The Stevens Institute is one of the first facilities to offer the exciting new fat-reduction treatment called CoolMini™. Are you ready to get rid of your double chin once and for all?
The trusted folks at ZELTIQ® who brought you CoolSculpting® have designed a mini-adaptor to the process. This new device, the CoolMini applicator, effectively addresses the pockets of fat on the neck and under the chin, known as submental fat.
With ZELTIQ’s recent FDA approval of this non-invasive procedure, patients are finally able to reduce the fat deposits responsible for a double chin.
One of the more common issues plastic surgeons hear about is the struggle to reshape and reduce the area under the chin. No matter how much they diet and exercise, that stubborn fat refuses to go away.
In previous years, submental liposuction was the go-to procedure to eliminate a double chin. Though neck lipo is indeed an effective option, it does require more invasive techniques, which leads to a longer recovery.
As technology continues to advance us into an age of non-surgical treatments, it’s now possible for patients to experience the benefits of liposuction without the invasive process that comes with it. Plastic surgeons are expecting the demand for CoolMini treatments to be extremely high.
Instead of surgically suctioning out the fat, CoolMini treatments use the same selective cryolipolysis technology to destroy fat cells as the now ubiquitous CoolSculpting procedure.
The CoolSculpting process is effective and safe, because fat cells freeze at a different temperature than skin or nerve tissue. This allows for a controlled cooling of the fat cells without creating any collateral damage to nearby tissue. As a result, the fat gradually dissolves and is flushed out of the system through the body’s natural processes.
What makes CoolMini an exciting addition to the CoolSculpting process is the smaller size and new curvature of the device. It is designed to effectively address smaller surface areas where requests for fat reduction are increasingly common, such as the region under the chin.
The CoolMini applicator was actually developed back in 2007. After nearly eight years of clinical trials and testing, the FDA was ready to offer its stamp of approval. During these clinical trials, plastic surgeons were blown away by how effective the treatment was.
Your CoolMini Treatment
Before treatment, patients are approved by a board-certified plastic surgeon at The Stevens Institute during a consultation. The plastic surgeon makes sure the patient has enough manipulable pockets of fat to treat. Once the patient is approved for treatment, a CoolMini appointment is created.
The treatment itself begins with the marking of the areas to be treated. A gel pack is then placed over the skin for protection.
Once the applicator is turned on, gentle suctioning near the cooling plates helps the technology to maximize the surface-to-volume ratio of cold on the targeted fat cells. The cooling begins within minutes of application. Patients will feel a temporary cold sensation before the area becomes numb.
Once the freezing process is complete, the practitioner massages the targeted area to reduce any bulging that results from the suctioning. In addition, this massaging technique increases effectiveness of the treatment by helping to flush out the area.
Patients are able to return home immediately and resume their normal activities safely and without discomfort. Some patients may experience mild numbness or tingling after treatment, but this sensation goes away in a matter of a few hours at most.
Sessions typically take about an hour to complete, and as previously mentioned, they require none of the recovery associated with surgery or other techniques.
It takes about three days for the fat cells to begin experiencing apoptosis, or natural cell death. Results can be seen about three weeks after the session and may require a couple visits depending on the amount of fat present.
As the frozen fat cells die and dissolve into the body, the treated area will continue to reduce in volume. Optimum results are typically seen around the 12-week mark.
After excess fat is eliminated, the newly defined facial contours will create a more youthful and sculpted appearance. By reducing volume in the chin and reshaping those highly visible contours, patients will also appear to have lost a significant amount weight.
Patients average a 20-percent fat reduction in the treated area, which is consistent with typical CoolSculpting applicators.
At The Stevens Institute, our skilled physicians have experience with CoolSculpting and with surgically treating the areas under the chin, making them ideal for providing CoolMini treatment. To learn more about the CoolMini applicator, contact our office to set up an appointment.