As we age, stubborn fat can accumulate into a visible bulge in the area under the chin and jawline, also known as a "double chin". For many years the only reliable solutions available were facelifts, liposuction, neck lifts, and even long-term turtleneck use.
Recently, a new method of CoolSculpting, called CoolMini, has grown in popularity due to its ability to selectively treat fat and loose skin at the neck and under the chin, generally within only 1 to 2 visits.
Unlike facelifts, liposuction, and neck lifts, no surgery is needed with CoolSculpting, and it's also been cleared by the FDA to affect the appearance of lax tissue with submental (under the chin) area treatments.
How CoolSculpting Works to Get Rid of the Double Chin
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction procedure that uses different applicators to apply controlled cooling to specific areas of the body. Essentially, CoolSculpting freezes away fat to get rid of the double chin.
Lipids (fats) freeze and crystallize faster than other cells, such as skin or muscle cells. At certain temperatures these fat cells can be selectively targeted without affecting or damaging surrounding body cells. Once frozen, the fat cells are then naturally processed and eliminated from the body.
Patients often ask how long it takes to get of their double chin. Due the body's natural processing limitations, the full effects are generally realized 2 to 5 months after treatment as the body flushes out the fat cells. On the other hand, changes can sometimes be seen in as little as 2 to 3 weeks. In our practice we also see the added benefit of skin tightening that goes on for up to a year.
The photographs below show the results our patient experienced 1 month and 4 months after her single-day treatment.
With regard to the in-office CoolMini treatment, it can range from a few hours over 2 to 3 visits to as little as 35 minutes in the simplest cases.
The Step-by-Step Process to Getting Rid of Your Double Chin With CoolSculpting
- Schedule and come in for a consultation with our Doctor, Elizabeth S. Lee, MD, FACS by calling our office at (925) 299-1985.
- Read, nap, work on your laptop, or watch movies or television while receiving treatment(s).
- After your treatment(s), get a three minute massage on the treated areas.
CoolSculpting Before and After Results
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but these pictures may be worth a thousand hours of diet and exercise. The photographs below are of our patients who used CoolSculpting to freeze away fat to get rid of their double chin.
The Cost of CoolSculpting Neck and Chin Fat
The cost of CoolSculpting the chin area with CoolMini can vary depending on a few factors. CoolSculpting cost is calculated by the number of areas treated and the number of cycles needed per area. For patients looking to treat a larger amount of fat, more cycles are generally required.
As a rule of thumb, the cost of using CoolMini to treat the double chin ranges from $1,500 to $3,000. In our experience some patients respond better than others due to differences in skin types, genetics, age, and their fat cells' response to cold. Some patients may require more treatment than others.
Can CoolSculpting Be Used on the Face?
In the U.S., the CoolSculpting procedure is not FDA-cleared for the treatment of the face. We advise against this for our patients due to the lack of evidence showing the safety and efficacy of treatment of this area.