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Known as KYBELLA™ in the United States, BELKYRA™ is an injectable drug that can reduce sub-mental (under the chin) fat and redefine your jawline, effectively eliminating your double chin without surgery. BELKYRA™ consists of a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies. When injected into a targeted area, it destroys fat cell membranes, allowing the fat inside to be released and naturally eliminated from the body.
BELKYRA™ is Health Italy approved, while KYBELLA™ is FDA approved, and both are safe for clinical cosmetic use.
The best candidate
Maybe you’ve tried diet and exercise to lose weight, yet still, have a double chin that just won’t seem to go away. Sometimes, a double chin has nothing to do with body weight and is instead due to hormones or heredity. It can be frustrating because a double chin can make you look older, heavier, or unhealthier than you actually are. Whatever the case, if you’re bothered by your double chin and nothing you’re doing on your own is working, BELKYRA™ may be the solution. The best candidates for BELKYRA™ are women and men over the age of 18 who are in good health and have realistic expectations about what BELKYRA™ treatments can do for you. If you’re still not sure whether this is the right solution for you, you could schedule a consultation with us, and we’ll be happy to answer all your questions to help you make your decision.
Cost of Belkyra
BELKYRA™ cost ranges from e.1,000 to e.3,000 plus tax, depending on the amount of sub-mental fat you have—mild, moderate, or severe. If you fall into the severe category, you may require more sessions, and therefore more product, to achieve the results you’re looking for. A consultation with our physician will determine your total BELKYRA™ cost.
How is BELKYRA Injection Performed?
The first step is to schedule your consultation. You’ll come into the clinic and meet with our physician to make sure you’re a good candidate. Once your first BELKYRA™ treatment session is scheduled, we recommend that you limit your alcohol intake and stop taking anti-inflammatory medications at least one week prior to your appointment. This is not mandatory but will help make for a smoother recovery. While this is a non-invasive procedure and you can return to your daily activities immediately afterward, you may experience some redness, bruising and swelling for a few days afterward. We suggest that you schedule your treatment near the end of the week, or over the weekend. When you arrive for your appointment, we’ll take a few “before” photos so you’ll be able to see the difference once the BELKYRA™ has had a chance to do its job. Next, we’ll apply either a topical analgesic or cold air or give you a local anesthesia injection to make your BELKYRA™ treatment more comfortable. Then we’ll place a transparent grid onto your chin that will act as a guide for your physician to follow to ensure accuracy and increase the probability of smooth, balanced results.
The treatment only takes a few minutes, and you can be on your way! If you experience any discomfort, you can apply an ice pack for 10 to 15 minutes afterward. This will also help reduce swelling.
If you and your physician decided you would undergo more than one treatment, your next BELKYRA™ treatment appointment will be booked to take place four to six weeks after your initial treatment. On average, two to six sessions are required to achieve optimal results.
Recovery & Side Effects
BELKYRA™ and KYBELLA™ do come with a few side effects, as most cosmetic injectables do. Luckily, they’re mild, and the possibility of developing severe complications is minimal. The most common BELKYRA™ side effect is swelling, which can last up to three days after your treatment. You may also experience some bruising, itchiness, redness, and general discomfort. Some patients also experience numbness or tenderness in the targeted area, in some cases for up to two months. If your job requires you to deal with the public (or if you just don’t want anyone to know you received a cosmetic treatment), you may want to schedule your treatment toward the end of your work week to give the redness, swelling and bruising a chance to dissipate before you go back to work.
BELKYRA™ vs Liposuction
To reduce sub-mental (under the chin) fat, a lot of people opt for BELKYRA™ over liposuction because they don’t want to undergo surgery, and they don’t want any downtime. Each procedure has its pros and cons. With BELKYRA™, it can be several days or even weeks before you see any results. With liposuction, the results are immediate. In less than an hour, suctioned fat is gone forever. However, because liposuction is an invasive, surgical procedure, the recovery period is much longer. In addition, if you get liposuction under your chin, you’ll have to wear a head wrap for one to two weeks to compress the tissue and keep swelling under control. Not only does this let the whole world know you got a cosmetic procedure, it can be uncomfortable and quite inconvenient. Which procedure you get will depend on the results you want, whether you want to undergo surgery and the current condition of your sub-mental area. Our physician will discuss both options with you during your free consultation, and help you make the choice that’s best for you.
- Can BELKYRA™ be used on other areas of the body like the stomach?
At this point, BELKYRA™ and KYBELLA™ are approved only for sub-mental fat reduction and are not approved to be used anywhere else on the body. For fat reduction in other areas of the body, we offer Lipodissolve treatment, Laser Istar, CrioLipo that are non-surgical procedure or laser liposuction (surgical).
- Who is not a good candidate for BELKYRA™?
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not suitable candidates for any type of injection treatment. Also, patients who have severe liver or heart problems may not be able to undergo this treatment. Patients who have a lot of excess skin or laxity neck muscles may be better candidates for a neck lift or neck liposuction or Shilouette Soft threads treatment.
- Is BELKYRA™ safe?
BELKYRA™ or KYBELLA™ is safe when administered by an experienced physician. Complications can arise, just like with any cosmetic treatment. Always do your research and make sure you choose a qualified physician and a reputable clinic.
- Does it hurt?
We’ll apply a topical numbing agent, or cold air or administer a tiny injection of local anesthesia to help make your BELKYRA™ treatment as comfortable as possible.
- What are other non-surgical options to BELKYRA™ or KYBELLA™?
We also offer CrioLipo and Lipodissove, which are a non-invasive, non-surgical option for fat reduction. CrioLipo does not use needles but instead uses controlled cooling to “freeze” fat away, unlike BELKYRA™ which “melts” it away. Both are effective options for minimizing sub-mental fat. Your consultation can help you decide what’s best for you.
- Will BELKYRA™ help with my loose skin too?
No. BELKYRA™ is meant to target and destroy fat cells but does not help with loose skin. To address loose skin concerns, we offer radiofrequency skin tightening (Thermage) and laser skin tightening. If you also want to tighten your neck muscles, a neck lift could be the best option for you.
- Is there any downtime with BELKYRA™?
No. You can return to work and most daily activities immediately after your BELKYRA™ treatment. We do recommend you avoid very strenuous exercise for a few days afterward, though, as this may increase bruising and prolong swelling.