When it comes to stubborn fatty deposits in the body, good nutrition and exercise don’t always cut it. As you know, you can’t work on certain parts in isolation. This is especially true for double chin fat. Oftentimes, the problem has no resolution outside of surgery, but people are reluctant to go under the knife for such an issue.
This has led to the creation of various body contouring procedures to meet those demands. The following post is going to discuss one of the non-invasive chin treatments that are used to reduce fat: fat freezing.
What is fat freezing or cryolipolysis?
Fat freezing is a common name used to describe the term Cryolipolysis. This is a fat reduction treatment that resorts to cold temperatures to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat from different areas of the body.
The main principle behind fat freezing exploits the knowledge that the fatty tissue cells are programmed to self-destroy when certain conditions are met. This process is called apoptosis (meaning “falling off” in ancient Greek) and aims to eliminate damaged or unwanted cells from the body. In cosmetic surgery, it is employed to remove stubborn fat cells from different regions.
When these are exposed to the cooling process, they tend to crystallise. After a few weeks, the cells die and are expelled from the system. As a result of the fat reduction procedure, patients can lose half an inch from their chins (or other areas).
The best thing about this is that the fat freezing treatment is completely non-invasive, unlike liposuction. It is applicable to belly fat, flanks, upper arms, thighs, banana roll, and chin. The frozen fat cells exit the body after some time.
Does fat freezing work on the double chin?
Yes. This is just one of the body areas where fat freezing sessions have been successfully implemented over the past years to destroy fat cells.
That being said, fat freezing under the chin can be ineffective if you don’t commit to a healthy diet and exercise routine after that. While the treated fat cells are not likely to re-emerge, the existing deposits can still expand in volume if you don’t watch your diet. That’s why it’s vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Although fat freezing kills fat cells, it doesn’t fix sagging skin, so that’s something to keep in mind.
What does fat freezing consist of?
After careful planning, the chin under the skin is prepped. Gel pads are placed over the chin, and a handheld device is secured to the pads, delivering controlled cooling deep down into where the targeted cells are situated.
In the beginning, many patients report feeling a burning sensation, and then everything goes numb.
A single fat freezing procedure takes around 35 to 60 minutes based on the number of targeted areas. It varies from one device to the next. Some technologies allow for one gel pad to work on two skin areas simultaneously, whereas others can only work on one area at the same time.
Once the procedure is over, the skin is massaged to help it get back to its normal temperature. The treated area can become sore and appear bruised for a while.
Preparation and Recovery
Fat freezing treatments don’t need any special preparation on your part. Our therapists will tell you if you need to take any specific steps. For example, it’s recommended that you steer clear of anti-inflammatories like aspirin a couple of days before the treatment.
The general rule of thumb is that you stay close to your ideal weight and not plan to get pregnant. You should be healthy.
There is minimal downtime from the treatments. If you want, you can go back to work or continue your normal activities. Note that it’s normal to experience some bruising and swelling for a few days straight.
How much is fat freezing for a double chin?
The cost of one fat freezing treatment in Singapore is in the realm of $2,000. In comparison, liposuction starts from $3,000 to $4,000 per single treatment area. However, most surgeons are reluctant to treat one region only. Instead, they address multiple areas at a time, which can result in a whopping $15,000 per treatment. This puts a substantial burden on your finances.
It’s worth mentioning that there are different fat freezing treatments on the market, and not all were created equal. While some people get amazing visible results from the procedure, others may not be as lucky. Also, the settings have to be customised to achieve individual goals.
To avoid paying more than you actually should, make sure to discuss your needs and goals with the experts or providers and let them guide you through the process.
Ask for photos of previous patients to get a visual of what outcomes you could achieve with the treatment. Is this something that you would be happy with? If not, you may be offered other therapies for those specific areas.
How much fat can be removed in one session?
Clinical studies suggest that one session can remove up to 25% of fat cells in the treated areas, which is just enough to make a visible difference in one’s appearance. In most cases, two rounds of fat freezing help to get the desired outcomes, but every person is different.
How long does it take to see fat freezing chin results?
As the fat deposits are damaged during the fat freezing procedure, it takes time before they are flushed out of the body through the lymphatic system. Thus, the results will not show immediately. You will notice visible fat loss under your chin within 3 to 6 months of your treatment being completed, regardless of how many sessions you need to undergo.
Can you freeze double chin at home?
Because the cosmetic procedure is financially out of reach for a lot of people, some folks are eager to try a similar procedure at home. This is not feasible, nor is it recommended.
You need to understand that there is more to fat freezing than just putting cold applicators on your skin to get dead fat cells. The entire process requires careful consideration by a trained specialist who should figure out exactly what settings should be applied.
Not to mention the devices they use to deliver the correct temperature without overdoing it. If you attempt this same at home, not only will you not get the desired results, but you can do permanent tissue damage.
How many fat cells do you need for chin fat freezing?
If you can pinch an inch of skin as you grab it with your fingers, then this is a good indication that you have enough fat to make an ideal candidate for fat freezing treatment. Of course, the decision is better left in the hands of a qualified doctor, and patients should take their advice.
Is fat freezing painful?
The fat-freezing procedure does not cause any pain. Most people experience minimal to no discomfort. At first, there is tingling or burning, but as some time passes by, the area that is being treated goes completely numb.
Does fat freezing cause weight loss?
Fat freezing is a non-surgical procedure that is not intended for weight loss. It can only destroy fat pockets leaving other tissues intact.
Is fat freezing a double chin worth it?
Yes. When used the right way, fat freezing treatments can have a tremendous effect on your double chin as well as your general visual appearance, whether you target one or multiple sections at a time. However, if you do gain weight afterwards, it may compromise the body contouring results. Thus, you need to exercise and watch your diet to maintain a stable weight.
What are some typical side effects immediately after fat freezing?
There is likely to be temporary redness, bruising, and swelling in the treated areas immediately after the fat freezing treatments. You may also experience tingling and itching.
What is the most effective fat reduction treatment for double chin?
The top fat reduction treatments would be fat freezing, liposuction, and Kybella injections. Each one has a different mechanism of action. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that has a longer healing time. Fat freezing is non-invasive and offers little to no downtime.
And finally, Kybella is a minimally invasive treatment that dissolves fat as it comes into contact with it. However, Kybella is not approved for use in Singapore. Hence, individuals would have to receive the treatment overseas.
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