By now, you’ve surely seen our discussions about Kybella—an injectable solution which contours and minimizes the appearance of double chin. And we also know Ultherapy can be used to tighten the skin on the neck using ultrasound energy. We now have a THIRD option available for treating the neck: Coolsculpting. The FDA recently approved a new applicator, CoolMini, for the treatment of smaller areas on the body like under your chin.
So, what is the difference in these procedures and which is right for you?
Kybella involves injecting a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown of dietary fat cells so they can no longer store or accumulate fat. If you have fairly good/taut skin with a distinct fat pocket under the chin, this may be the treatment for you. However, if you have a fear of needles, another option may be best.
Ultherapy stimulates collagen production by delivering focused ultrasound energy to the skin’s foundational layer. This treatment is best for someone with lax skin that would benefit from tightening, and minimal excess fat.
And finally, Coolsculpting creates ice crystals in fat cells, ultimately destroying them. The affected area is vacuumed into the hand piece, and chilled for an hour. This treatment may work best for one with a bit more mature, loose skin, along with a small pocket of submental fat. There could be limitations if the skin is too taut.
With any of these procedures, you can expect minimal swelling, redness, and soreness. With Kybella and Coolsculpting, there’s also a chance of some numbness which will subside. All of these procedures are non-invasive/non-surgical, and you can return to your normal activities by the following day at the latest.
If you are interested in treatment for your double chin or loose skin under your neck, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shanthala and she will help you determine the best treatment for your needs.