FDA Approves Drug To Get Rid Of Double Chin

DR WIGODA FDA Approves Drug for Double Chin

Some people are genetically predisposed to it, while others end up with it as a result of weight gain or aging. No matter how it’s there, there’s no denying that double chins can lower self-esteem.

If you have a double chin, you probably know all of the tricks. Tilting your head down and extending your neck forward when taking a photo can minimize the presence of a double chin. In some instances, people may tend to wear a high-neck shirt. To date, the only solution has been liposuction and surgery. In a perfect world, there would be a magic solution that would get rid of double chins and according to this TIME article, the perfect world might be here now.

Is it too good to be true? Recently, the FDA approved a new drug called Kybella. The drug went through two clinical trials involving 1,022 adults with varying degrees of “submental fat.” The results upon consumption were a noticeable reduction in fat!

However, as with all newly approved drugs, there is reason to be cautious and we wanted to get an opinion from a plastic surgery expert! So we hunted down Dr. Paul Wigoda and asked him what he thought of this newly approved drug.

“If the drug actually works as described, it will be very useful. However, I am skeptical that it will be as effective as liposuction. We will just have to wait to see how well it works, and more importantly, what the possible complications are.”

If indeed Kybella works as expected, it could be a huge opportunity for patients interested in reducing fat without going under the knife. The drug is approved as a “non-invasive in-the-office procedure.” Sounds like a worthy alternative to liposuction, which targets the same fat but involves a lengthy procedure under local anesthesia at a cost averaging $2,500. While we don’t yet know if it is as effective as liposuction, patients with minimal submental fat may seek Kybella as a viable resource to shrink their chin fat and improve their appearance!

Drugs, especially newer ones, may have some down sides. In this case, Kybella’s side effects include possible nerve damage, swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and hardness in the treatment area, which could be considered comparable to injecting fillers like Botox.  However, the FDA warns that injecting the Kybella anywhere else on the body could be harmful, which gives us something to think about.

An injectable option that disrupts fat cells may seem like a great option for those who worry about surgery, but the procedure can be costly. ET Online reports that the double chin-eliminating injection could cost $1,350 per treatment and will require four to six treatments.

Price, potential side effects and individual needs all come into play; therefore, it’s crucial to always consult your doctor before considering such a new drug and extensively review the possible outcomes and best course of action. If you have any questions regarding double chin removal or other plastic surgery procedures, contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation.