FDA Approved Injection Dissolves Double Chins Offering Surgery Alternative

FDA Approved Injection Dissolves Double Chins Offering Surgery Alternative
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May 06, 2015

If going under the knife for your double chin seems a little too extreme, a new injection might be up your alley.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week approved an injection that zaps chin fat giving consumers an alternative to traditional plastic surgery.

Kybella has been approved for adults with moderate-to-severe fat below the skin, known as submental fat. The drug is made from deoxycholic acid, which is naturally produced to help the body absorb fats. When Kybella is injected into submental fat, it destroys it, lessening the appearance of a double chin. The drug has not been approved for use in other parts of the body and can destroy skin cells if injected incorrectly.

Like many cosmetic procedures, Kybella isn't a one shot deal. In order to see results, patients must commit to multiple monthly visits. Patients may undergo the 20-minute procedure, which includes up to 50 injections, for up to six months.

Kybella is expected to hit the market by the end of the summer, but the company has yet to release a cost for the treatment. Yahoo! News reports that experts think it will be comparably priced to similar treatments, costing about $2,000 per visit.

Experts quoted in the New York Times said that not everyone is an ideal candidate for the procedure. Those with loose skin may need a neck lift after the fat is removed.

In clinical trials about 68 percent of patients saw at least some reduction compared to the about 21 percent that received a placebo.