Amy Forman Taub, MD, trainer for Kybella

July 27, 2015

Press Release

Amy Forman Taub, MD, chosen as a trainer for Kybella, new FDA approved drug to reduce double chin appearance.

Many women and men have excess fat under their chins. The causes of this are genetic anatomy, being overweight and aging, which results in many patients to be unhappy with their appearance.  As many at 68% of patients polled by the American Society of Dermatology said that excess fat under the chin bothered them.

Amy Forman Taub, MD, Founder and Medical Director of Advanced Dermatology and Skinfo, LLC, was one of first of 57 physicians chosen to be trained on Kybella, the first new injectable drug specifically developed for aesthetic use to destroy fat cells in a double chin.

The FDA committee unanimously ruled on Kybella’s approval due to overwhelmingly complete data presented by the company that had been amassed over a period of 9.5 years.

Kybella is a synthetic injectable solution that contains an exact copy of deoxycholic acid; a bile salt the body produces to help digest fat.  In a sterile solution of 2 ml vials containing 10mg/cc, it is injected into the submental fat to reduce what is known as a “double chin”. The specific FDA indication is for improvement of the appearance of moderate to severe fullness associated with submental fat in adults.  Limitations to this label are that injection anywhere on the body other than in the submental area has not been tested and is not recommended.

Kybella solution is injected into precisely spaced dots placed in a specific anatomic area that requires specialized training to identify.  Only physicians who are trained by other physicians who have been certified as trainers by the company Kythera will be allowed to order and use the material on patients.  These trainings will begin in August. In the meantime, these and another group of 80 physicians to be trained later this month, will have a chance to use sample vials supplied by the company on their own patients. 

Side effects included pain during and after the procedure caused both by the injections and by the material causing tightness or burning in the immediate 15-30 minutes after the injection, redness, firmness of the skin, bruising and numb sensations.  Side effects can last for a few days to a few weeks and typically they subsided completely by one month.  Only 1.6% of patients had severe adverse events, but all of these did resolve. The most significant side effect can be a temporary paralysis of a nerve that can weaken the smile and cause the mouth to look lopsided for up to 6 weeks.

Most people will require 2-4 monthly injection sessions, but some may require up to 6.  Results are expected to be permanent, as the solution is cytolytic, meaning it kills the fat cells.

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For more information or to arrange and interview with Dr. Taub, please contact Grace Federighi ( or 847-459-6400 x 106