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Double Chin Shot Dissolves Fat but It Can't Cure 'Turkey Neck'

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By    |   Friday, 13 Mar 2015 10:43 AM

The FDA is likely to approve a shot that can dissolve double chin fat this year, but there's nothing in the needle that will tighten your loose-skin "turkey neck." 

The new injection, deoxycholic acid, was developed by biopharmaceutical company Kythera and several clinical trials have shown it is safe and effective, CBS reported Thursday.

That's led an FDA advisory panel to unanimously recommend it for approval. A final vote is expected in May.

Unlike plastic surgery — neck lifts and liposuction that can cost anywhere from $800 to $3,000 — the new shot is not very invasive, and recovery time is minimal. The shot regimen is done over a series of months, and patients regularly report some bruising, pain, numbness, and swelling.

NBC News reported that the drug, ATX-101, mimics a natural bodily compound known as deoxycholic acid, which breaks down fat as part of the digestive process.

"It causes fat cells to rupture," said Dr. Susan Weinkle, a Florida dermatologist who tested the drug. "When you are born you have a certain number of fat cells. During life, these fat cells can be either skinnier or fatter. When you cause a fat cell to rupture, that cell is gone forever."

While dermatologists and plastic surgeons are excited about the new drug, many have cautioned that the shot won't be a cure-all for double chins. That's because the injection only melts fat, and doesn't tighten the skin.

Other medical professionals are worried that the shots could be abused if and when people get tempted to use them on other parts of their body.

Nonetheless, the new development has the potential to have as much of an impact as Botox did when it debuted.



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