Patients now have a bigger selection of fat reduction treatments compared to the past. While you may have needed an invasive method of treatment like liposuction to get rid of things like a double chin, today you can choose between treatments like CoolSculpting or Radio Frequency therapy to get rid of unwanted fat around the neck.
But how much does the cost for CoolSculpting on the neck or Radio Frequency differ? On average, the CoolSculpting cost of removing neck fat will be less expensive than radiofrequency treatments. Because the method each treatment uses to remove excess fat differs, the final cost will depend on how big of a fat deposit needs to be removed in the neck area.
A CoolSculpting procedure will normally cost anywhere from $2000 to $4000, though it’s important to keep in mind that this is based on a multi-treatment CoolSculpting session. Depending on the size of the applicator and the treated area, the amount of unwanted fat that you want to be removed, and the overall results that you expect from your CoolSculpting session, you can reasonably expect a CoolSculpting cost of around $1500 to $3000 per session.
However, this fee is significantly lowered if you're treating a double chin (also known as submental fat) or excess fat in general around the neck area. A small area like that doesn’t need a large applicator, so most treatments cost anywhere from $900 to $1200. The final price will depend on your consultation with your dermatologist or CoolSculpting provider, but you can reasonably expect it to be that around that range.
Radio Frequency treatments (specifically, radiofrequency assisted liposuction) can cost anywhere from $2000 to $5000, depending on the area treated, the amount of excess fat, and other fat deposits that need to be removed. Because radio frequency treatment also has the additional benefit of skin tightening, it’s an excellent all-around solution if a patient wants a comprehensive fat reduction treatment combined with body contouring and skin rejuvenation.
Radiofrequency treatments are usually targeted for areas with loose and sagging skin, which often occurs right after a fat reduction or fat removal treatment. Since it can restore skin to its usual elasticity and shape, it’s considered more of a skin rejuvenation treatment than a primary method for fat reduction. Since skin rejuvenation treatments aren’t usually separated from a radio frequency treatment, you get additional benefits with the caveat of a higher price. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it can be an issue when all you want treatment for is submental fat.
So what exactly differentiates the two? CoolSculpting and radio frequency treatments are both methods that reduce the number of fat cells in the treatment area, and both can also be used to treat issues like submental fullness and work well as a neck lift procedure. They're excellent procedures to use for body contouring and are great alternatives to neck liposuction, and a patient can easily get both of them to treat both a visible fat bulge and loose skin at the same time.
|Radio Frequency Treatment||CoolSculpting|
|Uses heat to burn away the fat cells||Uses cryolipolysis to freeze the fat cells from the inside|
|Typically targeted at large areas like the outer thigh and abdomen||Works better on smaller fat deposits like submental fat, love handles, and upper arm fat|
|Requires 3 to 4 sessions for best results||Requires 1 to 2 sessions for best results|
|Can induce additional collagen growth in the treatment area||Can only reduce fat deposits|
CoolSculpting works by using cryolipolysis (or fat freezing) to reduce fat cells in the treatment area and prevent them from coming back. By freezing unwanted fat from the inside, CoolSculpting removes stubborn fat cells without needing to go through a surgical procedure. As a body contouring treatment, it's especially effective at reducing small to moderate amounts of body fat.
These fat deposits are then drained into the lymphatic system around the surrounding tissue and are eventually expelled as waste. So long as the patient doesn't gain more body fat around the treatment area, the fat cells are unlikely to return. With the right CoolSculpting applicator, it's relatively easy for a dermatologist to treat submental fullness for a complete neck lift. You can even have other areas treated in the same session, like the abdomen or the inner thigh.
The primary benefit of going with CoolSculpting for a neck lift is that it only takes one CoolSculpting session to get your results. While it may take a few months for submental fullness to completely go away, the fat freezing process is efficient and can give you visible results within a few months. Any stubborn fat cells remaining may need to be massaged to be drained into the lymphatic system, but the process doesn't require any surgical procedure and can be done in a clinic or even at home.
Radiofrequency therapy works the exact opposite of fat freezing: it burns subcutaneous fat from the inside, making sure that fat cells over a large area are removed and any fat deposits melted from the inside. Because it works on a fat bulge without affecting the surrounding tissue, it's a great body contouring treatment that can get rid of loose skin and body fat at the same time.
Because the radiofrequency treatment works over a large area, it's well-suited to areas like the abdomen, outer thigh, or any other area that has stubborn fat that needs to be removed. It can also work on smaller areas like a double chin and the upper arm, but these are often done with body sculpting and getting rid of loose skin as the end goal.
The primary advantage of radiofrequency therapy is that it also stimulates collagen production at the same time as it removes stubborn fat cells, so the patient can enjoy skin tightening treatments and manage skin laxity in a single session. Radiofrequency therapy typically takes 2 to 4 sessions before all the fat cells in the surrounding tissue have been removed, though most patients report visible results in getting rid of subcutaneous fat as soon as the third session.
Both of these treatments target subcutaneous fat, though radiofrequency therapy may slightly edge out CoolSculpting as a comprehensive body sculpting treatment. On the other hand, the fat freezing treatment of CoolSculpting makes it an incredibly effective cosmetic procedure to treat a visible fat bulge like a double chin.
This largely depends on the result that you want to have. If you're only looking to remove excess fat away from the treatment area, then you should consider going for CoolSculpting. The overall CoolSculpting cost is cheaper compared to the multiple sessions required from radiofrequency treatment, with the option of treating nearby areas like the upper arm.
On the other hand, if you're looking to address skin laxity while also benefiting from skin tightening treatments, radio frequency therapy is your best bet. Since it can boost collagen production while also using fat removal, it's particularly well-suited for areas that can see a lot of sagging skin like the abdomen or the outer thigh. Just remember that on average, it will usually cost more than a single CoolSculpting session.
Aside from body sculpting, there are other advantages that a patient can enjoy from using CoolSculpting to treat neck fat deposits:
As a non-invasive cosmetic procedure, CoolSculpting requires no incisions, injections, or other similar procedures that you'd find in treatments like plastic surgery. All the dermatologist or medical aesthetician needs to do is to apply the CoolSculpting applicator around the neck, and the fat freezing process can immediately work on the fat cells in the treatment area.
Patients are unlikely to experience any side effects from CoolSculpting treatments, though some report tingling, numbness, or other slight skin discomforts immediately after the procedure. This is especially apparent if other areas like the outer thigh, abdomen, or upper arm were also treated in the same session. However, this feeling is temporary and should disappear with bed rest.
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The non-invasive nature of CoolSculpting also means that it can be used in tandem with other body sculpting or fat removal treatments, especially a surgical procedure like neck liposuction. For patients who have a lot of body fat that needs to be removed around the area, using a CoolSculpting applicator when they have recovered from the surgical procedure is an effective way to make sure that no loose skin forms as the body recovers.
A plastic surgeon may suggest that you go for CoolSculpting if the results of your plastic surgery aren't to your liking, or if you have fat deposits around areas like the inner thigh that aren't big enough for liposuction.
One of the best reasons to get a CoolSculpting treatment for a double chin is that it only takes one to two sessions to get it done. Because the fat freezing technology of CoolSculpting excels at breaking down fat from the inside almost immediately, a patient only needs a single session to treat stubborn fat cells. After that session, your dermatologist may recommend that you get a facial massage to ensure that the fat cells drain into your lymphatic system.
This is particularly useful for patients that don't have the time or the resources to spend on multiple cosmetic procedures to treat stubborn fat. While the results from CoolSculpting may take some time to become visible, the results are more or less permanent unless you regain weight in the treated area again.
As a non-invasive treatment, complications from CoolSculpting are fairly rare and can usually be managed by a day or two of bed rest. Most patients will report feeling some pulling sensation or tingling during and after the procedure, or some numbness in the area if there’s been a particularly large fat deposit that was removed. Some may also report feeling mild discomfort at the massage immediately following the treatment.
Rarely, a patient may experience paradoxical adipose hyperplasia after a CoolSculpting treatment, where an area of fat hardens after the fat freezing treatment. While not a serious complication, it can cause mild discomfort and negatively affect the patient’s CoolSculpting results. The best way to treat paradoxical adipose hyperplasia is through liposuction, though some cases have also seen success with procedures like tummy tucks.
These benefits make CoolSculpting one of the best choices for anyone looking to treat neck fat or get a neck lift without undergoing the hassles of plastic surgery. While the exact details of your CoolSculpting treatment are largely up to your provider, you can realistically expect long-term results without much effort on your part from your CoolSculpting session.
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A patient can choose any cosmetic procedure that they want to remove stubborn fat without the need for a plastic surgeon, and CoolSculpting is just one of the many options available that they can easily have done. While it's not an effective method of fat loss, it can be a great option for fat removal for anyone who wants to treat small fat deposits like a double chin without the need for plastic surgery.
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"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."