During my 20s and early 30s, many peers will always admire my flat tummy and slim waistline. All thanks to my active lifestyle and high metabolism rate.
Fat began to store around on tummy when I reached my late 30s even though I was having the same lifestyle and eating habits as before. The truth is as I age, my basal metabolic rate decreases and with the loss of lean body mass too. And now at 40s, I can’t afford to eat the way as I used to, I have to cut down on fatty and sugary food. I hate those lumps, bumps and bulges. Hence, I refrain from wearing tight fitting clothing and I prefer to wear something loose fitting now.
Of course the best way to eliminate the flabby tummy is to undergo liposuction. Even if this is the best and only solution, I will never go for it because of many bad reports on liposuction that have “gone wrong”. In early Jan 2010, a 44 year-old man died after undergone liposuction treatment at a general practitioner’s clinic.
And recently, I have met up with Dr Chee, the founder of Wen and Weng Medical Group, a reliable and trustworthy doctor whom I have known for more than 10 years. What I like about him is that he never once hard sells or pushes me on signing up any package or treatment. I always feel comfortable whenever I go for a consultation or treatment at his clinic. He gives honest advice and on some occasions he even discourages me from taking up some treatments that he reckon do not work on me. And best of all, he never overcharges me!
And after sharing my concern on my abdominal bulge, he suggested that I may give CoolSculpting a try.
CoolSculpting is considered the newest non-invasive treatment to reduce fat. This treatment may not be suitable for everyone though. Dr Chee analyzed my tummy and concluded that I’m actually a right candidate for this new treatment. This treatment is ideal for people who are not fat but the little bulge is just enough to show through a snug-fitting t-shirt or blouse. And these small areas of fat don’t seem to warrant a surgical procedure.
What is CoolSculpting?
CoolSculpting, developed by ZELTIQ, is a new non-invasive procedure for fat layer reduction. This revolutionary procedure, developed by a team of scientists and physicians, uses a precisely controlled cooling method called Cryolipolysis to target, cool, and eliminate fat cells without damage to neighboring tissue.
After a one-to-three hour CoolSculpting procedure with your doctor, your body goes to work. Over the next two to four months, the crystallized fat cells break down and they are naturally flushed from your body.
On average, each CoolSculpting procedure will result in a 20% reduction of fat in the treated area. After the initial treatment cycle is completed, you can attain further reductions with additional procedures although some patients may find that one treatment is sufficient for them to achieve their goals.
Before the CoolSculpting procedure, a therapist was assigned to me and helped to take measurements such as my weight and BMI.
After the necessary measurements were done, Dr Chee further analyzed my abdomen and did some markings that will help to position the device on the abdomen later. See my flabby tummy (insert picture) when I sit down. So unsightly right!
No general/topical anesthesia or pain medication is needed before the procedure.
The therapist first took out a cooling sheet and gently placed it on the marking area before applicator cup was used.
The applicator cup uses gentle vacuum pressure to draw bulge up between the two cooling panels. Upon suction, I instantly felt a pulling sensation which was caused by the vacuum pressure in the area being treated. This firm pull is enough to ensure the tissue will be cooled most efficiently.
The uncomfortable tight pulling feeling fortunately only lasted for a minute or two. All thanks to the therapist who was very attentive and advised me that I should relax and not think about it too much. The relaxation has helped to ease the muscle and reduce the uncomfortableness of the pulling sensation.
As the panels go to work in the first few minutes, I also felt a sensation of intense cold that goes away in a few minutes.
I can either sit or lie down during the procedure, depending on the area being treated. This procedure will usually take from 1 to 2 hours depending on the number of placements. In fact, before the procedure, the therapist has suggested that I should go for my toilet break as I need to start the procedure all over again if I happen to stop half-way.
To ensure I feel comfortable for the next 1 hour, the therapist has offered newspapers and magazines for my reading pleasure and even suggested I should take a short nap, well that was what I intended to do too………zzzzzzz………..
After an hour later, the therapist gently pulled out the applicator cup and removed the cooling sheet to review my red swollen tummy. OMG!! Is that my tummy? It looks so alien! Does it resemble Ayers Rock mountain to you? Hee hee……..
I felt a sense of relief immediately after the procedure and I felt stiffness on the treated tissue when the applicator cup was removed.
So this is the applicator cup that gently draws tissue between the two cooling panels.
Next, the therapist gently massaged the treated area for about 8 minutes. The tummy is slightly flattened and the redness has reduced after the massaging.
I still felt a temporary dulling of sensation or numbness in the treated area. In fact, this is normal and will resolve within a few hours up until eight weeks after the procedure. The vacuum has caused slight tenderness to the touch that is typically resolves within a few weeks.
There is no recovery time and I can resume my normal activities after the procedure.
Cryolipolysis is a precisely controlled cooling method that targets, cools, and eliminates fat cells without damage to neighboring cells.
Review & Result after CoolSculpting Procedure
The redness on the treated area was gone within a day after the procedure although some patients will experience persistent redness that may last for a few days.
The only thing that I’m not comfortable about this non-invasive treatment is the soreness and tenderness in the treated area that last for almost two weeks. It is as if there is a layer of cloth covering the treated area, I can’t even feel my skin at all. Although it is common to have bruising on the treated area that may last for a few weeks but fortunately there is no bruising at all.
Three weeks after the procedure, I didn’t see any differences at all. On the fourth week, I noticed the bulge has been minimally reduced in size.
Although my abdominal bulge was not very obvious even before the procedure, but I’m glad to see significant result after one and a half month later. The bulge is so much smaller and my tummy looks firmer too. My tummy is almost flattened! My weight has also reduced from 52.5kg to 50kg.
I’m glad that one treatment is all I need to address my problem whilst some patients may require a few treatments to attain their goals.
Overall, I’m very happy with the amazing result and I will highly recommend CoolSculpting for anyone who wants to reduce fat without going under the knife. No cutting, no needles and no downtime!
Cool Sculpting is an extremely safe and effective fat reduction procedure and it is definitely a great alternative to replace dangerous invasive liposuction treatment.
Is it permanent?
Well, you probably will ask if the result is permanent? When you have your CoolSculpting procedure, the treated fat cells will be eliminated. As long as you maintain your weight with diet and exercise, your long-term results should remain stable.
Where should I go for CoolSculpting?
For those who are interested to try CoolSculpting, you may want to look for Dr Chee at Wen & Weng Medical Group. He’s very professional and reliable, and he will always give honest opinion on any enquiry. The therapist at the clinic is friendly and attentive too. The prices are reasonable and the charges for CoolSculpting range from S$1000 to S$1500 depending on the area treated. I believe he will give a package price if you are treating on two areas or more. For my abdominal bulge, it costs S$1500.
I’ve done my CoolSculpting treatment at The Medical & Rejuvenation Centre (one of the clinic under Wen & Weng Medical Group).
#02-33 China Square Central
Tel: 6532 7385
Fax: 6532 5936
Monday to Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 12:30pm
Night clinic: Wednesday: 6pm-8pm (by appt only)
Closed on Sunday & Public Holidays
Will I go for CoolSculpting procedure at Wen and Weng Medical Group again? Yes Definitely!!!