In a first of its kind study generic Deoxycholic Acid (DCA), commonly available in India, has proven to be an effective and inexpensive option for treating fat deposits around the neck and lower third of face of Indians, which is a common sign of ageing
The study has been carried out by The Esthetic Clinics by Dr Debraj Shome and Dr Rinky Kapoor.
Now, they intend to conduct clinical trials, to study the effect of generic DCA on the reduction of bunny rolls on arms, love handles, back rolls and also the bikini line, since the structure of fat cells is similar across all areas of the body.
Chubby cheeks are adorable, but only when it comes to kids. It is not the same in the case of the adult population. Too much chubbiness, particularly around your jaws, clearly indicates the accumulation of fats and can be termed as a double chin.
Yes, that double chin can be embarrassing! It can spoil your appearance too. You may get it owing to your age, as skin loses its elasticity, and it can cause the appearance of extra or saggy skin which may contribute to a double chin. Faulty eating habits and genetics can also be blamed.
In India, majority of Indians tend to develop double chin (submental fullness) as part of the ageing process, which looks ungainly and lends a weighty, older appearance to the face.
It can surely lower your self-esteem. However, as you know, you cannot halt ageing but can reverse it. Hence, administering DCA injections has been a long-standing and effective non-surgical therapy for reduction of fat deposits around the chin and neck area.
However, most Indians cannot access or afford this treatment. The reason behind this is: proprietary DCA formulations, such as Kybella (US) and Belkyra (Canada) are not only expensive but are also not available in India, as they haven’t been approved by the Indian FDA.
Now, you don’t have to worry anymore, as there is an effective solution for you to say goodbye to your double chin! Yes, you have heard us here! This new study will aid you to do so.
The study conducted by Director of The Esthetic Clinics Dr Debraj Shome, and renowned dermatologist Dr Rinky Kapoor, involving 50 Indian patients between the age of 20-63, revealed that generic DCA, which is comparatively inexpensive and widely available in India, is equally effective in getting rid of fat deposits on neck and lower third of the face.
It will help you deal with your chin fat. Furthermore, the findings of this study have been published in the March 2019, edition of ‘Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.’
The study is scientific validation of the hypothesis that generic DCA works to reduce facial fat on Indian patients, who are worried owing to their double chin. The results of this rejuvenation therapy are valid, long-lasting and reproducible in multiple patients, according to researchers.
Dr Shome highlighted, “Indians age in a different way than Caucasians (whites). The lower part of their face and neck are affected with symptoms of ageing, once they cross the age of 50. These areas become heavier with fat deposits, their distinction is blurred, and they tend to appear as one homogenous mass.”
He added, “The problem of double chin becomes prominent in this age group. People lose their youthful look and appear heavier than they are actually. Many prefer to undergo neck lift surgery or neck liposuction surgery to get rid of all the fat around their lower face and neck. However, opting for a DCA injection is much less morbid and risky and produces the same results. Our study has found that generic DCA, which is commonly available in India, is efficient in the tackling double chin. Moreover, patients have a ready and inexpensive solution to facial ageing.”
Dr Kapoor said, “Submental fat is not only aesthetically unappealing, but it can also have a negative psychological impact on patients. The problem is widespread in India. Once they are on the wrong side of 50, about 95 per cent of Indians tend to develop a neck that is heavier compared to their youth.”
She added, “Our study shows that there is no need for them to go for expensive branded DCA options which cost USD 4,000 or more. Treatment of fat deposits around lower face and neck region with generic DCA produces good results, and it is available at one-tenth the cost. It makes the treatment much more affordable and accessible to the common Indian. Also, DCA treatment is an OPD procedure, and no hospitalisation is required.”
She concluded saying, “For Indian surgeons already treating patients of the double chin with injections of generic DCA, the study gives the much-needed scientific validation to the treatment and clears all the doubts.”
Facial aesthetic surgical procedures such as face and neck lifts are among the top cosmetic surgical procedures performed annually, but they can lead to serious complications and substantial recovery times.
In this scenario, non-invasive treatment with DCA is increasingly getting popular. It promises to be long lasting, if patients maintain their weight and follow a healthy lifestyle, explained surgeons.