First came Kybella, the double-chin melting shot, and now there’s another FDA-approved, minimally invasive way to target this trouble spot — without needles, surgery, or downtime: freezing fat cells forever with the CoolMini!
How does it work?
Harnessing the same CoolSculpting technology used to chill and kill unwanted fat in the stomach and thighs, the CoolMini grabs even smaller pockets of fat, the kind that result in a double chin. “It cools this area to a temperature that causes fat cells — and only the fat cells — to crystallize and die,” explains dermatologist Sonoa Au, MD, of Advanced Dermatology in New York City. “For the first three minutes, you may feel some pulling or tugging. It’s not painful, but it can be slightly uncomfortable at first. Then the chill kicks in, and after five minutes the area is numb, and you won’t feel a thing.”
How long does it take?
One session lasts about an hour, says plastic surgeon Grant Stevens, MD, director of the University of Southern California’s Division of Aesthetic Surgery. You can relax, check your email, watch TV, or listen to music during the session.”
Is it for you?
“Because the procedure uses a suction device, you need to have enough fat in the trouble area for the treatment to be worth while,” Dr. Au says. “Roughly about a little more than an inch of fat under the chin is idea.” Important to remember: CoolMini doesn’t tighten loose tissues or rein in sagginess — it freezes fat. “So if excess fat is the issue, this is a very effective treatment,” she explains.
Exactly how effective is it?
“Just one treatment results in a 20 percent fat reduction in the chin area in as little as three weeks, with the most dramatic results seen generally one to three months after treatment, once your body begins to absorb the targeted fat cells and gradually permanently excrete them,” Dr. Stevens says. Most people need on or two treatments to meet their goals. “A double treatment can treat both sides in one visit, he adds. “We treat the left, then the right side, and then double-up on the midline. This further accentuates the jawline.”
Can fat cells come back?
“Once they’re gone, they are gone for good,” says Dr. Au. “If you gain weight, any new fat will be spread out evening across your body — not just your chin.”
“No, just a little redness that lasts for about an hour after the procedure,” Dr. Stevens says.
What’s the cost?
Treating a double chin with CoolMini runs at about $1,000 per treatment. You’ll need to contact a dermatologist in your area for a more precise estimate.
This article originally appeared in our print magazine, Reverse Aging.