A double chin can be a very frustrating thing to get rid of. Often, no matter how much we diet and exercise, that little bit of fat still clings to the chin. Luckily, modern body sculpting techniques have provided a number of ways for us to get rid of this annoyance. Contact us at New Image Body Sculpting in Glendale, CA and ask about Coolsculpting for your chin. This non-invasive treatment can literally freeze away fat, ridding you of a stubborn double chin in just a few weeks. But how does it work? How many times will you have to undergo this treatment to see the results you want?
Coolsculpting for Your Chin: How It Works
Coolsculpting is an FDA-approved, non-invasive body sculpting treatment that uses the application of carefully controlled cold temperatures to freeze fat cells. This process is also known as cryolipolysis. In order to understand what makes it so effective, we first must examine the science behind how body fat works in the human body.
Unique Properties of Body Fat
Coolsculpting and other body sculpting techniques that destroy or otherwise eliminate fat cells all work so well thanks to one simple fact: the human body almost never creates new fat cells. It also almost never destroys the old ones, which is one reason why pockets of body fat on the belly, thighs, and chin can be so tough to get rid of. Rather than eliminating fat cells or creating new ones when we lose or gain weight, our body simply uses the existing cells, which expand to store more fat when we gain weight and contract when we lose it.
No matter how often you hit the gym or how much you watch what you eat, those fat cells will still be there. Coolsculpting, however, harnesses another unique property of human fat cells: they freeze at a slightly higher temperature than their surrounding tissues. That’s why this treatment can freeze them, causing fatal damage to their structure, without harming the skin or muscle around them.
What Treatment Is Like
Coolsculpting for your chin requires no anesthesia or other preparation; you can simply walk into our office for your appointment and get started. One of our professionals will perform the Coolsculpting treatment using a handheld applicator that looks a little like the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner. This Coolsculpting applicator is specifically designed to treat smaller areas like the chin. A gel pad and applicator are placed on the targeted area, and the applicator then uses suction to isolate the fat and freeze it with cold temperatures as your provider moves it across the area of treatment.
People who have had Coolsculpting treatments report that this process isn’t painful. After a few moments, the cold temperatures numb the targeted area and you won’t feel much of anything at all. Once the entire targeted area has been fully treated, your provider will usually massage it to break up any frozen deep tissue fat.
All told, the entire treatment for Coolsculpting for your chin takes just 35 minutes. When it’s done, you can walk right out of our office and go back to your daily routine with no downtime necessary.
How Many CoolSculpting Treatments Are Needed for Your Chin?
Once your first treatment is complete, you may start to wonder if you’ll need another round of Coolsculpting to achieve your best results. The answer may be yes, but it’s also important to be patient because it will take some time for your true results to reveal themselves.
How Long Before I See My Results?
Your results won’t be instantaneous. Rather than removing fat cells entirely like more invasive surgical procedures do, Coolsculpting destroys fat cells under the skin. It takes time for the body to break down and flush out the dead fat cells, which is why most people won’t begin to see visible results from their first treatment for up to three weeks. Those results will continue to improve as the body removes more and more fat cells from the treated area. Your full results will be visible in about three months, but some people continue to see minor improvements for up to six months after their initial treatment.
Are the Results Permanent?
As mentioned above, the human body almost never creates new fat cells. This means that the cells destroyed by your Coolsculpting treatment are gone for good. The results of a Coolsculpting treatment are intended to be permanent and will be as long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise habits.
There is a chance that the appearance of a double chin could return in the event of weight gain. Coolsculpting treatments don’t remove 100% of the fat cells from the treated area, so the remaining cells can and will expand to store more fat should you gain weight after undergoing the treatment. This is one reason why experts recommend Coolsculpting and other body sculpting treatments for people who are already in good overall shape: they are less likely to gain weight after treatment.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Because a Coolsculpting treatment doesn’t destroy 100% of the fat cells in the targeted area, many people choose to undergo more than one treatment to achieve their desired results. One treatment can remove up to 25% of the fat from a double chin, which is more than enough to make a noticeable improvement but still leaves three-quarters of the fat behind. In trials though, nobody needed more than two Coolsculpting treatments to achieve their desired results for their chin.
If you decide to return for a second treatment on your chin, you must wait at least one month from your first treatment. This is to give time for your results to develop and your body to flush away the fat cells.
Coolsculpting for Your Chin vs Kybella
Kybella is another popular body sculpting treatment for a double chin. This minimally invasive treatment uses a series of injections of deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in the gut and is used by the body to break down dietary fat, to target and destroy fat cells. If you’ve been looking for ways to rid yourself of a double chin, chances are you’ve come across information on the Kybella treatment.
Coolsculpting has a couple of major benefits over Kybella. First and foremost, the number of treatments: most people need at least two or three rounds of Kybella to achieve their desired results. Many will have to go back six times over six months. Compare that to Coolsculpting, which has a maximum of two treatments for most people to achieve their desired results. Also, each Kybella treatment involves upwards of twenty injections, making the 35-minute, entirely non-invasive Coolsculpting treatment the more attractive option for most people.
How Much Does It Cost?
Coolsculpting for your chin varies in cost depending on the size of the area being treated and your own personal aesthetic goals. Come talk to us about your needs and we can give you a clear idea of the prices involved.
Is Coolsculpting Right for Me?
Coolsculpting for a double chin is a great solution for most people, but it’s not right for everyone. Here are some people for whom Coolsculpting will work wonders, and a handful who should seek out a different solution:
People In Good Overall Shape
It must be noted that Coolsculpting and other body sculpting treatments are not appropriate weight loss methods. They are aesthetic treatments only and not meant as a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise. If you are hoping to lose weight, you should consult with your physician and come up with a diet and exercise plan that works for you.
That said, people who maintain a healthy diet and have good exercise habits will in all likelihood be good candidates for this treatment. There are two key reasons for this. The first is that the size of this group’s double chin is likely to be fairly small and therefore more easily treatable with the Coolsculpting technique. The second reason was touched on above: people who already maintain a healthy lifestyle are less likely to gain weight post-treatment and see their double chin return.
Those Who Have Ruled Out More Invasive Options
There are other methods for getting rid of a double chin. Liposuction, for example, can remove more fat in one sitting than cryolipolysis, but it is also far more invasive and requires a long downtime for recovery. Kybella is another potential option, but as mentioned above it will likely require more commitment, with many patients requiring six treatments to achieve their desired results. If you’re looking for a reliable, FDA-approved method for melting away a double chin that doesn’t require scalpels, needles, or downtime, Coolsculpting is a great option.
People Whose Double Chin Is Not the Result of Body Fat
Not all double chins are caused by the same thing. While millions of people have a double chin due to a fat deposit on the jawline, others develop one for very different reasons. For example, as we age, our skin and muscle lose elasticity. As they do, they can begin to sag. One of the most common places this becomes visible is in the chin. Almost all of us will, at some point in our lives, see a double chin form for this reason, and it can often look much like a double chin that’s the result of body fat. Unfortunately, Coolsculpting won’t do much for this issue. A chin lift, on the other hand, might be a better answer.
Another common cause of a double chin is a condition called retrogenia. This is when the chin bone is angled slightly backward toward the neck and is also known as a receding or weak chin. People with retrogenia will often have the appearance of having a double chin, but it’s much more often the result of the condition rather than true fat gain in the area.
People With Certain Cold-Sensitive Conditions
There are a small handful of conditions that make individuals extremely sensitive to cold like the kind that a Coolsculpting treatment applies. If you suffer from cryoglobulinemia, cold agglutinin disease, or paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, you are probably not a candidate for this treatment.
Call Us Today!
A treatment that can melt away a stubborn double chin in just a handful of weeks might sound too good to be true, but Coolsculpting is backed by science and the FDA. In fact, in trials, 82% of people who underwent the treatment said they would recommend it to a friend. If you want to learn more about Coolsculpting for your double chin, call New Image Body Sculpting in Glendale, CA to schedule your initial consultation today.