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Dr. Sheena Kong also provides a new treatment called CoolMini in San Francisco. CoolMini has just received FDA indication for removal of submental fat (neck fat, double chin), distal thigh fat (fat on the front of the knees), and axillary fat pads (small bulge in front of armpit). CoolMini works in the same fashion as other San Francisco Coolsculpting treatments, except that it treats a smaller area of fat. In just one hour, CoolMini can reduce one's double chin, chubby knees and any unwanted bra bulges or armpit fat, without needles or downtime. The results will be seen beginning 3 weeks after the treatment, with final results at 3 months after the treatment. After CoolMini, the treated area will feel numb and slightly tender for a few weeks. Swelling will be very minimal. The patient shall be able to resume all normal activity without any restriction. By removing the fat nonsurgically, Dr. Kong's CoolMini treatment will rejuvenate neckline contour without causing any loose skin. Patients with medium to moderate amount of neck under the chin will most likely require 2 CoolMini treatments. Dr. Sheena Kong has been featured on ABC channel 7 news for her Inside Out Neck Lift, which is a minimally invasive neck lift laser procedure. But for patients who prefer a noninvasive approach, Dr. Sheena Kong highly recommends CoolMini.

When Diet and Exercise are not Enough: CoolMini™

Even those who have worked hard to eat a healthy diet, or faithfully implemented an exercise regimen to lose weight can find that the chin is one area of the body that does not show noticeable improvement when you shed the pounds. The body naturally stores fat beneath the chin – where it lingers no matter how hard you work. That’s when it is time to find out more about CoolMini™ treatments.

About the CoolMini™

Our San Francisco CoolMini™ treatment is an FDA-approved, non-surgical procedure that is remarkably effective as a remedy for a double chin. The system is a handheld device that first cools the skin and then freezes the fat pockets beneath the chin. Freezing kills the fat cells which then begin to make their way out of your body entirely via the lymphatic system.

How can this Procedure Help Me?

The CoolMini™ device is shaped in such a way that it smoothly follows the contours of your chin, allowing it to reach the targeted fat pockets in the area and to sculpt the chin in a manner that is both natural and aesthetic. The treatment device uses suction to keep the applicator in contact with the area being treated. The same CoolMini™ device can also be used to sculpt and trim areas such as the inner thighs or other fatty zones, including bra fat.

There are several reasons the CoolMini™ is an attractive treatment option:

  • The CoolMini™ treatment does not involve surgery and the physical and emotional stress associated with an invasive procedure.
  • No anesthetics are needed.
  • The treatment does not involve needles or invasive fat extraction as is necessary when undergoing liposuction.
  • The CoolMini™ treatment does not cause damage to the surrounding skin and tissue in the area being treated.
  • For many patients, satisfactory results can be achieved from only one or two treatments.

The CoolMini is a groundbreaking fat reduction system, requiring only one or two treatment sessions for most patients. Your body, over the following weeks, naturally sheds the fat cells – once gone, they never return. While it will require several weeks to see the full results of the treatment, you will see your double chin becoming smaller and smaller as the days pass.

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Who is a Candidate for CoolMini™?

This treatment is appropriate for both men and women. You are likely a good candidate for this non-invasive, non-surgical fat reduction system if:

  • You are in good general health.
  • Your body weight is within 20 to 30 pounds of the weight considered ideal.
  • You have excess submental (beneath the chin) fat that is negatively affecting your appearance.

Your questions or concerns about the suitability of this treatment for you should be discussed in person. Dr. Sheena Kong performs all procedures herself and will work individually with you to achieve the aesthetic improvement you envision.

What is the Recovery Time after a CoolMini™ Treatment?

This is a gentle, non-surgical treatment which does not involve any recovery time. As soon as your session is completed, you are free to resume your normal activities. The side effects of the treatment may include a numb, tingling, or tender sensation. Some patients have minor redness which quickly diminishes. The treatment reduces about 20 percent of the excess fat in the area treated, and depending upon the quantity of fat, you may require multiple treatments.


Other Options

For patients who are not ideal candidate for Coolsculpting Coolmini treatment, Dr. Sheena Kong offers Kybella treatment. Kybella is the first FDA approved injection to reduce the neck fat. The treatment leads to the lysis of fat cells, which will then be eliminated by the body. Results are long lasting and permanent. The best candidate for Kybella will be patients with mild to moderate or even large amount of neck fat with good skin elasticity in the neck. Most patients with moderate size of neck fat will require an average of two treatment sessions at least about 4 to 6 weeks apart. Patients with a larger neck size will require more treatment sessions up to an average of 4 sessions. Results are seen in one month after the treatment. There is a considerable amount of swelling and possible bruising lasting about 3 to 4 days after the injection. Please click here to read our blog on Kybella versus Coolmini. For consultation and treatment of Kybella, please call 415-712-0634 or contacting Dr. Kong via form.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our office is open starting on June 15, 2020. We consider the well-being of our patients and staff as our highest priority and it is always best to take sensible precautions during a time like this.

Please note the following in regards to all patient appointments:

We are asking patients who experience any of the following symptoms to self-quarantine and cancel their appointments: fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and/or chest pain.

(This also includes those that have been in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals such as traveling to and from any high risk areas such as New York/New Jersey to self-quarantine and cancel appointments.)

  • All patients will have temperatures taken and are requested to wear a mask throughout their appointments.
  • We are limiting the number of appointments to reinforce social distancing.
  • Only the patients who are receiving a treatment are allowed in the office (pets, children, family and friends are asked to stay at home).
  • For procedures that patients cannot wear a mask, we request patients to obtain a COVID-19 test 3-5 days prior to their scheduled appointments (see below for testing information).
  • These treatments include:
  • Facial laser treatments
  • Facial filler injections
  • Lip injections
  • Thread lifts
  • Ultherapy
  • Thermage

This also includes procedures that are delivered with closer proximity to patients over a long period of time:

  • Smartlipo
  • Inside Out Neck Lift
  • Coolsculpting
  • Thermage on the body
  • Cellfina

(Positive Covid-19 results or lack of tests will result in appointment cancellation.)

For Botox, Hair PRP, Kybella and Coolmini treatments, a COVID-19 test is not required prior to the appointment as long as patients keep masks on during the entire appointment.

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COVID-19 Testing Information:

For COVID-19 testing, you can do either the nasal swab or the saliva test, of which the latter may be more comfortable.

You can order your saliva test at the following link 2 weeks before your appointment for it to arrive in time; Vault health will prepare the paperwork for your reimbursement. Your first test should be covered by your insurance under the CARES Act:


Once the test arrives, please schedule your consultation about one week prior to your appointment. With the guidance of a Vault Health nurse, collect saliva for the test and then overnight your completed kit via FedEx (provided by Vault Health). Your results will be available about 2-3 days afterwards. You will then email Dr. Kong at info@sheenakong.com the results once you receive them.

Lastly, in addition to our already extensive level of cleaning and sterilization, we have supplemented these efforts with additional deep cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces. I appreciate your efforts in keeping our practice a safer place!

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kindest Regards,
Dr. Sheena Kong