June Feature: Double Chin Sculpting
One of the first places the weight shows up on is the face. These unflattering folds form on our chins and replace the once sharp and defined jawline. What should we do?
Privé Clinic’s latest Double Chin Sculpting Treatment uses a two-step approach – using Coolsculpting Mini and Exilis Elite, both non-invasive, low-downtime and comfortable fat-busting treatments – to help reduce that unsightly double chin! Coolsculpting Mini destroys the fat in the skin’s surface layers, while Exilis Elite uses radio frequency to target fats in the skin’s deeper layers. At the same time, it promotes collagen modelling and lifts the skin for a slimmer and more defined jawline. They work together holistically to redefine your jawline for a picture perfect selfie!
Q: With CoolSculpting Mini and Exilis Elite used to target a double chin, how does the treatment of 1 help/enhance the result of the other?
A: The two treatments use different technology and work differently to target fat under the chin.
Coolsculpting Mini focuses on destroying fat in the surface layer, and utilises fat-freezing technology to destroy up to 20% of fat cells in the treated area without damaging the surrounding nerves and tissue. The body will naturally remove these dead fat cells through the lymphatic system over the next few weeks.
On the other have, Exilis Elite focuses on destroying fat in the deeper layers, while helping to lift and tighten the skin. With precise temperature control, this treatment uses both ultrasound energy and focused radio frequency (RF) technology to break down fat cells and reduce water retention while stimulating collagen modelling to tighten and lift the skin.
Q: Why is there a need to wait 6-8 weeks after CoolSculpting Mini before doing the Exilis Elite?
A: As there are tenderness/ soreness after the Coolsculpting, we usually advise patients to allow their body’s natural metabolism to eliminate the fat from the body as waste. As a result, results will take about 6-8 weeks to show. By allowing an interval of 6-8 weeks before starting on Exilis Elite, we can better target the remaining fat cells, and contour the jawline for a slimmer and more lifted look.
That said, if the patient’s tolerance level is high, and is comfortable to do the treatment at the same tine, there is actually no need to wait weeks between the two treatments. Although Coolsculpting “freezes” the fat cells and Exilis Elite “melts” them, the two treatments do not actually contradict each other as they target different layers of fat. As a result, they can be done one after another in the same session based on the comfort level of the patients.
Q: How many sessions of each — Exilis Elite and CoolSculpting Mini are needed to see results and in a full course?
A: Coolsculpting can remove up to 20% of fat cells in the treated area in a single session; therefore most patients see results after just 1 cycle (1 session of each treatment). More cycles may be needed for patients with more severe double chin problems. It is also recommended to continue with monthly treatments of Exilis Elite for maintenance of a defined and lifted jawline.
Q: How quickly can you see results of a reduced double chin?
A: Best results are observed 6-8 weeks after Coolsculpting is done as it takes time for the body to metabolise the destroyed fat cells and remove it from the body as waste. Results from Exilis Elite are immediate from the very first treatment.
Q: With CoolSculpting Mini, are there any side effects or down time (ie. will there be bruising, and if so, how long will it last)?
A: This will vary from person to person. In some instances, there may also be mild bruising or tenderness after doing Coolsculpting but these will usually subside within 3-5 days.
Q: How comfortable is CoolSculpting Mini because certain areas are more uncomfortable than others for CoolSculpt (e.g.: underarms vs tummy)
A: Coolsculpting Mini on the double chin is quite similar to other areas of the body. To avoid damage to the skin, a special gel pad is placed over the area during treatment. Patients generally feel a slight pinching sensation at the start due to the suction of the applicators, which only last several minutes. At Privé, we also have several measures to help manage procedure discomfort for patients if needed.
Q: How long do you need to wait in-between CoolSculpting Mini sessions?
A: Coolsculpting works by freezing fat cells to destroy them, and depends on the body’s natural metabolism to remove these from the body as waste. As a result, results will take about 6-8 weeks to show. A repeat cycle is best done after that.
Featuring: Dr Karen Soh
Dr Karen Soh is Prive’s founding medical director with over 10 years of experience in medical aesthetics. Highly passionate with a keen eye for detail, she has built rapport and trust with a growing pool of patients turned friends.