Can You Ditch Your Double Chin with an Injection?
You may have heard that the big news in the cosmetic enhancement world is a new, FDA-approved injection that reduces submental fat, also known as the dreaded double chin. The injection, Kybella, was recently approved after two clinical trials that showed noticeable results in patients with moderate to severe cases of excess fat under the chin.
Kybella is a deoxycholic acid—an acid naturally produced in the body to help absorb fat—that works by physically destroying fat cells upon contact. It is approved for up 50 injections in a single treatment, with no more than six treatments spaced a month apart. The injectable is not approved for fat reduction in other areas.
As more and more patients are seeking minimally invasive, nonsurgical alternatives to traditional procedures, the demand for injectables is increasing. A product that effectively reduces fat in a common trouble area without the need for surgery is a welcome option, though Kybella can also damage surrounding tissue and skin cells if not administered properly. That’s why it’s critical to seek out qualified providers, such as an experienced cosmetic surgeon.
When it comes to cosmetic surgery and treatments, it’s important to find a balance between offering patients the latest and greatest products and providing tried-and-true options. With brand new treatments, caution and patience are necessary, as long-term effects can only be discovered with time. So, while I’m intrigued by this new product, you won’t see it on my shelves until I’m certain it will provide my patients with safe, beautiful results.