Don’t you wish you can eliminate excess body fats easily by just a simple exercise, tweaking your diet, or trying the latest weight loss fad going on? These actually may help, but as we age our body changes in several ways. Sometimes even when we have gone the extra mile in achieving a slimmer body, our hard work does not pay off. Stubborn fats remain in a permanent unflattering fixture of our body.
If this dilemma haunts you day after day and you are tired of starving yourself or working your bum off that treadmill, then it is probably time to look for alternatives in getting rid of those body fats. No, we are definitely not talking about liposuction here. We are presenting a safer way of eliminating body fat without patients having to undergo the knife. This fat freezing.
What is fat freezing?
Cryolipolysis or fat freezing is a non-surgical way of getting rid of body fat by using a cooling device to solidify excess fats and eliminating them out of the body.
How does fat freeze work?
Fat freezing, unlike normal exercise or dietary change, works entirely in a different way in addressing the removal of fats. With exercise or diets, body fats are lost by shrinking the fat cells’ size. Fat freezing, on the other hand, attacks the fat cells and freezes them with the use of subzero temperatures, that eventually breaks them down and gets disposed of by the body. This means that if your body begins to gain weight again, you can expect not to see fats piling up in areas where the fat cells have been totally wiped out by fat freezing.
What are the areas of the body that fat freezing can address?
As HealthAscent put it, fat freeze can be used on the following areas of the body:
How is a fat-freezing procedure performed?
The procedure begins with the application of a cooling pad followed by the fat freezing device, which is shaped like paddles, on the areas for treatment. The machine is then set to the appropriate freezing temperature. Patients will feel a tugging sensation on the skin as the applicator works its way to freeze the fat cells beneath the skin. As the procedure progresses during the session, the treatment area will lose sensation and go numb slightly.
Is the fat freezing procedure painful?
The tugging sensation on the skin can make a patient feel some discomfort, but this is generally tolerable.
What can I expect after the procedure?
If your target is to lose weight, then Cryolipolysis will not do any significant change. However, if your goal is to lose fats that sag from your arms or pile up at the side of your waist making your body’s contour look rounder, then this procedure can help you with that. After a procedure, patients can expect to see up to 20 to 25% fat reduction in the treated areas only.
How long does the fat freezing procedure last?
A procedure can last from 35 minutes to a maximum of 70 minutes depending on the treated areas.
Are the results from a fat freezing procedure immediately seen?
Results happen gradually over a period of 2 to 3 months. You may start seeing changes in the treated areas in about a month after your procedure.
Are the results of fat freeze permanent?
Yes, the results are permanent in the sense that the fat cells that were eliminated from the treated areas can no longer return. However, maintaining your body’s weight plays a vital role in this. If you continue to gain weight, fat will just build up elsewhere in your body.
Are there risks or side effects involved in the treatment?
There are risks and side effects involved in the treatment. These include the following:
- Pain or stinging sensation in the treated area
- Skin sensitivity
- Temporary swelling
A very rare occurrence that can happen to male patients is called the paradoxical adipose hyperplasia. This is a serious condition that causes fat cells to grow bigger instead of reducing it in size.
Is the fat freezing procedure safe for everyone?
Unfortunately, no. Fat freezing should not be administered to people with the following conditions:
- Cryoglobulinemia – this is a condition that affects the blood.
- Cold agglutinin disease – a condition that affects the antibodies that help protect the body from infections.
- Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria – a rare subtype of an autoimmune disease.
Is fat freezing and CoolSculpting the same?
It is important to note that fat freezing is a technology used to effectively eliminate fat with the use of cold temperatures while CoolSculpting is actually a brand of a fat freezing device.
Are there different kinds of fat freezing equipment?
There are three popular fat freezing machines that are used by doctors in Singapore. These are CoolSculpt, Clatuu, and CoolTech. Among these brands, CoolSculpt is the only fat freezing device that has received FDA approval in the whole world. You can be sure that this machine is safe and has a proven track record backed by hundreds of clinical research.
What are the factors that can affect the cost of a fat-freezing procedure?
The factors that can affect the cost of a fat-freezing procedure include:
- Brand of a fat freezing device to be used
- Size of the treatment area
Below is the average cost of fat freezing in Singapore:
- Clatuu – $350 per session
- CoolSculpt – $600 per session
- CoolTech – $380
You may note a remarkable disparity between CoolSculpt and the two other brands. This is because you can ensure your safety with CoolSculpt technology.
Are the results of fat freezing the same for everyone?
No, results will vary from person to person as this will depend on the body’s reaction to the treatment.