Chin sculpting has become a popular non-surgical option for reducing submental fullness, commonly known as a double chin. Two of the most talked-about treatments for this purpose are Kybella and CoolSculpting. Each method has its unique approach, benefits, and considerations. Here’s a comparison to help you understand the differences between the two:
- How It Works: Kybella for double chin involves injections of deoxycholic acid, a molecule that naturally occurs in the body to help break down and absorb dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, Kybella destroys fat cells, which are then naturally eliminated by the body.
- Treatment Time: A Kybella treatment typically takes about 20 to 30 minutes, with patients requiring anywhere from 2 to 6 sessions spaced at least one month apart.
- Recovery: Post-treatment, patients may experience swelling, bruising, or numbness under the chin, which can last for a few days to a few weeks.
- Results: Visible results can be seen after 2 to 4 treatments, with optimal outcomes usually after 6 sessions. The results are permanent because the fat cells are destroyed and cannot regenerate.
- Best For: Kybella is best for patients with moderate to severe submental fat who prefer a non-surgical method and are looking for permanent results.
- How It Works: CoolSculpting uses a process called cryolipolysis, where fat cells are frozen without damaging the surrounding tissue. The treated fat cells crystallize (freeze), die, and are naturally processed and eliminated by the body over time.
- Treatment Time: A CoolSculpting session for the chin area usually lasts about 35 minutes. Patients might need 1 to 3 sessions, depending on the volume of submental fat and desired results.
- Recovery: There is minimal to no downtime with CoolSculpting. Patients may experience temporary numbness, redness, or swelling in the treated area.
- Results: Initial results can be seen as early as 3 weeks after treatment, with the most dramatic results appearing 1 to 3 months after treatment. Results are considered to be long-lasting as the fat cells are eliminated.
- Best For: CoolSculpting is suitable for patients with mild to moderate submental fat who are looking for a non-invasive treatment with no downtime and are comfortable with gradual results.
Choosing the Right Treatment
The choice between Kybella and CoolSculpting depends on several factors, including the patient’s medical history, aesthetic goals, tolerance for downtime, and preference for treatment modality. While Kybella offers a more targeted approach with injections, CoolSculpting provides a non-invasive alternative with broader applicability and no needles.