Submental fullness doesn’t sound so bad, but take a look in the mirror and call it by its common name, double chin, and it sounds and looks awful. Extra fat under the jawline often makes the neck appear to hang, and the person may look a bit overweight. Another problem is that a submental fullness makes people look older than their true age. Thankfully, CoolSculpting can get of that fat.
What is CoolSculpting?
This procedure is a non-surgical alternative to liposuction that works well for those who want to get rid of stubborn fat that doesn’t respond to diet and exercise. FDA approved in 2010, it’s available for abs, love handles, thighs, upper arms and back or bra fat. And, the CoolMini is specifically used for double chins. Both men and women are ideal candidates for the procedure, which works best for those who exercise, eat a healthy diet and are only about 20 pounds over their ideal weight.
How it Works
Basically, CoolSculpting works by freezing away the fat. Sounds simple, but it’s quite scientific. Through a process called Cryolipolysis, fat cells are targeted beneath the skin and cooled, which causes crystallization. The cells freeze and die. Because fat crystallizes faster than other cells, Cryolipolysis only affects the fat cells and doesn’t damage skin, tissue and nerves.
During the procedure, the targeted area is covered in a protective gel pad and squeezed into the applicator. While pressure and suction could be felt during the first few minutes of the 60 minute or less procedure, feeling pain is unlikely. There is intense cold, but that ends once the treated area goes numb, which takes five to 10 minutes.
After the procedure, the treated area is red, may tingle and may have a bulge where the fat was sucked up. That skin is massaged for a few minutes to make the bulge disappear, and other symptoms fade quickly.
What to Expect?
The body eliminates the fat cells over time. Results are typically seen within three weeks, and fat is continually eliminated for up to six months. What’s great about this procedure is that when you freeze fat, it’s destroyed forever. Adults don’t produce new fat cells, so freeze fat cells in a double chin, and the results are permanent. Each subsequent CoolScupting session decreases fat cells by about 20 percent. For many people, one session is enough to take care of the problem.