Is CoolSculpting used for melting neck fat (double chin)?

The neck is one of the few areas where I can't do anything to hide the fat. Only men are lucky enough to have beards on their side to cover the double chin. I'm not sure if it's due to genetics - my father had the same problem for as long as I remember - or I'm just getting old. I heard about liposuction and other surgical procedures but I'm not sure I want to go that far with this. CoolSculpting seems to be a piece of cake compared to the other procedures. The only thing is that I don't know if it's used for melting fat on the neck. Is it?


F, 44, Utah

Tags:woman age 35-44 neck double chin

The CoolSculpting device does have a head called CoolMini which can be used for the double chin, but it has to fit best to work well.  Be sure to discuss your goals and concerns with your board certified plastic surgeon and consider the pros and the cons. Be certain your surgeon is properly certified.  

Yes, CoolSculpting can be used to reduce the appearance of neck fat and a double chin.

For reducing neck fat, there is a new applicator called the CoolMini. The CoolSculpting mini applicator is designed to target smaller, more localized areas of fat. Its compact shape allows dermatologists and plastic surgeons to perform body contouring and fat reduction treatment on harder to reach places.

Without a direct consultation, I can't offer you any specific advice, but keep in mind that the CoolSculpting procedure may not be right for your type of double chin or neck fat. It’s important that you consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your concerns so they can evaluate your situation and offer you their recommendations. During this consultation, you should ask to review other patients’ before-and-after photos and discuss treatment costs. If you have a large amount of loose skin in the neck area (sometimes called a "turkey neck"), other surgical procedures would likely be required to correct the issue.

Where there is a large amount of it, using liposuction to reduce stubborn fat on the chin and neck is often a better approach than CoolSculpting. Liposuction often results in more fat reduction and less pain and bruising than CoolSculpting treatments.

Also keep in mind that CoolSculpting typically requires multiple treatment sessions for best results when liposuction typically does not.

Yes, CoolSculpting is an accepted, FDA-cleared, non-surgical treatment for reducing submental fat (the fat under your chin). We use the newer CoolMini applicator for treatment of fat in the neck area. But to determine whether or not CoolSculpting is the best treatment option for your particular case would require a direct consultation.

In my experience CoolSculpting requires multiple sessions and may not be effective for all presentations. CoolSculpting tends to work best in situations where there is a small amount of loose skin and stubborn fat. If you diet and exercise regularly but are still stuck with submental chin fat that you just can't lose -- CoolSculpting may be an effective treatment option.

But depending on how much fat you have in the submental area, it may make more sense to use liposuction or another non-invasive procedure called Kybella.

I encourage you to contact a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for a consultation about your specific case. The best choice of treatment option is specific to each patient.

CoolSculpting is very effective to improving fatty neck.  There is a particular applicator for use in this area and you should go to a practice that treats a lot of neck patients to get the best result.  Some patients will require more than one treatment session, the only way to evaluate this is with an in person consultation.

Liposuction is great for neck fat. Depending on the severity of your chin, and I'd need to examine you in person, you might be a candidate for Kybella injections (2-3 treatments for most).Kybella works great but is almost as expensive, when all is said and done, as liposuction. Coolsculpting is a great concept but my patients have not been thrilled with the results. It can be a bit underwhelming for some.

Thank you for sharing your question.  CoolSculpting has been used to treat the "double chin" area.  I have found that can be quite painful and expensive when compared to traditional liposuction.  A better option would be Kybella injections.  Kybella is specifically designed for the fat under the chin.  I have used Kybella on many of my patients with great results.  Your best bet would be to have a few consultations with Board Certified Plastic Surgeons who use the product.  I hope this was helpful to you.

Best Wishes, Dr. B. 

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CoolSculpting is one of the ways to treat the double chin.  Although it may not be the best treatment for everyone, it does work for a lot of patients.

I had the treatment.  Yes,a piece of cake and it did work - but the best was that no one could tell I had the treatment done and there was no downtime - Great for guys especially!


Ken Oleszek, MD

La Fontaine Aestheitcs

Denver Colorado