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Combat the “Double Chin” – Kybella vs. Coolsculpting Mini

Combat the “Double Chin” – Kybella vs. Coolsculpting Mini

Combating the stubborn fat under the chin has been making quite the buzz in the aesthetics industry lately. This annoying pocket of fat, also known as the “double chin” has met its match with both Kybella and CoolSculpting. “These options are appealing because they are non-invasive, require no general anesthesia, and there is little to no downtime,” says Dr. Miriam Hanson, board certified dermatologist and cosmetic expert at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas. Plus, it has fewer risks and is often more cost-efficient than surgical liposuction.  Of course, The million-dollar question for patients is: what’s going to work for me?

The “double chin” affects both men and women of any age. Causes include aging, genetics and weight gain. Many patients who have a well-balanced diet and exercise regularly still suffer from fullness under the chin. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS), 67% of people said they’re bothered by this condition.

In order to determine what option may be best for you, let’s break down these non-surgical options.


Kybella is an FDA-approved deoxycholic acid injection that destroys fat cells. Kybella appointments only take about 15-20 minutes with little to no downtime.  Typically 2-4 treatments are necessary for ideal results. Side effects are minimal and can include swelling, bruising, redness, and numbness at the injection site. “Patients can feel slightly sore for about a week, but typically nothing that limits them from their regular activities,” says Dr. Hanson. Kybella is designed for patients with fatty tissue under their chin, in the center of their neck. If patients have fat accumulated on the sides of their neck as well, Kybella cannot be injected there.


CoolSculpting (also known as cryolipolysis) has been around for years, but the CoolMini is their new FDA-approved applicator that is specifically designed for the area under the chin. These vacuum-powered applicators draw the tissues together, and controlled cooling is delivered in order to freeze the fat away. The frozen fat cells are crystallized, becoming dead cells and eliminated from the body. “Patients should plan about an hour total for the treatment and often two treatments are necessary for optimal results,” says Dr. Hanson.  Results can be seen in 1-3 months. Side effects include slight swelling and soreness. The downside to the CoolMini is some patients do not meet the sizing standards. The attachment is designed very specifically and does not fit every face.

The cost of these treatments is close to, if not, the same. The total cost is going to be determined by the number of treatments needed.

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Now that you have the information, a consultation for both Kybella and CoolMini is recommended to determine if you are a candidate for the treatments. Contact us today and say ‘good-bye’ to your double chin!

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