NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A new drug focuses on getting rid of “double chins” without surgery.
It’s called Kybella and is being used by Dr. Michael Gold, a dermatologist who was part of the clinical trials over the past few years.
“I’ve always been self-conscious of this little pooch,” said Sherri Street, who wanted to try the new injection.
“I don’t want to do full plastic surgery. That’s so much downtime and, you know, who has time for that?” Street added.
Dr. Gold told News 2 the drug was approved by the FDA about two months ago.
“We now have the first in its class, first FDA-approved drug that we inject to make the fat dissolve,” he said.
And the results? They’re permanent.
“If you have a tiny, tiny bit of fat here, it’s not for you. If you have a lot of fat here, it’s not for you. It’s for those people who have, I sort of say, if you can squeeze this, you are a good candidate,” said Dr. Gold.
The doctor also said there are some possible side effects associated with the drug which include pain, swelling, and injury to the nerve. It could cause the mouth to drop and look strange.
Dr. Gold said the side effects are temporary, but still, not all doctors are sold on the drug.
“It could be a game changer, but there could be some problems with it as well,” said Dr. Mike Burgdorf, a plastic surgeon with Music City Plastic Surgery.
He said he wants to try it out, but it’s too soon to tell how it works.
“In my hands, I would go with liposuction. It’s predictable. I know the results I am going to get,” said Dr. Burgdorf.
Street said so far she is pleased with the shot, which only left her with a little swelling and bruising.
“I’d love it all over but that’s not FDA-approved yet,” she said.
Dr. Gold said it costs about $3,000 for two injections.