New Treatment Approved for Eliminating Double Chin

Double ChinGetting rid of a double chin used to require surgery, but not anymore. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new treatment for people interested in eliminating a double chin and fat under their chin with shots not scalpels.

People develop a double chin because of their genes, age and weight gain. Regardless of how it was created, a double chin often makes someone feel older and heavier, so they are more self-conscious. The approved new injectable treatment involves using deoxycholic acid, marketed under the brand name Kybella, in a series of shots for eliminating the chin fat.

Kybella is reportedly identical to the deoxycholic acid that is produced in people and helps their bodies absorb fats that accumulates in pockets under the skin. The FDA approval is for treatment to destroy fat cells in the chin, which is known as submental fat. It is not approved for treating fat in other areas.

When injected into tissue, Kybella destroys the cell membrane. So, when injecting into fat cells, they are basically zapped away. A caution is that it can also destroy other cells, such as skin cells, if it is inadvertently injected into them.

An estimated 80 percent of those with double chins are concerned or self conscious about the condition, according to Derek H. Jones, MD. The doctor is an associate clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and served as the lead investigator in clinical studies sponsored by the drug’s manufacturer, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, in Westlake Village, Calif.

Doctors give patients a local anesthetic, then administer a series of injections about one centimeter apart. Considering the injections destroy cells in the immediate area, patients need a series of 12 to 20 injections per visit, which should take about 15 minutes. Many people need at least two or three treatments before they see results, according to the manufacturer.

The drug officially is not for tightening skin in the chin area; it was developed to melt fat in the region. However, people did notice a tightening effect after treatment.

Doctors give patients a local anesthetic, then administer a series of injections about one centimeter apart. Considering the injections destroy cells in the immediate area, patients need a series of 12 to 20 injections per visit, which should take about 15 minutes. Many people need at least two or three treatments before they see results, according to the manufacturer.

During the clinical tests, the treatment showed that it can be enduring. That differs from other injectable cosmetic procedures that wear off.

During the trials, the most common side effects were bruising, pain, numbness, swelling and small, firm areas where the shots were administered. The serious side effect that happened to 4 percent of participants was a injury to the marginal mandibular nerve when shots got too close to it.

Kythera Biopahrmaceuticals has not announced the price it will charge for Kybella treatments. That information on the new treatment the FDA approved for eliminating a double chin.

By Dyanne Weiss

Sources:
FDA
Los Angeles TImes
ABC News
Web MD

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