Thinking about fat freeze for quick weight loss? Uncover all the pros and cons of this procedure so that you can make an informed decision.

How to Lose Stubborn Fat Without Surgery: The Truth About Fat Freezing

How to Lose Stubborn Fat Without Surgery

  • Cryolipolysis (Fat Freezing): A popular non-invasive treatment like CoolSculpting uses controlled cooling to freeze and eliminate fat cells in areas like the abdomen, thighs, and arms. Results are visible within a month, with optimal effects in 2-3 months. 
  • Radiofrequency Treatments: Procedures like TruSculpt iD and Morpheus8 use radiofrequency energy to heat and destroy fat cells while tightening skin. Multiple sessions may be required for full results over 2-3 months. 
  • Laser Fat Reduction: Treatments like SculpSure use laser energy to disrupt and remove fat cells in the abdomen and flanks. Results appear in 6 weeks, with maximum effects in 12 weeks. 
  • Ultrasound Fat Cavitation: Non-surgical ultrasound waves can break down fat cell membranes, allowing the body to metabolize the released fat over 2-3 months with multiple treatments. 
  • Balanced Diet and Exercise: While not a treatment, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with nutrient-rich foods, regular cardio, and strength training can help reduce overall body fat percentage over time. [Original]
  • Combination Approaches: Some clinics offer combination therapies like Emsculpt Neo, using radiofrequency heating plus muscle stimulation for fat reduction and muscle toning simultaneously.
The table succinctly presents the mechanism, effectiveness, and considerations of fat freezing for fat loss, highlighting that it uses controlled cooling to destroy fat cells, can reduce fat layers by up to 25%, and is most effective when combined with lifestyle changes, although results and suitability vary.
Is Fat Freezing Effective for Fat Loss?


In my years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I’ve seen countless clients struggle with stubborn fat that just won’t budge, no matter how much they diet or exercise. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I’ve had the privilege of helping many of these clients achieve their body goals through non-invasive treatments like fat freezing. I’ve also engaged with industry experts and conducted extensive research on the science behind this popular treatment.

Fat freezing, also known as cryolipolysis, has gained a lot of attention in recent years as a safe and effective alternative to surgical fat removal procedures like liposuction. But with so much information out there, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.

In the rest of this article, I’ll dive deeper into how fat freezing works, who it’s suitable for, and what kind of results you can expect.

Otherwise known as the dangerous belly fat, visceral fat hangs beneath your abdominal muscles and surrounds your major organs such as the heart and the liver

What is Fat Freezing? 

Understanding Fat Freezing: A Non-Invasive Approach

Fat freezing, scientifically known as cryolipolysis, is an FDA-approved method for reducing unwanted fat in specific areas of the body.

It targets “love handles,” double chin, flabby arms, and other bulges by freezing fat cells. While it can’t eliminate all the fat in one treatment, it promises to remove around 25 percent.

The Process: How Fat Freezing Works

In a comprehensive straw poll conducted with our valued customers in 2023, we gathered insightful feedback on their experiences with our fat freezing treatments. Our clients shared that during the procedure, we skillfully employ paddles to gently suction the skin into a cup. This advanced technique effectively crystallizes the underlying fat cells.

Depending on the specific area being targeted, each session is meticulously timed, usually ranging from 35 minutes to an hour, ensuring optimal results. Our customers also reported that while there’s an initial sensation of coldness and numbness, any discomfort is remarkably minimal, highlighting our commitment to a comfortable and effective treatment experience.

The Science Behind Cryolipolysis: Disabling Fat Cells

Cryolipolysis relies on cooling techniques to selectively target and freeze fat cells in the treated area. This process disables the fat cells, causing them to break down over time. Eventually, your body naturally eliminates these cells and their contents, leading to a permanent reduction in fat cells.

Understanding the principles and mechanisms of fat freezing can help you make an informed decision about whether this non-invasive approach aligns with your body goals. Remember to consult with a qualified professional to assess your suitability for fat freezing and discuss any concerns you may have.

A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that cryolipolysis was effective in reducing subcutaneous fat layer thickness, with visible results after just two months

The Science Behind Fat Freezing

At Wellaholic, we’re all about science-backed solutions that help you achieve your desired body shape without surgery or downtime.

One of our most innovative slimming solutions is fat freezing, also known as cryolipolysis.

It’s time to dive into the fascinating science behind fat freezing and how it can help you say goodbye to stubborn fat!

Explaining Fat Freezing

Picture this: controlled cooling, targeted areas, and frozen fat cells. That’s the magic behind fat freezing! This revolutionary technique involves applying precisely controlled cooling to specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or love handles.

The goal is to freeze and destroy those pesky fat cells that just won’t budge with exercise or diet alone.

The Process Unveiled

So, how does fat freezing work its wonders? Well, let’s break it down for you. During a fat freezing session, our skilled specialists use a specialized device that suctions the skin and fat tissue into a cup-like applicator.

This applicator then cools the area to a temperature that causes targeted fat cells to undergo a natural process called apoptosis (cell death). Don’t worry; it’s a painless process that won’t leave you shivering!

The Amazing Results

Now, let’s talk results! After the fat cells have been frozen and destroyed, your body takes charge. Over the following weeks and months, your body’s natural processes step in to gradually eliminate those dead fat cells.

It’s like your body’s own cleanup crew! As the fat cells are cleared away, you’ll notice a reduction in the thickness of the fat layer in the treated area. Say hello to a smoother and more contoured you!

Science Has Our Back

Still skeptical? We completely understand. That’s why we rely on scientific studies to back up the effectiveness and safety of fat freezing. Here are a few notable studies:

  • A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that cryolipolysis was effective in reducing subcutaneous fat layer thickness, with visible results after just two months1.
  • Another study, published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, reported significant reductions in fat layer thickness and high patient satisfaction levels2.

With these studies and more, the scientific community continues to validate the impressive results and safety of fat freezing. At Wellaholic, we’re proud to offer this cutting-edge solution to help you achieve your body goals with confidence.

Fat freezing, scientifically known as cryolipolysis, is an FDA-approved method for reducing unwanted fat in specific areas of the body. It targets "love handles," double chin, flabby arms, and other bulges by freezing fat cells. While it can't eliminate all the fat in one treatment, it promises to remove around 25 percent.

Fat Freeze is an US FDA-Approved Procedure

The FDA cleared the marketing of the fat freezing method CoolSculpting in 2010 based on results of a study showing that six months after the treatment of love handles in 60 patients, the targeted fat was reduced by an average of 19 percent.

Since then, fat freezing has been catching on nationwide. It is offered by dermatologists and medical spas and is heavily promoted in television commercials. Wellaholic’s WellaFreeze is premised on the same principles as CoolSculpting. 

A 2009 study looked into the clinical efficacy of cryolipolysis. In this study, researchers concluded that cryolipolysis reduced the treated area by as much as 25%

What is the Mechanics of Fat Freezing?

Understanding Cryolipolysis: Freezing Fat Cells

Cryolipolysis, also known as CoolSculpting, is an FDA-approved method of fat and cellulite reduction. It involves cooling fat cells to a freeze temperature using two parallel panels.

This controlled cooling freezes the fat and cellulite, leading to targeted fat reduction.

Clinical Efficacy of Cryolipolysis: Research Insights

A 2009 study evaluated the clinical efficacy of cryolipolysis and found that it reduced the treated area by up to 25%. The results remained evident even after six months, indicating a permanent reduction in fat.

During the treatment, the frozen fat cells undergo natural elimination through the liver within a few weeks. The complete fat loss outcomes typically become visible within three months.

Targeted Areas and Treatment Duration

Cryolipolysis is commonly performed on areas such as the thighs, lower back, belly, and sides (referred to as “love handles”). Additionally, it is widely used for reducing the appearance of cellulite on the legs, buttocks, and arms. The average duration of a cryolipolysis session is around one hour.

visceral fat is often caused by a diet high in saturated fat, trans fats , refined carbohydrates and alcohol.

Does Fat Freezing Work?

The Success of Fat Freezing Techniques

Fat freezing techniques like WellaFreeze and CoolSculpting have a high success rate in reducing fat and cellulite from the body.

Compared to invasive procedures like liposuction, these non-invasive methods are generally safer with fewer adverse effects.

Managing Expectations: Fat Reduction Limitations

While fat freezing treatments can eliminate up to 25% of fat in each session, it is important not to expect complete removal of fat and cellulite. Factors such as lifestyle and diet also play a significant role in overall results.

A 2015 review of 16 studies published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal found that individuals experienced an average fat reduction of 19.55%.

Addressing Loose Skin Concerns

It’s essential to note that fat freezing treatments like WellaFreeze cannot tighten loose skin. If there is loose skin in areas with fatty deposits, additional treatments like WellaSculpt may be necessary to address skin tightening.

By understanding the limitations and potential outcomes of fat freezing techniques, individuals can have realistic expectations and make informed decisions about their body contouring journey.

Non-surgical fat reduction methods are generally safer and have fewer side effects than surgery. They also do not involve any incisions or anesthesia, which can further minimize the risk of adverse reactions.

What are the Side Effects of Fat Freezing?

I often get asked about the side effects of fat freezing treatments like CoolSculpting. While it’s a popular non-invasive option for reducing stubborn fat, it’s important to understand what to expect during and after the procedure.

During the treatment, you might feel some tugging, pinching, or intense cold at the targeted area. This usually subsides within 5-10 minutes as the area becomes numb. Immediately after, it’s common to experience temporary redness, swelling, bruising, or skin sensitivity. Some clients also report a tingling sensation or minor aches, but these typically resolve within a few days to a couple of weeks.

In rare cases, more serious side effects like paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) can occur, where the treated fat cells enlarge instead of shrinking. While uncommon, it’s crucial to choose a reputable clinic with experienced practitioners to minimize risks. If you have any concerns or underlying health conditions, always consult with a qualified professional before undergoing fat freezing. At Wellaholic, we prioritize your safety and comfort, so you can feel confident in achieving the body contouring results you desire.

Well, let's put it this way - fat freezing isn't exactly a walk in the park, but it's also not like getting your wisdom teeth pulled out.

Fat Freezing vs. Other Fat Reduction Methods

Fat freezing, also known as cryolipolysis, is a popular non-invasive treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat. It’s a great option for those who want to reduce fat without surgery or downtime. However, it’s important to note that fat freezing is best suited for small, localized fat deposits and may require multiple sessions for optimal results.

On the other hand, other methods like liposuction can remove larger amounts of fat in a single procedure. But liposuction is more invasive, requires anesthesia and longer recovery time, and carries more risks. There are also other non-invasive options like laser lipolysis and radiofrequency treatments that use heat to destroy fat cells. Ultimately, the best method depends on your specific goals, body type, and preferences. Feel free to book a consultation with me at Wellaholic – I’m here to help you achieve the body you desire!

The Verdict: Which Method is Best for You?

Now, you may be wondering which fat reduction method is the ultimate champion for you. Let’s summarize the advantages and disadvantages of each to help you make an informed decision:

  • Liposuction
    • Advantages: Immediate results, potential for larger fat removal.
    • Disadvantages: Surgical procedure, anesthesia, incisions, downtime.
  • Diet and Exercise
    • Advantages: Overall health benefits, weight management.
    • Disadvantages: Can’t target specific areas of fat.
  • Other Non-Invasive Methods
    • Advantages: Non-surgical, varying techniques available.
    • Disadvantages: Varying effectiveness, safety, and potential side effects.
  • Fat Freezing
    • Advantages: Non-invasive, no anesthesia or incisions, minimal downtime, targeted fat reduction, established effectiveness and safety.
    • Disadvantages: May require multiple sessions for optimal results.

Ultimately, the choice depends on your preferences, goals, and comfort level. If you’re seeking a non-invasive, safe, and effective solution to target specific areas of fat, fat freezing might just be the perfect fit for you!

Wellaholic conducts straw polls with our customers, in order to learn more about their aesthetic preferences.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is fat freezing, and how does it help with fat loss?

A: Fat freezing, also known as cryolipolysis, is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment. It uses controlled cooling to target and freeze stubborn fat cells, leading to their natural elimination from the body, resulting in gradual fat loss.

Is fat freezing an effective method for losing stubborn fat?

A: Yes, fat freezing has proven to be an effective and safe method for reducing stubborn fat in targeted areas. It is especially beneficial for areas like the abdomen, thighs, love handles, and arms.

How long does it take to see results from fat freezing?

A: Results may vary from person to person, but most individuals start to see noticeable fat reduction within a few weeks after the treatment. The full results usually become apparent after a few months as the body continues to eliminate the frozen fat cells.

Is fat freezing a painful procedure?

A: Fat freezing is generally well-tolerated, and most individuals experience only mild discomfort during the treatment. The targeted area may feel cold initially, but this sensation usually subsides quickly.

How many fat freezing sessions are typically required to achieve the desired fat loss?

A: The number of sessions needed depends on individual factors such as the amount of fat to be treated and the target area. Many clients achieve satisfactory results with just one or two sessions, while others may require additional treatments.

Can fat freezing be used as a weight-loss method for overall body fat reduction?

A: Fat freezing is not intended as a weight-loss method for overall body fat reduction. It is best suited for spot-reducing stubborn fat pockets in specific areas.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

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