you have particular medical conditions like Cryoglobulinemia, Cold Agglutinin Disease, or Paroxysmal Cold Hemoglobinuria, fat freezing procedures may not be an appropriate choice for body sculpting. Additionally, these treatments are not intended as a remedy for obesity. As always, consult your healthcare provider for tailored advice before undergoing any aesthetic procedures.

What is the Fat Freezing Procedure Like?

During your treatment session, the targeted areas are first assessed and measured by your doctor.

When the cooling process begins, it’s common to experience intense cold sensations, which usually fade after the first few minutes. Some applicators of fat freezing might also produce a pulling sensation due to suction.

Post-treatment, a brief massage of the treated area may follow, which can produce some tingling sensation. The duration of these fat freezing procedures can vary between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the specific application cycles.

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What kind of Outcomes Are Generally Possible with Fat Freezing Procedures?

The procedure aims to initiate a natural cellular process known as apoptosis in fat cells, which could potentially lead to their gradual reduction over time. It’s important to note that the duration and effectiveness of such fat freezing and other cool body sculpting treatments can vary significantly among individuals. While some may begin to notice changes a few weeks after the procedure, many don’t see more pronounced results until around three months or later. Generally speaking, the body may continue the process of fat cell elimination for up to four to six months after the procedure.

The potential for visible changes can be influenced by a variety of factors, including individual metabolic rates and lifestyle choices. A sensible diet and healthy lifestyle should always be maintained for overall well-being and may also contribute to the overall experience with fat freezing treatments.

What can one Generally Expect Post Fat Freezing Procedure?

After undergoing a fat freezing procedure, it’s not uncommon for individuals to experience a variety of sensations in the treated areas. Some might observe temporary redness or experience a mild numbness. Additionally, there could be residual tingling or a slight stinging sensation, which tends to dissipate over a period that can range from a few hours to several days.

Because this type of body sculpting treatment is non-surgical, there is often little to no required downtime. However, it’s crucial to understand that the ability to resume daily activities is largely individual-dependent and may also vary depending on the specific areas that have been treated.

It’s important to consult with a qualified healthcare provider for personalised advice, especially considering the inherent variability in how people respond to these kinds of procedures.

Recommendations for a Balanced Approach

As mentioned earlier, adopting a sensible diet and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential for overall well-being. You should consult with your doctor to explore an integrated weight management programme tailored to your needs. Such programmes are designed to promote a safe, healthy, and sustainable lifestyle, which can complement the effects of various treatments.

For those interested in optimising their progress, fat freezing treatments can be combined with additional weight management procedures.

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    Frequently Asked Questions About Fat Freezing Treatments

    Can the fat freezing treatment help reduce fat in specific areas of my body?

    Fat freezing and other cool body sculpting procedures are designed to target and reduce stubborn fat in various areas of the body, including the abdomen, flanks (love handles), thighs, chin (submental fat), upper arms, and more. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this is not a guaranteed solution for weight loss.

    What happens to the fat cells? Are the results permanent?

    During a fat freezing or any other related cool body sculpting procedure, the targeted fat cells are cooled to a point that triggers their natural death, a process known as cryolipolysis. These cells are then gradually eliminated from the body through the lymphatic system. While the treatment may potentially lead to long-lasting results, it’s important to understand that maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise is crucial to help preserve these effects.

    Is the fat freezing procedure generally safe?

    Patient safety is a primary concern in any medical procedure, and fat freezing treatments are no exception. Equipment used in such procedures are commonly designed with multiple safety features, including sensors that can detect temperature extremes and shut down the system if needed. It’s crucial to consult with a certified practitioner to discuss individual suitability for the treatment and any potential risks involved.

    What does the fat freezing procedure feel like?

    During the initial minutes of this cool body sculpting process, you may experience a notable sensation of intense cold, which should gradually diminish. In some cases where specific applicators are used, you might also feel a gentle pulling sensation due to the suction applied. Following the fat freezing treatment, anticipate a mild tingling sensation as the treated area undergoes a gentle massage for approximately 2 minutes. Typically, patients can return to their regular activities after their appointment.

    What should I discuss with the physician during my consultation?

    During your initial consultation, yor doctor will inquire about your medical background to determine whether fat freezing is a suitable treatment option for your needs. It’s important to provide accurate information about your medical history and any existing conditions to your safety.

    Are there any side effects of the fat freezing treatment?

    During the fat freezing procedure, you might experience sensations like pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, tingling, stinging, aching, or cramping at the treatment site. These sensations often diminish as the area that is targeted for body sculpting becomes numb. After treatment, common side effects can include redness, swelling, bruising, tenderness, and numbness. These side effects should subside within a reasonable time frame.

    Can I return to normal activities after my fat freezing treatment?

    Yes, you can. Generally, patients can return to their regular activities shortly after the fat freezing procedure. However, individual experiences may vary, and it’s essential to follow any post-treatment instructions provided by your doctor.

    What is CoolSculpting®?

    CoolSculpting® is a technology used to freeze away unwanted fat bulges. It features a patented cooling process that destroys fat cells without harming surrounding tissues, known as Cryolipolysis. CoolSculpting® is an FDA approved fat freezing treatment. After undergoing a CoolSculpting® procedure, your body naturally eliminates the crystallised fat cells over the next few months.

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