BELKYRA® (known as KYBELLA® in the USA) is a drug marketed for people who have concerns with excess fat under their chin. If you’re looking to redefine your jaw and reduce your “double chin,” continue reading to find out if this treatment is right for you. BELKYRA® is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which can be found naturally in our bodies. When BELKYRA® is injected into your neck area, it is able to destroy the fat cell membranes in that area, allowing the fat to be naturally eliminated by your body.
BELKYRA® is approved by Health Canada and KYBELLA® is approved by the United States Food & Drug Administration. When choosing a BELKYRA® clinic in Edmonton, always ensure you visit an Allergan trained injector such as Dr. Morrow.
Get Rid of the Double Chin in Edmonton
BELKYRA® is ideal for people who have extra fat in their chin area that they cannot get rid of through other means. Oftentimes, this double chin is caused by hormones and it can even be hereditary, which means losing weight won’t necessarily lead to its elimination. That can be frustrating since a double chin can tack years onto your appearance and also make you look unhealthier than you truly are.
If you are bothered by your double chin and you would like to get rid of it once and for all, BELKYRA® may be the right solution for you. Women and men over the age of 18 who are already in good health are the best candidates for BELKYRA® injections.
What to Expect
Typically, between 2 and 5 sessions are required, each session is 6-8 weeks apart from one another and the session will last about 20 minutes. The total Cost for BELKYRA® treatment ranges between $1,000 and $3,000 depending on the severity of your double chin and the number of sessions required to correct it.
The first step in addressing your double chin is to reach out to our team of medical professionals and schedule a consultation. At the consultation, you’ll be given realistic expectations of what BELKYRA® treatment can do for you and then walked through the entire process. Our team can give you an estimate of how many sessions you will likely need and what the total cost will be.
After you have been given some time to review the information about BELKYRA® treatment and make your decision, the next step would be to schedule your first BELKYRA® treatment session with our clinic.
Once it has been scheduled, we will give you some recommendations, such as limiting your alcohol intake for the time being and also discontinuing any OTC anti-inflammatory medications you are taking for at least one week leading up to your appointment. These advisories are not mandatory, but following them will lead to a smoother recovery process.
BELKYRA® treatment is a completely non-invasive procedure so you will be able to return to your regular activities immediately following your treatment session. However, you should expect to experience mild levels of redness, bruising, and swelling for the few days following your session. You’ll be informed about any other potential side effects at the time of your consultation.
For these reasons, we suggest scheduling your treatment sessions right before a weekend or over the weekend so that you can go home and relax in privacy for the few days following the treatment session. If necessary, however, you can go straight back to work and back into your busy schedule that same day.
On the day that you arrive for your treatment session, our clinical team will take a few different “before” photos. These photos will be compared to new photos down the line that will be taken when your final treatment session is completed, allowing you to see the results that BELKYRA® treatment brought to your life.
Getting Ready for Belkyra in Edmonton
In preparation for the BELKYRA® treatment, a topical analgesic will be provided in order to make the BELKYRA® treatment as comfortable as possible for you. Following that, the team will place a transparent grid onto your chin. This transparent grid acts as a guide, showing the doctor where to place each injection. This ensures accuracy and increases the likelihood that you’ll experience smooth, natural, and balanced results.
The treatment itself will only take a few minutes and then you will be on your own to continue your day. You will be given some final pointers to help make recovery even more comfortable for you. For instance, if you have to experience any discomfort following the session, we suggest applying an ice pack for about 10 to 15 minutes and that should help alleviate that discomfort. An ice pack will also help to reduce swelling.
If you and your treatment provider have decided that you should undergo more than a single BELKYRA® treatment, you’ll be able to schedule your next appointment while you’re at our office. It will be booked for a date that is 6-8 weeks after your initial treatment. Typically, patients are scheduled for two to six sessions in all so that they can achieve the most optimal results.
Following your final treatment session, you’ll be asked back into the office for “after” photos to be taken and your physician will then compare the before and after pictures so that you can see the difference that BELKYRA® treatments have made in your life. In some instances, you may wish to schedule an additional session depending on the severity of your double chin and the results you have achieved.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can BELKYRA® be used in other areas of the body like the stomach?
- No. Currently, BELKYRA® is only approved for use in the chin area. To reduce fat in other areas of your body, we suggest Cool Sculpting, which is also non-surgical.
- Who is not a good candidate for BELKYRA®?
- If you are a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding, you should not seek treatment. Patients with severe heart, kidney or liver problems should also avoid this treatment.
- What are alternatives to BELKYRA®?
- Liposuction and surgery.
- Does it hurt?
- We will apply a local anesthetic or topical numbing agent to help reduce pain.
- Will BELKYRA® help with my loose skin too?
- BELKYRA® is designed to target and destroy fat cell membranes. It does not have an effect on loose skin. To address loose skin, we suggest laser skin tightening.
Contact Us for a Free Belkyra Consult
Dr. Jarret Morrow MD
Serene Radiance Rutherford