As promised in my post on Kybella, here are some other extremely effective options to address the dreaded double chin (or “turkey neck”):
The New CoolSculpting COOLMINITM: I have already blogged about the incredibly cool, groundbreaking and FDA approved technology behind the CoolSculpting procedure.
Here, I want to focus on the new applicator, which is called the COOLMINI. Whereas CoolSculpting is generally used in the thigh, abdomen and flank or “love handles”, this newly shaped and designed applicator is specifically designed to treat smaller pockets of fat, including the chin area.
Your Virtual COOLMINI Appointment:
First, I apply a cool gel to the skin underneath your chin and position the applicator. You will then feel a gentle suction. You are lying down on your back the whole time – and the procedure is painless – so feel free to bring a sleep mask to cover your eyes if you want to black out any light and take a snooze. Here is a video of the procedure in my office:
The procedure takes about one hour. After the hour is up, I gently massage the skin for 2 minutes and you might feel a slight ache while the nerves in the skin warm up and regain their sensation. Most people say it feels like pins and needles for a few minutes.
After the procedure, your skin may be a little bit pink for an hour or so, but there is NO swelling and NO bruising. You might have a bit of temporary numbness for a few days afterwards in the area we treated.
Patients may see results from a COOLMINI treatment in as early as three weeks, but the most dramatic results are seen 1-3 months following treatment. Like Kybella, this is a PERMANENT SOLUTION.
A key consideration before you have this procedure is that your neck has to fit into the COOLMINI applicator. It is generally the best fit for a wider neck. Therefore, I recommend that you see a doctor who can perform both procedures so that if you don’t fit properly into the COOLMINI applicator, your doctor can offer Kybella as an alternate option.
You typically need 1 to 2 treatments (each for one hour, as I mentioned) which should be spaced approximately 6 weeks apart.
Price Point: Approximately $1000/treatment.
Nectifirm Cream: If you want to treat your turkey neck at home, this cream by Revision Skincare is surprisingly effective! I recommend applying the cream to your neck and chin area consistently at night after cleansing. The skin underneath your chin will become significantly firmer and more lifted, you will notice a reduction in lines and wrinkles, and the skin “creping” will be smoothed. My patients have given very positive reviews of this cream. At a relatively modest price point, this is a promising option, especially given that it includes high quality ingredients including Tripeptide, which I believe is a key factor in driving long term results. Price point: Approximately $50.
SkinCeuticals Skin Firming Cream: Another patient favorite from a brand which is known as a driving force for scientific breakthroughs! This light feeling cream is excellent for smoothing, firming and toning your skin, including the skin underneath your chin. It addresses fine lines and wrinkles and leaves your skin with an overall refreshed appearance and lift. My patients have repeatedly told me that the slightly higher price point is well worth it for the results! Price Point: Approximately $110.