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Pros & Cons Of Fat Freezing: Why It’s Increasingly Popular

What are the primary benefits of fat freezing?

Using only cool technology to burn off fat cells and letting your body’s biological process take over, many in Singapore have favored fat freezing treatments, or better known as cryolipolysis, over the traditional fat-reduction surgery liposuction.

If you’re looking to reduce body fats in the fastest way possible, this article will help shed some light on the pros and cons of fat freezing treatments in Singapore.

How does fat freezing work?

Fat freezing treatments target your fat cells and freezes them, causing apoptosis or “cell death”. The dying cells then go through your body’s biological processes and are eliminated through the liver.

As fat cells have a higher sensitivity to temperature than skin cells, this leaves the surrounding skin undamaged, an advantage that fat freezing has over invasive treatments like liposuction.

No surgery or incisions make it a fairly popular fat-reduction treatment amongst many others.

fat freezing treatment

Some areas of the body that can be treated with fat freezing are:

  • Arms
  • Thighs
  • Back
  • Abdomen
  • Chin

The pros of fat freezing


Popular fat freezing devices such as the Cooltech IceSculpt have a number of applicators with a range of sizes to effectively work on any part of the body. A specialist will place the applicator on the treated area and it will get to work by functionally tugging on the skin, releasing cool energy to destroy the fat cells under your skin.

Many have described their experiences to be pain-free, with the suction of the applicators to be tolerable. 

Short treatment time

Each treatment takes up to 60 minutes for one localised area. If you have more than any one area you’d like to effectively target, it may take longer for results to show. Larger parts of the body such as your back would also take longer to see results.

Short recovery period

Compared to liposuction, fat freezing treatments can be done as an outpatient treatment. You will be able to return to work the day of or the next day after your treatment. This is also partly because of the low downtime or lack thereof.

Expected results from fat freezing

fat freezing cryolypolisis

Clinical studies have also shown that fat freezing can effectively reduce subcutaneous fats by 25% after one session.

The effectiveness of the treatment appeals to clients who are looking to reduce body fats and want significant results in the shortest amount of time.

The cons of fat freezing

Side effects

As with all body sculpting treatments, fat freezing treatments also come with side effects, although they are few.

Some clients report feeling numbness, seeing redness or swelling at affected areas or a heightened skin sensitivity after their treatment.

But with proper fat freezing aftercare, you can reduce such side effects to a minimum or none at all.

Require more than one session

This depends on which body part you would like to focus on.

For larger body areas, your specialist may require you to return every few weeks until significant results begin to show.

If you are targeting more than one body part, you can also expect to return for more sessions to achieve your desired results.

For an overview of fat freezing costs in Singapore, you can read our pricing guide.

Illumia Therapeutics’ Cooltech IceSculpt Fat Freeze

fat freezing singapore cooltech

The latest Cooltech freezing technology hailing from Spain comes with a full-round 360 degree that focuses on full-body contouring treatments, effectively eliminating fat cells from any body part.

With light suction features allowing for a pain-free experience, clients can expect their Cooltech IceSculpt Fat Freeze sessions to be:

  • Non-invasive
  • Safe controlled cooling
  • Treats every area of the body
  • Targets localised fat
  • Visible results after 1 session
fat freezing cooltech before after

Image: Clinical photos of clients after receiving Cooltech IceSculpt Fat Freeze treatments (source).

Based in Singapore, Illumia Therapeutics’s suite of body contouring services including their fat freezing treatment Cooltech IceSculpt Fat Freeze employ the use of advanced technologies to help you achieve your desired goals within a number of sessions.

By their motto, Illumia believes in delivering visible results with minimum effort at accessible prices.


fat freezing pros and cons

Is fat freezing safe?

Fat freezing treatments are proven safe, effective and an alternative to liposuction for fat reduction.

How many fat freezing sessions do you need?

The exact number of sessions varies from client to client. In general, 1 to 3 sessions per area is recommended, at 1 month intervals.

Why is fat freezing ineffective for some people?

Without good nutrition or physical exercise clients may gain weight and fats in previously treated areas.

Is freezing fat cells permanent?

Once the fat cells are destroyed, the chances of those fat cells returning are slim to none.

Why is fat freezing popular?

Fat freezing treatments are non-invasive, non-surgical and have no downtime.

Can you do fat freezing at home?

Although the treatment seems to be straightforward, fat freezing treatments are more than simply applying cold temperatures to targeted areas of the body. Without careful planning and the trained eye of a specialist, doing home fat freezing treatments can bring you more bodily harm, including permanent tissue damage.

Schedule a consultation with Illumia Therapeutics’ specialists today.

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