What is the difference between between Aqualyx and Kybella? And how come only Kybella is FDA approved?
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Kybella vs Aqualyx
They work by the same mechanism, as both are forms of the same active ingredient. Deoxycolic Acid is a molecule that occurs naturally in the body and helps us to breakdown and absorb fat in our diet. When injected into the fat cell, it causes it to breakdown and be absorbed. Only Kybella is approved for use in the US. The approval studies targeted the fat under the chin, so that is the only currently approved use. Although this molecule could theoretically target fat anywhere, using it outside of the submental area is currently "off label" in the US. The approval process is different in other countries, and the company that distributes Aqualyx describes using it in other areas as well. But performing the studies to obtain FDA approval is expensive, and has not been done yet in the US. I would recommend that you see a board certified plastic surgeon to see what may be best in your case.
Kybella and Aqualx
Please use this information when consulting in person with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
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Kybella is US Approved
Aqualyx® can go through the US approval, but the studies are rigorous and expensive.
Kybella is approved in the US for the double chin and can be used off label in other areas pending an exam.
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