The drug Kybella received FDA approval in late April for treating adults with moderate-to-severe fat below the chin without surgery.
When properly injected into that area, the drug destroys fat cells. However, it can also destroy other types of cells, such as skin cells, if accidentally injected into the skin. It is neither approved nor recommended for trimming fat from any other part of the body, the FDA said in a statement.
“Treatment with Kybella should only be provided by a licensed health care professional, and patients should fully understand the risks associated with use of the drug before considering treatment,” FDA official Amy Egan, MD, MPH, said in a statement.
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