CoolSculpting vs. Kybella: Which Is Better for You?

Excess fat, flab, and bulging tissue tend to plague specific body parts. These areas accumulate sagging skin and tend to ignore diet and exercise. One of the most widespread problem areas is the submental region, specifically the upper neck and chin. When excess fat builds in the submental region, it can lead to what most of us call a double chin.

There are many treatment options to remedy this, with Kybella and CoolSculpting standing out as two of the best. The Key Laser Institute is proud to offer both treatments in Portland. But which is better for you?

If you struggle with a double chin you can’t wait to get rid of, we hope this article will be informative and show you the differences between CoolSculpting and Kybella.

Why Are Double Chins Such a Problem?

Before we get into which treatment is better for double chins, it may be worth discussing what causes this problem to begin with. Why does this submental area tend to trouble so many women and men?

There are several reasons fat accumulates below the jawline. Sometimes, it’s a matter of weight gain. However, being overweight is not the single criterion for those who struggle with a double chin. It may be a matter of genetics. Or, this issue could result from a loss of skin elasticity, causing skin laxity along the jawline and chin.

CoolSculpting vs. Kybella – What’s the Difference?

No matter what causes your double chin, you’re undoubtedly searching for solutions. CoolSculpting and Kybella are both excellent options. Let’s look at each procedure, one at a time.


CoolSculpting is a popular non-surgical body sculpting aesthetic option. It involves freezing your fat cells in a target area to destroy them and pass through the body as natural waste.

A critical feature of CoolSculpting is that it offers different sizes of applicators, ideal for various body parts. For example, Dr. Key would likely use the small CoolMini applicator to treat submental fat, which best targets fat cells in smaller areas, like under the chin.


By contrast, Kybella is a simple injection designed to eliminate excess fat and tissue under the chin. Kybella is a prescription medication that uses a naturally occurring acid to break down dietary fat in the target area. A series of targeted injections destroys the fat cells, resulting in a visibly sleeker neckline.

Like CoolSculpting, Kybella represents a non-invasive treatment to resolve stubborn fat in one of the most challenging parts of the body.

Deciding Between CoolSculpting vs. Kybella

Nobody likes having a double chin. Thankfully, there’s more than one way to resolve this issue without surgical intervention. To learn more about these options, we recommend coming in for a consultation with Dr. Key. During this initial visit, he will tell you more about both treatments, analyze the fat tissue under your chin, and suggest how to move forward to reach your desired cosmetic goal.

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Douglas Key has decades of experience helping his patients look and feel their best. This dedication involves his commitment to the most advanced and effective treatment therapies, including new innovations like CoolSculpting and Kybella. We’d love to tell you more.

To learn more about addressing your double chin at Key Laser Institute, call us at (503) 291-1953 or contact the Key Laser team online today!

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