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What is Stopping You from Losing Stubborn Fat?

If you avoid junk food, follow a healthy diet, and work out regularly, you will definitely get rid of that tummy flab.” “Have you tried drinking smoothies? Why don’t you try cutting back on carbs?” “That might help with your double chin and love handles.” Are you exhausted from trying out such advice with no real results? As a clinic that has treated a number of patients with such concerns, we at Lux Medical Aesthetic Clinic understand your frustration. Even though you may have been successful in reducing weight, you may have found that some parts of your body, such as your stomach, love handles, and lower back, still contain stubborn fat that will not budge. Well, you are in luck; our aesthetic clinic has the latest fat-reduction technology – fat freeze treatment, to help you get your dream body. In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about fat freeze therapy in Singapore and more. 

What is Stubborn Fat?  

As the name implies, it denotes fat that is more resistant to fat burning. Physiologically, this stubborn fat is different from your regular fat cells. Fat cells have several kinds of receptors. The receptors that contribute to fat reduction are known as beta-2 receptors.

The receptors known as alpha-2 receptors, on the other hand, inhibit this process. Stubborn fat areas have much higher alpha-2 receptors than regular fat cells, which is why some may find difficulty with losing this flab.

Stubborn fat can occur due to several reasons, including unhealthy diet, stress, hormonal issues, and genetics. Gender also plays a significant role in the way fat is stored. Women usually store fat in areas such as the abdomen, thighs, hips, and buttocks, but this may vary from person to person. Conversely, men usually store more fat in their upper body and struggle with losing fat from their abdominal region.

Habits That Can Contribute to This Issue 

Do you feel you are doing everything right but still cannot shift those problem areas? There are a number of reasons that could be derailing your progress. Let’s take a look at the most common culprits.

  • Poor dietary management
  • Underestimating the calorie count
  • Consuming a lot of unsaturated fats and processed food
  • Doing too much over a short period of time
  • Expecting miracles and giving up quickly
  • Skimping on proper sleep
  • Experiencing extreme stress
  • Having underlying medical conditions (e.g., PCOS and hypothyroidism)

 If you are unsure of what is hampering your progress, enlist the services of a qualified medical professional such as Dr Kellyn Shiau, who will identify the cause and provide you with the right treatment. 

Fat Freeze Treatment: What is It and How Does It Work? 

Fat freeze in Singapore, also known as cryolipolysis, is an innovative fat reduction technology that freezes local fat cells resulting in apoptosis (programmed cell death). Apoptosis is a naturally occurring process that is essential to maintain the smooth functioning of the body. Therefore, it may take around three to four months to show significant changes. However, some patients may see noticeable slimming effects in just one or two weeks with the fat freeze treatment.

Have you heard people say that it is impossible to target specific areas of fat through diet and exercise alone? Unfortunately, this is sadly true. But with fat freeze treatments, you can target the specific areas you want while posing no harm to the surrounding cells. But why are the surrounding cells not at risk? This is because fat has a higher sensitivity to temperature than skin cells which leave them undamaged. This benefit, coupled with other factors, has contributed to its popularity.

Fat Freeze in Singapore: Areas That are Commonly Treated

Fat freeze treatment can be used on various body parts, but it is particularly effective on areas with pinchable fat that can be pulled into the applicator.

Here are some of the commonly treated regions:

  • Double chin
  • Arm fat
  • Bra bulge
  • Saddlebags (thigh fat)
  • Belly fat and lower abdomen
  • Love handles
  • Back fat

What are the Pros and Cons of Fat Freezing Treatments? 

While fat freeze treatment in Singapore can be used on many individuals, some advantages and disadvantages may be associated with it.


  • Non-invasive treatment
  • Safe and effective
  • Targeted fat reduction
  • Minimal discomfort with little to no pain
  • Short treatment sessions
  • Zero downtime for recovery
  • Natural looking results


  • Mild side effects (temporary)
  • Not designed for significant weight loss (limited fat reduction)
  • Multiple sessions may be required

In light of these factors, it is wise to consult an experienced medical professional to determine if the treatment suits you.

What to Expect During the Session?

First, your doctor will assess and mark the problem areas. Once the evaluation and demarcation have been carried out, the fat freeze applicator will be placed on the body. But at Lux Medical Aesthetic Clinic, we use a special triple gel pad before attaching the applicator head, as your safety is our priority. Once you are comfortable, the doctor will then start the cooling process. This session is relatively quick and takes only about an hour to complete.

When the fat-freezing treatment is over, and the applicator head is removed, you may notice a bulge on the treatment areas. This is no cause for concern as it will subside after a gentle massage. The massage will also help with breaking down the fat. Once the treatment is over, you can resume your normal routine. Most patients will need only one treatment session per area. However, maintenance treatment sessions may be required following the procedure, but the number of sessions will vary from individual to individual.

Have you been looking for a reliable aesthetic clinic for your fat freeze treatment in Singapore? Look no further than Lux Medical Aesthetic Clinic. As a well-established clinic, we will ensure you a comfortable and luxurious experience. All our treatments are evidence-based, and you will find that our treatments are customised to fit your specific needs and preferences. Our clinic has the latest tools and technology and we are keen to provide you with nothing but the best. Contact our team to book an appointment today.

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