For patients who have been looking for a nonsurgical method of eliminating the appearance of a “double chin,” an innovative treatment called BELKYRA™ may offer a solution. In the past, a surgical procedure such as liposuction has been necessary to remove the excess fat around the chin and enhance the definition of your neck profile. With BELKYRA™, our plastic surgeons at The Ottawa Clinic will be able to use an advanced injectable technique to treat this common cosmetic concern. The treatment will be available at our practice soon after its launch in Canada in 2016.
Known as KYBELLA™ in the United States, BELKYRA™ is authorized by Health Canada to contour submental fat (the severe fullness or convex shape that can appear under the chin). The key to the success of BELKYRA™ is deoxycholic acid—a substance that occurs naturally within our bodies and can effectively break down excess fat cells. To determine if you are a good candidate for BELKYRA™, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation. Depending upon your individual circumstances, liposuction, CoolSculpting®, or other techniques may still be the best way to achieve your desired result.
To begin the BELKYRA™ procedure, one of our plastic surgeons will first prepare the treatment area with a topical numbing agent to help ensure your comfort. Then the BELKYRA™ injections will be performed using a very fine needle. Each BELKYRA™ treatment takes place right in our office, and treatment sessions typically take 15-20 minutes to complete. Depending upon the severity of your condition, our plastic surgeons may recommend a series of two to four treatment sessions to attain optimal results.
The downtime from BELKYRA™ injections is typically very minimal. Some patients may experience temporary bruising, swelling, or numbness at the injection site immediately following the procedure. In the following weeks, as the BELKYRA™ begins to target the excess fat around the chin, you can begin to notice a more contoured and defined profile emerge. Over time, your body’s natural metabolic process will remove the targeted fat cells from your system, and you can enjoy a more sculpted, toned, and stronger-looking chin.
If you have questions about how BELKYRA™ injections can help you achieve a more defined chin and neck area, or to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, please contact us today.