BELKYRA® is a patented formulation of deoxycholic acid manufactured by Allergan, the makers of BOTOX®. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies used to digest fat in our diets. BELKYRA® destroys the fat cell membrane allowing the chin fat to be expelled out of the body, helping to get rid of a double chin with a without double chin surgery.
WHAT TO EXPECTOnce your provider maps and chills the treatment area, she makes multiple quick injections with BELKYRA®. You may experience some swelling, numbness, bruising and or tingling in the treatment area. Your treatment time will be less than 50 minutes.
RESULTSResults vary from person to person and multiple sessions are recommended (if the fatty deposit is larger) to gradually reduce the unwanted chin fat. As the body expels the chin fat, slimming of the area occurs over the next 12 weeks. An added benefit is tightening of the overlying skin in most cases.
BELKYRA® Aftercare: What To Expect Following Your Procedure.
So, you’ve heard of BELKYRA® injections for getting rid of the fat underneath your chin, but you feel a little intimidated by the after effects of the procedure. No need to worry! Dr. Maloney has prepared this page to let you know what to expect once your first BELKYRA® appointment is all finished up.
Know What’s Normal And What’s Not
While BELKYRA® is a well-tolerated procedure, it is associated with some uncomfortable side-effects during treatment. After your appointment, you’ll likely feel a pressure or stinging, and the treatment area will swell up. Swelling is a good sign that the treatment is working! Another normal side-effect of BELKYRA®? A loose or jiggly feeling underneath the chin, which will probably feel pretty weird at first. To minimize pain and swelling after receiving the injections, some patients find icing the area to be quite helpful. If you do decide to treat yourself with ice, you’ll be able to tell really quickly if something doesn’t feel right. Always remember to listen to your body. What works for someone else might not work for you.
Plan Your Schedule Accordingly
BELKYRA® neck contouring can cause swelling for up to two weeks after your appointment, making your neck look temporarily bigger before you see results. Because of this, you’ll probably want to schedule your double chin treatment around any events you may have like a milestone birthday party or a fundraiser. In the meantime, you’re obviously not going to hide out in your house until the swelling goes down! Wearing a neck scarf is helpful for covering up the swollen chin.
Scheduling your next Belkyra treatment
Typically patients need 2 to 4 treatments although this varies with the amount of fat in the double chin area. It is best to wait 3 months before retreating. Most patients also find that subsequent treatments do not have as much post treatment swelling.