Double Chin Treatment – CoolSculpting vs. Kybella
No matter how toned, sculpted and thin you may be, the dreaded double chin, turkey neck or jowly jawline can’t be corrected without the help of a cosmetic physician. In the past, anyone who wanted to rid themselves of any double chin fat would require a liposuction procedure, and turkey neck or hanging jowls would require a lower facelift or neck lift surgery by a skilled plastic surgeon. Until 2015, liposuction was a patient’s only alternative to treat their double chin.
In 2015, Coolsculpting received FDA approval for the reduction of submental, providing patients with a non-surgical alternative. Coolsculpting was already globally known for their fat-freezing process (cryolipolysis) to reduce stubborn areas around the abdomen, thighs, hips, flanks and arms. At about the same time, Kybella injections, also performed in a cosmetic physician’s office, have also been approved by the FDA and have gained popularity for the treatment of this same submental fat.
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) reported in 2014 that approximately 68 percent of their survey respondents were concerned with chin and neck fat, which had increased by eight percent from the previous year. While double chins are certainly nothing new, especially upon hitting middle age, there’s a strong correlation in the rise of social media “selfies” and Face Time/Snap Chat close-ups and the increase in the percentage of people concerned with this troublesome area of fat!
So, what is the difference between CoolSculpting CoolMini treatment versus Kybella injections for the double chin?
Kybella vs. the Double Chin
Kybella is a proprietary injection that dissolves the fat cell’s membrane to effectively kill the cell, which is then disposed of through the body’s lymphatic system. Each treatment session typically takes between 15-20 minutes to perform, although up to 6 sessions may be needed for the desired outcome, and each session will involve anywhere from 20-40 different, individual injection sites. Kybella treatments are expensive, take longer to show efficacy and can be quite uncomfortable, with a significant amount of swelling and discomfort after each of the treatments typically required for desired results. This is not an ideal treatment for patients with anxiety around injections/needles.
CoolSculpting vs. the Double Chin
Coolsculpting essentially freezes stubborn fat cells, which the body then disposes of through the lymphatic system. The treatment is performed by placing an applicator on the treatment area, which attaches via vacuum suction, and gradually freezes the targeted fat over a 60-minute session. Patients, generally, report seeing results after a single session, although most require two treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart, for optimal results. In addition, CoolSculpting provides some neck contouring as part of the treatment protocol. There may be mild swelling and, possibly, numbness, in the treated area for a very short time, but typically less swelling than with Kybella injections. As CoolSculpting requires absolutely no needles, many patients prefer this treatment for that reason alone.
Similarities of CoolSculpting & Kybella Injections for Double Chin:
- FDA-approved to treat double chin fat
- Few days of post-treatment swelling
- Up to 25% reduction in fat in most patients
- Results noticeable several weeks after treatment
- Treated fat cells do not return
- Long-term results
- No benefit for skin laxity in the area
I offer all double chin patients the option of CoolSculpting if they are searching for a non-invasive double chin treatment that does not involve needles or an extended period of swelling and discomfort, but I also offer minimally-invasive liposuction if they’d like to see more immediate results and aren’t uncomfortable with the needles and more invasive nature of liposuction. Results are superior and, in addition, I can provide contouring of the jawline, but the cost may be more than CoolSculpting.
Premier Vein & Body by Schwartz is offering a $500 discount for a series of two CoolSculpting treatments for the double chin during the month of October only.
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