Now unlike the full moon that only appears once a month, my rather full moon of a face is perpetually there. Add that to my fairer-than-average skin tone, and I’m a walking light reflector in photos. Personally, I’m not into anything invasive, so I’ve decided to try out this CoolMini treatment to remove the double chin to create a more streamlined profile for my face and jawline.
Prior to the consultation, I did a little reading on the treatment, and here’s what it’s about.
About the CoolMini treatment
CoolSculpting by Zeltiq is a no downtime, non-invasive body contouring treatment. It uses the concept of cryolipolysis to freeze and destroy unwanted fat cells. The treatment removes 20-25% of the fat cells in the treated area each time. The body will remove and pass out the dead fat cells naturally. Since our body is unable to produce any new fat cells after five years of age, the fat cells that dies after fat freezing will be gone forever. By removing unwanted fat cells, we are able to achieve a better-looking body contour.
CoolMini is one of the latest innovations by Zeltiq, and is used to target smaller areas of fat, such as the chin (submental), knee, and bra fat areas. The CoolMini treatment takes 45 minutes to complete per application, and can be combined with other treatments such as fillers and Botox to achieve a more defined and attractive facial profile.
Read more about CoolSculpting and CoolMini here:
Like any treatment, I met Dr Terence Tan of Halley Medical Aesthetics for a consultation to talk about my concerns, following which he identified the areas that required treatment.
Using a caliper to measure the amount of fat in the treatment areas, he identified 10mm of pinchable fat on the left side of submental (or chin fat) area, and 12mm on the right (which I’m told is normal, as humans aren’t generally symmetrical). In order to treat this double-chin area, two applicators would be required.
Dr. Tan then used the CoolMini template to mark out the area that required treatment. These markings would serve as an indication of where the CoolMini applicator would be placed.
To prepare the applicator for treatment, Dr. Tan first placed a liner over the applicator. Using an instrument, he then perforated holes into the liner and fixed the gel retainer in place. This not only ensured that the applicator would adhere snugly to the treatment area, but also help insulate the skin during treatment.
Next, the clinic assistant applied gel onto the treatment area to further protect the skin during treatment – after all, it’s gonna be sub zero degrees.
After positioning my head/neck carefully into the head rest (which ensures that your head doesn’t loll around), Dr. Tan then placed the applicator onto the area requiring treatment. The applicator was further strapped and secured with a band to ensure that it didn’t budge during the process.
To be really honest, the entire process was pain-free – I sat there, and literally, shook my legs (in a ladylike manner, of course) whilst checking emails and replying messages.
After 45 minutes, the applicator was removed and a clinic assistant massaged the treated area to help break down the crystallised dead fat cells.
The second applicator was secured in place by Jean, the CoolSculpting Programme Manager and Nutritionist. The process was then repeated, and 45mins later, the applicator was removed and followed by the same massage on the treated area. And that was it! There was some slight redness and numbness on the treated area, but I was pretty much free to go about my day as per normal.
Now I’m told that results are expected in three months’ time, as the body naturally breaks down the dead fat cells and flushes them out of the body. It’s actually been 2 weeks, and there’s some minor numbness in the treated area. However, I can actually see a very slight tightening of the jawline – yayness!
[UPDATE: To check out the results of this treatment, read my blog post here!]
If you’re keen on the same treatment, you can read a step-by-step guide here:
Cost: 2 applicators at $1,600 incl. GST.