Kybella is a fairly new drug that is being used to melt fat away, with a focus on people who have a double chin. Why just the submental area? That is the only element it has been approved for by the FDA so far. Other countries are using it for additional body parts, but the U.S. is in a holding pattern to wait and see how the initial testing goes.
The WebMD article below gives some basic info about Kybella:
New Drug Kybella Zaps Double Chin: FAQ
Kybella is identical to something your body makes called deoxycholic acid, which helps to absorb fats, the FDA says.
It works by destroying fat cells. It can also destroy other kinds of cells, including skin cells, if it’s not used correctly, the FDA says.
The shot is an alternative to liposuction or surgery to treat double-chin fat.
Why is it needed?
“Upwards of 80% of people [with double chins] are concerned about the condition,” says
Derek H. Jones, MD, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. Jones was the lead investigator in a study sponsored by the drug’s maker, Kythera Biopharmaceuticals.
How many rounds of treatment do you need, and what results should you expect?
It varies. Alan Matarasso, MD, a plastic surgeon in Manhattan, thinks patients will need a series of 12-20 injections per visit. You may need two to three total visits, spaced a month apart. Each treatment takes about 15 minutes.
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. Many people saw results in two to four treatments, according to Kythera.
Read more here: New Drug Kybella Zaps Double Chin: FAQ
So, is Kybella for real? It appears to have positive results for around 80% of the people who have had the procedure done. It isn’t like the popular neurotoxin Botox, which provides immediate results and eventually wears off so you have to be treated again. Kybella takes time to work its magic but the effects are permanent, which is explained in the video below:
Pharmaceutical giant Allergan has jumped on the Kybella bandwagon. They bought Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. in mid 2015 for 2.1 million. The scientists at Kythera had been studying Kybella for 10 years, so when the FDA approved it in April of 2015, Allergan purchased the company with the hopes of adding another noninvasive aesthetic facial treatment to their already popular Botox and dermal fillers such as Voluma.
Are you wondering about the cost of Kybella treatments? This article from Bloomberg gives the lowdown on this chin-slimming remedy:
The Makers of Botox Are Pushing a Cure for Your Double Chin – Bloomberg
Each session costs about $1,500, and most patients require two to four, according to Dr. Anne Chapas, a dermatologist in Manhattan. Her practice, Union Square Laser Dermatology, now performs a few Kybella treatments a week. “We’ve been hearing about this for over 10 years, so we were absolutely excited about it,” Dr. Chapas said. “We know there’s huge potential.”
Kybella will serve to shore up Allergan’s strong position in the booming market for aesthetic treatments, a segment that Sanford C. Bernstein expects to grow at 10 percent a year through 2020, faster than any other Allergan business. For eye wrinkles, the company sells Botox—by far its most lucrative product, with $2 billion in 2015 sales. For more dramatic cheekbones, Allergan offers so-called dermal fillers such as Voluma.
The next move in Allergan’s descending conquest could create the largest aesthetic market yet. In preliminary trials, the company says, Kybella proved effective for 80 percent of patients. “This is an area that for a lot of people is just a genetic problem,” said Chapas. “It happens in plenty of people that are thinner or normal weight.”
There are few chin-slimming alternatives available. The most popular option in the U.S. market, liposuction, costs as much as $6,000 or more and involves an incision, at least a few days in bandages, and occasional scarring.
Read the full post here: The Makers of Botox Are Pushing a Cure for Your Double Chin – Bloomberg
I think it is interesting that they found a way to use the same enzymes that destroy fat in the digestive track, deoxycholic acid, to alleviate problems with fat in the neck and chin area. It sounds like a very promising way to help rid the body of fat pockets in other areas as well as soon as it is approved to do so. One downfall is that it works best on people who are not extremely overweight, so it offers relief from genetic issues for people who are within 10 – 15% of their ideal body weight.