Fat below the chin (submental fat), can give the face an aged appearance and make the profile less attractive. Traditionally treatment means surgery, but more people are now looking for less invasive methods to get rid of unwanted chin fat. So, Kybella or CoolMini?
How can you get rid of your double chin without surgery?
A double chin is usually very hard to treat, even for people who diet and get plenty of exercise. Now there are non-surgical options available for those looking to eliminate unwanted chin fat. Two of the most effective options on the market are CoolMini and Kybella.
CoolMini is a minimally invasive procedure that freezes and destroys fat cells. It is based on cryolipolysis, which is a system of controlled cooling. An adipose tissue is cooled to a temperature that causes the breakdown of the fat cells. Since fat cells are more sensitive to cold, the cold temperature does not affect the surrounding nerves, skin and muscle.
CoolSculpting fat reduction has been around for several years, contouring areas such as the abdomen, love handles, and flanks. However, a smaller applicator, CoolMini, is now available to treat smaller pockets of fat such as the submental area.
How it Works
The CoolMini attachment is applied to the submental fat. It suctions the fat into the handpiece, and gradually cools the underlying fat tissue. The fat cells eventually crystallize, and the body naturally eliminates them.
Treatment with the CoolMini takes about 1 hour. 1-2 treatments may be necessary, depending on the amount of fat treatment.
What to Expect
There is no downtime after CoolMini. Patients may have some swelling and bruising in the treated area, but this usually resolves in a few days. Some improvement can be seen within 3 weeks of treatment. Typically, it takes 2-4 months to see full results. CoolMini results are permanent because the crystallized fat cells eventually die.
Kybella is a cosmetic injectable treatment that is FDA cleared for treating the double chin. It is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is a molecule that is naturally present in the body to metabolize fat.
How it Works
A tiny needle injects, Kybella into the area below the chin. This destroys the membrane of the fat cells and the body eventually eliminates the fat. Kybella only targets the fat cells, thus, not affecting nearby cells and tissue.
A single Kybella treatment takes about 30 minutes, and this may involve 20-30 injections. It can take 2-6 treatments to achieve the desired results with Kybella.
What to Expect
Patients will be able to quickly resume regular activities after Kybella treatment. There may be some swelling and soreness post-procedure, but this typically resolves within 7 days.
Kybella results are permanent, because the fat cells that are destroyed will not return. However, if patients do gain excess weight after treatment, the fat cells that did not undergo treatment are likely to expand. Sticking to a healthy diet is the best way to maintain the results of Kybella treatment.
Kybella or CoolMini?
Both CoolSculpting and Kybella are minimally invasive treatments that can zap away your double chin and define the jawline. Patients who don’t like injections can opt to have CoolSculpting instead. In addition, patients with good skin quality are likely to get better results with Kybella, while individuals with looser skin are more suitable candidates for CoolSculpting.