What it is
Double chins, or excess chin fat, is a very common concern for people who wish to have a sculpted, defined jawline. While many may believe that double chins are only the result of poor lifestyle choices, the reality is that this condition is not always linked to body weight. Fat can accumulate in this area because of a variety of factors beyond our control, such as genetics or age.
The non-surgical Belkyra procedure is specifically formulated to target the stubborn fat, also known as submental fat, that rests underneath the chin area through an injection. The procedure is non-invasive and can be completed within a short period of time, restoring definition to your jawline that diet and exercise simply cannot target.
Belkyra is a non-surgical fat removal treatment that specifically targets the chin and neck area. This non-invasive fat loss procedure is administered through an injection with a very thin, fine needle and will define and contour the chin without causing disruption or downtime to your busy life. The procedure only takes a few minutes to complete, but you will be scheduled for a consultation with Dr. McLean beforehand. You will be able to return to your normal activities on the day of the procedure without having anyone notice that you were treated.
How to Prepare
Before your procedure, a topical or local anesthetic will be applied or injected into the skin as a way to prevent discomfort during the session. Afterwards, you will receive a series of injections into the area underneath the chin with a very fine, thin needle. To ensure accuracy, the injection sites will be pre-marked and determined in advance. During a single session, you may receive anywhere between 20 to 50 injections, which will all be placed on the underside of the chin. Patients may be asked to remain on side for a few minutes after the procedure to ensure that side effects, such as nerve weakness or swelling, are not present.
Belkyra is not suitable for women who are pregnant or lactating, or for people who have previously experienced an allergic reaction to the drug or its ingredients. Those with neurological, blood, or immune system disorders must consult with Dr. McLean to determine their eligibility for the Belkyra treatment.
How It Works
Effective for both men and women, the prominent ingredient in Belkyra injections helps break down the fat cells responsible for creating the very common “double chin”. This ingredient is actually the same chemical that is naturally produced in the liver, released by the gallbladder, which breaks down the food we ingest. When fat cells are exposed to Belkyra, the lipid membrane surrounding the cell is broken down. This in turn dissolves the fat and leaves the patient with a more sculpted jawline.
While fat cells shrink and expand as our weight fluctuates, the Belkyra procedure will completely eliminate and dissolve fat cells. This will prevent them from re-forming and storing excess fat, which will provide long lasting, long-term results. Because of this, we recommend our patients to follow a healthy lifestyle after receiving this procedure so that your results are not reverted.
Belkyra is a non-surgical liposuction alternative for fat loss in the chin, jaw, and neck. Once Belkyra is injected into the fat that creates the double chin, it works to gradually break down the fat there. A follow up appointment will be made within 4 to 6 weeks in order to monitor progress and assess results from the initial treatment. Most patients require between 2 to 4 treatments for optimal results, although this varies depending on the patient and the type of results they desire. This will leave you with a firmer, more defined neck area without having to experience the downtime and healing time of incisions or stitches.
Aftercare and Recovery
There is essentially zero downtime with the non-invasive Belkyra procedure. The majority of our patients are able to return to work and go about their day immediately following their treatment. You may experience mild swelling and bruising afterwards, but this is normal and should resolve on its own within a week. Patients can gently massage the area a few times a day to reduce tightness or swelling. You will gradually begin to notice the elimination of fat cells under the chin as they get broken down by the body, which will give your chin, jaw, and neck more shape and structure.
The large majority of patients who receive Belkyra treatments do not experience any side effects from the injections. You may experience temporary side effects that include bruising, pain, and infection, and in a few instances, short-term paralysis of unintended muscles. Serious side effects are rare, but can include damage to the skin and nerves. The careful selection of injection sites is a preventative measure used to keep this from occurring. At McLean Clinic, we are dedicated to ensuring your safety and aesthetic outcome from your Belkyra treatment. As such, we will monitor your progress and track your results through scheduled follow up appointments to maintain and achieve your desired results.
Myths and Facts
Many patients may be under the assumption that Belkyra is a substitute for weight loss. This is not the case. Belkyra is the most effective for patients who are currently at, or close to, their ideal weight and seek to eliminate unwanted fat that remains underneath the chin.