Fat Freezing vs Fat Burning: Which Is More Effective?

Fat freezing vs fat burning differ in a wide variety of aspects, including but not limited to the duration of the sessions, their effectiveness against different of areas of stored fat, slight discomfort and the time after which you start seeing results.

These two forms of treatment surfaced nearly simultaneously, despite their radical differences. While both methods use temperature in order to break down fat cells, which the body then processes and eliminates through its natural functions, these techniques are polar opposites.

Fat melting uses radiofrequencies to heat up the fat cells, while cryolipolysis (fat freezing) achieves the same results by freezing them.

What to expect in fat freezing treatments

fat freezing treatment for thigh and glutesFat freezing or otherwise known as cryolipolysis uses advanced cooling machines to reduce the fat levels in the desired area.

This non-invasive and pain-free technique uses cold temperatures to freeze the fat cells, crystalizing them. As a result, the natural “cell-death” process kicks in, causing the cells to die off, effectively shrinking the layer of body fat in the targeted area.

There are two main types of fat freezing devices available on the market, CoolSculpting and CoolTech.


This device has ten different applicators, each one designed to target the fat layers in different areas of the body. CoolSculpting is probably the most popular device in Singapore, and while this form of treatment tends to be more expensive, it compensates through its shorter treatment duration.


While this treatment is generally cheaper than CoolSculpting, it has proven itself superior through its practicality and results.

Using the finest freezing technology directly from Spain, CoolTech can be comfortably positioned onto any area of the body through its nine applicators, with sessions usually lasting up to 60 minutes.

The ability to apply the CoolTech device to four different areas of the body simultaneously is the secret behind its unparalleled efficiency.

The Pros and Cons of Fat Freezing

cooltech before after results

Clinical results of CoolTech (source)

One of the key benefits of fat freezing over traditional liposuction is its non-invasive nature. The applicators are simply placed onto the targeted area by a specialist, where they engage in a slight tugging motion, releasing cool energy. Clients predominantly reported the experience as pain-free.

The short treatment time makes this technique even more accessible, as sessions typically last up to 60 minutes. Larger areas may require more sessions for visible results, but the total duration still remains highly advantageous.

Another massive benefit stands in the proportionally short recovery period. Unlike liposuction where individuals require extended periods of time to heal, cryolipolysis clients can return to their normal lives immediately after the treatment.

What to expect in fat burning treatments

fat burning treatments for abdomenSimilar to fat freezing, fat burning offers similar results in terms of fat-loss, using intense heat to destroy the fat cells from within the persistent layers. This treatment usually comes in the shape of programs, either on its own or combining separate technologies in order to achieve maximal results. The two kinds of fat burning treatments include laser lipolysis or radiofrequency lipolysis.

These technologies emit fat-burning energy, striking deep inside the layers of stored body fat, effectively boosting the production of collagen and elastin and rejuvenating the skin. The body then eliminates the dead skin cells through the lymphatic system’s natural processes.

The Pros and Cons of Fat Burning

rf body legacy sculpt before after results

Clinical results of RF Body Legacy Sculpt (source)

Fat melting brings a wide range of benefits other than a significant reduction in fat levels. Its safety and effectiveness have been clinically proven, with many clients extremely satisfied by the results. Its FDA-approval stands to reinforce the safety and efficiency claims.

The non-invasive nature of fat melting makes it a better option over liposuction, as recovery times, risks and pain are nearly non-existent when compared to the traditional interventions.

Finally, you can expect the more advanced fat melting treatments to also provide results in terms of body contouring and cellulite reduction. Since the treatment also boosts collagen and elastin production, your skin will also regain some elasticity, reducing the appearance of cellulite and granting you tighter, smoother skin.

How to choose: Fat Freezing vs Fat Burning


Fat Freezing Advantages Fat Burning Advantages
Non-invasive Non-invasive
Short treatment time Reduces the appearance of cellulite
Short recovery period Contours the body simultaneously
Targets localized fat Up to 41% fat reduction*
Visible results after 1 session Results are progressive

*Individual results may vary.

While most people think about getting a fat freezing vs fat burning treatment, specialists sometimes suggest getting a combination of both. Depending on your body type and expected results, one treatment might handle one part of the problem while the other will take care of the rest, and vice-versa.

Ultimately, the decision is yours, but we do advise you to take an aesthetics specialist’s opinion into consideration before making the call. The cost for fat freezing vs the price for fat burning treatments will vary depending on the clinic’s standards, location and devices. Paying the extra dollar for quality and professionalism is usually the optimal option.

fat freezing or fat burning to slim thighs

Why choose Illumia Therapeutics?

Illumia Therapeutics is an elite treatment center in Singapore, offering a wide variety of body contouring services to help clients achieve natural-looking beauty, at an affordable cost.

Their proficient specialists offer both fat freezing and fat burning services, even as complementary treatments, providing exceptional results.

If you are ready to get rid of your remaining belly fat, stubborn love handles or fatty tissue from any other area of the body, schedule a consultation today. Fat loss does not have to be difficult; it has to be effective



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