Kybella Vs. CoolMini: Which Non-Surgical Double Chin Treatment Is Best?
While surgical procedures (like liposuction and neck lift) have long been used to get rid of extra fat under the chin, there are two relatively new non-surgical options that are quickly becoming popular options to eliminate submental fullness (aka, double chin) – Kybella and CoolSculpting CoolMini.
Now patients have multiple options when it comes to non-surgical double chin treatments. So which treatment is better: Kybella or CoolSculpting? Read on as we compare these two non-surgical treatment options.
Kybella is the only injectable to gain approval by the FDA for eliminating unwanted fat under the chin. Developed through a synthetic version of dexoycholic acid, Kybella causes the rapid destruction and absorption of fat cells while also preventing future fat accumulation. The destroyed fat is cleared via the body’s natural metabolic processes. Only fat cells are targeted; all other cells and tissue are not affected.
(We recently compared Kybella to liposuction and neck lift surgery in this blog post.)
The FDA has recently expanded its approval of CoolSculpting to smaller treatments of the body, including under the chin. A new applicator called the CoolMini is allowing patients to freeze their double chins right off.
CoolSculpting is a non-surgical body contouring treatment that uses cryotherapy to eliminate unwanted fat. The procedure uses a non-invasive applicator to deliver controlled cooling to the surface of the skin in order to freeze fat cells to the point of destruction. Destroyed fat is expelled from the body naturally through metabolic processes.
CoolMini is a special CoolSculpting applicator designed to fit the contours under the chin. CoolMini has been approved by the FDA for the reduction of submental fullness, also known as a double chin.
There are few similarities between the treatments. Both Kybella and CoolMini can dramatically improve the chin area, getting rid of excess fat to leave behind a smooth defined jawline. Both treatments are also non-surgical and require no anesthesia or downtime. Side effects are minor and include swelling, bruising, redness, or lumpiness; all of which resolve on their own a few days after treatment.
While improvements are possible after a single treatment of Kybella or CoolSculpting CoolMini, most patients will require a series of treatments in order to achieve their final desired result.
For those who dislike needles there is one notable difference between the two treatments: Kybella is performed through a series of injections. However, the benefit of the injectable nature of Kybella is that it can treat smaller more isolated areas. This gives Kybella an advantage in treating individuals with a lower quantity of under-chin fat.
With CoolSculpting there are no needles involved. During the procedure the targeted area is treated by the applicator. As such, CoolMini is great for patients with loose or mature skin. CoolMini treats the whole area that the applicator engages with, rather than smaller targeted areas.