Slimmer thighs with CoolSculpting technology

I did it. I froze my fat cells.

It actually sounds like some sci-fi movie. To tell the truth, it’s something I have fantasised about almost all of my life, struggling with the stubborn fats on my thighs. In fact, I’ve always wondered if Shylock would accept a pound of my fats. Actually, I may have more than just a pound for him.

Now, back to freezing my fats. As you may recall from my consultation with Dr. Terence Tan from Halley Medical Aesthetics, he recommended the CoolSculpting treatment for both my inner and outer thighs.

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I took this shot when they were just preparing to open for the day. I reached super early for my appointment because I was so kancheong! 😀 This is the sparkling new Halley Medical Aesthetics at Orchard Gateway!

What’s CoolSculpting? It is a fat-freezing procedure that is the only US FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise.

That sounds exactly like my problem. In my mid-year goal check for my exercise and slimming journey, I’d lost a grand total of 1cm off my thighs after working out at the gym and doing toning exercises for six months. I need to try something other than exercise because clearly, it is not helping to slim down my problem area.

So back to CoolSculpting. The CoolSculpting procedure safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. Treated fat cells are crystalized (frozen), then die. Over time, the body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted look. Unlike liposuction, the effects will not be immediate as it takes time for the body to rid the dead fat cells so results will only be seen after some time. Some people may see the difference as early as three weeks after the treatment, but most will see the most drastic difference within 2-6months.

Info taken from CoolSculpting.com

The key thing is that the fat is gone for good so the results are long term! Untreated areas will have no change in fat cell distribution.

I was really apprehensive on the day that I went for treatment. How was the treatment going to be like? How would it feel? How would I feel? What are the steps involved? I almost couldn’t sleep the night before the treatment!

Anyway, I’ve got it all documented in a video, where I share my thoughts about slimming before and after I met Dr. Tan, the most significant thing that I’ve learnt from him, and of course the procedure and how it’s like. If you’re as kancheong as me, then I think you’d be glad to know that it wasn’t the least bit scary as you can see me smiling during the treatment in the video!

Here are some of the questions that I had regarding the procedure prior to treatment, and I’ll share with you my honest responses, having gone through the treatment.

Will I feel very cold? Well if it’s cold enough to freeze the fat cells, then yes, it definitely is cold. But the initial intense cold will last only for a short while, say 5-10minutes. In my case, I felt it only for a minute, maybe less. It varies from individual to individual.

Is it painful during the treatment? I didn’t feel any pain at all during the treatment, though there are some people who might feel some pain in the initial part. I was happily playing games on my phone for the entire time. I munched on some biscuits and bread too. 😀

How long does it take? I did both inner and outer thighs. Since there are two CoolSculpting machines at Halley Medical Aesthetics, I could work on two areas at once to save time – one inner thigh and one outer thigh, then switch over. It took 60 minutes and 75 minutes respectively so the whole treatment for both legs took 75min+75min (excluding preparation and time taken to switch over in between). Halley Medical Aesthetics is one of the few clinics in Singapore that offers DualSculpting, which is the use of two CoolSculpting machines at the same time. This effectively reduces treatment time by half.

What to bring for the treatment? I was informed by the administrative staff to bring along a pair of shorts (which can be rolled up to make space for the machine where necessary), socks and a sweater just in case I feel too cold. And in general, be dressed comfortably for the treatment. I brought along a T-shirt to change into so I could be as comfy as possible. I didn’t need to use the sweater in the end.

What happens before the treatment? I was briefed by Dr. Tan about the procedure and the applicators that will be used. He also marked out the spots on my thighs that the applicators will be placed for maximum effect using a marker and template of the applicator.

Dr. Tan showing me the template of the applicator

After that, he took some shots so I could see the difference when I return for review in the near future.

What happens during the treatment? For the outer thighs, the therapist placed a thin gel pad over the skin to protect the skin first before the applicator was placed on the thigh. The foam that is being applied on my thighs (as shown in the photo below) ensures that the applicator is placed accurately on the problematic area.

As for the inner thighs, the machine uses suction. Basically after the applicator is put in place, the machine then starts doing the work! All I did was relax.

What happens after the treatment? After the applicator is removed, the therapist massaged the area for 2-3 minutes. The areas will definitely be numb. They were a little red, but by the end of the second round of treatment, the red patches I got from the first treatment were totally gone. There is no downtime at all and I went for lunch with my family immediately after the treatment. I didn’t walk funny or anything like that!

How much is the treatment? An individual  CoolSculpting application at Halley Medical Aesthetics costs $690. Since I did the inner and outer thighs, that counts as four applications. But the price decreases if you buy more applications (you can check out the price list), with the price per application going down as low as $520.

I can’t wait to see the results!!!

 

Halley Medical Aesthetics

277 Orchard Road #03-15
Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
T: 6737 8233 | www.halley.com.sg

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Sustainable living | Making a difference at home

I’ve been trying to go green for many years now, probably as long as my hubby and I got married, which is almost 10 years now. It started as kind of our little mission together, to try to be eco-friendly to the best of our abilities, recycle whatever we can, and reuse whatever can be reused.

Years down the road, we’ve been inculcating this to our children as well. So when IKEA informed me that they were showcasing how to have a ‘more sustainable life at home’ at the Green Living eco lifestyle event earlier this month, I decided that this was a good time to check out what else we can do at home to make a difference. And this time, perhaps take the opportunity to see what else we and our children can learn.

I’ll share what I learnt at the green living convention in this post. This post is no way sponsored by IKEA though I may make references to some of the products I saw at the showroom or those that I have and use at home.

In the Living Room

    • Use LED lights. Although slightly more expensive, LED lights use up to 85% less energy than incandescent bulbs. All the lights in my house are LED. It’s really worth it to make the switch.
    • Shut down computers at the end of the day and turn off the main switch of appliances at night. This not only conserves energy, it also translates to a smaller electricity bill.
    • Use rechargeable batteries. Many toys require the use of batteries. In our case, we try to minimise buying toys which require batteries, but we still have some that do. In particular during the school holidays, the Wii controllers use up the most batteries, so I’ve decided to make the switch to rechargeable batteries. This new product I saw at the green convention is something worth considering, though it may be overkill in my case. I’ll probably go for the smaller charger like this one.
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Battery charger with storage. Charges both AA and AAA batteries. When done charging, the batteries are safe to be stored there. For more information about this product, click here

  • Craft with recyclables. This not only saves you material cost and requires the children to make use of their creativity, it also enables you to put the recyclables to good use.

 

In the Kitchen

  • Pack lunches from leftover food. Using glass jars to preserve tasty foods is sustainable and energy saving. It would also help save food that might otherwise be thrown out. Store products in the pantry in clear containers so you know exactly what you have to avoid over-stocking and wastage when it expires.
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Pic on left: kitchen cabinet storage ideas Pic on right: fridge storage ideas

  • Use water-efficient taps and energy-saving fridges.
  • Use the water from washing vegetables for watering plants.
  • Grow fresh herbs at home. Need I say more? 😀 I’m starting to love having plants in my home though admittedly I don’t have many conducive spaces in the home for them at the moment. I try to have a couple in the kitchen and on my washing machine! I wish I could have something like this though:

  • Wash dishes under the tap 5 minutes less each day. One way to do this is to place the dishes in a container in the sink. Instead of rinsing them first under running water, do the first rinse in the container or in a sink half-filled with water.

  • Sort out wastes. I don’t have the luxury of space to sort out wastes in such detail as shown below, but I keep a large plastic bag in the storeroom for recyclables and I bring it down weekly to the recycling bin in my neighbourhood.

In the Bedroom

  • Use black-out curtains or blinds to help with cooling the room further without turning the temperature of the air-conditioner down.
  • Use bedsheets that are made from fabrics that are made in a more sustainable way. IKEA uses fabric made from 100% cotton that is grown using methods that are better for the environment and farmers.

  • Opt for lead-free mirrors – No lead is added in manufacturing of mirrors at IKEA.

  • Opt for furniture that grow with the kids to cut down wastage.
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This desk grows with the child and has three different heights. For more information about this product, click here

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Having two young children in one bedroom cuts down wastage when the need to revamp the room arises – instead of revamping two rooms, you only need to change one.

In the Bathroom

  • Reduce shower by 5 minutes. Did you know that letting the shower head run for 5 minutes = 45 litres of water?
  • All water heaters take time to heat the water up, so keep a pail in the shower room to save the cold water that comes out first during your shower. This water can be used to flush the toilet subsequently or used to soak dirty laundry.
  • Run water 1 minute less when brushing teeth. 
  • Use environmentally-friendly shower curtains such as this:

shower curtain

In the Utility Room

  • Use water-saving washing machines (with three ticks)
  • Washing clothes at 30 degrees celsius uses 40% less energy than when washed at higher temperatures. Only bedding needs to be washed at higher temperatures such as 60 degrees celsius.
  • Sort your dirty laundry and wash only when it’s a relatively full load to maximise the use of the washing machine.

laundry room collage

In our diet

  • Opt for sustainably sourced and produced foods. These foods are not only good for the environment but also good for your body as you know that they won’t be for dubious sources.

food collage

For more ideas on sustainable living, making a difference at home, you can read this. I have found it easy to digest and handle! Small steps at a time, but we can make a difference! Kudos to companies like IKEA who try to make sustainable living a part of their business!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. No compensation in the form of vouchers or cash was received. I received a basil plant from IKEA to start off planting herbs!

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