CoolSculpting vs. Chin Up Double Chin Injections: Doctors Explain the Differences

Fat: we all have it. And even if we consider ourselves F45 devotees or clean-eating all-stars, so many of us still struggle with stubborn pockets of fat that don’t seem to respond to any amount of diet or exercise.

Lucky for us, the recent rise of non-surgical fat-reduction techniques has blessed us with fat-blasting innovations such as CoolSculpting (aka cryolipolysis, a procedure that freezes and kills fat cells) and Chin Up™ Double Chin Removal (a fat-dissolving injection designed for “submental fullness,” or the stubborn double chin). But what does each one do? Is one better than the other for certain areas? Along with a conversation with your doctor, the below will help guide you in the right direction.

Which areas do they treat?

The first thing to understand is what Chin Up™ Double Chin Removal and CoolSculpting are each cleared to treat. Chin Up™ —an injection comprised of deoxycholic acid, which is naturally found in our own bile—is FDA-approved for on-label treatment of submental fullness, aka a double chin. However, there are many off-label uses too, including the treatment of fat in the arms, love handles, knees and bra rolls, that have proven to be extremely effective. CoolSculpting is FDA-approved for treatment in eight areas: the abdomen, flanks, thighs, bra fat, back, banana roll, upper arms and chin.

Who is a good candidate for each?

When it comes to deciding between these two fat-fighting treatments, New York dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, MD says it all depends on the amount of fat you are looking to remove from the treatment area. “With either of these fat-removal techniques, there is no best,” he says. “It’s all about finding the right procedure for the right client.”

Because CoolSculpting can only remove teacup amounts of fat, it’s best for those who are already in good shape, “but have select trouble spots, such as the love handles, abdomen, knees, arms, chin and thighs,” says Dr. Frank. As for what makes a client a bad candidate for CoolSculpting, Dr. Frank explains it’s when the client either has too much fat, not enough fat for the applicator to suction to, or when clients need several areas to sculpt.

“A good candidate for Chin Up™ Double Chin Removal is someone with fullness under their chin,” says New York plastic surgeon David Shafer, MD. “Usually, if you can pinch the fat between your fingers, it can be treated with Chin Up™.” However, according to Dr. Shafer, if you have minimal or no fat under your chin—along with loose skin—you might be a better candidate for a neck or facelift to tighten the skin. 

Another reason doctors opt for Chin Up™ Double Chin Removal instead of CoolSculpting: “It’s better for the smaller areas of fat that CoolSculpting can’t suction to,” explains Dr. Frank.

How does each one work?

The treatments are totally different—both in their method of fat-removal and their application. Chin Up™ is injected with very small needles—similar to those of Wrinkle Relaxers—or a cannula. Dr. Shafer says numbing cream is usually applied beforehand and, in some practices, a numbing medication is mixed into the Chin Up™ Double Chin Removal itself. “Once injected, Chin Up™ disrupts the surrounding fat cells which are then absorbed by the body.” As for the pain factor, Dr. Shafer says you shouldn’t feel anything worse than a mosquito bite.

CoolSculpting uses cold temperatures to freeze fat cells and eliminate them via suction and cooling plates. The applicator is positioned on top of the treatment area, which is then cooled down until the cold temperatures numb the area (this takes only a couple of minutes). Once numbed, the fat cells beneath the surface continue to drop in temperature, bringing them to a point of irreversible damage (eventually, they are naturally expelled by the body). You’ll feel some coolness, suction and minor sensitivity, but your doctor may also massage the area for two minutes after the treatment in order to better disperse the fat cells for removal. Though quick, expect the massage to be more painful than the treatment itself. 

What is the downtime like for CoolSculpting and Chin Up™ Double Chin Removal?

Both CoolSculpting and Chin Up™ are non-surgical, so you can expect little to no serious downtime with each. However, significant swelling will surface after a Chin Up™ treatment, and redness and numbness in the treatment area after CoolSculpting.

“With Chin Up™, clients can expect to experience some side effects such as, tenderness, bruising, temporary numbness and redness. They can also experience significant swelling, especially when treating that pocket of fat underneath the chin,” says Dr. Frank. Dr. Shafer notes that this swelling is temporary, “but it’s a good sign that it’s working.” After a CoolSculpting session, the treated area will feel extremely tender and numb—but that’s normal. “Patients can return to work and exercise right away, with only mild tenderness to the touch in the treated area for 1-2 weeks,” says Dr. Frank.

How long will it take before I see results?

About 2-4 weeks is required for clients to see the full results from Chin Up™, and the injections can be repeated for an enhanced effect. “It’s important to note that most clients need 2-3 treatments for the full effect,” adds Dr. Shafer. According to Dr. Frank, CoolSculpting results can be seen as early as 4-5 weeks post treatment and, final results are seen in 8-12 weeks. Multiple sessions are also usually required for ideal results. 

Are results guaranteed?

Dr. Frank says there are many non-responders to both CoolSculpting and Chin Up™ Double Chin Injections. “For those areas that are resistant to fat removal, diet and exercise is the first step in terms to optimizing your body for contouring and contouring your shape. For those extra stubborn areas that do not see results from non-invasive fat removal options, a lot of my clients switch to a minimally invasive fat removal options like tumescent laser liposuction. Patients take this approach when they have already spent a lot of money and received non-invasive fat removal procedures, but were not good candidates in the first place.” “As with any plastic surgery procedure, the ultimate effect is dependent on continued healthy diet and exercise,” says Dr. Shafer.

How many treatments are needed?

Neither Chin Up™ nor CoolSculpting are one-and-done treatments. “It’s important to note that most clients need 2-3 treatments of Chin Up™ for the full effect,” says Dr. Shafer. “However, once the final effect is established, the results are permanent.” The same goes for CoolSculpting: “Patients may see up to a 20-30 percent reduction with one CoolSculpting treatment. Depending on how much fat is in the area it can take more than one treatment to see the results,” says Dr. Frank.

How much does it cost?

Pricing for both treatments vary on treatment size, location and client goals. According to Allergan, the cost for CoolSculpting typically ranges between $2,000-$4,000 for a personalized treatment plan depending on the number of areas being treated. The cost for Chin Up™ Double Chin Removal starts at $650 per vial but is dependent on treatment area and size, which then determines how many vials are needed.

Ready to get started?

For a complimentary consultation, or to book in for a treatment, call SKYN 08 9389 9022 or request an appointment online.

How to get rid of a double chin without surgery

Heard of double chin injections? They’re one of the latest cosmetic treatments getting around, with celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian vouching for their effectiveness in sculpting the area under the chin.

And they’re gaining popularity for good reason. Until now there’s been only a handful of options for people who are looking to get rid of a double chin – exercises to help strengthen muscles, surgery (such as liposuction on the neck) to have the excess fat removed, or you can simply deal with it.

In a 2017 study by Allergan, which surveyed more than 3500 Australians aged 20 to 60 years old, it was found that having a double chin causes more concern than any other problem area for Australians of both sexes. What’s more, it was revealed that 57 per cent of those with a double chin have been thinking about treatment options.

This is where chin injections come in – they’re a non-surgical and non-invasive solution to treat this surprisingly common issue, with minimal downtime and permanent results.

Submental (under the chin) fat reduction, also referred to as a non-surgical chin lift or fat-dissolving injections, work to break down fat cells to improve the appearance of a double chin and sagging, creating a more defined jaw line.

“Fat dissolving injections have been really popular in my clinic,” says cosmetic nurse Kelly George from Kelly George Aesthetics. “What I’ve found is that I’m seeing women who have hated their ‘double chin’ or side profile for 20-plus years. After the first treatment, they can see and feel a difference, and they become really excited to see the treatment sessions through. The treatment increases their self-confidence significantly and I love seeing how their demeanour changes over the treatment period.”

What are fat reduction injections?

“Fat dissolving injections are a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid – a naturally occurring molecule that aids in the breakdown of fats in the body,” says George. “When injected into the pocket of fat under the chin, the fat cells are destroyed and metabolised by the body as waste products.” Once injected, these fat cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, meaning these fat removal results are permanent.

Is it painful?

Each treatment involves a series of small injections under the chin, which feel slightly uncomfortable (almost like a burning sensation). “The pain is very short-lived (peaks quickly and subsides within a few minutes),” says George. “Many patients liken the pain to green ant bites. We use a combination of pain relieving therapies to help patients through the treatment.”

Is there any downtime?

Downtime is minimal and you can usually expect some bruising and swelling around the treated area, however this should subside with a few days. “Swelling is significant for around two to four days, and bruising can last up to seven days. As a result, many patients prefer to stay at home for a few days,” says George.

Are there any risks?

As with any medical procedure, there are some risks involved with fat melting injections. “These risks should be discussed with you during your medical consultation to determine your suitability for this treatment,” explains George.

“Expected side effects include: bruising, swelling, pain and numbness of the area. Less common, but potential, more serious risks include nerve damage, which may cause a temporarily uneven smile and difficulty swallowing.”

How many treatments are required for optimal results?

While this varies from patient to patient, changes in the appearance of neck fat will generally become more significant with further treatments. George says best results are achieved with three to four sessions for women, and up to six sessions for men.

Who is a good candidate for this treatment?

“Anyone with a pocket of fat under their chin with reasonable skin quality will benefit from this treatment,” says George. “If there is too much skin laxity (sagging) in the area, dissolving the fat could exacerbate the condition.”

Where can you get neck fat injections?

As it is a prescription-only treatment, double chin injections should only be administered by a registered healthcare professional. “Medical cosmetic clinics offer this treatment. You should always have a consultation with a medical professional to determine your suitability and to discuss associated risks,” says George.

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CHIN UP™ injections reduce fat under the chin, known as submental which can redefine your jawline resulting in a more contoured neck profile. CHIN UP™ fat dissolving injections can effectively eliminate your double chin without surgery.

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Before + After

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Adra | Age: 36 | Total Treatments: 3
Jennifer |Age: 44 | Total Treatments: 4
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Double Trouble: Chin-up, the treatment that dissolves a double chin

Have a Double Chin? There’s a New Treatment That Could Get Rid of It

It seems there’s an injection for every beauty issue these days. Have wrinkles? Get some Wrinkle Relaxers. Want bigger lips? Get Lip Fillers. And now, if you don’t like your double chin—you guessed it, there’s an injectable for that too. For the record, we’re not saying you need to do any of these things. We think you’re beautiful just the way you are. But for those interested in non-invasive procedure news, we’re here to give it to you.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Chin up. It’s a new injection, which contains a naturally occurring molecule that eats away at fat. And if it’s injected properly, all the other cells around it (the ones you want) remain healthy and intact.

“The goal with Chin Up™ is to get rid of the fat right under the chin, so you have a better cervicomental angle—that’s the really attractive part of the jawline,” says cosmetic dermatologist Rebecca Fitzgerald, M.D. “That’s great because that angle of the neck makes a big difference in the perception of our face.”

Right now, she’s one of a few select doctors in Los Angeles approved to administer the injection while it gets started in the market. Not because it’s dangerous, but because the doctor who uses it has to have a trained eye to pick the right patient. The best candidate is someone with good skin quality and a very distinct appearance of fat under the chin.

“It’s one size fits all, but not everyone will get the same result,” she says. “Some will get a better result than others.”

If you’re wondering what the side effects are, she says, there’s a good chance you’ll feel sore and swollen a few days afterwards and that the area can feel numb for up to three weeks.

“It might hurt a little,” she says. “But then the fat slowly melts away, and all of the cellular stuff comes in to clean up the debris where you killed the fat—that process also adds collagen, so it helps tighten up the skin where you’ve melted the fat. It’s a very pretty result,” she says.

We spoke to one of Dr. Fitzgerald’s first Chin Up™ patients named Emily (her before picture is on top below, the after on bottom) who says she was interested in the treatment because she had a little pocket of fat under her chin that bothered her in photos. “It was always there no matter my weight,” she says.

Her take on it?

“I was a little nervous about the treatment because I have never had any previous cosmetic procedures. But it didn’t hurt much, just a little sting at the injection site,” she says. “So far I have only had one treatment, and I was advised that I will get an even better result after a second treatment, so I will do it again.”

And when we asked if she feels different, she says, “I have felt a confidence boost! People seem to notice that something is different about me, but they can’t quite put their finger on what it is.”

Treatment cost can vary for each patient, but generally, Dr. Fitzgerald says they’ll need more than one injection to fine-tune the area. Each one happens about four to six weeks apart.

Ready to get started?

For a complimentary consultation, or to book in for a treatment, call SKYN 08 9389 9022 or request an appointment online.

Via: Susan Yara for glamour.com 

Note: Brand names have been removed to comply with Australian Medical Advertising Laws 

Jennifer |Age: 44 | Total Treatments: 4

There’s a New Treatment for Double Chins

It seems there’s an injection for every beauty issue these days. Have wrinkles? Get Wrinkle Relaxers. Want bigger lips? Get Plump Lips. And now, if you don’t like your double chin—you guessed it, there’s an injectable for that too. For the record, we’re not saying you need to do any of these things. We think you’re beautiful just the way you are. But for those interested in non-invasive procedure news, we’re here to give it to you.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet CHIN UP™ It’s a new TGA-approved injection, which contains a naturally occurring molecule that eats away at fat. And if it’s injected properly, all the other cells around it (the ones you want) remain healthy and intact.

“The goal with CHIN UP™ is to get rid of the fat right under the chin, so you have a better cervicomental angle—that’s the really attractive part of the jawline,” says cosmetic dermatologist Rebecca Fitzgerald, M.D. “That’s great because that angle of the neck makes a big difference in the perception of our face.”

Right now, she’s one of a few select doctors in Los Angeles approved to administer the injection while it gets started in the market. Not because it’s dangerous, but because the doctor who uses it has to have a trained eye to pick the right patient. The best candidate is someone with good skin quality and a very distinct appearance of fat under the chin.

“It’s one size fits all, but not everyone will get the same result,” she says. “Some will get a better result than others.”

If you’re wondering what the side effects are, she says, there’s a good chance you’ll feel sore and swollen a few days afterward and that the area can feel numb for up to three weeks.

“It might hurt a little,” she says. “But then the fat slowly melts away, and all of the cellular stuff comes in to clean up the debris where you killed the fat—that process also adds collagen, so it helps tighten up the skin where you’ve melted the fat. It’s a very pretty result,” she says.

We spoke to one of Dr. Fitzgerald’s first patients named Emily (her before picture is on top below, the after on bottom) who says she was interested in the treatment because she had a little pocket of fat under her chin that bothered her in photos.

“It was always there no matter my weight,” she says.

Her take on it?

“I was a little nervous about the treatment because I have never had any previous cosmetic procedures. But it didn’t hurt much, just a little sting at the injection site,” she says. “So far I have only had one treatment, and I was advised that I will get an even better result after a second treatment, so I will do it again.”

And when we asked if she feels different, she says, “I have felt a confidence boost! People seem to notice that something is different about me, but they can’t quite put their finger on what it is.”

Treatment cost can vary for each patient, but generally, Dr. Fitzgerald says they’ll need more than one treatment to fine-tune the area. Each one happens about four to six weeks apart.

Ready to get started?

For a no out-of-pocket expenses consultation, or to book in for a treatment, call SKYN 08 9389 9022 or request an appointment online.

References

Have a Double Chin? There’s a New Treatment That Could Get Rid of ItLink