CoolSculpting's newest applicator, designed to target small trouble spots, is available for San Diego-area residents at Dr. Richard Chaffoo's La Jolla practice.
La Jolla, California (October 2015) — Dr. Richard Chaffoo (www.lajollaskin.com) is among the first plastic surgeons to offer the CoolSculpting CoolMini™ applicator in San Diego County, providing men and women a way to treat double chins without surgery or injections.
"The CoolMini's unique design fits snugly on those small areas where fat accumulates, such as under the chin and on the knees," Dr. Chaffoo says. "It is an especially exciting treatment alternative for patients bothered by double chins."
Surveys show the double chin is a cosmetic concern that's common for both men and women. A study conducted this year by The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery showed nearly 70% of respondents said they were concerned with chin and neck fat, an increase of 8% from 2014.
The FDA cleared the CoolMini applicator Sept. 23. Prior to the clearance, Dr. Chaffoo says, individuals wanting to reduce the fat below the chin — called submental fat — either had to undergo multiple injections over the course of several months or get neck liposuction.
The San Diego plastic surgeon, who is board certified in 3 distinct specialties, says the CoolMini applicator is an excellent alternative. He says he expect to see a lot of patients whose double chins are caused by genetics or aging, rather than by being overweight.
"Most of the patients I treat with CoolSculpting at my La Jolla practice, either for body contouring or for neck fat, are in good overall shape and want to tone areas where stubborn pockets of fat remain despite their healthy lifestyles," Dr. Chaffoo says.
Dr. Chaffoo says his San Diego County plastic surgery practice, La Jolla Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, is already treating patients eager to slim down their necklines and enhance their profiles.
CoolSculpting is one of the most popular non-surgical fat reduction treatments available in the U.S. and worldwide. The procedure chills fat cells, which begin dying at temperatures that won't damage the skin or adjacent tissues. The body removes fat cells destroyed by CoolSculpting treatments through its natural metabolic processes, and the final results usually appear between 1 and 3 months after the procedure.
"With its various applicators, including the CoolMini, CoolSculpting treats problem areas such as the inner and outer thighs, muffin tops, and love handles — and now the neck," Dr. Chaffoo says. "The treatments can be completed in an hour or less, and most patients return immediately to work or their daily activities."