As we age, we all have areas that sag. Our muscles lose some of their strength; our tissues become more lax. When this happens on our stomach area, you call it a pooch. When it happens under your chin, you call it a double chin or jowls.
Some people such as Orson Welles have made the most of their double chins. Jobba the Hut has achieved a degree of preeminence in Star Wars circles.
You, however, are not pleased with the junk going on under your chin.
So, why not freeze your way to a better profile? What CoolSculpting® has done for your abdomen it can now do for the excess fat under your chin. Elite Plastic Surgery has added the CoolMini™ procedure to its offerings. CoolMini™ is a new procedure from the developers of CoolSculpting® and is intended for much smaller areas such as under the chin.
What is CoolSculpting®?
If you follow the aesthetic industry at all, you’ve probably heard about CoolSculpting®. CoolSculpting is a procedure that gets rid of stubborn fat effectively and safely without surgery. It is the only procedure cleared by the FDA that utilizes controlled cooling to eliminate fat that is resistant to diet and exercise.
The idea behind CoolSculpting is pretty cool and was stumbled upon by accident. The theory came from two Harvard scientists who observed that some children got dimples from eating popsicles. They assumed that the fat cells in the cheeks were dying from the cold temperatures, creating the leaner, dimpled cheeks. The same concept applies to CoolSculpting, which uses controlled cooling (Cryolipolysis) to target and kill fat cells. Fat cells freeze at higher temperatures than surrounding non-fat tissue. So, by precisely targeting the fat cells with the correct temperature, they are frozen and die. Over the next few weeks the dead fat cells are eliminated naturally by the body.
At Elite, CoolSculpting has been very popular with our patients for addressing pockets of fat in the abdomen and upper thigh areas.
CoolMini™ = CoolSculpting® for your chin
CoolMini applies the same principles to much smaller areas such as under your chin, and now we offer CoolMini at Elite. During the CoolMini™ procedure, a proprietary coupling gel is applied to the area under your chin. Once the gel is applied, a vacuum is initiated through the applicator to suction the fat deposit in the area. The key for the CoolMini™ procedure is the applicator, which is optimized to capture and effectively treat smaller fat pockets. For 30 to 60 minutes, the applicator is held there to do the cooling. The result is a cold-induced inflammatory response that ultimately leads to the death of fat cells under the chin. After a few days or weeks, these dead fat cells are absorbed by the body as it heals, resulting in a 20% fat reduction in the treated area. These fat cells are permanently removed, similar to what happens with liposuction, but without the surgery.
CoolMini™ is becoming an instant hit for us at Elite for one simple reason. The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery in a 2015 survey found that over two thirds of people said they were bothered by a double chin. You’re not alone in wanting a slimmer profile under your chin!
Do you want to say goodbye to 20% of the fat living happily under your chin? Call the team at Elite Plastic Surgery today, 616-459-1907, and ask about our CoolMini options!