Proper technique for administration of ATX-101 (Deoxycholic Acid Injection): Insights from an injection practicum and roundtable discussion

Derek H. Jones, Jeffrey M. Kenkel, Steven Fagien, Dee Anna Glaser, Gary D. Monheit, Karen Stauffer, Jonathan M. Sykes

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ATX-101 (deoxycholic acid injection; Kybella in the United States and Belkyra in Canada; Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Westlake Village, CA [an affiliate of Allergan plc, Dublin, Ireland]) is the first aesthetic injectable approved for reduction of submental fat. In February 2014, an injection practicum was conducted in the anatomy laboratory at the University of Texas SouthwesternMedical Center to explore the proper injection technique for ATX-101 and the importance of its appropriate, safe anatomical placement within the submental area. Subsequent to the injection practicum, a structured roundtable discussion was conducted in which potential implications of the various injection protocols evaluated during the practicum were reviewed. Furthermore, the faculty had the opportunity to provide additional perspectives based on their clinical experience with facial injectables and ATX-101 specifically. In this article, the findings from the injection practicum and roundtable discussion are reported.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S275-S281
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Publication statusPublished - 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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