Some people, even at their ideal body weight, still have a collection of fat under their chin (commonly referred to as a double chin). This area of fat deposition is genetic and very resistant to weight loss. According to a recent survey, 67% of men and women are bothered by a double chin and its effect on their appearance. (1)
Belkyra™ was approved by Health Canada in 2015 for non-surgical treatment of double chin. It is an injectable solution containing a naturally occurring molecule called deoxycholic acid. This molecule permanently breaks down fat cells which the body then gradually eliminates.
Belkyra™ (also known as Kybella™ in the US) is only approved for use under the chin.
What is a Treatment Like?
Each treatment session involves the application of a topical numbing cream followed by a series of quick injections into the properly marked area. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes and you can immediately resume your normal activities. After the treatment there will be mild redness, discomfort, swelling and numbness in the area. These typical effects gradually resolve and your improved chin profile will be revealed over the following weeks.
How much does it Cost?
Dr. Hickey will customize your treatment plan and expected fees for the procedure after she has met with you personally to determine if you are a good candidate for Belkyra™. Belkyra™ injections require approximately 2-4 treatment sessions at 4-6 week intervals. Each session can range from $800 and up depending on the degree of fullness of your chin.
For further information on Belkyra™ visit www.nomoredoublechin.ca.
(1) American Society for Dermatology 2015 Consumer Survey on Cosmetic Dermatologic Procedures (n=7,315). Exact survey language was “How bothered are you by excess fat under the chin/neck?”