Excess Submental Fat
As a result of factors such as the aging process, genetics, and weight gain, many people find themselves with a double chin. Excess subcutaneous fat gathers on the chin muscles, giving the chin this undesirable look.
Clothing does nothing to hide unwanted submental fullness; it is constantly exposed, creating an older, out-of-shape appearance. This can make a person feel embarrassed and can cause body issues. Many patients seek treatment in order to feel more confident about their neck, chin, and jawline.
The CoolMini Applicator
CoolSculpting has been providing excellent body-contouring results since it was approved by the FDA in 2010. Its ability to non-invasively sculpt trouble areas of the body like the love handles, back, thighs, and abdomen is unparalleled.
But CoolSculpting was only suitable for larger regions, and so it was not ideal for smaller spots like the neck or chin. Traditional fat-reduction procedures were inconvenient and had the risk of complications, since the neck is a sensitive and delicate area.
However, thanks to the CoolMini applicator, CoolSculpting can now be used to effectively and safely treat submental fullness. This advancement in non-invasive contouring technology is able to address excess fatty tissue in smaller regions because it possesses the proper curvature, size, and shape for the job.
CoolMini is able to remove stubborn fat from the chin, neck, and jawline, resulting in reduction of a double chin, refining of the jawline, and recontouring of the neck. It has been proven safe by the FDA through rigorous testing.
This non-invasive procedure is unique in that it is the only submental volume-reduction option that involves no scalpels, needles, or heat energy whatsoever. This means that the results will look very natural and that there will be no scarring afterwards. Anesthesia and sedation will not be necessary.
The technique behind CoolMini is called selective cryolipolysis. In layman’s terms, this means using freezing temperatures to destroy fat while avoiding doing any sort of damage to other cells.
When fat cells are reduced to a low enough temperature, the lipids inside them crystallize. Apoptosis, or cell death, results from this. Inflammatory cells then digest these cells over time.
Though lipids freeze at a low temperature, the contents of the other cells in the body do not. This means that all cells that are not fat cells stay free from harm during the procedure; the health of the blood vessels, nerves, and muscles in the treated area is preserved.
Thus, the procedure is considered a selective treatment. Liposuction and other surgical procedures are not selective, and so they may damage other tissues, leading to bruising, bleeding, and various complications.
The CoolSculpting CoolMini procedure is very quick, typically only requiring one hour. During this comfortable non-surgical treatment, patients are conscious and can sleep if desired.
First, the skin of the submental region is protected from the procedure’s cooling energy. This is accomplished by placing thin gel pads on the skin. Once the skin is adequately protected, the CoolMini applicator is held against the gel pads, and cooling energy is directed through the applicator into the region. The temperature of the excess fat cells in the submental area’s subcutaneous fat layer is gradually lowered.
Following completion of the treatment, patients are able to go back to their everyday routine. If you are a busy professional, you’ll find this procedure particularly appealing, since it does not require the downtime that comes along with liposuction surgery.
Only one or two treatments will typically be necessary to achieve the patient’s aesthetic goals. Treatments result in the removal of an average of 20 percent of excess fat in the treated area.
For several months after the procedure, your system will gradually absorb the treated fat cells, and this will be reflected in the contours of the submental area. After a period of about three weeks, your fat-reduction results will begin to become evident. Your full results will be seen in one to three months.
If you are interested in finding out what CoolMini can do for your chin, jawline, and neck, contact our office and arrange a consultation. You’ll be able to look at Before & After photos and ask any questions you may have. Dr. Grant Stevens, a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience and numerous accolades, will be happy to help you reach your beauty goals.