Beauty Review

Cheek Fat Removal with CoolMini at Halley Medical Aesthetics


I have been wanting to get rid of my jowl fat for the longest time. I have tried contouring my face with makeup, facial exercises, and using Photoshop to edit my face shape. But those are just temporary solutions. I even considered going under the knife to make my face slimmer which is a pretty extreme procedure for most people. It is also expensive and comes with risks.

Exercising and dieting can make our body look slimmer and help us lose weight. However, I realized that losing weight and fat loss are two different things altogether. When we gain weight or lose weight, our fat cells just expand or contract. But the number of fat cells we have in our body remains the same. When our fat cells shrink, it would seem like we became slimmer and that the fats are gone. However, truth to be told, the fat cells are still in our body, just smaller.


What I learned about CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is used to remove unwanted fat which cannot be removed through spot toning exercises. It is used for body contouring, to make our body shapelier!

There are different types of applicators in the CoolSculpting family which can be used to treat different body parts, ranging from love handles, back or bra fat, abdomen, to inner and outer thighs.

The CoolMini applicator is one of them, and it is designed to treat smaller pockets of fat on the chin, armpit, and knee.


Not long later, I discovered this treatment offered at Halley Medical Aesthetics called CoolSculpting, that addresses this problem. CoolSculpting is a non-surgical, non-invasive, no downtime fat reduction treatment. It’s the only US FDA-approved fat freezing treatment, that uses the concept of cryolipolysis to freeze and destroy unwanted fat cells which will be disposed from the body naturally. The treatment removes 20-25% of fat cells in the treated area each time. And because our body is unable to produce any new fat cells after five years of age, the fat cells that die after fat freezing will be gone forever.

At Halley Medical Aesthetics, they are able to offer patients the effectiveness of fat removal using CoolSculpting with the efficiency of DualSculpting and the CoolAdvantage technology. DualSculpting is the use of two CoolSculpting machines at the same time to reduce treatment time by half. Combined with the CoolAdvantage family of applicators which reduces treatment time by 50%, patients will be able to treat more problematic areas in a shorter period of time. The CoolAdvantage applicator also features an enhanced cup design for improved patient comfort as well as a larger cooling area to treat a bigger area.

Why the CoolMini for my cheeks

In August 2018, I decided to visit Halley Medical Aesthetics to consult Dr. Terence Tan's on my problem areas, which is my chubby face and acne skin.

After accessing my condition, I was so happy when Dr. Terence Tan concluded that I am suitable to do CoolSculpting on my jowl with the CoolMini.

He explained that although the CoolMini is usually used for the chin, armpit, and knee area, the unique shape of the applicator is small enough to treat unwanted fat in the cheeks. But a doctor's expertise is still required for the accurate placement and treatment of fat especially in the cheeks to ensure a good and symmetrical result. And with no hesitation, I agreed to go ahead with the treatment.


My treatment process

Before the treatment, Dr. Terence Tan used the CoolMini template to mark the areas that require treatment.
Dr. Terence Tan and I had a quick discussion after drawing. He asked me to check that I am all good with the area that was going to be treated. I can tell that Dr. Terence Tan is very experienced, and he explained everything very clearly to me, which puts me at ease.
So yup, if you are very precise about what is going to be done to your face then this is your chance to discuss it with your doctor.
The clinic assistant then applied cooling gel onto the treatment area to protect the skin during treatment.
During the consultation, I told Dr. Terence Tan about the asymmetry of my jowls. I didn’t like the fact that my right cheek looked bigger than my left. So he customised my treatment further by prescribing a 28 mins treatment on my right cheek and 25 mins on the left.
When treatment started, I felt the applicator drawing in my cheek fat before the cooling set in. After treatment, I also had a chance to touch my own face at the treated area. It was super cold and I can really feel it freezing from the inside of my mouth.
After each treatment cycle, the clinic assistant will massage the treated area. This is to help break down the crystallized dead fat cells, which will be passed out by the body.
During the process, CoolMini is secured with an elastic band to ensure it doesn't move during treatment. Haha, I know I look unglamorous here but hey, if I can be ugly for a moment and look good for life, then why not.
Here is the picture of my face in my biggest laugher, 4 days right after fat reduction with CoolMini on my jowl area:
Results are expected in three months' time. The best part about CoolSculpting is the fact that I am still looking the same as before and since there was no downtime, no one could actually tell that I did something to my face. I actually went for a photo shoot and I was rocking it!
Last but not least, here is the price list:
CoolMini: $880 per applicator
Total: $1,600 for 2 applicators (incl. GST)
As for the acne treatment, I will be doing it on a separate session. Do check back for updates!!
Meanwhile, you can have a peak on my Instastory to have a look at my current face if I happen to post them.

Halley Medical Aesthetics
277 Orchard Road, #03-15
Orchard Gateway
Singapore 238858

Opening hours:
10:00 AM - 9:00PM
(Monday - Sunday)

Contact: +65 6737 8233
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By Serene Koh