Jowls are the loose, fleshy parts of the neck that certain animals have -- think turkey wattle. In humans, the jowls are the flesh, droopy lower half of the cheeks that dangle down to the neck. Unfortunately, jowls and turkey neck are unavoidable. Unless you live a completely happy life and never age, sagging skin and fat accumulation in the face and neck area will appear naturally as you grow older. The good news is that non-surgical options like CoolSculpting can specifically target the submental fat and neck area for an improved appearance.
So how does CoolSculpting the face and neck work? CoolSculpting is a non invasive fat reduction procedure that relies on the principle of cryolipolysis, where the subcutaneous fat is cooled to the point that the fat cells are destroyed, absorbed, and flushed out by the body. By freezing the fat layer under the skin, patients can eliminate stubborn fat cells without anesthesia, needles, incisions, or bandages.
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It’s difficult to lose unwanted fat cells with diet and exercise alone, due to uncontrollable factors like genetics and age. CoolSculpting fat cells is a solution to this problem, as it can treat fat accumulation around the face and neck with no surgery and no downtime, leaving you free of double chin or jowls that betray your age.
CoolSculpting utilizes the science of cryolipolysis, or the cellular response to cold in order to break down fatty tissue. This cosmetic procedure was discovered when a Harvard professor read through medical literature about popsicles. Children who ate popsicles all day often ended up in the emergency room because their cheeks would hurt. The cause of the pain? The fat cells in the cheeks were dying after being exposed to extremely cold temperatures.
With CoolSculpting, an applicator will target the fat layer beneath the skin with below-freezing temperatures while keeping the surrounding muscles, nerves, and tissues unaffected. The fat cells are suctioned and frozen until they become crystallized and die. After some time, the fat deposit passes through the lymphatic system and the body purges these dead cells as waste. Once they leave the body, the fat cells cannot regrow; in fact, the fat is gone permanently as long as the contouring is maintained with diet and exercise.
The CoolSculpting applicator can be used to address submental fullness in the neck, jawline, and chin. It can also remove excess fat in the:
CoolSculpting is a fat freezing, fat reduction method -- it’s not meant to be used for weight loss. A CoolSculpting session would work best on patients who are close to their ideal weight and wish to remove a stubborn bulge of fat on their body or eliminate double chin fat completely.
It’s not just the sagging, fleshy skin that makes your submental area look much older. A bit of extra fat or fatty deposit beneath the skin can add on the years too. In the past, the only option to treat this problem was liposuction or a neck lift. These days, CoolSculpting can work as well as plastic surgery for double chin reduction.
For the jowls or double chin near the face and neck, the proprietary CoolSculpting applicator is an innovative tool that is specifically designed to get rid of submental fullness. The size and shape of the CoolMini applicator fits the under-chin area precisely, and can remove up to 20% - 25% of fat from the chin.
Most people see improvements around their face, neck, and jawline after two treatments. Sometimes, however, the CoolSculpting results are so effective that you can’t even get a second treatment because there is no neck fat left to freeze off. It takes a few months before you can see the final, most dramatic results as your body needs time to process and remove the treated fat cells. As long as you watch what you eat and work out regularly, the eliminated fat is gone for good.
On average, the CoolSculpting cost is around $1500. This largely depends on the treatment area, your provider, your geographic location, and other factors. One CoolMini treatment is not likely to be very expensive, as the neck and face are considered to be a smaller area.
You may also need to undergo follow-up or additional procedures to address loose skin around the jawline. Although a CoolSculpting treatment has some skin tightening benefits, it’s best to combine fat removal measures with non-surgical, face rejuvenating procedures like microneedling or Thermage to increase collagen and improve skin laxity. Dermal fillers can also work to fill in the missing volume and smooth out neck skin.
With CoolSculpting, the applicator needs to be able to grab onto the treatment area. If you can’t pinch the fat, you won’t be able to undergo the treatment. In this case, a Kybella injection may be more effective. Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable that dissolves chin fat with deoxycholic acid. It’s important to note, however, that a Kybella injection procedure is not pleasant. You will need multiple treatments to get long-lasting results, and side effects like swelling and inflammation will be evident for months after the injections.
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The CoolSculpting procedure was cleared for cosmetic use by the FDA in 2010. With its long track record for safety and patient satisfaction, it’s a popular form of non-invasive cosmetic surgery.
Initially, the applicator will feel cold against your chin and cause discomfort. Some patients may also dislike the claustrophobic feeling of the device around their neck. After a few minutes, however, the cold, tugging sensation fades into numbness and patients can tolerate the gentle procedure for an hour. Still, you can expect to feel certain frostbite-like side effects that eventually subside. These include:
You may experience these side effects for weeks, as your body continues to shed fat cells. The discomfort can be relieved with massages or over-the-counter medication prescribed by your plastic surgeon. Aside from treating these mild effects, you won’t need to have downtime or a recovery period; you can go about your day once the session is finished.
At the NJ Center for CoolSculpting, our team of highly-qualified CoolSculpting specialists are dedicated to providing advanced, customized, and safe treatments for unwanted fat reduction. After performing hundreds of body contouring sessions each month, we have the experience and know-how you can trust. Schedule an appointment with us today to learn more about our services.
Up to 25% Fat Reduction With CoolSculpting: Treat Yourself Today!
"The treatment itself was not uncomfortable. Afterwords, I felt great. I didn't really notice anything for about 30 days. After day 30 until about a month later, I started noticing that my favorite jeans were not as tight anymore. I wasn't having to suck in to get them buttoned. And by that two month period after my CoolSculpting
"It's subtle at first, and then a month later you look and go, "Wow - It really did something!" It really moved the bar for me, and I'm feeling better about myself already. It feels so good to put on anything and know I look as good as I've ever looked. And I didn't say that or feel that when I was in my 20's, 30's, and 40's."