It's sad but true, age will slow down our metabolism rate and increase fat deposits on our body. I used to have a very flat stomach and a very lean upper body. Recent years, I noticed the appearance of love handles which is so hard to get rid of even with a strict diet or regular exercise.
When Dr. Terence Tan of Halley Body Slimming Clinic (Halley Body) told me about removing the fat on my abdomen and flanks area with CoolSculpting, I immediately agreed. Halley Body focuses on non-invasive and no downtime methods of weight management, fat reduction, body firming, and muscle toning. Dr. Terence Tan is also the Medical Director of Halley Body’s sister clinic, Halley Medical Aesthetics, which focuses on medical aesthetic treatments for the face.
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. The frozen fat cells are then slowly eliminated from our body naturally. Because our body is unable to produce any new fat cells after five years old, the frozen fat cells which are now dead will be removed from our body forever. CoolSculpting can help to remove up to 20-25% of fat cells in the treated area each time. Hence, CoolSculpting is used to remove unwanted fat which cannot be removed through spot toning exercises. Areas that can be treated include the abdomen, love handles, inner and outer thighs, arms, bra fat, back, banana roll (butt cheeks), knees, and even the double chin and cheeks.
During the consultation, Dr. Terence Tan explained in detail what I should expect during the treatment process. He was very detailed and humorous. He assured me on the safety aspect of the treatment and addressed all my concerns with patience. I always find that it is very important to communicate the expectations clearly with the doctor so that both parties will be happy with the end results without any miscommunication. I was actually surprised to be told that after CoolSculpting treatment, there will not be any significant difference in my weight. The amount of fats removed will not be dramatic enough to cause a huge weight difference. CoolSculpting is not a diet session but more of a fat removal treatment to sculpt your body into a more defined shape.
After a body analysis and examining the fat on the abdomen area, Dr. Terence Tan prescribed 12 CoolAdvantage applicators in one session to treat the stubborn fat on my abdomen and flanks. The CoolAdvantage range of applicators from CoolSculpting reduces treatment time by nearly half. That’s because, with the traditional CoolSculpting applicator, each treatment would take 60 mins, but the duration is reduced to 35 mins with the CoolAdvantage. The CoolAdvantage range of applicators also features an enhanced cup design for improved patient comfort as well as a larger cooling area to treat a bigger area. With all these new updates in place, Dr. Terence Tan prescribed 12 applicators for best results.
Halley Body also offers the QuadSculpting method of fat freezing, where four CoolSculpting machines are used at the same time, which can reduce total treatment time by up to 85% with CoolAdvantage applicators. For my treatment, a maximum of 2 machines (or DualSculpting) could be used at the same time.
I was taken into a private room to change into comfortable clothes, while the clinic assistant prepared for my treatment. I like how bright the room looked, especially the high ceiling. It made the room spacious.
To prepare for the treatment, the clinic assistant started by using CoolAdvantage templates to mark out the areas that required treatment. Once she finished marking, photos were then taken, and all my measurements recorded. I was then told to lie down on the treatment bed to get ready for the treatment.
Before the applicator was placed on my skin, a thin cooling gel pad was placed on my skin to protect my skin during treatment. Dr. Terence Tan showed me the temperature strip inside the applicator, and explained that the applicator will automatically stop the treatment if it sensed that the temperature of the treatment area has dropped below a certain point. This is one of the safety features of CoolSculpting, which assures us that the entire treatment is 100% safe.
Dr. Terence Tan then carefully placed one applicator on me. I can feel the suction from the applicator which helped to hold it in place. Then I started feeling numb on the area, a feeling similar to what you’d feel if you are to hold onto a piece of dry ice for a long time. The feeling lasted about 10 minutes and I didn’t feel anything after that.
I can comfortably do my work or watch Netflix on my laptop during the treatment. Time actually passed really fast. I’m amazed that each section only required 35 minutes of treatment. In total, the 12-applicator session took around 7 hours to complete compared to the 12 hours it would have taken if the legacy applicators were used one by one. I had some breaks in between, so if I had done 6 sessions with two applicators each time, the total treatment duration would have only been 3.5 hour. In between the treatment, I could take a rest and go to the restroom or buy food to eat. The clinic assistants were very kind and they brought me drinks throughout the treatment. After each treatment cycle, the clinic assistant would remove the applicator and massage the treated area. This helps to speed up the break down of the crystallised dead fat cells, which will be passed out by the body naturally.
Honestly, the massage feels really sore since my fat are now frozen. But I do welcome the massage to help circulate blood flow to the treated area. I started my treatment from 1 pm and ended at around 8pm, just in time for dinner. There is no downtime after CoolSculpting and I can resume my normal activities right after it. I went for dinner and a movie right after my 7 hours treatment. I love how conveniently Halley Body is located right in the middle of Orchard Road. Results from CoolSculpting are expected three months after treatment. Stay tuned to see my results after this treatment. I’m excited to find out too.
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