Many people are bothered by a double chin that won’t go away, despite their most successful weight loss efforts. For years it seemed that the only way to smooth away a double chin was to undergo liposuction. But patients today have a number of nonsurgical options, including KYBELLA®, CoolSculpting®, and truSculpt™, right here in Tucson. Let’s look at what each of these options has to offer.
This injectable treatment is FDA-approved to reduce the appearance of submental fullness, which is the medical term for what most people would call a double chin. KYBELLA uses an active ingredient called deoxycholic acid to dissolve fat. Deoxycholic acid occurs naturally in the digestive system to break down fat in food. When injected just beneath the skin, KYBELLA can reduce bulges and fat deposits in your body.
An individual KYBELLA treatment lasts between 15 and 20 minutes, and while there’s no downtime necessary, you may experience redness, swelling, tenderness, or itchiness near your injection sites for a couple of days. We recommend a series of 2 to 4 sessions, depending on the degree of results you’d like to see. Each treatment costs an average of $1,250, and results generally appear within 1-3 months and can be permanent. It’s important to avoid gaining a lot of weight after treatment, since this can impact your results.
Popular CoolSculpting is a versatile, non-invasive treatment during which stubborn deposits of fat cells are frozen. Once frozen, the body removes the cells naturally, filtering them away through the lymphatic system. In the past, CoolSculpting was administered exclusively on the body. However, with the CoolMini applicator for submental fat, the option for CoolSculpting under the chin is now available.
A CoolSculpting treatment typically lasts up to 60 minutes and costs an average of $1,000. Patients typically require 2 sessions to see complete results. Although a no downtime treatment, you may experience some swelling, soreness, and mild tingling effects that go away on their own within several days. Results can take 6 weeks to 3 months to appear fully, and can last indefinitely.
This innovative option uses radiofrequency energy to heat and eventually shrink fat cells. In addition to reducing fat, this treatment also has the added benefit of stimulating collagen development, creating a sustained, smooth result.
The truSculpt procedure is brief, lasting between 15 minutes and 1 hour. For best results, a series of treatments (usually 2) is recommended, and each treatment costs about $2,000. After your treatment, you may experience some temporary redness and swelling in the treated area. Results can take up to 4 months to fully appear, but, like the other treatments discussed here, they can be permanent.
For those who struggle with a double chin, these options provide safe, effective, and permanent ways of improving your jawline. Visit our gallery of before-and-after photos to see what results you can expect or learn more when you contact our office.