Fat Freezing vs Fat Melting: Which is Right for You?

December 12, 2020

Non-invasive fat reduction procedures make it possible to reduce fat layer thickness without cuts or needles. This is done through freezing or melting the fat cells to the point of natural elimination. The procedures involve the use of a device that emits radiofrequency heating or cooling temperatures to target stubborn fat deposits.

Fat-Freezing-vs-Fat-MeltingWhile both fat freezing and fat melting deliver results, many are wondering which is the better way to get rid of fat. At Cutis Medical Laser Clinics in Singapore, we have devices that perform fat freezing and fat melting. If you’re considering any of these non-invasive procedures, you may want to know the differences between the two. 

Fat Freezing

As its name suggests, fat freezing (also known as Cryolipolysis) uses cool temperatures to disrupt and freeze fat cells away. It permanently kills fat cells, which will then be cleared through the lymphatic system and processed as waste in the liver. It is effective for treating pinchable fat bulges in the belly, back, arms, thighs, and double chin. 

Here at Cutis Medical Laser Clinics, we have two devices that use fat freezing or Cryolipolysis: CoolSculpting and ZLipo.  

CoolSculpting – This uses applicators of varying sizes, delivering controlled cooling temperatures in the treatment areas. The applicators are specifically made to target problems areas or fat bulges in the belly, arms, thighs, and smaller pockets of fat in the chin, underarm, and knees. 

You may see results within a 60- to 90-day period or once your body has metabolized the crystallized fat cells. Fat freezing by CoolSculpting delivers a noticeable reduction of fat in the treatment area. The fat cells are gone for good and will not migrate to other areas of the body. 

ZLipo – This uses applicators (in 3 sizes) that suction in the fat bulges in the belly, arms, thighs, hips, love handles, and other smaller areas. ZLipo cools fat deposits over a specific period of time in a safe and controlled manner. The machine’s pulsating suction offers a positive effect on metabolism and lymphatic drainage.

With ZLipo fat freezing, the natural breakdown and removal of fat cells through the lymphatic system takes about 10 to 12 weeks. Once your body has flushed all the dead fat cells, you will see a slimmer treated area. ZLipo does not affect the surrounding tissues, so it is considered safe and gentle.

Fat Melting

For fat melting, we have the BTL Vanquish ME that contours the body using heat through selective radiofrequency (RF) energy. This disrupts the fat cells, resulting in fat cell shrinkage and natural elimination. Just like in fat freezing, treated fat cells will then be cleared natural in the lymphatic system and processed as waste in the liver. 

One thing that makes Vanquish ME unique from other non-invasive procedures is that it is contactless. It delivers RF heating, treating different areas of the body without touching or coming into contact with the skin. The Vanquish ME device hovers the area of concern using a panel array of heat energy.

Some patients report seeing improvements in as early as three weeks, but optimal results are seen within a period of 60 to 90 days. Vanquish ME is FDA-cleared for circumference reduction in the belly area, flanks, and thighs. Clinical studies suggest that it can eliminate up to 59% of excess belly fat after diet and exercise has failed.

Read our previous post and learn the 5 Reasons to Try Vanquish Fat Reduction Procedure.

Which is right for you?

Fat freezing and fat melting work best after several sessions. It is suggested that Vanquish destroys more fat when compared to CoolSculpting, but then again, the right procedure for you will depend on the number of factors. These include the location of fat, fat layer thickness, and your budget.

It is best to consult an aesthetic doctor in Singapore to find out which suits you best. Also, be reminded that while these procedures can help you look slimmer, they are not a treatment for weight loss. It is still best to eat right and exercise daily to remain fit, as well as maintain the results of a non-invasive fat reduction procedure. 

Schedule a consultation and body assessment today

Wondering which fat reduction procedure is right for you? Contact Cutis Medical Laser Clinics in Singapore and schedule a consultation and body assessment with our aesthetic doctor to learn more about what each treatment can offer.