Although diet and exercise can go a long way in reducing your weight and overall body fat percentage, there are some areas in the body, like the tummy or the arms, where fat will be stubbornly hard to disappear. Unfortunately, there are no exercises that will allow you to target specific areas in your body to lose fat. Your body burns fat in an unpredictable way. For example, doing sit-ups will help tone your muscles in your abdomen, but it doesn’t mean that it will burn fat in the abdomen as well. Your body may choose to burn fat from your legs instead.
Due to this weird conundrum, people sometimes opt to get liposuction to remove these stubborn fats. Liposuction does carry a bunch of risks, however, as it is a surgical procedure. If you’re not feeling comfortable going under the knife, then you may want to consider non-surgical alternatives from Cambridge Therapeutics, one of the leading cosmetics clinics in Singapore.
Fat Freezing for Fat Reduction
If you’re looking to lose some fat on your abdomen and other areas, then you may want to undergo a fat freeze in Singapore instead. Cryolipolysis, more popularly known as fat freezing, is a nonsurgical procedure for spot fat reduction in certain areas of the body. It is designed to reduce fat in specific areas that do not disappear from diet and exercise. Although fat freezing has been around for a few years now, it has steadily gained traction as a liposuction alternative thanks to advances in technology and cheaper prices (it was very expensive a few years ago).
How does it work exactly?
The answer is there in its name – it literally freezes your fat. Thanks to a special freezing technology which is available at Cambridge Therapeutics, fat freezing targets the fat deposit underneath the skin and destroys the fat cells. This is possible due to fat cells being much more susceptible to damage from cold temperatures compared to other cells in the body. The intense cold targets and injures the fat cells, which triggers an inflammatory response. The fat cells will then eventually die and will be flushed out naturally by your body’s immune system.
What are the advantages of fat freezing over liposuction?
The following are just a few of the benefits fat freezing offers over other spot fat reduction procedures:
- No surgical incision is needed.
- There is no risk of infection.
- There is no need for the patient to be under anaesthesia.
- More than one area of the body can be treated in the same session.
- There is very little downtime, and most people can resume their normal activities immediately after the procedure.
- There is no risk of damage to the nerve, blood vessels, skin and muscles.
What areas are suitable for fat freezing?
Fat freezing has been found to be effective in reducing fat deposits on the following areas of the body:
- underneath the chin
- inner and outer thighs
- upper arms
- upper and lower back
- under the buttocks
How is fat freezing performed?
Before the procedure, the target area is first assessed by the doctor and is marked using a skin-marking pencil. No anaesthesia is needed for the treatment as the target area will be numbed from the cold temperature.
A gel pad is then applied to the target area to protect the skin. A special applicator handheld device is then used to freeze the target fat layer underneath the skin. There will be a pulling sensation due to the suction. Expect some discomfort from the cold for the first five to ten minutes, which will eventually subside as the area becomes numb. Applying the treatment to each area takes about 1 hour to finish.
How is recovery after fat freezing?
As previously mentioned, there is very little downtime after the procedure. Most patients who have had fat freezing done can immediately go back to their jobs with little discomfort. There is a possibility of the following side effects though:
- Aching or discomfort
- Redness around the target area
- Swelling of the skin
- Bruising or skin discolouration
- Heightened skin sensitivity or numbness
It can take at least two weeks before results can be observed as it will take some time for the body to flush out the dead fat cells. Fat freezing has been shown to eliminate about 20% to 25% of fat cells in the target area underneath the skin.
After fat freezing, can you eat any food you like?
Although fat freezing helps in reducing specific fat deposits in your body, it is not and should not be an alternative to diet and exercise. Cambridge Therapeutics recommends that patients who have just undergone fat freezing should continue to exercise and watch their diet. To help you not gain weight after a fat freeze in Singapore, follow these tips from Cambridge Therapeutics:
- Make sure that you watch what you eat and their calories.
- Avoid eating snacks, sweetened drinks and alcoholic beverages as they can make you gain weight pretty quickly.
- What’s important is that you eat in moderation and remember that fat freezing, diet and exercise are working together for a goal, not alternatives of each other.
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