What is the main difference between CoolSculpt Mini and Kybella?

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The Difference Between Kybell anad Coolmini

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Kybella is an injectable treatment that uses deoxycholic acid to destroy fat cells, whereas CoolMini uses the same cryolipolisis technology as regular CoolSculpting to freeze and destroy fat cells. CoolMini does not involve any needles and the downtime tends to be a little less than Kybella; with Kybella, there is a potential for swelling, so we recommend that patients have the treatment done over a weekend or holiday. CoolMini can provide a 20-30% reduction in fat after one treatment, and multiple treatments can be done if the patient desires. Kybella requires at least two sessions for full results. I recommend visiting a board-certified dermatologist with experience in chin contouring procedures for an in-person consultation to discuss your concerns and come up with the best treatment plan for you. 

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Difference between CoolSculpt Mini and Kybella

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Both are techniques to reduce sub-mental fat or fat under the chin - reduction of submental fat using Coolsculpt Mini is achieved by applying a cooling, suction applicator to the under-chin area. The fat cells are frozen and destroyed using a method called Cryolipolysis.
Kybella is an injectable form of deoxycholic acid that punctures holes in fat cells leading to cell death – and permanent reduction of fat in the injected area. Patients typically require 2-3 treatment sessions-sometimes more depending on the size of the treatment area.

Lisa Airan, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Q: What is the main difference between Cool Sculpt Mini and Kybella?

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Q: What is the main difference between Cool Sculpt Mini and Kybella?
A: Cool Mini is a Coolsculpting applicator designed specifically to treat the focal fat under the chin commonly referred to as a double chin. Coolsculpting is non-surgical and completely non invasive as there are no needles or downtime. It uses cold therapy to destroy the fat. Kybella is non-surgical , but requires needles to inject a substance called deoxycholic acid that helps break down fat cells.

Coolmini Vs. Kybella

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This is a great question. Kybella is an injectable formulation of a naturally occuring bile acid (deoxycholic acid) - found in the body to break down fat. CoolMini is the latest in a series of applicators from CoolSculpting/Zeltiq that allows you to preferentially freeze and destroy fat. Kybella is minimally invasive and requires a series of injections - the number of which depends on the size of the area of concern (maximum of 50 per visit) - that can be repeated monthly for up to six sessions, if necessary. Therefore it is a relatively quick treatment visit, and the physician has the ability to individualize the treatment, only injecting where needed. CoolMini is the non-invasive option - which is great for those who would rather not have injections. This option, is an hour per applicator, and the patient must remain with their head still, resting in a specially designed pillow, while the applicator is attached. Depending on the size of the double chin, multiple applicators may be needed, each requiring one hour, but if you have the time, this could all be performed on the same day. A second round of treatments, if necessary, may be performed six weeks later.

Jeremy A. Brauer, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

Neck Enhancement options including Surgery, CoolSculpting-Mini and Kybella

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Dear jack1212:

Many options for enhancing the appearance of a “Double Chin” and / or “Turkey neck” under the jawline and neck are available. These include:

1.Surgical procedures:
a.“mini” lipo-contouringb.Facial lipo-contouring (of the lower cheeks, jowl, jawline, double chin and neck) and neck suspensionc.Facial lipo-contouring and neck muscle lift (platysmaplasty) with or without neck suspensiond.Smart (laser) liposuctione.Direct excision, ie. surgical incision with visual removal of the fat2.Non-Surgical procedure:
a.Fat freezing using the CoolSculpting Cool-Mini applicator for under the chin and small fat bulges3.And, now, a Minimally Invasive procedure:
a.Injecting a drug called Kybella.

While the alternatives are expanding for results in neck enhancement (as with other procedures) you should expect a far smaller improvement with non-surgical and minimally invasive options as you would from surgical procedures. 

Kybella is a deoxycholic acid (a non-animal derived bile acid produced in the gastro-intestinal tract to breakdown ingested fat). It is injected into the subcutaneous fat for improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness seen under the chin in adults. Once injected, Kybella physically disrupts the cell membrane, causing the destruction of fat cells. Kybella requires a minimum of 2 sessions of injections to achieve its best results.

“Cool-Mini” is the newest applicator in the line-up of CoolSculpting options specifically created for smaller areas such as the fat under the chin. It may also be used for non-surgical fat reduction in other small areas, such as the upper inner thigh, upper breast / armpit fat and equally smaller fat bulges. In this non-surgical alternative, like CoolSculpting, the fat is cooled to a temperature where it genetically breaks itself down. It may need 2 sessions to provide optimal improvement of a "Double Chin".

When improvement of the muscle bands and loose skin (Turkey Neck) become an issue, these minimally invasive and non-surgical options will not provide adequate tightening and lift. For these enhancements, a platysmaplasty, neck suspension and / or redraping and removal of excess skin are surgically necessary.

There are pro's and con's and limitations to each option. 

Like any cosmetic medical desire, consult with a fully trained and well experienced, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to examine you and review with you the options and best recommendations for your need. 

Dean P. Kane, MD, FACS
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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What is the difference between cool mini and kybella

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Excellent question!  for years the neck was almost impossible to treat without surgery.  we now have two very good options on the market.  Kybella is a product that is injected with a series of needle sticks to the neck and dissolves fat over time.  Most patients will need a couple treatments for optimal results.  Cool mini is an applicator that is attached to the neck for a one hour treatment to breakdown fat cells.  most patients will need 1-2 treatments.  skin laxity tends to be the biggest issue with both treatments as they both really just address fat and not skin.  I suggest a consultaion with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss the options and the cost associated with eat one.  good luck.

Brent Birely, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

Which is better for double chins? CoolSculpting or Kybella?

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We do both procedures in the office and both are great at permanently reducing fat.  CoolSculpting chills the fat,  two treatments a month apart are recommended, more if there is a great deal of fat.  Each treatment takes up to an hour.
Kybella is a ten minute procedure involving tiny injections (like Botox) under the chin.  One to two treatments has been effective in many of my patients but as with CoolSculpting additional treatments may be done.
Cost tends to be similar,  there is more swelling with Kybella but there seems to be more skin tightening (not approved for skin tightening, this is an observation) with the injection method. Long term neither has any significant side effects.
So which is better? It depends on the individual, an assessment by a physician with experience in both treatments can guide you.  Since both are great there isn't really a wrong way to go!

Susan Van Dyke, MD
Paradise Valley Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Coolmini vs Kybella

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Both the Coolmini and Kybella are used to treat and reduce the fat under the chin.  Coolmini usually only takes a single application of coolsculpting where your fat is frozen and the area reduced.  However, you have to have the right anatomy for the piece to be effective.  Kybella is an injection which takes a series of 3 treatments to reduce the fat in that same area.  There is some localized swelling after the procedure.  Neither procedure treats skin laxity.  With both procedures you may require Thermage to complement the procedure for the best results.  Best, Dr. Green

CoolMini vs Kybella

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The main difference between CoolMini and Kybella is one addresses the unwanted fat under the chin with freezing of the fat cells (CoolMini) and the other treats the area with injections (Kybella).  Both involve multiple treatments. The fat to be treated must fit into the CoolMini applicator for you to be a good candidate, whereas there is no predetermined shape or size for Kybella. Both have equivalent efficacy.  For the best solution for you, schedule an appointment for a consultation.  We can go over treatment specifics for you.  Our patients have been very pleased with the results from both.   

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Coolsculpt Mini vs. Kybella

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CoolSculpt Mini and Kybella are both great options to treat and reduce submental fat. They both work great with great end results, but use two different techniques. CoolSculpt mini is an applicator which is applied to the skin and achieves fat destruction via Cryolipolysis, which is destruction of the fat cells through freezing. Kybella is an injection of Deoxycholic acid, which works to dissolve the cell membrane of the fat cell. Both processes are great options to reduce mild to moderate submental fat and both require a series of treatments. I would recommend seeing a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who does these procedures and see which one would be a better fit for you.

Lenore Sikorski, MD
Orange County Dermatologist
4.4 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

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