Fat-freezing and fat-dissolving treatments

Non-surgical body contouring treatments have become increasingly popular lately. Among these, fat freezing (CoolSculpting) and fat-dissolving treatments stand out as effective methods to reduce stubborn fat pockets.

Fat freezing (CoolSculpting)

CoolSculpting, also known as cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive procedure that targets and freezes fat cells. The freezing causes the cells to die and get naturally eliminated by the body. After its approval by the FDA in 2010, CoolSculpting has gained popularity due to its efficacy and minimal downtime.

How does CoolSculpting work?

CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to target fat cells beneath the skin. The applicator suctions the treatment area and cools it to a temperature that crystallises fat cells without harming surrounding tissues. Over the following weeks, the body processes and removes these dead cells through the lymphatic system. Multiple sessions are usually required for optimal results.

Benefits of CoolSculpting

  • No needles, surgery, or anesthesia required
  • Minimal downtime
  • Targeted fat reduction (abdomen, flanks, thighs, or under the chin)
  • Gradual (natural-looking) results

Side effects of CoolSculpting

  • Temporary redness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Numbness in the treated area.

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Fat-dissolving treatments

Fat-dissolving treatments break down and absorb fat cells. They are commonly used to treat submental fat (double chin).

How do fat-dissolving treatments work?

Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body. It aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into fat deposits, it destroys fat cells, which are then metabolised and eliminated by the body. Two to six treatments (a month apart) are usually required for maximum effect.

Advantages of fat-dissolving treatments

  • Minimally invasive (non-surgical)
  • Permanent results
  • Quick procedure (15-20 minutes per session)
  • Highly effective for small areas (e.g. double chin)

Potential side effects

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Numbness in the treated area

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How to choose the right treatment

CoolSculpting may be preferable for patients seeking to treat larger areas or multiple areas simultaneously. Its non-invasive nature make it appealing to those wary of needles.

Fat-dissolving treatments are ideal for targeting small, specific areas where precision is paramount. This treatment is particularly effective for reducing submental fat, providing a non-surgical solution for a more defined jawline.

Both CoolSculpting and fat-dissolving treatments offer quality alternatives to liposuction. They provide effective fat reduction with minimal downtime and risk. However, it is vital to consult with a dermal clinician or doctor when choosing the treatment that best suits your needs.

Our clinicians can discuss and evaluate your concerns and provide advice on various treatments during your consultation. Important note: The above treatments are available at select clinic locations only.

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