LaJolla cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Richard Chaffoo is one of the first surgeons in the area to offer the CoolSculpting CoolMini applicator. This will allow patients to treat double chins without surgery or injections.
"The CoolMini's unique design fits snugly on those small areas where fat accumulates, such as under the chin and on the knees," Dr. Chaffoo says. "It is an especially exciting treatment alternative for patients bothered by double chins."
The double chin is a cosmetic issue for both men and women. A study conducted this year by The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery showed nearly 70% of respondents said they were concerned with chin and neck fat, an increase of 8% from 2014.
Before the FDA clearance of the CoolMini applicator, patients had to resort to undergo multiple injections for many months or get liposuction to treat this common issue.
"Most of the patients I treat with CoolSculpting at my La Jolla practice, either for body contouring or for neck fat, are in good overall shape and want to tone areas where stubborn pockets of fat remain despite their healthy lifestyles," Dr. Chaffoo says.
CoolSculpting is one of the most popular non-surgical fat reduction treatments available. The procedure works by chilling fat cells, which begin dying at temperatures that won't damage the skin or adjacent tissues. The body removes fat cells destroyed by CoolSculpting treatments through its natural metabolic processes, and the final results usually appear between 1 and 3 months after the procedure.