Dr. Park Ji Youn: Don’t be fooled by muscle building treatments!

From the arrival of the Gibson girl in the late 19th century to the slim thick trend in 2022, it’s safe to say that beauty standards are ever changing. Today, just being skinny isn’t in vogue anymore – society calls for curves in the right places and muscles as a symbol of health. 

Case in point: Luisa from Disney’s Encanto, whom many women can relate to. 

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While it’s not a crime to want to look good for our times, it always saddens me when hopeful individuals don’t manage to hit their body goals despite putting in consistent albeit misguided work. Not all of us are professionals in health and beauty, and there are many establishments in Singapore that thrive through making a quick buck off innocent clients.

If you’re trying your best to build muscle, don’t be fooled by shortcuts like bedazzling muscle building treatments. They are highly popular in Singapore, yes – but let me explain why they don’t work. 

What are the scientifically proven ways of building muscle?

I always remind my clients that weight loss and muscle building require consistent work and progressive overload. To put it one way: Slimming and fat removal treatments are not effective if changes aren’t made to your lifestyle and diet as well.

On that note, here are some adage scientifically proven ways to bulk up and look better:

Go to the gym

There are endless health and beauty benefits in strength training! Muscles grow when they’re worked beyond their capacity. What many don’t realise is that as our muscles grow, previous weights won’t stimulate them as much. Therefore, it’s crucial that you consistently increase the amount of weight you lift – you should be hitting muscular failure during your last working sets. 

Eat well and sensibly 

You know how you always feel ravenous after a good workout? That’s your body trying to tell you that it’s ready to ramp up its repair and growth processes.

If you’re trying to build muscle, it is ideal that you are in a caloric surplus or at least at maintenance calories. Throw in some quality supplements if you can – studies1 have shown that supplementation with probiotics could effectively increase muscle mass. 

Get enough sleep

Getting enough sleep is another necessary aspect of the muscle building equation. Our bodies repair and build muscle during deep sleep, which is why a daily 7-9 hours of sleep is recommended.

Inversely, insufficient sleep is a risk factor for decreased muscle strength and muscle mass reduction2.

Get fat loss treatments 

Now, before you get all up in arms over this, chill – diet and exercise are still imperative for losing fat and building muscle. No argument about that. But medically proven fat loss treatments can help accelerate the fat loss process and spot reduce fat – something we cannot do naturally. 

Ozhean Zoey utilises a combination of non-invasive fat removal treatments such as Cristal Pro Medical Cryolipolysis, Shockwave, Vacuum & Multipolar Radiofrequency, and Agnes Fat Melt to help clients sculpt their bodies and lose fat.

We guarantee up to a 30% reduction in fat cells, without any downtime needed. Clients see great and permanent results after only two sessions. And the best part? Our methods are clinically proven3. 

Muscle building treatments available today and why they don’t work

There are endless muscle building and body sculpting treatments available in Singapore today, and while they claim to help clients achieve a perky butt and abs via electrical stimulation, they only make you feel as if you’ve gone for a high-intensity workout at the gym – yes, patients often report muscle soreness after treatment.

But as the literature shows, muscle soreness or delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is NOT an indicator of a good workout4 or a sign that you’re getting stronger. Just ask most trained individuals – they in fact rarely ever get sore. 

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Image Credit: Libreddit

During these muscle building treatments, your muscles are forced to contract up to 12,000 times in a 30-minute session, simulating a real-life workout. While I can understand how attractive the notion is of being able to leisurely scroll on Instagram while someone else works your glutes out for you, the dent it will make in your pocket (treatment can cost thousands per session) won’t be worth your lacklustre post-treatment results.

Also, as mentioned earlier, you have to consistently increase the amount of weights you lift (progressive overload) to build muscle. With these muscle building treatments, the number of repetitions and intensity level usually come with a limit. Meaning: progressive overload is not possible. 

So how much muscle (if any) can you even possibly achieve? 

Unfortunately, there is no replacement for working out. If you want a sculpted body, you have to do the work.

Ozhean Zoey’s fat loss treatments are proven to help sculpt the body

In order to look sculpted, on top of having solid muscle, your body fat levels must be low enough as well. Our clinic’s fat removal treatments can help you spot reduce body fat and achieve the desired look of your dreams. In fact, a number of our clients are already healthy, lean individuals who want to look more ripped by making their muscles more pronounced.

Our fat removal programs focus on bringing maximal fat reduction and helping clients achieve their desired body contouring results. These treatments are clinically tested, non-invasive and comfortable.

  • Cristal Pro Medical Cryolipolysis: This fat reduction technology is the only fat freeze technology that allows up to four areas of treatment in one session.  It guarantees up to a 30% reduction in fat cells, and requires zero downtime. Clients see great and permanent results after only two sessions.
cristal pro fat freeze treatment
  • Shockwave, Vacuum & Multipolar Radiofrequency: Using a combination of radiofrequency, pulse and vacuum technology, this procedure stimulates lymphatic drainage, which improves the results for fat freeze treated areas by clearing damaged fat cells. It also helps to stimulate fibroblasts and collagen in the skin, resulting in tighter firmer skin, and an overall leaner look.
  • Agnes Fat Melt: Agnes Fat Melt is not only non-invasive, but helps tighten treated areas. This not only prevents the occurrence of loose skin, but also enhances the outcome and results in a more sculpted appearance.
  • Kybella Injections (Kybella Singapore): Kybella injection is a non-surgical, FDA-approved treatment that utilises synthetic deoxycholic acid. 

Any questions, or confused on how to embark on your slimming journey? Drop me a message and I am more than happy to help.

About Dr. Park Ji-Youn

Dr. Park Ji-Youn is the founder and managing director of the Ozhean group. As a board certified dermatologist, she has published more than 30 scientific papers on dermatology, and is the creator of Ozhean’s SKIN FIT program, which was conceived in 2015, and continues to successfully retain 80% of its original customers.


  1. Lee, M. C., Tu, Y. T., Lee, C. C., Tsai, S. C., Hsu, H. Y., Tsai, T. Y., Liu, T. H., Young, S. L., Lin, J. S., & Huang, C. C. (2021). Lactobacillus plantarum TWK10 Improves Muscle Mass and Functional Performance in Frail Older Adults: A Randomized, Double-Blind Clinical Trial. Microorganisms, 9(7), 1466. https://doi.org/10.3390/microorganisms9071466 
  2. Chen, Y., Cui, Y., Chen, S., & Wu, Z. (2017). Relationship between sleep and muscle strength among Chinese university students: a cross-sectional study. Journal of musculoskeletal & neuronal interactions, 17(4), 327–333.
  3. Alizadeh, Z., Halabchi, F., Mazaheri, R., Abolhasani, M., & Tabesh, M. (2016). Review of the Mechanisms and Effects of Noninvasive Body Contouring Devices on Cellulite and Subcutaneous Fat. International journal of endocrinology and metabolism, 14(4), e36727. https://doi.org/10.5812/ijem.36727
  4. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/08/04/health/muscle-soreness-myths/index.html 

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