A Botox-like treatment to disintegrate double chins now exists, according to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
The new drug named Kybella is similar to the body’s naturally producing deoxycholic acid that assists in absorbing fats. “Kybella is a cytolytic drug, which when injected into tissue physically destroys the cell membrane,” reports the FDA. “When properly injected into submental fat, the drug destroys fat cells.”
The traditional method of removing fat under the chin was surgery, a far riskier and more expensive way to take weight out from underneath the jowl. But with Kybella, there’s new hope for those suffering from extra jaw fat and skin.WebMD explains that before the FDA approved the drug, two trials of over 1,000 people were studied. “Those who got the drug more often saw less fat under the chin. More than 80% of those getting the drug said they noticed some improvement in their chin fat,” says the medical site.
According to Derek H. Jones, MD, a professor of dermatology at UCLA and the lead investigator in the study for Kybella’s manufacturer, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, 80 percent or more of people who do have double chins are bothered by the condition
However, with the good news comes a warning. Amy Egan, the deputy director of the Office of Drug Evaluation III for the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, says Kybella should “only be provided by a licensed health care professional,” further adding that, “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.”
Why the strict warning? According to the FDA, Kybella’s serious side effects are difficulty swallowing or facial weakness, resulting in an uneven smile, as well as areas of hardness at the injection site, bruising, numbness, pain, redness, and swelling.
Renowned Manhattan Plastic Surgeon Alan Matarasso tells WebMD he foresees a series of injections to wipe away the under chin weight, believing patients will need a series of 12-20 injections per visit and up to three 20-minute appointments. “Some people may get up to 50 injections in a single treatment, with up to six single treatments no less than a month apart,” the FDA says, while Matarasso adds that “many people saw results in two to four treatments.”
While science continues to uncover cosmetic miracles like double chin elimination, the website Top 10 Home Remedies reports the au natural way getting rid of jowl fat, beginning with chomping. “Simply chew sugarless gum several times a day to reduce your double chin as quickly as possible,” reports the website.
Additionally, applying wheat germ oil or warm cocoa butter—noted to improve skin’s elasticity—to the neck twice a day, could potentially help lessen a double chin. Other remedies include sleeping with wheat germ oil overnight, concocting an egg-white or melon juice mask or performing a milk massage to “tighten and tone the skin around the chin area.” For the 80 percent of people who suffer from sagging fat under the chin, they can now literally look up with hope for relief.
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