No one likes having a profile that is less than sculpted. Unfortunately, most of us have a little droop under the chin…the dreaded double chin! Short of surgery — a neck lift or a facelift — there wasn’t much that could be done about our double chins.
But then the people who invented CoolSculpting® decided they didn’t only want to teach abdominal fat who’s the boss. They decided to go after double chins, as well.
Can you say CoolMini™? This addition to the CoolSculpting system now allows us to use the same non-invasive fat freezing procedure that has been so successful at shrinking the contour of the abdomens and thighs for our patients and apply it to fat under the chin.
What is CoolSculpting®?
You probably already know about CoolSculping®. We’ve offered it for years at Elite Plastic Surgery. But in case you don’t know about it, here’s a brief bit of background. 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.
Two Harvard scientists came up with the concept for CoolSculpting when they were researching the effect eating popsicles seemed to have on kids developing dimples. Their theory was that the fat cells in the cheeks were dying from the cold temperatures, creating the leaner, dimpled cheeks. It doesn’t take much to think of applying the same principle to unwanted body fat — voila, CoolSculpting® was invented. It 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.
CoolMini™ = CoolSculpting® for your chin
The problem, although it isn’t a “problem,” is that the cooling panels used for CoolSculpting were relatively large. They were meant for the abdomen, flanks, and the thighs. They were too big for a smaller, more delicate area like under the chin.
To remedy that, a new applicator was designed for CoolMini™. CoolMini™ applies the same principles too much smaller areas such as under your chin. 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 big for our patients. It’s no secret why. Research shows that over two-thirds of Americans say they are bothered by a double chin. Now we can help you do something about it! Hello, slimmer profile!
Do you want to say goodbye to 20% of the fat living happily under your chin? Call Elite Plastic Surgery and ask about CoolMini™ or CoolSculpting®, (616) 459-1907.