No one seems to want a double chin (submental fat), but some people have them, even if their lifestyle is healthy. Double chins cause people to look older and heavier than they really are. But there’s some great news: The FDA has approved the first drug that can eliminate stubborn neck fat, without surgery. It is called Kybella and is a deoxycholic acid that is made by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals in California. This is the same acid that the body produces to help it absorb fat. Better yet, it just takes minutes for a medical professional to inject this into the affected fat tissue.
Kybella immediately works on submental fat and destroys the cell membrane of it, triggering it to burst and disappear permanently. This is definitely a problem area for many and this is outstanding news. About 68 percent of those surveyed by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery in 2014 said that excess fat under the neck and chin was one of their primary concerns. Many people believe that having a double chin adds years to the appearance of their face.
A number of injections are required during a treatment, but it only takes a few days to heal and no bandages are needed. It may take a few sessions to eliminate all of the problem areas. Kybella received FDA approval after the manufacturer submitted 19 clinical studies that included about 2,600 patients. It was shown that the drug worked to get rid of moderate-to-severe chin fat.
The FDA warns that while this may be a successful treatment for your neck, do not expect it to dissolve fat in other problem areas.
“It is important to remember that Kybella is only approved for the treatment of fat occurring below the chin, and it is not known if Kybella is safe or effective for treatment outside of this area,” said Dr. Amy G. Egan, deputy director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Is Kybella just what you need to eliminate pesky submental fat? Schedule a consultation today and we’ll determine the best treatment option for you.