Do you have a double-chin? Well, if you do, and you don’t like it, that roll of fatty flesh could be vaporized thanks to a new, FDA-approved injection that became available as of June 15.
The drug is called “Kybella” and it is an acid (deoxycholic acid, to be exact). Basically, the acid is injected into the fat below your chin and it destroys the fat cells. And if one needle just isn’t enough for you, patients can get up to 50 in one sitting. As for frequency, you can inject yourself with acid six times a year, but you have to have a rest period of at least one month before your next session.
But it’s not a total miracle drug, because there are – naturally – side effects. People who get stabbed in the chin repeatedly with a needle can expect (but may not experience) numbness, redness, nerve injury, bruising and swelling. And if that doctor you’re seeing doesn’t know what they’re doing, an injection administered incorrectly might destroy the wrong cells. That means, one wrong move and your skin cells could be destroyed. Fun!
But you should be OK, since doctors looking to treat with Kybella have gone to Acid Injection Academy. But tread cautiously. As dermatologist Peter Kopelson tells the Hollywood Reporter, “Now that it’s FDA-approved, approved doctors are allowed to use it ‘off label,’ which means we can attempt it with discretion on other places.”
Our suggestion? Like a new Apple product, it’s probably best to stick to its intended uses until a second or third gen comes out.