Stubborn Fat Removal

Stubborn Fat Reduction

Fat reduction treatments refer to various medical procedures that aim to reduce excess body fat. These treatments use different techniques to destroy or remove fat cells from targeted areas of the body. Some of the most popular fat reduction treatments in Singapore include fat freezing and fat burning.

The procedures are minimally invasive and a viable option for patients who want to reduce isolated pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

Minimally invasive treatments to selectively break down fat cells in specific areas to reduce the size of subcutaneous fat pockets 

It is a viable option for patients to reduce isolated pockets of diet and exercise resistant fat without the need for surgery

Types of Fat Reduction Solutions

Fat freezing or cryolipolysis

Fat freezing, also known as cryolipolysis, is a fat reduction method that uses cold temperatures to freeze and destroy fat cells. This procedure does not require anaesthesia.

How it works:

  • Uses extreme cold to dismantle fat cells and help reduce pockets of fat
  • It transmits temperatures that are low enough to eliminate fat cells, essentially destroying them
  • Skin, muscle and nerve tissue freezes at a lower temperature than fat thus these tissues remain unharmed

Fat burning

Fat burning, also known as radiofrequency lipolysis, is a non-invasive fat reduction method that uses heat energy to melt away fat from the body. It is a safe and effective alternative to liposuction and requires no downtime. The procedure is painless and requires no anaesthesia.

How it works:

  • Uses deep dermal heating with monopolar radiofrequency which is known to destroy fat cells deep into the subcutaneous layer surpassing blood vessels, nerve endings and other connective tissues
  • This technology tighten the skin’s tissue along with melting of fat cells underneath

Why fat is hard to get rid of

In Singapore, fat reduction is a common goal for many people who are trying to improve their overall health and appearance. However, it can be frustrating to find that fat is not always easy to get rid of. There are several reasons why this may be the case.

Problem areas

Fat tends to accumulate in certain areas of the body, such as the hips, thighs, and stomach. These areas are often referred to as “problem areas” because they are resistant to traditional weight loss methods such as diet and exercise. Fat cells in problem areas have a higher number of receptors that make it harder for them to be removed.

Holding fat for survival

Another reason why fat is hard to get rid of is that the body tends to hold onto fat as a survival mechanism. When you consume fewer calories than your body needs, it goes into “starvation mode” and begins to conserve energy by storing more fat. This can make it more difficult to lose weight and reduce body fat.


Genetics can play a role in how easy or difficult it is to lose fat. Some people may have a genetic predisposition to store more fat in certain areas of the body, making it harder to get rid of.

Causes of gaining fat

You may wonder why it’s easier to gain fat than it is to lose it. There are several reasons for this. 

Unhealthy diet

One of the primary causes of gaining fat is an unhealthy diet. Consuming excessive calories, especially from eating processed and high-sugar foods can lead to weight gain.

Lack of physical activity

Lack of physical activity is another contributor to weight gain. Individuals who eat an unhealthy diet and are physically inactive burn fewer calories than they consume. These unused calories then convert into fat. Over time, a sedentary lifestyle and surplus calories from their diet will lead to significant weight gain.

Hormonal imbalances

Hormones such as cortisol, insulin, and oestrogen play a vital role in regulating body weight. When these hormones are out of balance, they can cause weight gain. Prolonged stress will increase the production of cortisol and eating high-sugar foods will increase your body’s insulin levels.


Genetics may also play a role in weight gain as some people are more prone to accumulating excess fat than others. 

Some individuals have naturally slower metabolism compared to others. This means that they process and convert food into energy at a slower rate compared to those with a faster metabolism, making them more susceptible to gaining body fat.

Eating a balanced diet and staying active can reduce your risk of gaining body fat. If you struggle with stubborn fat despite eating right and exercising, you may want to seek professional guidance to reduce fat safely and effectively.

Dr Jon Yong

Meet your doctor

Dr Jon Yong has ten years of experience in aesthetic medicine. Having graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the National University of Ireland, he carries a diverse background in surgery, emergency medicine, and anesthesiology. 

Dr Yong served as the Director of Aesthetics for Singapore Medical Group (SMG) from 2014 to 2018 before establishing his practice, Dr Jon Yong Aesthetic Clinic, in 2018. He actively participates in lectures, seminars, and practical training to keep abreast of the rapidly evolving medical aesthetic industry.

Dr Jong Yong is committed to his patient’s well-being and has a “less-is-more” philosophy, meaning he will only provide the necessary treatment for each aesthetic concern.

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