A new double-chin shot promises to melt away that fan chin with a simple injection, but the known side effects of a Kybella injection may make some people have a second thought.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, Florida dermatologist Dr. Susan Weinkle has been working with the double-chin shot since 2007 when it was called the ATX-101 during the medical trials. She claims that the double-chin cure has worked well for the 2,600 patients who received the injection.
“Options at the moment for submental fat [double chins] are [to] cut it out or suck it out,” says Dr. Weinkle. “However, this is going to be a noninvasive in-the-office procedure that can be performed by your dermatologist and excellent results.”
The double-chin shot takes about five minutes after ice is applied to the target area on the chin, and as many as 50 injections are done. Unfortunately, reducing the fat in the chin is not a one-time procedure, since it takes one treatment every four weeks for up to six months. Recovery time is about two or three days, and no bandages are required.
The FDA may have approved this double-chin cure, but they do admit there may be possible side effects.
“Treatment with Kybella should only be provided by a licensed health care professional, and patients should fully understand the risks associated with use of the drug before considering treatment,” Dr. Amy Egan of the FDA said in a statement. “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.”
So what exactly are Kybella’s side effects? The double-chin shot works because it is is similar to natural deoxycholic acid, which the body produces to help break down fat. Unfortunately, because deoxycholic acid can destroy any cell, the Kybella drug is approved only for use under the chin, since side effects include the risk of nerve injury and facial muscle weakness. Patient in the medical trial also reported bruising, pain, numbness, and swelling. The worst reported symptom was difficulty with swallowing, although it didn’t last long.
Dr. Michael Edwards, president of the Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, is also afraid the double-chin shot may end up being applied to other areas of the body where it’s not a good idea.
“My biggest concern is once it is approved, people will start to use it for other areas of the face or for larger volumes (of fat) in other areas,” Edwards said, according to NBC.
Of course, another side effect to the double-chin shot is to your wallet. It’s expected that removing that fat chin may cost upwards of $2,000, which is probably the equivalent of years of gym membership. Despite the high cost, and the fact that health insurance likely won’t cover it, it’s expected by analysts that Kybella could bring in more than $300 million a year.
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