Want to reduce fat under your chin? Think cost, or value?
In a recent blog, we compared two popular procedures for getting rid of a double chin –– Submental Liposuction vs. CoolSculpting. Submental liposuction is a quick, minimally invasive surgical procedure in which Dr. Smyth uses strictly local anesthesia to numb the area under the chin, make a small incision and use a tiny canula to actually remove the excess fat from that area. CoolSculpting is fat-freezing technology that uses a machine to suction and reduce fat from under the chin.
Liposuction delivers immediate results that last six to 10 years, provided the patient maintains a fairly steady weight over that period of time. CoolSculpting results can take weeks to months to appear, and most patients require more than one treatment. CoolSculpting may need to be repeated every few years, depending upon the patient, their general health, weight, etc.
For anyone who absolutely abhors any thought of undergoing even a tiny incision, liposuction will never be an option. For others who want to see their double chin gone and get a quick return on their investment, liposuction will be their procedure of choice.
So, when you’re considering the cost of CoolSculpting, you have to think beyond strictly dollar amount to the cost per treatment multiplied by the number of treatments needed, and take into account the frequency with which CoolSculpting may need to be repeated. The best advice is to visit several facial cosmetic surgeons who offer one or both of the procedures –– liposuction and CoolSculpting. Ask questions, and ask to see before and after photos of the surgeon’s actual patients and results.
Bottom line, whether looking at the cost of CoolSculpting, or any facial cosmetic rejuvenation procedure, you might want to keep in mind these thoughts from a recent blog post of well-known author, Seth Godin, entitled “Shared reality. Shared goals.”
“The best way to persuade someone of your new approach is to begin with three agreements:
We agree on the goals. We both want the same outcomes; we’re just trying different ways to get there.
We agree on reality. The world is not flat. Facts are actually in evidence. Statistics, repeatable experiments and clear evidence of causation are worth using as tools.
We agree on measurement. Because we’ve agreed on goals and reality, we agree on what success looks like as well.”