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The neck is an area that everyone seems to be focusing on these days. It’s really not that surprising given the modern day compulsion of looking down at handheld devices several times a day.
Video conferencing also has a big impact. Both men and women are telling us that they are much more aware of their appearance because of using programs like Skype. (And really, does anyone look their best using facetime on their iPads? Not that we know of.) There is even a new industry term for the increase in neck wrinkles and double chins as a result of spending so much time gazing down at our cell phones. It’s called “tech-neck”. Even teenagers are getting wrinkles prematurely as a result.
Since chin- and neck-fat dissatisfaction afflicts 68% of the population, we know there are many folks out there eager to learn more about the two new non-surgical options available to treat submental fat and fullness. (Submental is “medicalese” for under the chin.) Both have just been approved by the FDA, but the way they each work is very different. Because Kybella and the CoolMini are so new we haven’t had time to have take before and after photos of our patients so the photos below are the ones taken for the clinical trials.
One important consideration is how both new procedures compare to liposuction in terms of results, ease of treatments, side effects, and cost.
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive method for eliminating fat cells by chilling them until they crystalize. The procedure has been approved since 2010. We brought CoolSculpting to Knoxville in 2012 and have seen great results with our patients. This add-on approval by the FDA allows us to treat smaller pockets of fat—like the area under the chin—with a new miniature applicator, the CoolMini.
During a session, the neck fat is placed into the curved applicator of the CoolMini. The arctic-level cold quickly numbs the area, so it’s pretty comfortable during a 60-minute treatment. FDA clearance of the CoolMini was based on a trial with patients having two treatments. No significant adverse events were observed and patients experienced little or no discomfort or downtime. Patients in the clinical study saw results at three weeks but the best results were observed after one to three months.
Here are some photos from the clinical trials.
|CoolMini Neck Pricing|
|$1,475 for two treatments|
Kybella is a non-surgical injectable for reducing small, well-defined areas of fat under your chin. It is very well-studied and ten years in the making.
The injection contains a naturally occurring molecule called deoxycholic acid. Its job in the body is to aid in digestion by breaking down fat. When injected into the fat beneath your chin, Kybella causes the destruction of fat cells. Like with the CoolMini and liposuction, once destroyed, those cells are gone for good and don’t come back.
A Kybella treatment consists of a bunch of small injections at one time. Most patients experience visible improvement in their chin contour with two to four treatment sessions spaced at least one month apart. The most common side effect is swelling which can be significant.
Here are some photos from the clinical trials.
|$2,400 for two treatments|
Yes it is surgery, but liposuction of the neck is quite well-tolerated with a recovery time that’s shorter and less painful than you might think. Dr. Reath has been performing neck liposuction for years. Good candidates for liposuction of the neck are relatively young and have hereditary deposits of fat in their neck and under their jaw that make them appear heavier than they really are. If you have good skin elasticity then it’s likely you would have good skin retraction and an excellent result from liposuction of the neck.
Here are two of Dr. Reath’s neck liposuction patients.
|Liposuction of the Neck Pricing|
|$2,698 for two treatments
Includes surgical suite, anesthesia, recovery kit and all follow-up visits.
If you do have significant excess skin with loose platysmal neck bands, you may have noticed that none of these three procedures will address these concerns. In fact, removing fat from the area would make it look like you have even more excess skin.
You are most likely a candidate for a necklift, which includes removing excess skin and fat of the neck and recontouring the neck muscles. If you’re concerned about your jawline, a facelift also addresses the sagging jowls which drop down into the neck area.
We are so lucky to have found Natasha. She has been working in our office for three years, but every day we wonder how we ever managed without her. Quietly effective and totally charming, Natasha takes care of all of our CoolSculpting patients and is completely in charge of managing Dr. Reath’s busy surgical calendar. Her expertise has been honed by over 13 years in the healthcare industry, so she doesn’t scare easily.
Experience and training matter in this arena. Even though it is a non-surgical procedure, CoolSculpting is very technique-driven. There is a real learning curve before a provider really understands how to get the best results when treating patients. Not only has Natasha performed the most CoolSculpting treatments in Knoxville, but Dr. Reath also flew Natasha to Dallas to train for days with the top CoolSculpting practice in the country. Natasha is the only CoolSculpting provider in Knoxville to attend the advanced CoolSculpting University in San Francisco. You will benefit from her added experience and all the best practices she learned from the experts.
“I’ve always been such a people person, and helping both patients and Dr. Reath has been very fulfilling. Our patients’ excitement after they see the amazing results from their CoolSculpting treatments makes me excited too. It’s definitely one of the best parts of my job!”
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