Whether it’s your belly or the tops of your arms, most of us have one or a few areas of our body that we wish were firmer and more toned. Unfortunately, the fat in some areas refuses to go, no matter how long you spend sweating it out in the gym.
Although the way we live has changed dramatically from our hunter-gatherer days, the way our bodies function remains the same. Women are more inclined to store fat than men, for example, especially as we age. Besides that, we also tend to carry more fat in our hips and thighs as our bodies prepare for childbirth.
Why it’s tough to banish pockets of fat
Before we introduce you to an effective fat reduction treatment we discovered, it’s good to understand our bodies a little better and why you may be struggling to get rid of pockets of fat. Here are the top three reasons:
1. You have a higher amount of beta cells
The fat cells in our bodies have all kinds of receptors for various purposes. When it comes to stubborn fat, however, only the alpha-2 receptors and beta-2 receptors are relevant.
These receptors react differently to lipolysis, the process by which fats are broken down in our bodies. Beta-2 receptors respond better and accelerate the process, whereas alpha-2 receptors don’t respond as favourably, making it harder for one to lose fat.
Since some areas of our body have a higher amount of beta-2 receptors than alpha-2, and vice versa, the areas with more alpha-2 receptors will inevitably be more difficult to shed stubborn pockets of excess fat.
2. Your hormones are out of balance
Everyone has hormones, but if yours are out of balance, they could lead to excess stomach fat. As women age, they find it much harder to lose belly fat than men, mainly due to a decrease in the hormone oestrogen. A drop in oestrogen has been shown to impact fat distribution, making it more focused around the belly area than the hips and thighs.
Poorly functioning or overworked adrenal glands can produce higher levels of cortisol, the hormone that triggers our fight-or-flight responses. When cortisol levels soar, your body stores more fat, which can lead to a “muffin top” around the abdomen. If you’re snowed under with stress, it can also spike your cortisol levels.
3. You’re genetically predisposed
Sometimes, it all boils down to your genes. While you can make changes to your diet and lifestyle, genetics will always come into play, which ultimately affects the way your body stores fat.
While a certain percentage of body fat is totally healthy and normal, it can be particularly frustrating for women who are trying to displace any excess.
For a long time, the only real solution for getting rid of excess fat was surgical – that is, until a very buzzy non-invasive procedure called CoolSculpting emerged on the scene.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting, also known as fat freezing, has become one of the most popular fat reduction treatments around – and with good reason.
An alternative to liposuction, the treatment promises to remove stubborn fat in different parts of your body, such as your belly fat, love handles, and bra bulge.
Scientifically known as cryolipolysis, the process involves using a vacuum-like paddle to suction your skin to target areas of fat. While you sit in a reclined chair, the cooling panels on the applicator will work on crystallising your fat cells.
Tiny crystals will form within the fat cells, eventually dying off. When the dead fat cells are broken down or dissolved by your body, they’ll be expelled naturally through the lymphatic system.
All of this occurs without you feeling a thing, and without any diet or exercise changes. The only time you may experience slight discomfort is during the treatment – most people tolerate it pretty well too.
CoolSculpting is great at treating a single problem area at a time, but what if you have four, six, or even eight different areas you’d like to target?
Well, you won’t have to be at the aesthetic clinic for eight hours, because Halley Medical Aesthetics has come up with an ingenious solution: their QuadSculpting treatment.
Halley Medical Aesthetics’ QuadSculpting treatment
Offered specially at Halley Medical Aesthetics, QuadSculpting is a treatment that utilises four CoolSculpting machines to treat four areas of your body at once to save precious time. If you have a full schedule planned ahead, you won’t have to worry about being kept in the clinic for hours. In fact, the duration of your treatment can be reduced by a whopping 85% with QuadSculpting.*
There are applicators of various sizes to treat different parts of the body too. Here’s a quick rundown of the applicators available at Halley Medical Aesthetics:
- CoolAdvantage Petite: It’s shaped to treat the unique shape of the arm area.
- CoolAdvantage and CoolAdvantage Plus: They reduce treatment time by half. Plus, their enhanced cup design and larger cooling area increase direct tissue contact for comfort.
- CoolCurve+, CoolCore, CoolMax, and CoolFit: These are bigger applicators that target love handles, back or bra fat, abdomen, butt cheeks, and inner thighs.
- CoolMini: It targets small pockets of fat that form a double chin, armpit fat, and knee fat.
- CoolSmooth: Made for non-pinchable areas of fat such as the abdomen and flanks.
- CoolSmooth Pro: A surface applicator for the outer thighs.
Thanks to a wide range of applicators, QuadSculpting (using only the CoolAdvantage applicators) takes a quick 35 minutes* to treat four of your targeted areas – something you’d not be able to find at places not offering this unique protocol.
The number of applicators required depends on the amount of fat and your desired result. You’ll see results in three months as your body breaks down and removes the fat cells.
Since it’s a painless, non-invasive treatment, there’s absolutely no downtime with QuadSculpting. Rest assured, the doctors and consultants at Halley Medical Aesthetics are able to plan and prepare a treatment dedicated to your needs.
On top of that, there are several other factors that make Halley Medical Aesthetics stand out from the crowd.
*Actual duration may vary depending on treatment areas and applicators prescribed.
It’s quality-controlled and certified authentic
Every therapist and consultant you see at Halley Medical Aesthetic is certified by the CoolSculpting Ed, which is a training programme by Allergan – the pharmaceutical company behind CoolSculpting. The clinic also uses authentic CoolSculpting equipment for their QuadSculpting treatments and they’ve got a certificate to show for it, so you know you’re getting the real deal.
Take note that low prices on the market can often reflect the quality of the treatment too. If you opt for a more affordable treatment, you may not be treated with an authentic CoolSculpting machine. Apart from that, you may be treated by a therapist who has not received any training from Allergan.
At Halley Medical Aesthetics, every CoolSculpting treatment is monitored and managed by doctors. This way, your treatment plan will stay effective and on track.
Led by experienced doctors
Halley Medical Aesthetics is helmed by Dr. Terence Tan, a doctor who has been on various regional and global CoolSculpting Advisory Boards. Improving the provision of CoolSculpting through research has remained a top priority for Dr. Tan, and his research has been presented at various conferences worldwide.
Dr. Mark Lim isn’t new on the medical aesthetics scene either. A member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, Dr. Lim has been refining his procedures on anti-ageing treatment, particularly the use of dermal fillers to help patients achieve a fresh, youthful look.
Having completed 2,000 CoolSculpting treatments in a year, the clinic is now a part of Allergan’s “CoolSculpting Club 2000 member”.
You’ll spot original CoolSculpting devices at Halley Medical Aesthetics. These machines are backed by scientific research, which shows that it is able to remove 20% to 25% of fat cells in the treated area each time.
Thanks to the versatility offered by the CoolSculpting family of applicators, you can target all kinds of stubborn spots on your body, freeze fat, lose it, and never see it again.
It’s a one-stop-shop
Besides CoolSculpting, Halley Medical Aesthetics lets you complete your total body makeover through their sister clinic, Halley Body Slimming Clinic. Together, they provide a wide range of weight loss, skin tightening, muscle toning, and other fat reduction treatments. In addition, they can help you gain muscle tone without breaking a sweat.
If you’re looking to address any facial aesthetic concerns, Halley Medical Aesthetics also offers treatments such as facial rejuvenation, facial contouring, and enhancements with Botox and dermal fillers. Laser treatments for anti-ageing and pigmentation concerns are also available for all your beauty concerns.
CoolSculpting at Halley Medical Aesthetics is priced from S$520 (per application) for the 12 applications programme. View the full price list here.
Halley Medical Aesthetics
Address: 277 Orchard Road, #03-15 orchardgateway, Singapore 238858
Opening hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact: Call 6737 8233, WhatsApp 9816 6148, or email [email protected]
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