"Cool Mini" to get rid of double chins... Does it work? (photos)

Hi Doctors. I'm 25 y/o and active yet, I can't seem to get rid of this little double chin I have. It seems to be genetic as everyone in my family seems to have a little one regardless of their size. I have had CoolSculpting done in the past on my midsection and would say I had maybe a 60% successful result. Does the CoolMini work for double chins? Are there any other alternatives besides traditional liposuction? Thank you!

Doctor Answers 21

CoolSculpting for the "Double Chin"

Based on your pictures, it appears that you may be a good candidate for CoolSculpting the submental region.  As long as the applicator fits, it seems you would need 1 to 2 treatments.  Make sure to get a consultation with a Certified CoolSculpting specialist to see if you are definitely a candidate.  If not, there are some other non-surgical options, like Kybella, that can also help reduce the amount of fat in the area.  

Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 59 reviews

Coolsculpting for the chin

Thank you for your question. Based on your photo you appear to be a great candidate for coolsculpting of your chin. Depending on the extent of your submental fat you may need 1-2 treatment to cover the area. Find a plasticsurgeon in your area that offers coolsculpting. Best of luck. 

Arun Rao, MD
Tucson Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews


Coolsculpting is an excellent form of non-invasive  fat reduction for the right patient. Some applicators take 1 or 2 hours but the new advantage applicators take only 35 minutes and have significantly less risk for delayed onset pain (especially in the abdomen). Results are seen at 2 months and typically 1-3 treatments will be necessary on each area to achieve ideal results. The number of treatments depends on the amount of fat there and the patient's goals.  There is not downtime and the results can be impressive in the right patient.  We also use the Zimmer Z-wave for improved patient comfort and added results. The best candidates are those who are in pretty good shape with areas of stubborn fat that won't go away no matter what. The chin applicator is very effective for the right candidate. In office examination will determine if its the right choice.  

My best,

Sheila Nazarian, MD, MMM

Beverly Hills, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon



Sheila S. Nazarian, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Double Chin Treatments

Great question!  Coolsculpting with the CoolMini can be an effective way to reduce unwanted submental fat and improve your profile.  When treating the “double chin,” the CoolMini offers a relatively painless and minimally invasive option with results achieved in 1-2 treatments. One benefit of choosing Coolsculpting is the limited down time.  After a treatment, you can expect to be pink or red for about 20 min with mild swelling present for hours to days. Many patients return to work the day after treatment. The limitation of Coolsculpting happens to be the size of the applicator.  The CoolMini attachment is only available in one size, so depending on one's neck anatomy, the CoolMini may or may not be a good fit. In addition to CoolSculpting and liposuction, Kybella offers another option. Kybella is the first and only injectable product for treatment of submental fullness. Kybella works by destroying a portion of the excess fat cells in the neck, allowing us to create an improved contour.  Most patients can expect an improved chin profile in 2-4 treatment sessions spaced about a month apart. The benefit of Kybella is how customizable it is.  The injector can map out a treatment area to fit your specific anatomy/needs.  The down side of Kybella can be the post-treatment swelling.  Many patients develop significant swelling and require a few days before being considered socially presentable. There are precautions we take in our practice to reduce swelling, including pre- and post-treatment ice, the injection technique, and the wearing of an elastic chin/neck wrap after treatment.   Liposuction of the neck, Kybella, and Coolsculpting can all achieve good results.  It would be beneficial to consult with a board certified facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon offering all three treatments, to determine the optimal treatment for you. 
Kind regards,
Dr. Mehta

Umang Mehta, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

CoolMini is effective in reducing fat under the chin

Hi calicurves.  The CoolMini has been successful in my practice in reducing the fat under the chin.  Results are improved whenever the skin tone is good--hence, an in person examination is important in setting expectations before proceeding.  Typical treatment takes an hour.  Advanced techniques can treat the sides with a slight overlap in the center.  Be sure to seek a provider that has undergone the advanced training from Coolsculpting University.  Other options to liposuction include Kybella injections and the Profound radiofrequency microneedling device. Best wishes,

Cool Mini Works

Yes, we have used the cool mini and it has worked well with our patients. I will be uploading a before and after shortly. The amount of treatments it takes depends on how large the area is, and what your desired results are.

Maiysha Clairborne, MD
Atlanta Family Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Submental Fat Reduction

Thank you for your question. Coolmini can be very effective at reducing unwanted submental fat. We also offer Kybella which is an FDA approved injectable drug to reduce unwanted submental fat. I would recommend an in person exam to determine your candidacy. Best wishes. 

Kathleen Morno, MD
Highland Park Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

CoolSculpting for under the chin

The CoolMini applicator works very nicely in patients who have some fat excess under the chin as seen in your photo.  Usually one, but sometimes 2 treatments are needed to take care of this but I think you would find an excellent result from getting CoolSculpting.

Best wishes, 

Dr. L


Hello and thanks for the question

We have had excellent success with coolsculpting in our practice when used for the body.  The trick to the coolmini is selecting the right patient.  When we do we see good results.  If we don't feel that patients are a good match for the mini, I usually do in office liposuction of the area which is always very effective

Guy Cappuccino, MD
Mount Airy Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Cool sculpting chin

yes there are other options 

non surgical you can use belkyra injection to dissolve the fat

2 you could do surgical liposuction which is surgery

3  cool sculpting under the chin works very well you need a plastic surgeon evaluation to decide the best approach for optimal results

Kimit Rai, MD, FRCS(C)
Surrey Plastic Surgeon
3.7 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

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