An injectable drug used to get rid of the dreaded double chin just received the FDA’s stamp of approval.
Kybella, a type of deoxycholic acid that’s found naturally in the body, permanently dissolves fat when injected in strategic places under the chin. Instead of cutting or sucking out excess chin fat, patients can go to their dermatologist for this five-minute procedure that delivers the same results. Just like this natural acid breaks down dietary fat, Kybella causes those cells to burst and reabsorb back into the body. Reported side effects were bruising, swelling and temporary numbness and recovery time is between two to three days.
After 19 clinical studies, the FDA approved this treatment for those with moderate to severe fat below the chin and will be available to the general public in June. With an ultimate fat blaster about to hit the market, many are wondering if this can be used to dissolve unwanted fat in other parts of our bodies. “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,” says Amy G. Egan, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.