November 5, 2012 – What if getting rid of unwanted fat was as simple as getting an injection, not having liposuction or other forms of invasive cosmetic surgery? It’s true that there are many hot and cold laser and radiofrequency treatments available that reduce cellulite, but there has never been an injection that actually worked. That is until now, and Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, in conjunction with Bayer Co., has completed two clinical trials on ATX-101, an injectable that breaks down fat.

According to the manufacturer, ATX-101 is a form of sodium deoxycholate, which is a component of human bile that aids in the breakdown of fat. ATX-101 works by injection into fat pockets where it breaks down fat, causes minimal effects to surrounding tissue and promotes new collagen growth. The damaged fat cells are naturally flushed from the body via the lymphatic system.

If ATX wins FDA approval in the next year it could be used in a variety of body contouring applications. Right now it’s being tested for the reduction of double chins, but any small problem area of fat could be treated with ATX-101 if the trials continue to be successful.

New methods of cosmetic surgery are being developed every day it seems, but always remember that a technique, injectable or device is only as good as the cosmetic surgeon who is performing the procedure. So only trust your body to board-certified, experienced cosmetic surgeons.

[tags]ATX-101, Liposuction, Body Contouring[/tags]