Say Goodbye To Your Double Chin And Hello To Your New Chin

Dr. Michele S. Green M.D., FAAD., is a Board-Certified Cosmetic Dermatologist, Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and has been an international leader in cosmetic dermatology for over 25 years. Upper East Side patients and those from the surrounding areas of New York City flock to her practice for a variety of cosmetic dermatology treatments. A graduate from Yale University, with an MD from Mount Sinai Medical School in NYC, Dr. Green treats some of the most discerning, demanding women and men in the world, with issues ranging from premature skin aging to hyperpigmentation, rosacea, acne, skin laxity, hair loss, and sun damage.

Haute Beauty Expert Dr. Michele S. Green explains the efficiency of Kybella and CoolMini CoolSculpting to treat a double chin.

Why are so many patients bothered by their profile?

We live in a world of Instagram, Facebook, “selfies” and social media. Many of us are concerned with our profile, especially that of our nose and chin profile. Treating this submental area with Kybella gives a beautiful and permanent aesthetic result.

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24-year-old female treated with Kybella – 2 treatments

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dr. GreenWhat is Kybella?

Kybella is the first and only FDA injectable drug approved for dissolving and contouring submental fat and reducing the appearance of moderate to severe fat under the chin. The active ingredient in Kybella is comprised of deoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally in the body, and aids in the absorption and breakdown of dietary fat. Kybella is injected into the targeted areas of fat under the chin to dissolve these fat cells.

Through a series of injections, Dr. Green is able to shape the jawline and help improve the overall contouring of the neck and chin area. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they are gone permanently. These fat cells can then no longer store or accumulate fat.

How does the consultation for Kybella work with Dr. Green in NYC?

A careful examination of the neck and jowls is done to determine if there is any skin laxity. If a patient has too much skin laxity, they may not be the best candidate for Kybella injections. A treatment plan is then discussed and the number of treatments needed to dissolve the submental fat is discussed. Many patients see results in as little as 2 to 3 sessions. The number of treatment sessions depends on the degree of submental fat in the area and the desired results. Kybella injections for the destruction of fat cells are typically spaced four to six weeks apart, depending on the degree of swelling. The Kybella treatment, of deoxycholic acid, typically takes fifteen minutes to perform in Dr. Green’s NYC office and can be done on your lunch break. Again, optimal results are obtained if a patient does not have too much skin laxity, although Kybella does tend to tighten the neck area as well. Depending on the degree of skin laxity or excess skin, Dr. Green may recommend Thermage FLX for skin tightening or a neck lift and refer you to a qualified plastic surgeon.

How many vials of Kybella are needed?

In general, two vials of Kybella are needed per treatment with 3 to 4 sessions to obtain optimum results. If the submental fat is a very small amount, only one vial of Kybella may be necessary. Most patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions. Similarly, if there is a large area of submental fat, 3 vials may be required to reduce the double chin area with up to 6 treatment sessions.

Can CoolSculpting remove the double chin?

Yes! CoolSculpting is the ideal method for destroying the fat cells permanently and treating the fat cells. Through cryolipolysis, this non-invasive technology reduces the double chin without any surgery, downtime, or needles. Through cryolipolysis, by using these cold temperatures to freeze fat cells, areas of stubborn fat, such as the double chin, are destroyed. The CoolMini CoolSculpting procedure is one of the most popular procedures in Dr. Green’s Upper East Side NYC dermatology office.

What is the CoolMini?

The CoolMini adaptor was developed by CoolSculpting and works specifically on small areas of fat, such as under the chin, or above the knee, or the bra area. The accumulation of fat under the chin is a common concern for many people, and more people are seeking non-invasive ways to treat this fat. Whether fat under the chin is a result of lifestyle, age, or genetic factors, you cannot hide or disguise it with clothing or exercise. In the United States alone, according to Zeltiq, 22.4 million people seek non-invasive fat reduction solutions. CoolSculpting has the solution thanks to the CoolMini and the other amazing CoolSculpting applicators for non-invasive fat reduction. The CoolMini is the most advanced non-invasive fat reduction treatment dedicated to treating the double chin, or submental fullness.

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25-34-year-old man treated with CoolMini

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dr. GreenHow many CoolSculpting treatments are needed for the double chin?

If there is a large amount of submental fat, two applications of CoolMini are best to treat both sides of the neck, to maximize the amount of chin fat reduced. Often, in these cases, two treatments of the CoolMini are best for the double chin, spaced approximately one month apart. After four months, you will have a decrease in fat with these two treatments for up to 40% of the submental fullness.

Kybella vs CoolMini

Kybella and CoolMini have complementary functions in reducing fat in the double chin. For patients who have an excess amount of submental fat, the decision to have CoolMini versus Kybella injections is an important one. For example, if there is a large volume of fat in the submental area, it would be important to debulk the area with the CoolMini first. Once the neck area is treated, if there is some residual fat in the neck area, Kybella injections can treat these smaller pockets of fat and tighten the neck area.