Non-Surgical Double Chin Reduction
(Belkyra or Kybella)
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BELKYRA (known in the USA as Kybella) is a new injectable treatment (‘flab jab’)’ for treating double chin.
The treatment is designed to treat ‘submental fullness’, which means dissolving excess fat beneath the chin. The eagerly awaited launch of BELKYRA® means that there is now a new and very appealing choice for treating this difficult area.
Compared to the higher price and risks attached to surgical options (such as liposuction or neck lifts), treatment with these innovative and effective fat-busting injections offers clear advantages for the patient.
How Does BELKYRA Work?
BELKYRA® (Kybella) is an injectable product which is based on deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is produced naturally in the body, where it works to help the body to absorb fat.
When injected into fatty tissues, the agent physically destroys the fat cells, breaking down deposits of fat for a smoother and leaner profile.
BELKYRA is administered as an injection into the fat tissue in the chin area (submental). Treatment can involve up to 50 injections in order to treat the whole area evenly and comprehensively. For best results, doctors may recommend a course of treatments with up to 6 sessions 3-4 weeks apart.
Manufacturers Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc said over 90% of those who tried the drug maintained a meaningful reduction of fat after two years, based on trials across Europe and the United States.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Kybella as a treatment for adults with moderate-to-severe fat below the chin, known as submental fat.
BELKYRA (UK brand name) has now been approved by the MHRA for use in the UK.
Belkyra side effects
Most patients experience mild or moderate pain or discomfort at the time BELKYRA injection is injected.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
- Formation of small areas of hardness
- Itching around the treatment area
How long does Belkyra last?
For best results, patients need to receive 2-3 treatments over the course of nine months, and most Vancouver men and women see their best results within 2-3 months after their last injection.
Advantages of Belkyra & Kybella
Non-surgical: Safely eliminates submental fullness without a neck-lift, liposuction or laser procedure. There are no sutures or downtime required.
Cost-effective: The only minimally invasive treatment approved to melt away your double chin, making Belkyra a wise investment.
Quick: Belkyra is injected into target tissue in just 15 minutes, requires only a few sessions and is well tolerated by our patients.
Effective: Advanced technique adds contour and definition, creating a firmer and slimmer jaw line for a more youthful appearance.
Am I candidate for Belkyra & Kybella?
Belkyra or Kybella is a suitable fat reduction method for men and women. Individuals of average health who would like to reduce excess neck or chin fat without surgery can benefit from this enhancement procedure. The best candidate for Kybella double chin reduction is an adult 18 years or older with moderate to severe fat beneath the chin. You might not be a good candidate if you’re not prepared to have more than one treatment session, most patients who undergo Belkyra injections are satisfied after just 2 to 4 injection sessions. People who have felt embarrassed about their appearance can finally feel at ease after this affordable treatment. While liposuction offers quicker results, Belkyra is a scar-free and subtle way to redefine your jaw line. if you have trouble swallowing, nursing, or have an infection or medical condition in or near the planned injection site.
Who shouldn’t get Belkyra & Kybella?
Let your doctor know during the consultation if you’re currently on blood-thinners or have recently undergone surgery around the chin or neck region. Individuals who are breast-feeding or currently pregnant are not suitable candidates for Belkyra. During your consultation our team will go over the advantages and disadvantages of treatment.
Preparing for Belkyra / Kybella
It is important to plan the Kybella treatment with your healthcare provider and make sure you are the right candidate for the procedure. Discuss your medical history, as well as any cosmetic procedures you had done on your face, neck, or chin. Tell your healthcare provider about any trouble swallowing or bleeding problems. The research on Kybella’s effect on a fetus or infant is still ongoing, so let your healthcare provider know if you are nursing or pregnant, or planning to become pregnant in the near future.
As a nonsurgical procedure, there is little preparation required for Kybella. It’s advisable to schedule the procedure well before any major events. Washing your face properly before the appointment can help reduce the risk of infection, and avoiding ibuprofen and acetaminophen can prevent post-treatment bruising.
How does Belkyra/ Kybella work?
Deoxycholic acid is a bile acid, naturally produced by your body to help absorb fat. Kybella injections use a synthetic form of this as an injection. Once injected, the acid destroys fat cells beneath the chin area so it can’t store fat anymore. Make sure that a trained healthcare professional administers your Kybella injections since deoxycholic acid can kill other cells in the process as well.
Before the procedure, your healthcare provider will mark the injection sites with a marker and may administer a topical numbing agent or ice pack to ease any pain or discomfort. Usually 20 to 30, and up to 50, injections are used under the chin. The acid then works gradually to kill fat cells, which are metabolized by the body over the following weeks.
The number of treatment sessions necessary varies for each person. Multiple treatments might be needed to reach optimal results. You can receive up to six Kybella treatments, with at least one month between each session.
Risks and side effects
Though Kybella is nonsurgical, some common side effects include pain, swelling, bruising, redness, and numbness. The recovery process associated with Kybella is minimal in most cases, and downtime varies from person to person. Minor side effects typically subside in one to two weeks.
Serious side effects have occurred, including facial muscle weakness, uneven smile, trouble swallowing, or nerve injury in the jaw. Any post-treatment discomfort should be discussed with your healthcare provider. If you experience any of these severe side effects, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
What to expect after Belkyra/ Kybella
Your healthcare provider should design a treatment plan according to your specific needs. Most people require more than one treatment to reach desired aesthetic goals with Kybella. In clinical studies, many people who’ve received Kybella treatment achieved visible results after two to four treatments. Six treatments were necessary in 59 percent of cases.
Once the deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells in the submental area, the results should be lasting, and further treatment is not expected as the fat cells can no longer store fat.