Double Chin Treatments: Kybella vs. CoolMini

Kybella, one of the latest treatments for double chins, uses small injections to minimise the appearance of a fat underneath the chin in just a few sessions. A second treatment option called CoolSculpting has now also become available.

Where CoolSculpting was once only suitable for areas such as your stomach and thighs, the FDA has now approved the treatment to be used on smaller areas such as the one underneath your chin. The applicator that’s used for this treatment is called CoolMini.

If you’re considering one of these treatments but aren’t sure which option is best for you, keep reading.

Kybella vs. CoolMini: Which treatment to choose

How it works:


This FDA-approved procedure uses injections that contain a naturally occurring molecule that destroys fat cells, which your body will naturally expel. Basically, the injections burst your fat cells. If you have healthy skin and a noticeable amount of fat underneath your chin, you should be a good candidate for this procedure.


The CoolMini procedure is basically just an extension of CoolSculpting. The CoolMini applicator will create ice crystals that will destroy the fat cells underneath your chin, helping you get rid of your double chin. CoolMini is a better treatment option if you’re not mad about the idea of injections. This treatment works best for women with more mature skin as the skin is generally still too taught on younger necks.

Patients can expect to see results within 1 to 2 months with both procedures.

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Side effects:


Swelling and soreness in the neck area are common and some patients may experience numbness for up to a month.


There is also the potential for swelling and soreness with the CoolMini procedure as well as a chance of numbness and redness. Another side effect of the CoolMini treatment, which is very rare, is that the applicator might create a shelf effect. This is because sometimes the applicator isn’t able to cover enough of the area underneath the chin, making it difficult to taper off the sides. Basically, you may end up with an indentation in the area where the fat was destroyed but the surrounding areas may still contain some fat.


Since every patient is different and will need a different number of sessions, it can be difficult to calculate an exact cost.

Generally, Kybella patients will need to have a series of 3 treatments that are spaced out over 4 to 6 weeks. You can expect to pay at least $5,000 for this series of treatments depending on the clinic you choose.

As for the CoolMini treatment, most patients will need 1 or 2 sessions depending on how much fat is present underneath the chin. The average CoolMini session will set you back about $1,000.

If you’re still feeling a bit unsure about which treatment option is right for you, chat to a doctor who specialises in double chin fat removal procedures.