I have received a lot of love this Christmas and New Year, and while I treasure the care from loved ones, there is another type of love that leaves me quite in despair. Yes, I am indeed referring to one of the worst types of love – love handles! 
This “love” has been surrounding my waist for many months, given my hectic schedule with no time to exercise and a lot of stress-fuelled late night binging. With more yet to come in the upcoming Lunar New Year festivities, I am sure that many of you are experiencing the same despair as me. 
Hence, I was really excited when I learnt of Liposonix treatment, introduced by Dr Gabriel Wong at SL Clinic.
Dr Gabriel Wong
Here’s Dr Gabriel who put me at ease instantly and made the entire consultation and treatment process less nerve-wrecking for me!  

What is Liposonix?

Liposonix is a fat reduction treatment that uses high-intensity focused ultrasound technology to permanently target and destroy the stubborn fat. Yes – it targets the stubborn fat areas beneath the skin! This means that the skin is not harmed at all, as only the fat tissue beneath the skin is permanently destroyed. It can be used on areas such as the abdomen, thighs and back.

treatment has 10 years of research and testing behind its development.
It has a well-defined safety profile during and after treatment with
very good patient satisfaction, and it has been available in Europe,
Japan and Canada for several years. It was available in the US starting
in January 2012.

Is it the same as Liposuction? (i.e. sucking fat out of the body)

No, not at all! Liposonix treatment is non-surgical and non-invasive, with little to no downtime. What it does is it uses advanced ultrasound energy (the same energy source as diagnostic ultrasound) to very precisely target specific areas with high energy to destroy fat cells, where there is at least 1.0 cm of subcutaneous adipose tissue beyond the selected focal depth setting of the system. 

It can help you lose one dress or pant size without surgery, but if you are looking for crazy huge reductions associated with surgical liposuction, then please do have a consultation with the doctor to talk about your specific situation. However, the great news is that it does not have the uneven or lumpy results that you see from Liposuction, nor saggy skin.  It is also customizable to address specific problem areas. 

Why SL Clinic?

Dr Gabriel was
very professional, yet really sweet and gentlemanly.  His
easy-going demeanor makes it a breeze to share your concerns without
feeling shy or insecure and he dispenses sincere, genuine advice. I
would highly encourage everyone to give him a call for consultation.
After all, having treated many patients with Liposonix, Dr Gabriel knows
what is best for you. You can also rest assured that the cost for Liposonix at SL Clinic is the lowest per treatment area.

What is my main area of concern?

My main area of concern was my abdomen and you can see the problem areas here (*sob*):
Problem area – Abdomen
Dr Gabriel explained that he would put the head of the Liposonix device on the area to be treated – which would be the black dots that he meticulously measured out to ensure the entire abdomen was covered. 
Problem area – Abdomen (side view)
The fat is permanently destroyed after one treatment. For the abdomen, the session is typically one hour. What happens is that after high-intensity ultrasound energy is focused on the targeted areas, the body naturally removes the treated fat, leaving a thinner, more contoured waistline.  
Problem area – Abdomen (side view)
Does this side view look familiar to you?  I know many of us all have this issue with our tummy peaking out on top of pants/skirts/outfits. 

Dr Gabriel said that the treatment is ideal for active healthy individuals who have at least 1 inch or 2.5 cm of fat to lose in their abdomen or flanks, and there are noticeable results after just one treatment. I was definitely excited to say “bye bye” to this side view….. permanently!

Liposonix Treatment Machine

What is the treatment like?

Honestly, I was rather afraid because the most frequently reported side effects during Liposonix treatment are pain, discomfort, prickling, tingling, or warmth. 

And let me be upfront here – there will be discomfort. This is, after all, fat-busting using advanced technology. But as they say – no pain, no gain. To get rid of stubborn fats that are literally so difficult to remove, this is really the least amount of effort. Yes, it is worth it!

Can you see the water spray in Dr Gabriel’s hand? Water will be applied continuously during the treatment as this reduces the heat. 

The intensity of the Liposonix ultrasound energy will also be adjusted according to your threshold – the highest intensity was used on me as my threshold for pain is relatively high. The areas that gave a greater tingle were the sides of the lower abdomen but the rest of the areas were less of an issue for me, thankfully.

After meticulously applying the treatment to every one of my problem areas, I finished my first session! There was a slight tingle for certain dots, but Dr Gabriel assured that this was common for all patients as the treatment did its work, and there would be mild pain or discomfort and bruising for a few weeks. Fortunately for me, I did not experience any redness or swelling. Most importantly, this meant that the stubborn fats have been destroyed! Yay!
At the end of the session, the questions on everyone’s mind is definitely: 

How long will it take before I see results?

The good news is, most people see maximum results in 8 to 12 weeks, as this is the time it takes for the body to naturally remove the fat cells that were destroyed during treatment. 
On average, you can expect to lose one dress or pant size (1 inch or 2.5 cm reduction), and studies show an average waistline reduction of at least one inch. 

has been 8 weeks since I did the treatment ,and guess what, I already
physically felt the results in week 6 when I realised that I could zip
up my skirt and pants easily (I could not even pull the zipper up fully
last time!)  

Do I need to do any special post-care?

 I literally walked out of the door and resumed my normal activities. There was no downtime at all except for the tingles. There is no need to do anything out of the ordinary, but of course as every good doctor will recommend, we should maintain or improve the diet and lifestyle that we had before treatment. The targeted cells are permanently destroyed, but surrounding fat cells can grow, which is why the best way to achieve optimal results is to maintain a healthy lifestyle thereafter (yes, we can!). 

For those of you who have stubborn fat that you wish to get rid of without having to undergo surgery, Liposonix treatment
is an alternative solution that you might want to consider.

SL Clinic has three branches in Singapore, conveniently located at Plaza Singapura, Wheelock Place and Jurong Point respectively.

Cheers to a 2016 ahead full of love…… and best of all,
no more love handles! Thank you once again to Dr Gabriel for the treatment!


SL Clinic


Plaza Singapura branch

68 Orchard Road #03-33 Plaza Singapura

6336 1106

Opening Hours: 
10 am to 9.30 pm

Wheelock Place branch

501 Orchard Road #04-04 Wheelock Place

6235 3246

Opening Hours: 
10 am to 9.30 pm

Jurong Point branch

1 Jurong West Central 2 #B1-62 Jurong Point Shopping Centre

6316 2246

Opening Hours: 
10 am to 9.30 pm

You can also find out more about Liposonix here.

[This post was written by Isabelle, a permanent writer on Shopping Queen’s Haven.]

About the writer Isabelle:
An MBTI personality profile that believes in making the world a better place (one starfish at a time), Isabelle is a communications professional who enjoys creating good memories for others, and balances realism with a healthy dose of joie de vivre and can-do positivity.