Don’t Take Your Double Chin into the Holidays
There is no telling how and where the body will hold fat. For many people, it is the midsection and hips that cause the most trouble. Especially as we age, fatty tissue may become more visible beneath the chin. This accumulation of fat cells is referred to as a double-chin. It is a problem that plagues millions of people and creates an illusion of excess weight even when a person is otherwise in excellent physical condition. Understandably, the search for a solution to the dreaded double chin has been active for years. Now we have multiple ways to address this issue.
At Pacific Dermatology in Seattle and Renton, double chin fat may be targeted with liposculpture, Kybella, or, now, with CoolMini treatment.
Many people are somewhat familiar with CoolSculpting®. This body-sculpting procedure has been around for nearly a decade and has been widely used to reduce up to 20% of fatty tissue in the lower abdomen in a single treatment. Over time, the device gained clearance to treat additional areas, including the thighs and the arms. Continually proving that fat can be frozen, the makers of CoolSculpting developed an applicator just the right size to target submental fat cells, those that create a double chin.
What is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive treatment based on cryolipolysis, a theory developed by two Harvard researchers. When these scientists observed children who routinely ate popsicles, they noticed that some children developed dimples. Consequently, they speculated that dimples were caused by the reduction of fat in the cheeks due to the cold temperature of the popsicles. It was this theory that led to the latest craze in non-surgical fat reduction.
When fat cells are treated with controlled cooling, crystals form out of their liquid contents. The presence of crystallized fat cells provokes an inflammatory response which ultimately leads to the cells’ elimination through the lymph system. After each treatment, the body spends several weeks metabolizing the incapacitated fat cells.
Freezing the Double Chin
The same principals that fuel the fire of CoolSculpting are present in CoolMini treatment for the double chin. In fact, the same device is used to treat all areas of the body. The energy and technique are the same; it is the applicator that changes. During CoolMini treatments, the small area of fat beneath the chin is held between two cooling panels. Tissue needs to stay between the panels for up to an hour, after which the upper neck will appear red and somewhat hard. The initial side effects from treatment diminish quickly, and normal activities can be resumed right away. As the weeks pass, the double chin will melt away.
Learn more about CoolMini so you don’t take your double chin into the holiday season ahead. Call 206-859-5777 to schedule your treatment in our Seattle or Renton office.