Many of us make slimming goals and they often mean embarking on a weight loss plan that involves meal-planning and many gym sessions.
As for slimming treatments, they may sometimes be seen as ineffective or simply frowned upon as a method that you resort to because you have no will power.
Do slimming treatments work and are they really only meant for those who can’t commit to a plan? Read on as we explore these questions.
Why do people go for slimming treatments?
It’s true that weight loss is all about ensuring that your caloric output is higher than your caloric input. In other words, having a low-calorie diet and working out frequently can definitely help in seeing drops on the weighing scale.
However, we are also genetically more disposed to having more fat cells on certain parts of our body. This means that there may be stubborn pockets of fat that are extra difficult to get rid of, even if we stick to our fitness and diet plans.
This is where slimming treatments, especially those that are able to do spot treatment, can help.
Do slimming treatments work?
While liposuction is the only tried-and-true method that can physically remove fat cells permanently, many slimming treatments available use medical technology to help with fat reduction.
Besides fat reduction, slimming treatments can also help with body contouring and shaping such as improving the appearance of cellulite and toning of muscles and skin.
While these may not directly lead to weight loss (liposuction can’t do it too), slimming treatments can certainly help you achieve a more svelte body silhouette, so that it appears like you have lost weight. You’ll also be able to fit into clothes in a more flattering way.
Some of the slimming treatments that have been proven to work include:
Cryotherapy or “Fat Freeze” slimming treatments
When fat cells are subjected to cold temperatures, they “die”, and this slimming treatment make use of this knowledge to deliver results.
During the treatment, a device is used to do controlled cooing on targeted areas, so that fat cells in these areas are “frozen” and “die”. Subsequently, these dead cells are removed from your body system through natural metabolism as waste.
This technology is quite popular among those seeking slimming treatments that work because there’s no downtime, is applicable on several areas (including double chin, tummy, thighs, and arms), and is a fast procedure, at up to 60 minutes for a large area.
Radiofrequency slimming treatments
One of the safer waves on the electromagnetic spectrum, radiofrequency (RF) slimming treatments are able to penetrate deeply into skin, using heat to stimulate collagen production, which in turn helps improve the elasticity and tightness of skin. This helps you achieve a slimmer and toner look.
As one of the most established technologies that has been used for a long time, RF slimming treatments are considered safe while delivering great results.
The non-invasive treatment also doesn’t have downtime and is quite comfortable to go through.
Ultrasonic slimming treatments
Ultrasound technology can help to break down fat cells underneath the skin into liquid form. The body then disposes it through your natural metabolism as waste.
This technology is great for spot treatment on area such as the tummy, thighs, and arms.
This has little to no downtime and minimal discomfort and side effects.
Low-level laser therapy slimming treatments
This uses cold laser energy emitted into body tissues and are absorbed by fat cells, eliminating them in the process.
Your body then gets rid of it through your natural metabolism as waste.
This is considered one of the most gentle fat reduction treatments out there and can be used on the waist, hips, and thighs.
Side effects are extremely rare and it’s also virtually painless. The process is also quite fast at around 20 to 40 minutes.
Laser Lipolysis slimming treatments
While Fat Freeze slimming treatments kill fat cells by freezing them, laser lypolysis treatments do so by heating them till they rupture.
This is great for targeted treatments on stubborn fat area.
While it’s a relatively quick treatment at less than 30 minutes, this can be slightly uncomfortable because of the high temperature applied.
Effective slimming treatments to try
We started the article trying to answer the question of whether slimming treatments work, and the conclusion is that they do, provided you go for proven technology.
Speak with your beauty therapist or aesthetic doctor to discuss your desired results, and they will be able to make a recommendation based on your body shape, health status, and lifestyle.
Here are a few salons you can look out for that can offer you slimming treatments that work.
Spacio Aesthetics’ LifeFreeze Treatment uses the latest technology in fat freezing to help with the reduction of body fat.
This is suitable for getting rid of stubborn fat that can’t be improved with diets and exercises, and it’s able to do so permanently, as long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
This slimming treatment can be performed on most parts of body, and it includes arms, back, thighs, chin, love handles, and tummy.
Location: 23 Serangoon Central, #04-23 NEX, Singapore 556083
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (daily)
The CeraSlim treatment at Ceramique Aesthetics harnesses the Multi-Polar Radiofrequency technology to effectively achieve slimming benefits.
Fat tissues are broken up and eliminated through this slimming treatment. At the same time, the RF energy is also able to stimulate collagen production so that skin is tightened and the appearance of cellulite is improved.
- S$28 instead of S$298 for one area (upper arms, tummy, thighs, buttocks, back flank, or upper back) when you book on Salon Finder
- S$48 instead of S$596 for two areas (upper arms, tummy, thighs, buttocks, back flank, or upper back) when you book on Salon Finder
Location: 10 Tampines Central 1, Tampines 1, #04-29, Singapore 529536
Opening hours: 10.30am – 8.30pm (Mon to Fri) | 10.30am – 7pm, (Sat & Sun)
A luxurious salon that uses only the most advanced technology, The Spa-Lon offers the ATP38 Radio Frequency for the body.
By emitting deep, controlled energy, this slimming treatment targets at fat while tightening skin and increasing blood circulation at the same time.
Broken down fat cells are drained through the body’s lymphatic system naturally, giving a permanent result that can be maintained as long as you adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Location: 208 New Upper Changi Road, #01-671, Singapore 460208 | 180 Kitchener Road, #03-01 City Square Mall, Singapore 208539 | 1 Bukit Batok Central Link, #04-19 West Mall, Singapore 658713 | 11A Boon Tiong Road, #01-09, Singapore 161011
Opening hours: Varies according to outlet. Check here for opening hours.
Working to reduce the circumference of the hips, waist, and thighs, Spa Aeperial’s Lipo Slimming Treatment helps shrink fat cells and dissolve them in the body.
During this non-invasive body-shaping treatment, lasers are released through pads, triggering a chemical signal that get fat cells to be transported to tissues where they will be “burned off” when you engage in exercise post-treatment.
The body responds to a demand for energy during exercise, releasing these stored fat.
This is why the you’re encouraged to walk for at least 30 minutes after the treatment so you can achieve the most optimal results.
Price: S$28 instead of S$88 when you book on Salon Finder.
Location: Blk 263, Serangoon Central Drive, #01-47, Singapore 550263 | Blk 58, Marine Terrace, #01-51, Singapore 440058
Opening hours: 12pm – 9pm (Tue to Fri) | 10am – 7pm (Sat & Sun) | Closed on Mondays
For slimming treatments that work, Kelyn Esther offers two options: Thermic Slim Ultrasonic Slimming Treatment and Cool Anti-Cellulite Ultrasonic Treatment.
The former removes excess fat cells using focused ultrasonic waves, offering targeted treatment.
With this treatment, excess water and body toxins are drained and body’s metabolism is boosted. These aid with the breakdown of fat cells in order to achieve reduction in the measurement of targeted area.
The latter, on the other hand, uses ultrasonic waves to break down fat cells and tighten skin. This is also effective against cellulite.
Price: S$99 when you book on Salon Finder.
Location: Blk 269, Queen Street, #02-227, Singapore 180269
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (Tue to Fri) | 10am – 8pm (Sat) | Closed on Mondays and Sundays
Using an FDA-cleared Cryo machine, coupled with Traditional Meridian Acupoint massage, this helps to boost the body’s metabolism and get rid of excess fat cells.
The fat freeze treatment can be done on one of these spots: tummy, arms, thighs, love handles, or back. This is then combined with a Meridian massage to enhance its results.
Price: S$68 instead of S$688 when you book on Salon Finder.
Location: 175 Bencoolen Street, #01-42 Burlington Square, Singapore 189649
Opening hours: 11am – 8.30 pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 8.30pm (Sat & Sun)
The Venus Slimming Treatment uses the Venus Freeze technology to help contour body and reduce fat.
This non-invasive slimming treatment has no downtime and is great for those who are struggling to get rid of stubborn fat that can’t be removed even with a disciplined diet and fitness plan.
Price: S$88 instead of S$250 when you book on Salon Finder.
Location: 150 Changi Road, #01-02 Guthrie Building, Singapore 479973
Opening hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon to Sat) | 10am – 6pm (Sun)
Urban Homme Face and Body Studio
A grooming studio for men, Urban Homme offers the IntegralQuartz Macro Fat Reduction treatment and Beer Belly Trimming treatment.
IntegralQuartz Macro Fat Reduction use the LGP Cellu M6 Integral technology, which is able to administer both full body and targeted body treatments.
Improving microcirculation, this treatment boosts fat lipolysis and increase lymphatic flow so that fat that has been transformed can be removed from the body system quickly.
On the other hand, the Beer Belly Trimming treatment combines three actions: a vibrating massage, rotating ultrasound, and micro-electro therapy for a powerful slimming result.
- IntegralQuartz Marco Fat Reduction at S$68 instead of S$535 when you book on Salon Finder
- Beer Belly Trimming at S$68 instead of S$299 when you book on Salon Finder
Locations: 23 Serangoon Central, #04-48 NEX, Singapore 556083 | 80 Marine Parade Road, #05-16 Parkway Parade, Singapore 449269
- NEX: 11am – 9pm (Mon to Sun)
- Parkway Parade: 10.30am – 8.30pm (Mon to Fri) | 10.30am – 6pm (Sat & Sun)
W.O.W Wellness Oneness Wonders
This salon offers two professional slimming treatments: the PowerSlim Body Treatment and Indiba Slim Body Treatment.
PowerSlim Body Treatment uses a trio of multi- and bi-polar radio frequency and soft laser to target cellulite while reshaping the body and tightening the skin.
This non-invasive slimming treatment works by repairing collagen tissue, improving lymphatic circulation, and speeding up metabolism using bio-thermal energy.
You can also consider the Indiba Slim Body Treatment, which uses the INDIBA technology, which is a leader in RF treatments. Within the first treatment, you should be able to see an improvement in skin firmness, metabolism, and a decrease in fat.
- PowerSlim Body Treatment is priced at S$300, but first-timers can enjoy it at S$138
- Indiba Slim Body Treatment is at S$388, but first-timers can enjoy it at S$168
See all prices here.
Location: 50 East Coast Road, Roxy Square, #01-109/102, Singapore 428769 (Beside Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel)
Opening hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon to Fri) | 10am – 7pm (Sat & Sun)