CoolSculpting has just been cleared by the FDA to tackle a whole new area of the body: the double chin. This is exciting news for anyone who has been struggling with this area of the face, but unsure of what procedures were safe and effective. Here we will go over what CoolSculpting is and how it works to eliminate a double chin.
What Is CoolSculpting®?
CoolSculpting® is the only FDA-approved non-surgical fat-reduction treatment of its kind. This unique technology uses a precisely-controlled cooling technique to freeze and eliminate unwanted fat cells (even that stubborn fat that fails to respond to diet and exercise). Since CoolSculpting® is a nonsurgical procedure, there is little to no downtime required following your treatment. This is appealing to many people since previously the only accepted procedure for body contouring was liposuction, which involves anesthesia, operating room time, and surgical incisions to the skin. Furthermore, minimally invasive procedures like CoolSculpting® come without the level of risk and side effects associated with surgical procedures.
How Does CoolSculpting Work?
CoolSculpting® technology involves a controlled cooling technique called cryolipolysis. Cryolipolysis, commonly known as “fat freezing”, destroys adipocytes (fat cells) by exposing them to a temperature of +5 to -5°C. At these temperatures, cells of the subcutaneous fat tissue undergo apoptosis (programmed cell death), eliciting an inflammatory response that causes surrounding macrophages to slowly digest the targeted cells. This mechanism is effective based on the premise that adipocytes are more susceptible to cooling than other skin cells, therefore the procedure does not harm any of the surrounding skin. The CoolSculpting® procedure does not require anesthesia and typically takes between one to three hours. In the weeks following treatment, the destroyed fat cells are naturally eliminated from the body.
CoolSculpting® can help both women and men get rid of a stubborn double chin for good! If you’re considering CoolSculpting®, contact New York board-certified dermatologist Dr. Jessica Krant today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward achieving the smoother, sleeker look you’ve always wanted.