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Does CoolSculpting Work on Double Neck If You Are a Smoker?

Each of us has a set number of fat cells in specific areas of our body. This number is set at adolescence and is usually determined by factors like genetics. Because of these fat cells, you may have bulges under our chin or the rolls around your neck that simply won’t disappear with diet and exercise. Many patients turn to CoolSculpting to permanently contour and correct submental fullness; still, some people think this procedure doesn’t work well for smokers. 

So does CoolSculpting work on a double neck if you’re a smoker? Yes, it does work without any adverse side effects. However, your plastic surgeon may advise you to stop smoking in the weeks prior to your CoolSculpting treatment. Aside from being detrimental to your overall health, smoking can slow down your healing after any cosmetic surgery and damage your skin in the long run. 

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Smoking vs CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is not a weight loss program. It’s designed to help patients get rid of stubborn fat in the abdomen, back, arms, or thighs that can’t be eliminated with a strict diet and exercise regimen. Thanks to special applicators that are created to fit the chin and neck, patients can also have a non-invasive “neck lift” to remove a double chin, tighten the jawline, and improve the appearance of loose skin. Compared to liposuction, CoolSculpting this treatment area is much safer because no incisions need to be made.

If you’re a patient who likes to smoke cigarettes, you may be wondering if your habit would have an impact on the results of CoolSculpting. Smoking does not directly affect the treatment outcome of the CoolSculpting procedure, nor is it likely to trigger an adverse side effect. However, smoking could have effects that work against the quality of your body contouring. 

1) Smoking can affect your skin’s quality. 

CoolSculpting works best for patients who have an overall good health and have no untreated medical or skin conditions. This is the reason why your cosmetic surgeon may recommend quitting or taking a break from habits like smoking, alcohol, and tanning before CoolSculpting, as these habits can affect your skin quality. 

Tobacco smoke, in particular, is harmful because it contains 4000 chemicals that destroy collagen and elastin fibers in the skin. Collagen and elastin are the ‘building blocks’ that keep the skin smooth, plump, strong, and elastic; they are also responsible for maintaining the health of your hair. Without collagen and elastin, wrinkles or sagging skin are more likely to appear, while hair loss is more likely to occur. 

2) Smoking can affect your diet and exercise regimen.

Diet and exercise are two very important components for achieving and maintaining the best CoolSculpting results. Patients should be healthy and close to their ideal weight so that the fat reduction becomes more evident. Smoking, however, can negatively impact these good habits and hold back healthy weight loss. 

When you smoke, less oxygen is delivered to the body’s cells, heart, and lungs because the nicotine constricts the arteries and blood vessels. Blood and nutrients are unable to pass by easily through these narrow pathways, so smokers have less endurance, poorer physical performance, and higher risk of injury or complications when compared to their non-smoking counterparts. 

Without oxygen-rich blood, it would be difficult to reach your peak physical shape. Additionally, smokers also consume more fat and calories per day than nonsmokers, which makes them more likely to gain fat deposit in the chin or neck areas. 

3) Smoking can affect your body’s ability to heal itself. 

Smoking can greatly reduce your body’s ability to heal itself and prolong the amount of time it takes to see the full results of your fat reduction treatment. The chemicals in cigarette smoke weakens and limits the infection-fighting cells and antibodies that make up your immune system. Without this function, your body is more susceptible to infections and takes a longer time to repair itself after plastic surgery. 

If you’re a smoker who is interested in undergoing CoolSculpting, it’s best to talk to your provider or an experienced cosmetic surgeon to see if you’re a suitable candidate for this treatment. 

Your Neck and CoolSculpting: How It Works

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Our bodies process fat from the food we eat. Although some fats are healthy and provide us with essential nutrients to sustain daily activities, other fats are unnecessary to our body. This excess fat collects underneath our skin in the fully-developed fat cells we have in adulthood. Without an effective outside force, these fat cells remain with us, which is where CoolSculpting comes in. Whether you’re a smoker or not, CoolSculpting for fat loss works like this:

In 2010, CoolSculpting was originally introduced as a product that can remove pesky love handles. Soon, new applicators were developed to target more areas like the upper arm, the thigh, and the back, to name a few. Fat cells in the neck that form a double chin are treated with a proprietary applicator called the CoolMini.

First, the cosmetic surgeon will sterilize the target area and apply a topical gel. Then, the CoolMini will be used to ‘vacuum’ the fats with a suction, while simultaneously cooling down the treatment site to a freezing temperature for an hour. Afterwards, the CoolMini device is removed and the double neck is massaged. 

This process is called cryolipolysis, a treatment that freezes and destroys fat cells for 20% - 25% fat reduction. As “non-surgical liposuction”, CoolSculpting permanently removes the fat cells from your body. The treated fat cells are absorbed and processed by the body, eventually eliminated as waste. Aside from promoting fat loss, CoolSculpting also has a skin tightening effect on excess skin, making it a safer choice than getting neck lift surgery or another type of facial plastic surgery. 

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Comparing Chin and Neck Fat Reduction Procedures

CoolSculpting is a non-invasive, non-surgical fat loss procedure. Unlike a tummy tuck, a facelift, breast augmentation, or other forms of reconstructive surgery, CoolSculpting can help patients achieve their goals without going under the knife

However, if you’re an older patient whose tissue elasticity has already deteriorated with age, CoolSculpting may not be the best option. When the fat is removed from the submental area (the space beneath the jaw), the skin may sag severely -- requiring surgery. Heavy smokers, in particular, are prone to loose and saggy skin. On the other hand, younger patients with better skin elasticity also have more choices for slimming down a double neck, so it’s important to consider which alternative treatments suit you best: 

  • Kybella: Kybella is an FDA-approved procedure that specifically addresses a fatty chin and neck area. Kybella is a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid mixed with a numbing agent like lidocaine. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally-occurring substance found in bile, which helps us break down fatty foods. When injected into the chin, Kybella breaks down the fat deposit and allows the body to dispose of the fat cells as waste. However, Kybella results have not been as consistent as those of CoolSculpting. The injectable also requires the patient to have a longer recovery time. 
  • Botox: The ever-popular botulinum toxin is not a direct solution for a double chin, but it can be injected into the bulky masseter muscles along the sides of the jawline. This helps slim down the face by relaxing the muscles and smoothing out wrinkles, dimples, and drooping skin around the mouth. 
  • Liposuction: If CoolSculpting is the gold-standard in non-invasive fat reduction, liposuction is the best choice for surgically removing fat. Local anesthesia is injected into the treatment site, then one or two incisions are made beneath the chin or behind the ears. A small liposuction cannula will be inserted into these incisions to suction out excess fat and sculpt the neck naturally. Patients will need to wear a supportive chin strap for a few days after the procedure, and they can only resume normal activities two weeks after the recovery time. 

Overall, most patients prefer to undergo CoolSculpting because it’s non-invasive so there’s zero downtime, no bandages, and no limitations to what they can do after. It’s also the most effective procedure when treating a fatty or saggy submental area, as it not only eliminates fat and contours the area, but tightens the skin as well. 

5 Self-Care Tips When CoolSculpting Your Jawline

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CoolSculpting doesn’t require much preparation. The most important thing is to make sure your body is healthy and that you’re close to your ideal weight, as CoolSculpting is not meant to help with weight loss. Overweight or obese patients are not an ideal candidate for the procedure, nor are patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Patients who have certain skin issues or medical conditions that may be worsened by cold temperatures should also consult thoroughly with their doctor before getting CoolSculpting done on their neck. Here are five self-care tips every CoolSculpting patient should know:

  • Avoid anti-inflammatories or blood thinners: Bruising is a common side effect after any plastic surgery procedure, but anti-inflammatory medication like aspirin and ibuprofen or blood thinners like alcohol, fish oil, and certain herbal supplements may worsen bruising. It’s best to stop taking these products for a few weeks before and after the procedure.
  • Increase your water intake: Drinking plenty of alkaline water or water with a lemon/lime slice can expedite lymphatic draining and improve the fat elimination process, flushing out the fat cells to reveal the final results faster.
  • Protect your skin: Overexposure to sun is a no-no before and after the contouring procedure, so stay in the shade, use a hat, and apply sunscreen regularly. Avoid visiting tanning beds for two weeks, as tanning can make the skin more sensitive and cause additional discomfort during treatment. 
  • Keep your treatment day comfortable: Although CoolSculpting requires no downtime, patients should take care of themselves so they can head back to their scheduled activities easily after the procedure. Wear loose-fitting clothes and comfy undergarments to let your body breathe after treatment. You may also want to eat a light meal before CoolSculpting, as the process can take some time and cause some nausea. 
  • Get your pain medications ready: Acetaminophen and NSAIDs can help relieve post-treatment discomfort like pain, swelling, or inflammation in the neck. Massage therapy, deep breathing exercises, and warm compresses may also be useful for managing pain. If any problems or unwanted side effects occur, it’s best to call your provider immediately. 

Safe and Effective Fat Elimination at the NJ Center for CoolSculpting 

The NJ Center for CoolSculpting is the leading center for fat reduction in Summit, New Jersey. Each board certified plastic surgeon, certified aesthetician, and licensed physician assistant on our team is an expert in this cosmetic procedure. We are dedicated to providing every patient a safe, effective treatment to freeze away unwanted fat cells, with customized aesthetic techniques and the latest technologies in non-invasive body contouring. Call us today to schedule your first consultation or learn more about our world-class services. 

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