Men and women across all age groups complain about fat pockets underneath their chin because it makes them look older and heavier, and robs them of confidence in their appearance. Double chins often resist dieting and exercise, and can be caused by aging, genetics or weight gain.
There’s a new kid on the block. Meet BELKYRA™, the latest addition to the Allergan family. (The makers of Botox and Juvederm). BELKYRA™ is, a non-surgical treatment that improves the appearance and profile of double chins and was recently launched in the U.S. under the brand name KYBELLA™. the same product is available in Canada as Belkyra Injectable™. BELKYRA™ is now available at Laser Spa Group, Hamilton’s leading medical esthetics clinic.
BELKYRA™ is a synthetic chemical substance that can be found naturally in the human body is smaller quantities. The active ingredient in BELKYRA™ is deoxycholate, which has been used in non-surgical cosmetic treatments for the reduction of localized areas of fat for over a decade, both in Europe and North America. Deoxycholate is one of the body’s naturally occurring bile salts. When injected into fat layers underneath the chin, BELKYRA™ causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
Similar to facial fillers, an injectable liquid is inserted into the fat under the chin, and then breaks down the unwanted fat. A lecithin-type of chemical, it disrupts the cell membrane of fat cells releasing the content and gently smoothing out the cell pockets until your double chin is a thing of the past. Your body has significant capacity to remove free fatty acids and glycerol, safely and effectively. Once the contents are released they travel back to your liver for processing or through your kidneys for natural elimination.
With a few treatments over time double chins can be significantly reduced or eliminated. Imagine your double chin gone!
Many patients experienced visible results in two to four treatments, although up to six treatments may be administered. Once the goal is reached, re-treatment is not expected.
If you have excessively lax skin on your neck and have no subcutaneous fat, or have “turkey neck”, this treatment is not for you. Other treatments such our non-surgical skin tightening EndyMed 3 Deep may be right for you.
BELKYRA can be combined with procedures that enhance the appearance of the neck such as IPL and Skin Tightening.
Can BELKYRA™ be used on other areas of the face or body?
BELKYRA™ is not approved for use anywhere else on the face or body. Laser Spa Group offers a variety of other treatments treatments to address excessive fat on the body like CoolSculpting for body areas that may need attention.
Is there anyone who shouldn’t consider BELKYRA™?
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not any injections. People with liver or heart problems are unlikely candidates for BELKYRA™, and those with lax or excess skin may be better candidates for laser treatments or liposuction.
Is BELKYRA™ safe?
With any cosmetic treatments there can be complications. Deoxycholic acid doesn’t recognize what cells it needs to destroy, so if the injection isn’t done properly by an experienced physician or registered nurse, there is a risk. At Laser Spa Group our registered nurse will be injecting BELKYRA™ and is highly qualified with many years of experience.
If BELKYRA™ isn’t properly injected it can destroy non-fat cells causing skin cell damage, nerve injury or facial muscle weakness.
Does it hurt?
BELKYRA™ is an injectable like facial fillers and Botox. You will have a numbing cream on the area to be treated and any pain you feel will be similar to other injectables.
What is the downtime for BELKYRA™?
There is hardly any downtime related to your treatment, and as long as you avoid strenuous exercise for a few days you can resume your normal day-to-day activities immediately.
What happens during the BELKYRA treatment?
Our nurse will prepare the treatment area with a numbing agent. A transparent grid of where the injections will be completed is placed on your chin as a guide for the injector. BELKYRA™ injections are delivered through a very fine needle and sessions typically take between 25 and 45 minutes. After the injection you are likely to experience numbness that takes between one and three hours to wear off. You will likely feel discomfort under the chin lasting for several hours. Most swelling is gone 48 hours after the injection, but numbness or tenderness can last up to two months.
The manufacturer of BELKYRA™ also advises that you might experience a small amount of burning or discomfort and temporary bruising at the injection site right after your treatment, no different than any other injectable treatment. Your downtime will be minimal and you can return to your regular day immediately. In the following weeks BELKYRA™will work on dissolving the excess fat under your chin