The FDA is a step closer to approving a new drug/treatment for neck fat, and some of the research was done right here in Cincinnati. I was happy to have participated in the injection study of the drug called deoxycholic acid.
It is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies, but it’s usually found in the GI tract where it helps break up fats for absorption. In the treatment, it breaks up neck fat for removal from the body. The results of the study show that it is effective in getting rid of excess neck fat without surgery. There is still typically some discomfort and swelling.
What Do I Think of It?
I think that if it gets approved there is a definite place for it in the treatment options for neck fat. I look forward to sharing more about my experience with it, if and when it’s approved, and including it in the treatment options for our patients.
To read more about it, check out this article on Sanjay Gupta’s blog.
Until then, minimal, conservative liposuction of the neck is a great option and the gold standard for neck fat (without any skin excess). And this can be done with a tiny incision under the chin that heals imperceptibly. It has minimal downtime, minimal discomfort, and little activity restriction. You will wear some skin-colored tape for a few days. See our gallery for some of our many before and after pictures of this procedure.