After Fat Freezing: What to expect

Many in Singapore look to fat freezing treatments such as CoolSculpting as the answer to their problems. Fat freezing uses intense cooling to destroy stubborn fat cells, and with the proper care after fat freezing, can reduce the amount of body fat by up to 25%.

Here are some tips you can use to maximize the effects of your fat freezing treatment.

What can a fat freezing treatment help with?

There is nothing more infuriating than exercising religiously and keeping a healthy diet only to maintain that stubborn pouch of fat you’ve been trying so hard to get rid of. Some areas of fat, whether they are on your stomach or legs, or somewhere else, just aren’t susceptible to the traditional diet and exercise approach.

what fat freezing can help with

Fat freezing treatments offer a non-invasive approach to traditional liposuction for those of us looking to shed excess fats in various parts of the body, including the upper arms, abdomen, love handles, buttocks, and thighs.

What to expect after a fat freezing treatment

The procedure can take up to two hours depending on the area you want to target and requires no downtime afterwards. The area of fat you wish to reduce is gathered up into an applicator which freezes it to a low temperature for fifteen to fifty minutes per section.

what to expect after fat freezing

The area is gently massaged to reduce any bruising or swelling. The benefit of a fat freezing treatment is that any targeted fat is destroyed permanently, with improvements seen after about three weeks.

The full results become significant around four months after the treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Although most patients who undergo fat freezing report minimal pain, it is, however, possible to experience some of these side effects including aching, bruising, itchiness, redness, stinging or swelling of the treatment area.

Other side effects could include nausea, diarrhoea, and cramps. These effects are temporary and will resolve in a few weeks.

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There is a small possibility that fat freezing could lead to a more serious side effect.

There is a 0.0051% chance that fat freezing can achieve the opposite of the desired results by actually expanding the fat cells rather than destroying them.

Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) can’t be confirmed until approximately six months after the procedure but is identifiable by an enlargement in the treatment area in the same shape as the paddle used for the procedure. Although serious, the good news is that PAH can be corrected by a plastic surgeon.

Tips to take note of 

As with most aesthetic procedures, good aftercare is important to enjoying the results for long following your treatment.

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These aftercare tips can also help to enhance your comfort.

  • Maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. Just because fat freezing destroys the fat cells in a particular area, this doesn’t mean you won’t continue to gain weight, especially in other areas of the body. Avoid overindulging in food and leading a sedentary lifestyle as this will counteract the results of your treatment.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to accommodate any swelling or sensitivity. You may consider wearing some compression garments like Spanx to alleviate any pain or swelling.
  • Keep moving with gentle exercise to help reduce swelling and aid lymphatic drainage.
  • Use a warm compress on the treated area to ease discomfort.
  • Monitor the treated areas for any unusual pain that persists over a few days. If this happens, inform your doctor and seek professional help.

It is also important to note that fat freezing won’t lead to drastic weight loss, fat doesn’t weigh as much as muscle so don’t expect to see a significant change on the scales.

Final thoughts

The decision to undergo any aesthetic treatment is one that requires careful consideration as you will likely experience some uncomfortable side effects that last a few weeks. Although fat freezing isn’t an overnight miracle treatment, the results can be maintained with a good diet and regular exercise.

Everyone’s healing process is different so results can, of course, vary. If you are not sure if fat freezing is right for you, talk to a qualified aesthetic doctor to obtain a good understanding of the treatment before you proceed.