Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
No matter if you are a man or a woman, you may find you experience extra weight beneath the chin. This can be caused by a range of factors, including genetics, weight gain or simply from ageing.
Belkyra is an injectable which dissolves the fat beneath the skin and around the jaw, giving you a more refined, youthful appearance.
Belkyra uses a naturally derived acid known as deoxycholic acid. Once injected, this substance works by causing the fat cells to break down. These cells are then naturally absorbed and excreted by the body.
You will be a suitable candidate for this procedure if you:
Before undergoing Belkyra injections, you will have a consultation with one of the surgeons. They will be able to assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.
Before having the injections, a numbing cream will be applied to the skin to avoid you feeling any pain or discomfort throughout the procedure.
The surgeon may also mark out where the injections are going to go. This will vary from each person.
The treatment will include between 20 to 40 injections. The number will depend on how much fat you have beneath the chin and what your desired results are. Once the injections have taken place, the fat cells will be absorbed by the body.
It will take around 20 minutes to complete the treatment.
You may need to undertake several treatments. You will not need to take more than six treatments. Any repeat treatments will need to be undertaken at least one month apart. Once you have reached your desired look, you will not need to continue having treatments.
You will be able to return home once the injections have been completed.
It is normal to experience swelling and redness around the chin and neck for the first few days following the procedure. The swelling is a normal reaction by your body, so do not panic if you are swollen more than you expect. You may wish to wear certain types of tops or scarves which cover your neck during this period. You may wish to apply ice to the neck and chin to help reduce swelling.
You may wish to take medication if you experience any pain or discomfort.
You may notice visible results after two to four treatments. Unlike other injectables, you will not need to repeat treatment in six or 12 months time – once you have reached your desired look, the results will not fade and you will need no repeat treatments.
Belkyra is the name of an injectable which is used to target the fat beneath the chin. It uses a synthetic substance known as deoxycholic acid. When injected beneath the chin, this substances causes the fat cells to break down. They are then absorbed and excreted by the body. You will be left with a thinner, more defined chin and jaw.
Belkyra is a non-surgical procedure, so you will not need any anaesthetic. However, before having any injections, your skin will be lathered with a numbing cream so you will not be able to feel any pain.
You will have between 20 to 40 injections beneath the chin. This will take around 20 minutes. You will be able to return home once all of the injections have been given.
As this is not a surgical procedure, there will be very little downtime.
You may experience redness and swelling following the injections. This is a completely normal reaction by your body. The swelling should subside after a few days.
You will be able to resume your normal daily activities following this procedure.
This will depend on the number of fat cells you have beneath the chin, as well as the desired outcome. Most people will need numerous treatment sessions to see visible results. You should not need more than six treatment sessions. Any repeat sessions should take place at a minimum one month apart.
Other injectable and non-surgical treatments require you to repeat treatment annually to maintain your results. However, with Belkyra, once you have achieved your desired results, you will not need to have any repeat treatments, as the weight will not return to the chin.