The word ‘freezing’ is not something that one would associate with any aesthetics procedure. When you hear it, your mind automatically thinks of winter, snow, and cold temperatures. If you are in a more imaginative mood, your mind might conjure images of popsicles, frostbites, and fuzzy sweaters as well. Of all the words that could be combined with “freezing”, “fat” is probably at the bottom end of a long list. But there you have it – fat freezing is an actual thing! As a matter of fact, a fat freezing treatment is one of the most sought-after weight loss option in Singapore nowadays. It has gained immense popularity after being introduced in the medical aesthetics field as an alternative to surgical weight loss procedures. Ozhean Zoey Medical and Aesthetic Clinic, a trusted and established name in Korea, has brought the wonders of Korean dermatology and skincare to Singapore, and fat freeze treatment is included in the services that they offer.
Fat freezing, also known as cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes cold temperature to reduce fats in targeted areas of the body. The science behind it is simple: fat cells are more sensitive to low temperatures than skin cells, so the fat cells are broken down effectively while the skin around the treated area do not suffer any damage. And that is not where the fun ends! You can enjoy the benefits of fat freezing – losing excess body fat and achieving a sculpted physique – without having to go under the knife, getting pricked by a needle, being exposed to high-risk scenarios, or experiencing a long downtime. Fat freezing treatments in Singapore are safe ,so you will not have to worry about any serious complications.
To know more about fat freezing, the following questions will be discussed in this article:
- What are the types of body fat?
- How does fat freezing work?
- What happens during a fat freezing procedure?
- How would I know if fat freezing is for me?
- What are the risks of this procedure?
Types of body fat
Humanshave two types of body fat: visceral fat and subcutaneous fat. The former is the type that surrounds some of the major organs like the liver, stomach, and intestines. When there is too much visceral fat, a build up may occur in the arteries and cause serious health issues. Visceral fat is essential for body organs to function optimally but if there are high levels of it in the body, a person will experience other complications like high blood pressure and resistance to insulin.
On the other hand, subcutaneous fat is the type that makes up most of a person’s total body fat. It is the layer under the skin, and you will find it around your waist and extremities. Too much subcutaneous fat, however, can be risky to your health, as you will have a higher risk for conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
Fat freezing treatments in Singapore target the subcutaneous fat, especially the fat deposits under the chin, thighs, upper arms, abdomen, and in the upper and lower back.
How fat freezing works
Fat freezing is a pretty straightforward process. CoolSculpting is the brand name of the FDA-approved fat freeze treatment that is used today. This works by using cryoliplysis, a cooling process where fat cells are destroyed while leaving the surrounding skin and tissues intact and free from damage. The treatment utilizes extremely low temperatures to target fat cells. In the course of a few weeks, the cells that were destroyed by freezing are absorbed by the body.
What happens during a fat freezing procedure?
Being a non-invasive treatment, fat freezing is usually performed in an aesthetic clinic. Before the procedure, the doctor outlines the area where the CoolSculpting will be applied. He or she will use a skin marking pencil to identify the shape and size of the fat deposit.
No local or general anesthesia is needed and the patient is awake while the treatment is on-going. A gel pad is gently applied on the area to make sure that the skin is well-protected. The fatty bulge is then suctioned by the applicator. Although there are no incisions or needle pricks necessary, the patient will experience pulling or tugging on the skin as the suction gets to work. There is also the intense cold feeling that may cause stinging, cramping, or mild aches. Five to ten minutes into the procedure, the discomfort will lessen as the treated area gets numbed.
The fat freezing treatment in Singapore typically lasts up to an hour per area. Larger areas like the back of the body might take a longer treatment period for the results to be visible. After the suction stops, the skin will be massaged for several minutes to facilitate the further breakdown of fat cells. The patient can return to his or her daily activities once the treatment is over.
Best candidates for a fat freezing treatment
Fat freezing treatment is best for removing localized fat deposits. In short, it should be considered as a treatment for fat loss and not weight loss. That being said, a good candidate for CoolSculpting is a person who want to reduce stubborn fats that do not budge with diet and exercise. This treatment does not promise major fat removal like surgical options (liposuction), but it can deliver mild improvements to the treated areas. CoolSculpting is not recommended to people with obesity and high percentages of body fat. This is something that all potential fat freeze treatment patients should know in order to set their expectations at a reasonable level.
Risks and side effects of fat freeze treatment
One of the good things about a fat freeze treatment is that the side effects are temporary. There may be some minor pain, stinging of the skin, swelling, and redness after the procedure, but all of these will be gone in several days. A very small percentage of patients may experience paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), wherein the fat that is supposed to be destroyed in the treated area grows larger post-treatment. This, however, is very rare and can be addressed with traditional liposuction.
To try fat freezing or not?
CoolScuplting is one of the many available fat-removal options today and despite the (very miniscule) chance of getting PAH, it is both safe and effective. If you want to finally get rid of stubborn fats, you can try fat freezing. Just make sure to consult with a doctor , and/or go to a reputable aesthetic medical clinic like Ozhean Zoey to avoid regrets in the future.
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