Kybella® v CoolSculpting for Chin and Cheeks: Which will Work Best for You

Nothing is more aesthetically pleasing for facial appearance than a well-defined chin and cheek area. Most patients tell us they’d like to eliminate the fat under their jaws for a sleek and slender neck. Loose skin caused by the effects of age and gravity can cause skin to sag in the jowl area. This cosmetic concern is a frequent target for skin tightening procedures to help patients with their facial appearance. Unfortunately, this treatment site is one of the more troublesome areas, and to make matters worse, it’s tough to deal with.

Thankfully, two non-surgical treatments are available to help rid yourself of a double chin, Kybella® and the CoolSculpting body contouring system. Both attack unwanted fat cells and eliminate them from the treatment site permanently, resulting in a more defined jawline. Here are the benefits and side-effects of treatment side by side.

How Does Kybella® and the CoolSculpting Mini Work?


Kybella® employs the natural chemical deoxycholic acid to break down fat and destroy unwanted fat cells. This acid can be found in our own digestive systems, and it specifically targets fat for breakdown. Because it has no effect on other types of cells, there is no damage done to the muscle or connective tissue in the area. As the fat cells die, they are released into the lymphatic system, where the body will process and dispose of the dead cells naturally.

Kybella® treatments involve a series of small injections under your chin. The entire session lasts approximately 20 minutes. Patients will require three to six sessions to enjoy the full benefits of the treatment.


CoolSculpting is a body sculpting technology that freezes fat cells until they die. It employs a process known as cryolipolysis to cool down the cells to 39°F. As the fat cells freeze, they die and are naturally expelled by the body. Like Kybella®, CoolSculpting causes no damage to the surrounding tissue.

The treatment lasts about 45 minutes and, although a bit uncomfortable at first, is well tolerated by most people. In fact, most of our patients relax with a book or video during their CoolSculpting sessions. Some of our patients even take a nap. Multiple sessions are often necessary for the best results.

How Long Does It Take to See Results?


Patients can generally expect a 50% reduction of fat below their chin after two Kybella® sessions and roughly a 70% reduction after four treatments. With six sessions, excess fat is completely gone, permanently eliminating your double chin.


After a CoolSculpting session, it takes approximately eight to 12 weeks for the body to break down and expel the fat cells. During this time, you’ll gradually see your chin shrink, and your jawline becomes more defined.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for Kybella® and CoolSculpting?


Kybella® is ideal for women and men in good health, with slight to substantial amounts of unwanted fat beneath their chins. Patients who have swollen lymph glands in their neck, a thyroid disorder, trouble swallowing, blood clotting or bleeding disorders may not be well-suited for Kybella® injections.


Men and women who are in good health, are within 20-30% of their ideal weight and desire a well-defined cheek and chin area may be good candidates for CoolSculpting. Patients with a small chin may have problems fitting the device around their necks and may not experience effective results.

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If you are looking to eliminate excess fat in your cheek and chin area without surgery and would like more information on what procedure will work best for you, contact us today for a consultation.

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