Belkyra is approved by both the FDA and Health Canada to reduce fullness in the area under the chin. Belkyra is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown of fat. When injected into fat, it works to reduce and permanently eliminate fat cells in the treated area. This treatment is recommended for patients who wish to slim their chin and refine the jawline without surgery.
- Improves the contour and appearance of the submental area
- Provides a more contoured, sculpted appearance and side profile
- Non-surgical, non-invasive treatment with minimal to no downtime
- Permanent results
What is Submental Fullness?
Submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”, is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition that can impact a broad range of adults, including both men and women. “Double chin” can be influenced by several factors such as aging, genetics and weight gain. It is often resistant to diet and exercise alone.
Prior to Treatment
In order to minimize bruising and swelling, it is recommended to discontinue use of aspirin, aspirin-like products, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, fish oils, St. John’s Wort, high doses of Vitamin E, and alcohol for a few days before your treatment.
Skin’s Submental Fat Treatment to eliminate “double chin” takes place after a complimentary consultation during which the area of concern is assessed. The treatment consists of using a very fine needle to inject a synthetic form of Deoxycholic acid (a naturally occurring substance in our bodies) into the submental layer of the chin. Deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells, which are naturally processed and eliminated by the body. This treatment takes approximately 30 minutes.
The treated area may be slightly swollen, bruised and numb following the procedure, but these effects generally disappear within 2 to 7 days. Wearing a scarf can be helpful in hiding any swelling in the days following the procedure. There is no downtime and you can return to work and regular activities immediately following the treatment. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for 2-3 days as this may increase bruising and prolong any swelling. Sleeping with your head elevated will reduce swelling.
When injected into the fat under your chin, Belkyra causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After the aesthetic response is achieved, retreatment is not expected. The number of injections and the number of treatments is tailored to the individual patient’s submental fat distribution and treatment goals.