- CoolSculpting is a patented nonsurgical cooling technique used to reduce fat in targeted areas.
- It’s based on the science of cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis uses cold temperatures to freeze and destroy fat cells.
- The procedure was created to address specific areas of stubborn fat not responsive to diet and exercise, such as the chin.
- CoolSculpting was cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2012.
- The procedure is noninvasive and doesn’t require anesthesia.
- More than 6,000,000 procedures have been done around the world to date.
- You may experience temporary side effects, which should go away within a few days following treatment. Side effects may include swelling, bruising, and sensitivity.
- CoolSculpting may not be right for you if you have a history of Raynaud’s disease or severe sensitivity to cold temperatures.
- The procedure takes about 35 minutes for the chin.
- Expect minimal recovery time. You can resume normal day-to-day activities almost immediately after the procedure.
- It’s available through a plastic surgeon, physician, or healthcare provider who is trained in CoolSculpting.
- The average cost for the chin is about $1,400.
- Average results are a 20 to 80 percent reduction of fat following a single cryolipolysis procedure in treated areas. On the chin, you should expect a percentage in the lower end of that range.
- About 82 percent of people who underwent the treatment would recommend it to a friend.
CoolSculpting for the chin is a noninvasive fat reduction procedure that involves no anesthesia, needles, or incisions. It’s based on the principle of cooling subcutaneous fat to the point that the fat cells are destroyed by the cooling process and absorbed by the body. Subcutaneous fat is the layer of fat just under the skin.
It’s recommended as a treatment for those who have already reached their ideal weight, not as a weight loss measure.
Cost is determined by the size of treatment area, desired outcome, the size of the applicator, as well as where you live. The average cost of CoolSculpting for the chin is around $1,400, and each session should last about 35 minutes. One to two treatment sessions may be necessary.
CoolSculpting is based on the science of cryolipolysis, which uses the cellular response to cold to break down fatty tissue. By extracting energy from fat layers, the process causes the fat cells to die gradually while leaving surrounding nerves, muscle, and other tissues unaffected. After treatment, the digested fat cells are sent to the lymphatic system to be filtered out as waste over a period of several months.
A trained healthcare provider or doctor will perform the procedure using a handheld applicator. The device looks similar to the nozzles of a vacuum cleaner.
During the treatment, the doctor applies a gel pad and applicator to your chin. The applicator delivers controlled cooling to the targeted fat. The device is moved over your skin while administering suction and cooling technology to the target area.
You may experience feelings of pulling and pinching during the process, but overall, the procedure involves minimal pain. The provider typically massages the treated areas immediately after treatment to break up any frozen deep tissue. This helps your body begin to absorb the destroyed fat cells. Some have said that this massage is uncomfortable.
The treatment can take about 35 minutes. People frequently listen to music or read during the procedure.
CoolSculpting has been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The applicator will feel cold against your chin and cause numbness, but you shouldn’t feel any significant pain from the procedure.
You may experience more discomfort during the procedure if you have a sensitivity to cold temperatures.
Other common side effects during the procedure include:
These should all subside once the treatment area is numb.
Some side effects after the procedure are common because your body is continuing to reduce fat cells for weeks. Symptoms include:
- pain and tingling sensations
The chin and neck area are also prone to feelings of fullness in the throat.
One rare but serious side effect is called paradox adipose hyperplasia. This happens when fat cells regenerate months after having CoolSculpting done. For the chin, this rare side effect could mean that fat around the chin could reappear.
There is little to no recovery time after a CoolSculpting procedure. Most people can resume routine activity immediately after. In some cases, minor redness or soreness may occur on the chin, but that will typically subside within a few weeks.
Results in the treated areas may be noticeable within three weeks of the procedure. Typical results are reached after two or three months, and the fat-flushing process continues for up to six months after the initial treatment.
CoolSculpting doesn’t treat obesity and shouldn’t replace a healthy lifestyle. Continuing to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly is crucial to maintaining results.
CoolSculpting doesn’t require much preparation. But you should make sure your body is healthy and close to your ideal weight. People who are very overweight or obese aren’t ideal candidates. An ideal candidate is healthy and fit.
Although bruising from the suction of the applicator is common after CoolSculpting, it’s a good idea to avoid anti-inflammatories such as aspirin before the procedure. This will reduce bruising that may occur.