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Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center

June 24, 2015 08:01 ET

Getting Rid of a Double-Chin: Houston and New York Dermatologists on New, Non-Surgical Kybella Treatment

Dr. Paul M. Friedman and His Team of Dermatologists at the Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center Discuss the FDA-Approved Kybella Treatment, an Injectable Procedure Designed to Significantly Reduce Excess Fat Under the Chin Without the Need for Surgery

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - Jun 24, 2015) - The accumulation of excess fat in the upper neck area and under the chin is a very common problem related to weight fluctuation, genetics, and natural aging. Dr. Paul Friedman, a board-certified dermatologist in Houston and New York, says a "double-chin" can affect people of all body types, even those who are in terrific shape. People are often told that the only way to eliminate stubborn, diet- and exercise-resistant fat under the chin is with surgical liposuction; however, Dr. Friedman says a new treatment called Kybella™ is specifically designed to address the problem without requiring surgery.

Dr. Friedman and his team of dermatologists fully appreciate how the appearance of a "double-chin" may negatively impact an individual's overall facial aesthetic, leading many to feel very self-conscious about the way they look. Kybella™ is the first and only non-surgical injectable treatment approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reduce submental fullness (excess fat under the chin). Dr. Friedman, Dr. Elizabeth Geddes, and Dr. Brundha Balaraman at Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center will be among the first physicians in the U.S. certified to perform the procedure once it becomes available in late summer, 2015. Previously known as ATX-101, Kybella™ is a formulation of deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring body acid that breaks down dietary fat. Kybella™ utilizes this molecule to help destroy excess fat cells in targeted areas under the chin, where they will ultimately be removed through natural metabolic processes. Dr. Friedman says that since the treatment involves no surgery or general anesthesia, it can be performed as an in-office procedure and will likely take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete.

Kybella™ shows great promise in reducing excess fat and enhancing facial contours. Dr. Friedman notes that, while Kybella™ may be a great option for patients with a "double-chin" caused by excess fat accumulation, those who instead primarily have loose and inelastic skin may not benefit from this treatment. Kybella™ is only approved to be used to reduce excess fat in the chin, not other body areas. Dr. Friedman says that about two to four treatments with Kybella™ may be necessary to achieve the best results. But, he says, one of the chief benefits of Kybella™ is that the results are typically permanent.

The dermatologists at Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center say Kybella™ is an advanced treatment designed to help countless numbers of people resolve a very common problem. They are excited to offer this procedure to their patients this summer, and are greatly looking forward to providing patients with a non-surgical alternative to liposuction that is capable of effectively reducing the appearance of a "double-chin."

About Paul M. Friedman, MD
Dr. Paul Friedman is the Director of the Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center, located in Houston, Texas and New York City, New York. He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology. In addition to serving as the co-author of Beautiful Skin Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Better Skin™, Dr. Friedman co-edited the textbook "Laser & Light Source Treatments For The Skin," and has published more than 75 book chapters and medical articles. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Texas Medical School and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College, The Methodist Hospital. Dr. Friedman recently served as the Co-Chair of the 2015 Annual Conference for the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, and has also served as Chair of the Public Service Committee for the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Friedman is available for interview upon request.

About Elizabeth R. C. Geddes, MD
Dr. Elizabeth Geddes specializes in cosmetic and medical dermatology. Dr. Geddes is a magna cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College, and served as Chief Resident in the Medical Dermatology residency program at The University of Texas at Houston/M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She has authored a number of book chapters on topics related to medical and cosmetic dermatology, and has been published in a variety of medical journals. Dr. Geddes is available for interview upon request.

About Brundha Balaraman, MD 
Dr. Brundha Balaraman is a graduate of Cornell University. She completed her medical degree and residency in dermatology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She is certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Specializing in surgical, medical, and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Balaraman has lectured at academic conferences across the U.S. and has been recognized nationally for leading public health policy issues. She has published several scientific articles regarding medical and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Balaraman is an active member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, Women's Dermatologic Society, and other organizations. Dr. Balaraman is available for interview upon request.

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