FDA considers drug that fights chin fat
No matter how much you exercise, chin fat is not easy to get rid of. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now considering the approval of chemical injections that destroy fat cells in that part of the body.
The injection is called ATX-101 and it is a synthetic version of the natural molecule in the body that helps break down fat, called deoxycholic acid. The chemical, developed by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, has been tested on more than 1,600 people in clinical trials.
If the company gets the go-ahead, it would be the first injection of its kind for this cosmetic purpose. Botox and other injections are use to smooth wrinkles on the face, but no treatment is designed specifically to reduce chin fat.
FDA discussions regarding approval of the treatment are scheduled for March. If the federal agency approves the procedure, it could be available as soon as May.