Coolsculpting, a non-invasive, no needle, no scalpel, no scar alternative to liposuction. It was launched a couple of years ago and had been extensively tested before being approved by the notoriously tough Food and Drug Administration in the States.
It works by cryolipolysis, which means fat cells in the targeted areas are cooled to near freezing. The body then crystallises the fat cells and subsequently eliminate from the body. It was worried that all this dead fat cells would get into the bloodstream and put liver under strain, but the studies showed dead fat cells are digested by white blood cells in the immune system and eliminated.
At 25, I am a firm believer that diet, exercise and treatment (should you decide to have any) should work hand-in-hand. Normally, I am pretty sceptical about the treatments that promise to banish your bulges without any effort. I exercise an hour a day (pushups, pull-ups, planks, treadmill and I walk my dog) and I watch what i eat but those stubborn bulges of fat (inner and back of my thighs) just don’t seem to shift!
Coolsculpting PLUS, The Sloane Clinic, Bangsar.
I have a friend who had the treatment at The Sloane Clinic and she told me it actually works. She had her bingo wings banished with Coolsculpting PLUS. However, she did warn me that the procedure wasn’t as comfortable as many described. So what is this cool new way to sculpt? What is the difference Coolsculpting PLUS and the original Coolsculpting? Read on to find out more!
Gorgeous reception area.
Treatment room for Coolsculpting.
Consulted by Dr Wong and had my problem areas identified. Even at 26% body fat and 47kg, I have pinch-able fats in my thighs, love handles and underarms. The good news is I am a good candidate for the treatment as I am in good shape overall but have enough pinches of fat to be frozen away. “The ideal candidate is within 5-8kilograms of their ideal body weight and has pockets of pinch-able soft fat on flanks, muffin tops, inner thighs and abdomen-which are the usual areas of complaints for many women.”Explained Dr Wong. “This procedure will not replace diet and exercise.”
The procedure consists of applying a vacuum to a fatty area (in my case, my inner thighs) and cools it by drawing heat out. The area was treated for about an hour each area and then massaged vigorously and at The Sloane Clinic, they go the extra mile. With Coolsculpting PLUS, the procedure was enhanced by ensuring optimal lymphatic drainage of the surrounding tissues, thereby speeding up the clearance of the broken down fat cells leading to quicker visible results and recovery time. Treating the overlying skin with skin strengthening vitamins to the dermal layers to stimulate collagen, improving skin elasticity and tone. Results aren’t instant. The body will eliminate the damaged fat cells over 2-3 months and voila! 20-25% less fat!
Applying gel pad. Treatment carried out by Dr. Wong.
Before the procedure started, I was reassured by Dr Wong as I was expecting the entire experience to be horrible. In fact, aside from the worst bit when the applicator sucked up my fat and a slight cooling sensation, there was nothing to it. The discomfort lasted for about 5 minutes or so. I was then comfortably ensconced under a blanket, with an iPad and sipping a cup of tea they provided me with. After an hour, the suction cup came off and I was left with unpleasantly looking frozen flesh of the area treated. The therapist massaged the area and gently treated the area with TLC by delivery of vitamins to improve the skin tone and elasticity.
The next morning, I woke up to discover the areas treated were a little numb and jiggly. There was no bruising as many experienced. There was no pain for me but strange sensation yes. The strange sensation persists for a couple of days but was manageable. After about 2 weeks, i noticed the change in texture and tone of the area. The treated areas are less dense, softer and fairer!
Before (left) and after only 4 weeks of Coolsculpting PLUS (Right). Lighting might be a little different (NO EDITING INVOLVED) but note the difference of my inner thighs and the gap!
I was excited to see a reduction in the pesky fat over my inner thighs in just 4 weeks! My verdict? I am pretty satisfied with the results and service provided. Coolsculpting PLUS is safe, fast and works on lumps and bumps but definitely won’t make a fat person thin. If you want a dramatic change in your body, you should consider liposuction instead. However, if you’re too much of a coward to try anything invasive as liposuction, then Coolsculpting PLUS is the answer!
You can read more about COOLSCULPTING PLUS here.
Coolsculpting PLUS is only available at The Sloane Clinic Bangsar branch.
For further information of The Sloane Clinic, please go to www.sloaneclinic.com
The Sloane Clinic Bangsar Branch
79, Jalan Maarof, Bangsar
Tel: (603) 2288 1788
Opens on Monday to Saturday from 10am-8pm.
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
– By Kimberly Loh
*This article has been selected Editor’s Choice for May 2015*