With winter approaching, millions of people begin to reach into the backs of their closets for cozy turtlenecks, and knitted scarves reclaim their space next to parkas and boots by the front door. But, what if you’re wearing a scarf or turtleneck to cover a double chin and not out of the necessity of warmth and comfort? Millions of Americans battle the bulge under their chins regardless of their overall body weight because a double chin can also be genetic and run in families. If this is the case, no amount of exercise or diet will truly resolve this stubborn fat.

In a 2017 survey conducted by Allergan®, 47% of those polled reported being dissatisfied with the appearance of fat under their chin. Luckily, recent innovations in non-surgical fat reduction have allowed patients to ditch their double chins and confidently reveal their necklines again. In today’s marketplace, CoolSculpting® is the #1-rated non-invasive procedure to reduce stubborn fat and recontour your body.

“Until recently, surgery and liposuction were the only options available to patients who wanted to remove excess fat under their chins and improve their profile,” says Dr. Lisa Erhard, the owner of Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa and a CoolSculpting® provider. “These procedures often require extensive downtime and come with possible risks and side effects,” she explains. “CoolSculpting® has completely changed the landscape of how submental fullness, or excess fat under the chin, is now treated,” she continues. “Patients get incredibly effective results without surgery, needles or downtime.”

How Does CoolSculpting® Work?

CoolSculpting® uses cryolipolysis, or “freezing” technology, to safely deliver precisely controlled cooling to the fat cells in your problem areas. Throughout a treatment, these cells become crystallized and eventually die. Your body’s lymphatic system then processes this fat and safely eliminates the dead cells.

Results are frequently seen in as little as three weeks, but optimal results are seen 2 to 4 months after your last treatment. Depending on the amount of fat in the treatment area, one to three treatments may be necessary. There is little to no downtime associated with CoolSculpting®, and patients can return to their daily life and routine immediately.

Where Can CoolSculpting® Be Used?

This “fat freezing” technology is safely used on most parts of your body, including the abdomen, flanks, thigh area, arms, bra fat, back fat and now the below the chin! CoolSculpting® introduced the CoolMini™ applicator in 2015. It has since been FDA-cleared for both reducing fat under the chin and tightening lax neck tissue.

“Although we offer Kybella™ injections to reduce submental fullness at our clinic, most patients usually opt to try CoolSculpting® under their chin first because it involves no needles and can be more cost-effective in the long-run,” claims Dr. Lisa. “Right after we started treating our first patients, we noticed a wonderful side effect of CoolSculpting® under the chin,” she continues. “When patients returned for their second treatment or one-month check, almost all of them noted tissue retraction and tightening under the chin as well!”

Dr. Lisa’s patients aren’t the only ones who noticed this desirable outcome. In fact, the FDA officially cleared the CoolMini™ handpiece for skin tightening AND fat reduction following an 18-week clinical study in which 77% of patients showed measurable improvement in the appearance of lax tissue of the neck area. These results make the CoolMini™ the only non-invasive chin fat reduction treatment that simultaneously tightens your neckline to a more youthful appearance.

“When we explain how CoolSculpting® works for the chin area to our patients, we explain that it actually does three things to improve their profiles,” shares Dr. Lisa. “First, it reduces fat. Second, it offers noticeable tissue retraction and tightening. Third, it actually recontours your jawline and improves your profile’s overall definition. It can be a truly transformative procedure for men and women who have felt insecure about the appearance and definition of their jawlines for years!”

Ready to ditch your double chin? Wayzata Cosmetic Surgery & Spa is a CoolSculpting® Certified Practice and offers complimentary consultations to discuss how CoolSculpting® can benefit you! Get a jumpstart on your 2019 Resolutions and schedule an appointment today!

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