What is one thing you would like to change about your appearance in 2016? If you said a double chin, you are not alone. Many men and women find submental fat accumulations underneath the jawline as an unfortunate byproduct of the aging process. In the past, the only effective way to get rid of a double chin was with surgical procedures. Today, a new device is available that offers excellent chin sculpting without surgery and only a small recovery period.
CoolSculpting is an innovative method of body contouring that does not involve anesthesia, incisions or downtime. Instead, the device uses cryolipolysis, or targeted cooling, to freeze away unwanted fat cells, creating a smoother, leaner contour. CoolSculpting has been available for some time and patients that have undergone treatment have seen excellent results. However, the original device was restricted to larger treatment areas like the abdomen, hips and thighs. Now, a new member of the CoolSculpting family is broadening treatment choices to smaller areas like the jawline.
The CoolMini was specifically designed to fit underneath the jawline to address submental fat that collects and creates the appearance of a double chin. The applicator delivers concentrated cooling to the area, freezing and destroying stubborn submental fat cells. Treated cells are absorbed by the lymphatic system so they can be eliminated naturally by the body. At the same time, you will see your double chin become smaller, giving you improved definition in your jawline and a more youthful facial profile.
The CoolMini boasts an average fat reduction of around 20 percent. Based on clinical studies performed by the manufacturer, the CoolMini has been associated with patient satisfaction rates as high as 83%. Seven out of 10 patients found the procedure to be comfortable, while eight out of 10 would recommend the treatment to others.
A CoolSculpting procedure using the CoolMini applicator takes one hour to complete. The applicator is placed comfortably underneath the chin so that cooling can be delivered directly to the area of submental fat. There is no anesthesia required prior to treatment, because the applicator never penetrates the skin in any way. CoolSculpting is painless and most patients are able to read, watch TV, answer emails or nap during treatment.
The procedure ends with a comfortable massage of the neck and jawline to help achieve the smoothest possible results. After the procedure, you will be able to return to your regular activities right away. The skin in the treatment area may be slightly pink, but this side effect will subside on its own within a matter of hours.
Results from a CoolMini treatment will be seen over time, as the treated fat cells are eliminated. Most patients will see full results within about 12 weeks. Some patients may need more than one treatment session to achieve their desired results. Once those results are obtained, they are considered permanent since the fat cells are completely destroyed. If skin laxity remains after treatment, there are additional cosmetic procedure that can address this concern to enhance your results. One such treatment is ThermiTight, another non-surgical cosmetic treatment which tightens loose skin using radiofrequency.
Both the CoolMini and the ThermiTight procedure have revolutionized facial sculpting, with the ability to trim the fat around the jawline and tighten loose skin, respectively, without surgery. The procedures are now available at Dr. Andrews Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery. To learn more, contact our office today at 319-800-6877.