Breakthrough Beauty 2015: Best of Beauty Product Winners

May 19, 2016 / dermal filler, Injectables, Kybella, Laser Tattoo Removal, neuromodulators

Breakthrough Beauty 2015: Best of Beauty Product Winners

BY BROOKE LE POER TRENCH

Kybella

KYBELLA

Doctors can make spider veins disappear with a pass of a laser beam and crow’s-feet vanish with a shot of toxins, but they’ve never been able to solve this riddle: No matter how much weight some people lose, their chin fat just won’t budge. It’s the same kind of fat as everywhere else on the body, yet it clings like a needy toddler (if your DNA is so inclined). Until recently, the only solutions were liposuction or a face-lift. Now doctors can use a new injectable approved by the FDA specifically to dissolve the fat under the chin—for good.

HOW IT WORKS

A doctor numbs the area with lidocaine and then presses a kind of temporary tattoo of tiny dots spaced one centimeter apart under the chin. Next she injects small amounts of deoxycholic acid (a synthetic form of the bile acid that the body uses to break down fat in the gut) next to each dot. Once injected—somewhere between 10 and 25 jabs in one session—Kybella destroys the fat cells. And they never come back. The treated area swells for a few days as the body’s circulatory and lymphatic systems flush away the dead cells, but this is a good thing. In clinical studies, “this inflammation actually helped tighten skin,” says Heidi Waldorf, the director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and a lead investigator. Results take four to six weeks to show, at which point the doctor will assess how many more treatments are needed (if any). While some patients in the studies required up to six sessions, Waldorf notes that most of the women she’s been treating outside of the study will probably need one to three. It all depends on how much fat was there to begin with. “As with all procedures, results do vary—but most patients in the trial saw a significant improvement,” says Waldorf.

WHAT AN EXPERT SAYS

“This is the beginning of a whole new category of injectables. Rather than filling, they’re subtracting from an area that is problematic for a lot of people,” says Amy B. Lewis, a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Yale School of Medicine, who will be training new doctors on how to inject Kybella when it is made more widely available this year. “There have been attempts to dissolve fat before, but this is the first time it’s worked—and that’s pretty exciting. In the future, Kybella could be used to improve the appearance of stubborn fat pads elsewhere on the body, like bags under the eyes or so-called ‘bra bulges.'”

Reposted from: Allure