The Urban Clinic

In case you didn’t already know.. here’s a fun fact of the day: I used to be obese.

Like, literally obese. I was 80+kg, and even though I stand pretty tall at 1.68m, that’s still severely overweight. To the point of having legitimately worrying health concerns and problems, apart from just a plummeting self esteem. I have no idea how I ever let myself get that big, but ever since then, I’ve been trying to shed off and KEEP off the weight.

I’ve been relatively successful, losing more than 20kg – yay, go me!

But one thing anyone who has ever lost a significant amount of weight will tell you, is that losing the weight is the easier part – keeping it off it is even more difficult! Because you can lose weight in short bursts, but maintaining is depends on the rest of your lifestyle – every day, every month and every year! What’s worst is that no matter how much weight you lose, there will always be annoying problem areas with very stubborn fat for certain women. For myself, I struggle with huge love handles! My love handle situation is so bad, that it’s probably my second biggest insecurity of all time. Woes of a bottom heavy female..

But there’s hope and good news for us!!!

The Urban Clinic is the FIRST clinic in Singapore to bring in SculpSure – the world’s first FDA-cleared laser treatment for non-invasive lipolysis of the flanks and abdomen.

It is a state-of-the-art, controlled light-based technology for patients looking to get rid of stubborn fat. It is a a game changer in unwanted fat removal.

I was really excited to learn more about SculpSure through Dr Yanni Xu. During my consultation with her, it felt very much like talking to a friend rather than a doctor-to-patient conversation, because she is so warm and friendly!

She made the effort to understand my concerns regarding my face and body very thoroughly, and didn’t recommend me to do a whole bunch of procedures like other aesthetic clinics have previously proposed. She only suggested what she felt could benefit me more, and never once made me feel like there was anything “wrong” with the way I looked. The vibes at other clinics can feel a little judgemental sometimes – you can be rest assured there will be none of that here.

It made a deep impression me, and resulted in me feeling extremely comfortable doing any treatment at The Urban Clinic.

When I first walked into the clinic, I noticed how different it was from other clinics – a lot less white, less “sterile” and serious, much more fun, vibrant with good vibes all around! They’ve definitely done “Contemporary” right!

The Urban Clinic is the expression of Dr Yanni Xu’s dream to see many more people benefit from first-class aesthetic treatment.

They offer revolutionary aesthetic solutions and a range of products based on medical research. And the latest technology they’ve brought in, Sculpsure, will make any woman who wants to get rid of a problem area excited!

Since this is such an impressive machine and the first one in Singapore, let’s get down to the technical details… because it’s so important to do adequate research about what you’re doing to your own body whenever you’re getting some adjustments done, no matter temporary, or permanent! I have extracted helpful information about SculpSure from The Urban Clinic’s website to assist me in writing this post.

Innovative Technology to Sculpt and Define

The SculpSure 1060nm wavelength laser selectively targets adipose tissue (fat) below the dermis. Over time, the body naturally eliminates the fat cells. Positive results are seen in as little as six weeks with optimal results usually seen at 12 weeks. Sculpsure induces adipocyte injury by raising adipose temperature to a range of 42°C to 47°C with no damage to surrounding tissue.

A frame belt is used to hold paddles which are customized to targetted body fat areas. Using a controlled hyperthermic fat reduction technology, the paddles release energy at an optimum wavelength to be absorbed by fat cells; while leaving the surrounding dermal tissue intact.

No Disruption to Regular Activity

A patient can get right back to work or play after the 25 minutes treatment. Singaporeans lead busy lives. They require a body contouring solution which is fast and simple. Sculpsure meets this criteria and is ideal for on-the-go executives and busy mums.

Positive Customer Satisfaction and Lasting Results

In clinical tests, Sculpsure achieved patient satisfaction of 90%. Patients report that their clothes fit better and a visible improvement in their midsection (belly flab, love handles, or their hips).

Clinical trials report an average of 24% of fat cells reduced after one session. The results are visible within six weeks and optimum results will be visible in just 12 weeks. Results are expected to be long-term if a patient maintains his weight with regular diet and exercise.

So what do I personally think of it?

I got SculpSure done only on my love handles so far, which required two sessions over approximately two months. The pain level varied, some parts hurt more than others, and at any point in time when I felt like it was too uncomfortable, I would let them know to adjust the temperature, which provided immediate relief. I would say that the discomfort level will be extremely different for each individual, depending on your own pain tolerance and which part of the body you’re getting done. For me, the front side was so mild that I almost fell asleep doing the treatment.

You’ll feel cold and hot, then cold and hot sensations for 25 minutes straight… after the first ten minutes, your body won’t even recognize what temperature it is anymore, because it’s so confused by the constantly changing temperature settings! You will also feel contractions and pulsations in the area being treated, but they’re nothing intolerable.

Since the whole thing is only 25 minutes long (or short, in this case), by the time you start to get used to the sensations, it’s almost over. Back to whatever you have to do for the rest of the day, no down time! Apart from a slight aching feeling that lasts a few days, you won’t even remember you had anything done.

This would be a great treatment that office workers could go for during weekdays when they have their lunch break, because The Urban Clinic is located at Raffles City, so it’s really convenient for them to just pop by for a session before heading back for work. You’d be surprised to know that many SculpSure clients are actually males, and not a female dominated clientele group! I guess guys prefer more scientific based methods with proven technologies, rather than singing up for a slimming program at one of those centers, which some may feel are rather gimmicky and not as trustworthy as a medical clinic.

My results?



My love handles were visibly and measurably smaller & reduced after only TWO WEEKS!

Even my boyfriend, who is usually skeptical of these kinda treatments, commented that “they’re definitely smaller”! While it’s said that the maximum results will only be seen in a month or two, mine were obvious after just two weeks, which I found to be incredible.

No diet, no exercise, no lifestyle changes, no drastic measures had to be taken and for a 25 minute treatment, it sure worked its magic!

SculpSure is a procedure I would recommend for people who:

  • 1. Don’t want to commit to a treatment which requires many repeated trips or too much of your time
  • 2. Have specific areas of stubborn fat with a certain thickness
  • 3. Want to try something with scientific backing
  • 4. Prefer not having to diet to achieve inches lost

If you’re all of the above, then Sculpsure might just be for you!

Apart from SculpSure, Dr Yanni also did a botox injection for me to reduce bulging of the jaw muscles. I have a pretty wide jawline and very prominent jaw muscles that grow big because of the aggressive chewing I do mainly with my molars and back teeth, and a few simple jabs of botox will fix that right up!

They applied numbing cream, allowed it to set, then numbed my face even further with an ice pack (yay for taking extra precautions!) and what happened next actually made me laugh out loud.

They applied a vibrating device to my thigh (for distracting purposes) and then tapped me repeatedly on my forehead while they inserted the needle into my face. This hasn’t happened at the other clinics I’ve been to, but I really appreciated the extra effort just to distract me from the stinging sensation when the needle goes in!

The pain was extremely minimal, and definitely the most comfortable I’ve been doing any aesthetic procedure. I was actually laughing throughout the few minutes it took for the jabs to be done, because I found it ridiculous that someone was tapping my forehead the entire time.

The botox jaw reduction makes your face appear slimmer and sharper in a matter of weeks. The difference is obvious, yet extremely natural looking, and I can’t imagine anyone not loving this treatment! Thank you Dr Yanni from The Urban Clinic for providing such top notch services! I’m super pleased with my results of the treatments I have done, and I’ve been singing praises of this clinic to anyone who asks. If you pay them a visit, you’ll fall in love with the warm ambience of the clinic, just like I did!

The Urban Clinic

Address: 52, North Bridge Road, #01-15, Raffles City Mall S179103 (next to the taxi stand facing Chijmes)
Phone: +65 62540407, +65 62540419