WHAT IS BELKYRA™?
Health Canada approved BELKYRA™ (also known as ATX-101 and as KYBELLA® in the United States) is used in adults to improve the appearance and profile of moderate to severe fat below the chin (submental fat), also called “double chin.”
It is a non-invasive treatment that can be done in the office with relatively easy recovery and with visible results in two to four treatments.
BELKYRA™ can result in a newly-defined chin and jaw line that the patient had not seen in many years.
It is not known if BELKYRA™ is safe and effective for use outside of the submental area.
ABOUT SUBMENTAL FULLNESS
Submental fullness, sometimes referred to as “double chin”, is a common yet undertreated facial aesthetic condition. It can impact a broad range of adults, including both men and women, and can be influenced by several factors such as aging, genetics and weight gain, and is often resistant to diet and exercise alone.
If you’re bothered by submental fullness, you’re not alone. According to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS):
- 67% of people said they’re bothered by under-the-chin fullness, or double chin
- People are just as bothered by under-the-chin fullness as they are by lines and wrinkles around and under their eyes
HOW IT WORKS
The active ingredient in BELKYRA™ is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat.
When injected into the fat beneath your chin, BELKYRA™ causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat.
Our highly trained on-site Medical practitioners will decide how many treatments you need.
Once the desired aesthetic response is achieved with BELKYRA™ retreatment is not expected.
Before receiving BELKYRA™ inform your Dermal Laser Medical practitioner about all of your medical conditions, including if you: have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin; have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck or chin; have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area; have had or have trouble swallowing; have bleeding problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant; are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
WHAT TO EXPECT
BELKYRA™ (deoxycholic acid) injection is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment that contours and improves the appearance of submental fullness. During your treatment sessions, your Dermal Laser Medical practitioner will administer BELKYRA™ directly into the fat under your chin using multiple subcutaneous injections. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 treatment sessions that typically last 15-30 minutes. Up to 6 treatment sessions may be administered spaced no less than one month apart.
The number of injections and the number of treatments is tailored to the individual patient’s submental fat distribution and treatment goals. Once the aesthetic response is achieved with BELKYRA™, retreatment is not expected.
WHO SHOULD NOT RECEIVE BELKYRA™?
You should not receive BELKYRA™ if you have an infection in the treatment area.
Before receiving BELKYRA™, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: Have had or plan to have surgery on your face, neck, or chin; have had cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin; have had or have medical conditions in or near the neck area; have had or have trouble swallowing; have bleeding problems; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant; are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood (antiplatelet or anticoagulant medicine).
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF BELKYRA™?
The most common side effects of BELKYRA™ include: swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area.
Come in for a complimentary consultation with one of our injectors to see if BELKYRA™ is right for you. Call us at 604.638.SKIN (7546) or Book Your Consultation here for more information, medical evaluation and pricing.