If you are bothered by your double chin, you are not alone. According to a 2014 survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), nearly 70% of those polled were bothered by their double chin (or submental fullness). Double chin is common in both women and men and is caused by aging, genetics and (less often) weight gain. It detracts from an otherwise balanced and harmonious facial appearance– leading to an older, heavier look.
Double chin has been a major cosmetic concern for patients for decades. For many people, weight loss and dieting do not reduce the appearance of their double chins. Previously, patients had to rely on invasive procedures such as surgical face lifts, neck lifts, and liposuction in order to improve the appearance of their necks.
New, non-invasive procedures such as Kybella injections and CoolMini cryolipolysis treatment are now available to target small areas of fat. These treatments are both FDA-cleared to safely reduce pockets of fat without surgery. The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery is pleased to be among the first practices in the United States to offer both of these exciting treatments to address double chin without invasive surgery.
KYBELLA™ is identical to deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of fat. It is a cytolytic drug which, when injected into skin, physically destroys the cell membrane causing the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, these cells cannot store or accumulate fat. Patients typically receive a series of tiny injections at each treatment session. At least 1 or 2 additional treatments are administered at 1 month or longer time intervals for optimal cosmetic effect. Each minimally invasive procedure is performed in a 15-20 minute office visit. Results can be seen within weeks of treatment as the body naturally processes and permanently removes the destroyed fat cells.
We are recommending KYBELLA™ for those with submental fat or double chins who do not desire more invasive treatment such as liposuction or facelifts. We recommend that non-invasive Ulthera microfocused ultrasound be performed as an auxiliary treatment when further tightening and lifting of the jawline is desired.
Submental fat- aka double chin- is known to be resistant to diet or exercise. Until recently, the only treatment options involved surgery or liposuction– both invasive with intense recovery. Recently, Kybella injections to dissolve fat in this area have also become available, but some people are needle-phobic. With CoolMini, you can now treat this stubborn area on your lunch hour and return to work for the afternoon. It’s that simple – one hour of your time and you’re on the way to eliminating your double chin for good!
The unique CoolMini Double Chin treatment was developed by Harvard scientists and is based on the proprietary science of Cryolipolysis® wherein fat cells are destroyed and eliminated upon exposure to extreme cold. Only the CoolMini Double Chin treatment selectively targets (freezes) the fat cells under the chin. Fat cells treated and eliminated by the procedure are gone for good and patients can expect long-lasting results. The new CoolMini applicator is uniquely designed for small volume areas of fat. The applicator’s size, shape and curvature is designed to comfortably fit these small, problem areas. Patients can expect limited to no discomfort, and may resume normal activities immediately after treatment. Optimal results typically require 1-2 treatments with early results evident as early as 3 weeks and final clinical effects taking approximately 3 months.
We are recommending CoolMini for those with submental fat or double chins who do not desire more invasive treatment such as liposuction or facelifts or for those who do not desire injections of Kybella. Non-invasive Ulthera microfocused ultrasound therapy may be performed as an auxiliary treatment when further tightening and lifting of the jawline is desired.
Both Kybella and the CoolMini are extremely effective treatments for the permanent elimination of submental fullness. The best treatment choice for you will ultimately be determined after a discussion with your physician, taking into account your personal preference and time limitations. If you are bothered by submental fullness or a double chin, we can help! Please contact us today.