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CoolSculpting Was Just FDA-Cleared for Use on Double Chins

allure logoOriginal Article By Macaela Mackenzie. CoolSculpting — the procedure that can freeze fat off the upper arms, abdomen, and thighs — has just been cleared by the FDA to tackle a whole new area of the body: the double chin.

The non-invasive procedure made a splash when it hit doctors’ offices as an alternative to liposuction back in 2010. Rather than suck out deposits of fat via surgery, CoolSculpting allowed docs and medical spas to freeze fat cells in treatment areas. When treated, fat cells die and are naturally eliminated by your body, with no downtime necessary.

Up until now, CoolSculpting had only gotten the FDA’s go-ahead when applied to larger areas like the stomach, sides of the waistline, thighs, back, and upper arms — all areas you can alter through natural means like diet and exercise. But as of this week, CoolSculpting was officially cleared to treat “lax tissue in conjunction with submental fat.” That’s the loose skin and excess fat under the chin, an area more difficult to alter with lifestyle changes.

So far, the results of the new use are promising: According to the official press release, an 18-week clinical study found that 77 percent of patients had a reduction in the appearance of lax tissue under the chin, while 75 percent reported their chins looked more toned after the CoolSculpting treatment. Before-and-after photos from plastic surgery review site RealSelf show noticeable differences (see more here).

This makes CoolSculpting the first and only non-surgical fat reduction technology to be FDA-cleared for tackling double chins.


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Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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