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Reducing Double Chins: The Top 2 Treatments

A double chin may not be noticeable to everyone else. Unfortunately for us, it is something that we can’t help but notice when we look in the mirror. While some people say that consistent jaw and face exercises can reduce chin fat, the only way to reduce chin fat once-and-for-al is through an FDA-approved procedure like CoolSculpting or Kybella. The dermatologists at Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute can help you choose which procedure is best for you.


What is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved, nonsurgical, scientifically proven way to reduce pockets of fat. The procedure is focused on treating trouble areas such as the abdomen, flanks, or under the chin. CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis/cryotherapy (fat-freezing) to freeze fat cells to reduce body fat without damaging other tissue. When the fat cells freeze, they die and are naturally eliminated through the body, giving you quick CoolSculpting results. The procedure is suitable for nearly everyone above the age of 18 regardless of gender.


What to Expect During CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is an alternative to liposuction. Without any incisions, injections, or anesthesia, you will see similar results with minimal pain and little downtime.

The procedure is performed in an office and in a matter of hours. No anesthetic is given or needed, and no pain medication is required after treatment. During treatment, patients will feel a slight sucking sensation as the CoolSculpting device adheres to your chin, followed by a slight cooling sensation. Patients will also experience some pulling, tugging, mild pinching, intense cold, and tingling during the procedure until the area becomes numb. Side effects may include redness, swelling, bruising, aching, or skin sensitivity.

CoolSculpting results may appear in one to three months and can leave a patient with a 20-25% reduction in fat layer thickness after just one session. CoolSculpting could be your best-kept secret for reducing your chin fat because of how quick and discreet the procedure is. With no downtime, incisions, or scarring, no one will ever know you’ve had it done.


What is Kybella?

Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells under the chin. The procedure is best suited for people who are embarrassed by fat under their chin, who do not want to have surgery, and who diet and exercise but still cannot get their stubborn chin fat to go away.

The main active ingredient in Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that assists in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. During the twenty-minute treatment multiple small injections will be injected into the chin fat. These injections destroy the fat cells and results include less fullness under the chin. Patients can have up to six sessions to reach their desired level of success. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they can no longer accumulate or store more fat. Further treatment will not be needed.

Contact Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Institute to determine whether Kybella or CoolSculpting is right for you. We look forward to helping you say a final goodbye to stubborn chin fat.

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