Can Coolsculpting Be Used on a Double Chin?
Coolsculpting is one of the newer technologies to be cleared by the FDA for the purposes of removing that excess stubborn fat that won’t go away no matter how many squats or crunches you do, yet it has also become a popular choice for those who are looking to remove “submental” fat, or excess fat where the skin and the neck meet.
Prior to the introduction of Kybella, which is an injectable substance that causes the membrane of the fat cells to dissolve, patients were stuck with a rather invasive form of surgery known as the “facelift.” With the demand for non-invasive treatments for various forms of cosmetic enhancements on the rise, the market has given way to a couple of different options. The first being the aforementioned Kybella and the second being CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting does approximately the same thing as Kybella, which is kill the excess fat cells in exercise-resistant parts of the body, but it does it by basically freezing the fat cells to death as opposed to the injectable, which chemically dissolves the fat cells.
“In order for CoolSculpting to get clearance for use on smaller areas of the body by the FDA,” says one dermatologist who practices in Pleasanton and Placerville, “the engineers at CoolSculpting needed to make a smaller applicator called the CoolMini. It was specifically designed to target smaller areas like underneath the chin and has since become an effective treatment for double chins. Meanwhile, Kybella is a kind of medication that causes the fat cells in the chin to dissolve. Both treatments are effective, but which one is the better treatment largely depends on your age.”
Age Determines Which Treatment Works Better
“Kybella is generally going to be recommended for younger faces,” says one dermatologist from Placerville. “Ideal candidates will have otherwise healthy skin but are simply looking to get rid of their double chin. CoolSculpting is going to work better on more mature and looser skin. Younger skin has a tendency to be very taut, so there are going to be some limitations with the CoolMini for younger skin. But both treatments are very effective provided they are administered by a skilled doctor.”
“In terms of cost to the patient, whichever procedure requires the fewest number of treatments is going to be more cost effective,” he continued. “CoolSculpting costs more per treatment, but the cost of two Kybella treatments is still going to be more than one CoolSculpting treatment.”
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