Double chins aren’t just a problem for the overweight. Both fat and thin can be afflicted by what is technically known as ‘submental fat’.
But fortunately for those among you for whom the turtleneck and the scarf have become the cornerstone of your wardrobe, there may well be a solution.
A pioneering treatment means the double chin could be banished without surgery or dieting, scientists say.
The injection of ATX-101 – a specially-formulated chemical – would kill off fat cells under the chin without damaging the surrounding tissue.
And if US watchdogs approve the jab, European regulatory bodies could follow, meaning the treatment – which would be far cheaper than liposuction and other invasive procedures – may be widely available on the market.
Though Botox and other dermal fillers can plump or smooth skin, the double-chin is notoriously hard to banish.
ATX-101 is a version of a naturally-occurring chemical that helps the body to destroy fat. It works by disrupting fat cell membranes.
The US Food and Drug Administration have scheduled talks to decide on whether to approve the treatment, with a ruling to be made in May.
Manufacturers Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc found that 90 percent of the 1,600-patient sample size maintained a meaningful reduction in submental fat after two years.