A. Yes. You sound like a great candidate for Kybella, which is FDA approved to reduce sub-mental chin fullness. Kybella is deoxycholic acid, which is naturally found in our bodies. The gall bladder produces deoxycholic acid and it is excreted into the gut to emulsify and digest fats in the food that we eat. I was a principal investigator in the pivotal clinical trial that resulted in FDA approval for Kybella as a safe and effective option to reduce under-chin fat and improve the appearance of the neck area. Participants in the trial noted significant improvement in their overall appearance. The product is injected with small gauge needles during the office visit without the need for sedation and its risks. The use of anesthetics was not done during the study and patients tolerated it well, but local anesthetic is an option if you are concerned about pain. Most patients needed 2-5 sessions. Swelling and bruising were the most notable side effects. Once the fat cells are destroyed, they do not regenerate. Please see a board certified and trained physician for this treatment. As a study participant, I have experience with this new drug and would be happy to discuss further at your visit and see if you are a good candidate for treatment.
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Board certified dermatologist and clinical professor of dermatology Mary P. Lupo, MD has been a leader in the field of non-surgical rejuvenation since 1983. She travels internationally to teach her innovative techniques, and her reputation brings in patients from around the country. She started the first formal residency training program for injectables and peels in 1983 at Tulane Medical School and served as past president of Women’s Dermatologic Society, adjunct professor of dermatology at Tulane and a founder of Cosmetic Boot Camp. Dr. Lupo holds membership in many prestigious dermatology associations, participates in clinical trials for approval of new drugs and devices and acts as an advisor for numerous aesthetic-minded companies.