CoolSculpting at Halley Medical Aesthetics: Abdomen and Thighs Fat Reduction

You know, not many of us are blessed with good genes, especially as we age, we see less and less of good genes manifesting. Sometimes, no matter how hard we exercise or diet, we may have pockets of stubborn fat that refuse to disappear. 

For me, they are found in my thighs, buttock and lower abdomen, a typical pear-shape, some people call it.

So I heeded Dr. Terence Tan’s advice to do a CoolSculpting treatment to address these trouble spots, particularly the lower abdomen and outer thighs. CoolSculpting technology has been around for several years. It is a brand name for a procedure that is technically known as “cryolipolysis” or fat freezing. 

Cryolipolysis cools the adipose tissue (body fat) in a non-invasive manner, resulting in the breaking down of fat cells without affecting other tissues. The fat cells in the treated area die in a natural way and are dissolved by the body eventually. Fat freezing can be used to get rid of the stubborn fats on our double chin, abdomen, love handles, buttocks, thighs, bra area and arms. As for me, it will be the abdomen and thighs.

CoolSculpting is approved by the US FDA in 2010, and is a popular, non-invasive fat reduction treatment. According to Dr. Terence Tan, who is from Halley Medical Aesthetics, our body stopped producing fat cells at age of 5. While the numbers of fat cells will not increase, the size of each cell will. This is the reason why children who were fat before 5 will be fat in adulthood as well. Basically, they already have a lot of fat cells and each of the fat cells is very big in size too. This problem with child obesity is very real.

CoolSculpting is not for weight loss though, rather it is for people who want to get rid of certain flab in our body parts which exercise and diet cannot address well. Because adults don’t produce fat cells any more, so the number of fat cells destroyed and removed from the body will be permanently gone (hooray!). 

That means, if ever we gain weight after this treatment, it is because the remaining numbers of fat cells in our body have expanded in size, not number.  I heard most patients can see noticeable results in 3 months, though some may be as early as few weeks. 

And THE day has come, when I received my treatment.

With Dr. Terence Tan

I was greeted by the ever-friendly Dr. Terence Tan when I arrived Halley Medical Aesthetics clinic at their new outlet in Orchardgateway. As mentioned in my previous post, they have shifted to Orchardgateway. The new location is within the Orchard shopping belt with Somerset MRT station right below the building.

I was ushered to the treatment room swiftly. Dr. Terence Tan used a marker to mark out the areas to be treated, and then I got seated and got myself ready for the treatment.

Treatment on The Right Lower Abdomen

A protective gel pad was placed on the right side of my abdomen and the CoolSculpting applicator was then used to clamp the excess fat. The clamping of the stomach felt like the machine was sucking my tummy (imagine a strong vacuum cleaner head). I felt some suction pressure. After about 10 minutes, my body got accustomed to the suction, I felt more at ease. Gradually, I was able to read, check on my phones and even catch a cat nap while the treatment of 60mins went on. 

While the CoolSculpting applicator was doing its job on my right abdomen, Dr Terence Tan and his team were working on my left outer thigh. Unlike most clinics which may only have 1 machine, Halley Medical Aesthetics clinic has 2 CoolSculpting machines (DualSculpting) so these 2 machines are paired together to target multiple areas thus cutting down half the total treatment time. The clinic also carries all the applicators including the CoolMini (for treatment in the double chin, knee fat and bra fat), so no matter where our problem areas are, they have the right applicators for us.

Treatment on The Outer Thighs

Dr Terence Tan used the CoolSmooth Pro applicator on my outer thigh. It was a different kind of applicator from my tummy. This one does not suck in fat, but lie on top of my troubled thigh. To ensure the applicator sits nicely on the troubled spot, Dr Terence Tan and his assistant drew the exact position on my thigh where the applicator should lie, then they used bits of stick-on foam, cooling gel patch and Velcro to strap the applicator securely. The foams are guides to ensure accurate positioning of the applicator while the cooling gel patch protects the skin during treatment.

On the outer thigh area, the treatment time is 75mins. I did not feel any discomfort on my outer thigh treatment, possibly because the thigh is one of the least sensitive areas. 

When 75mins was up, the applicators were swapped to treat on the opposite sides – the left lower abdomen and the right outer thigh.  This time round I was more prepared, so I was able to get myself relax quickly.

How does it look like immediately after the treatment


My once roly-poly roll of fat was sucked up and condensed to a hardened piece of what I called ‘pork belly’ after the suction cup was removed. The staff spent the next 1min massaging that piece of ‘frozen fatty meat’ to help minimize the swell and aid in the lymphatic drainage of the now-dead fat cells.

No, the tummy did not flatten instantly. From what I know, it takes 12-16 weeks to see results (depending on individuals). So meanwhile, I patiently wait to see the new me.

Outer Thighs:

As the outer thigh is not a sensitive area, I didn’t feel discomfort except numbness, which was fine for me. There wasn’t any physical bulge as far as my naked eyes could see.

First 3 days after the treatment

My tummy became bigger than before (because of the suction). The tummy area was tender, sometimes a little itchy. I could not squat down nor exercise because of the tenderness, but I still went on with life as usual, except wearing loose fitting clothes, and being extra careful sitting or sleeping. The numb sensation on the outer thigh lingered. It wasn’t anything disturbing, I just felt a bit unusual.

First 1 week after the treatment

The tummy size remained the same, but the tenderness has decreased. I still feel itchy at times, which I think is a common symptom of the healing process. I could squat down and was back to low-impact exercises like climbing the steps and working out on the elliptical machine.

While my tummy became more comfortable, the outer thigh however started to ache. It was like a combination of muscle ache and ache from bruises. There was no sign of bruises though. The lingering discomfort did not affect my day-to-day life. However, I was not able to lean on my sides because I would be pressing onto my thighs.

First 2 weeks after treatment

Hooray! The tenderness on the tummy and the discomfort on the thigh have subsided so much that I could sleep a lot better and I have also resumed my mid-intensity exercises like jogging and #BBG. The tummy still looks big although it is smaller than immediately after treatment, but my life is almost back to normal.

First 4 weeks after treatment
It was an amazing week as I observed my tummy shrank in size in an accelerated speed compared to the first 2 weeks. My thighs also shrank as far as my naked eyes could see. Overall I am pretty happy with the progress of my lower body

Are you curious about how I will look 3 months later? Me too! I can’t wait to fit into this pretty cheongsam effortlessly. So, stay tuned!

Youtube link

Meanwhile, if you are considering CoolSculpting, here are 2 video clips I found which are very educational:

Don't Just Brush, Brush With Playbrush


Most children do not like brushing teeth, do you agree? My one at home is the same. The brushing time in the bathroom is roughly 30 seconds, but the playtime in the bathroom (play with soap and water lah) can be up to 30 minutes if mummy is not at home.

I wondered how many thousands have I spent on his tooth fillings already, haiz. The dentist even suggested me to brush his teeth once a week, just to make sure his teeth are well-brushed. Boohoo!

We tried getting him character toothbrush, it didn't help much. We then switched to electronic brush, it didn't take long before he said he wanted to switch back to manual ones. I tried all kinds of toothbrush I think suitable for children on him, just hoping that he will eventually find one he likes and could brush better.

But the Playbrush changed it all. Suddenly, the boy is keen to brush his teeth, and brush them well some more. How did Playbrush do this magic?

Watch this 3-minutes video to see how it works.

Playbrush is a unique smart device that connects easily to any manual toothbrush, transforming it into a gaming controller. It’s primary objective is to encourage children & young-at-hearts (parents can join in the fun too!) to playfully brush their teeth. With Playbrush we motivate our children to brush regularly, for longer period of time and with greater accuracy.

It is a bit like magic: You simply place your child's normal manual toothbrush into the Playbrush gadget and immediately the toothbrush turns into a gaming controller. Now, you can start a Playbrush Game on any smartphone or tablet and the Playbrush device automatically connects. Henceforth, your child (and maybe even yourself) will be able to solve fun & instructional challenges whilst brushing his/her teeth. 

Because Playbrush makes a game out of cleaning your child's teeth, it thus creates a positive atmosphere around toothbrushing. Shoot Crobies, fly planes and save the tooth fairy – all just by brushing his/her teeth, not fingers! No more stress in the bathroom, only great fun!

There are a total of 4 games you can download. I suggest you download 1 at a time first so that the child is not overwhelmed and you have some 'bullets' on hand. When he/she gets bored with the first game, you can then introduce the second game. Also, you want to use the points you won to redeem for prizes, so it is good to play 1 game first to accumulate more points.

The motion sensors in the Playbrush record how your child brush his/her teeth (place, duration and speed) and a specific game algorithm helps children to brush for long enough and everywhere in their mouth. Real time feedback in the form of brushing statistics as well as a unique reward system is encouraging children to brush more accurately and regularly (2 minutes twice a day).

So now, your child's humble manual toothbrush has been transformed into a game controller! Do you know Playbrush can be attached to almost any manual toothbrush and with up to 6 profiles per device? Yes, one family can easily share one Playbrush! And that's what we did! Also, you do not require Internet to play and brush, you only need Bluetooth (and a mobile device) to start your brushing adventure!

The Playbrush official website has a comprehension page where they answer to many queries that you might have, do take a look here. And if you are keen to get one (which is a worthwhile investment since up to 6 family members can share one), you may use this promo code on Playbrush website: PBSG2016 to get $20 off from the retail price of $89.

Have fun Playing and Brushing!

Photogenic Beauty With Astalift Red and White Series

[Media Invite]

You know you have aged when you started to look out for Collagen drinks and Collagen facial products diligently. I know I have lost significant collagen when my long-time-no-see friend commented that I have slimmed down when in actual fact, I have put on weight from when we last met. My cheeks have sunk in because of the lost of collagen, converting my oval face to an angular face.

I have been watching 女人我最大 (Taiwan version) since June this year and I accidentally found the Singapore version in youtube. The Singapore version uploaded on youtube is just snippets, not full versions, and then I chanced into this collagen drink demo.

I must say, I was super duper impressed with this brand's collagen drink. I think you would too, if you watch this demo. I have made it a point to get this brand of collagen drink after I have finished my current one (not the same brand). I have got to try it man!

Little did I expect, I received a media invite from this same brand on their new product launch a few days later. Wow! Gotta check it out what they have, I say!

And the 3 new products that Astalift launched were Moist Lotion, White Essence Infilt and White Shield Supplement.

One of the key components to anti-aging is really anti-oxidant. Yes, oxygen may be good for our lung and brain, oxidised stuff is not. That is why I drink Kangen Water, because it has the strongest and most sustainable anti-oxidant component.  I feel that the same principle should apply to skincare products as well. True enough, I saw this with my own eyes in this live demonstration during the media launch, and I was completely sold!

The all-new Astalift Moist Lotion renews the skin by removing damaged cells and collagen built up under the skin due to aging and UV rays, and rebuilds your skin with new high-density collagen. It has the ability to penetrate deep into the skin with its small molecules, reaching to all corners of the skin while removing dead cells and renew collagen cells.

Enhanced with nano-dispersion technology and high clarity ingredients, the Astalift White Essence Infilt creates translucent skin and a healthy glow and firmness. It carries Fujifilm's proprietary beauty ingredient Nano Oryzanol to boost the product's beauty effect by ten-fold.

And the new Astalift White Shield Supplement contains rare low-molecular pure collagen that accelerates the secretion of growth hormones, nature's beauty essence vital for skin repair, elasticity and hydration. This oral supplement comprises of Fujifilm's proprietary red anti-oxidant beauty ingredients to suppress and diffuse melanin production.

Would you like to have your hands on them? Astalift's products are available in Wisma Atria and JEM stores, as well as BHG Bishan now! And be sure to take advantage of Astalift's monthly promotion too!


About Astalift and Fujifilm Singapore
Fujifilm Singapore, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujifilm Corporation, Japan, is best-known for all Fujifilm products such as photo imaging and digital products, data storage media, graphic arts, medical and life science products for more than 30 years in Singapore.

Applying its proprietary knowledge in Nano-technology for exposing and colour developing in film, Fujifilm created Astalift, an award-winning brand that offers carefully-researched skincare and supplement products with proven efficacy.

Fujifilm's strengths in image analyzing technologies, gleaned from its vast experience in the photogenic and medical fields, have also been used in skin tone reproduction technology to enhance one's looks in the cosmetics field.