Fat-Freezing vs. Liposuction: Which is Better?

When Spanx can no longer hide unwanted bulges, turning to medical methods of removing fat sounds like a good idea. Both fat-freezing and liposuction are methods of permanently removing unwanted fat from the body.

What is Liposuction?
Liposuction removes fat from the body through the principles of negative pressure and suction – if you’ve ever used a straw to suck up black pearls in bubble tea, you’d probably have an instinctive idea of how liposuction works.

The surgeon usually makes an incision near the treatment area, injecting IV fluids to loosen the fats, before injecting a long, narrow tube that sucks out the loosened fat. The surgeon will usually push and pull this narrow tube back and forth in the treatment area, to remove as much fat as possible.

What are Fat-Freezing Treatments?
On the other hand, fat-freezing generally works on the principles that fat cells die when cooled to a certain temperature, and fat cells freeze faster than skin cells do. This way, a non-invasive device can freeze and destroy fat cells at a controlled temperature, while keeping surrounding skin intact and unharmed.

To further destroy the fat cells, the device can further deliver acoustic sound energy that shatters these fat cells, making it easier for our bodies to expel the dead fat cells through our natural metabolic processes.

This is done through the application of a probe and conductive gel to the treatment area, similar to how an ultrasound scan is done. One example of such a non-invasive device is Proshock Ice, which we offer at LS Aesthetic Clinic to eliminate stubborn fat and cellulite.

While both methods are effective for suitable candidates, which is better? Suitability can differ depending on the criteria you have in mind. We break it down for you:

Fat-Freezing vs Liposuction: A Breakdown

Comparison FactorsFat-Freezing via ProShock IceLiposuction
Time TakenFat-freezing treatments are usually spread out into multiple sessions, generally 6 sessions at 1-2 week intervals. Each session usually takes 1 hour.

While some report seeing results just after 1 session, optimum results are seen usually after 6 sessions.
Liposuction generally tends to be a 1- time procedure, and surgery usually takes about 1-2 hours, depending on the size of the treatment area.

You may not see results immediately as a result of post-surgical swelling. It may take about 1-3 months to see full results as the body eliminates the fluids from the surgery over the next few months.
InvasivenessProshock Ice is a non-invasive device – it makes use of the theory that fat cells freeze faster than skin cells do, to permanently remove fat cells from under your skin, without the need for surgery.This is an invasive surgical procedure that requires cutting, stitching, and anaesthesising.

Typically, a surgeon will make an incision near your abdomen and use a blunt metal cannula to suction the fats of your body.
RisksSince Proshock Ice is a non-surgical procedure, it comes with no surgical risks.

Temporary side effects include redness at the treatment area, but this should subside within a few hours.
Given its surgical nature, liposuction does come with its fair share of risks, such as:

Internal bleeding

Punctures of internal organs

Fat embolism, in which pieces of loosened fat break away and become trapped in a blood vessel or gather in the lungs, causing dangerous blockages
PainProshock Ice is generally a well-tolerated procedure. Most patients generally do not report feeling pain during or after their treatments, as the cooling effect of the device induces numbness.While you will not feel pain during the surgery due to general anaesthesia, most patients generally feel some degree of pain post-surgery, as the body adapts and heals.
DowntimeThere is no downtime associated with Proshock Ice. Feel free to resume your daily activities after!Some swelling is to be expected immediately after liposuction surgery. Downtime is expected to be about 1 week, while you will most likely have to refrain from exercise for at least a month.
PricePrices generally range between $2,000 to $9,000, depending on the number of areas treated.Liposuction procedures in Singapore generally can cost between $4,000 to $12,000, depending on the type of liposuction technology used and the number of areas treated.

Disclaimer: these treatments are both not able to improve the appearance of loose skin, neither are they substitutes for weight loss – if you consume more calories than you burn, remaining fat cells can still expand. Eating clean is still key, and the golden rules still apply: stay clear from sugars – they cause wrinkles too! – and load up on those veggies.

For more information on our Proshock Ice fat-freezing body contouring treatments, call us at +65 6738 4700, email us at enquire@lsaestheticclinic.com, or visit u at Wisma Atria, Orchard Road.

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