One of the perks of being a clinical nurse at Cutis Cosmetic and Laser Centre is having access to the latest and greatest in cosmetic treatments. Our clinical nurse Dasha recently had the opportunity to try Belkyra™, a recently launched treatment for fat under the chin from the makers of BOTOX COSMETIC®.
Known as Kybella in the United States, this injectable treatment has been met with great praise in the medical community for its ability to destroy the unwanted fat that contributes to a full and ill-defined neck and jawline. In this blog post, Dasha shares her insight on this exciting new treatment.
According to Dasha | What to know about Belkyra™
The treatment begins with the application of a numbing cream over the double-chin area. Once the area is numb, a grid pattern is marked over the treatment area to map out the injection sites. For my first treatment, there were about 36 injections made with the medication Belkyra (deoxycholic acid)—a fat-metabolizing agent found naturally in the body.
How it feels.
I would suggest that patients take pain medication either prior to or immediately after their treatment, as there is a burning sensation at the injection site that can feel uncomfortable for 2-4 hours post-treatment. Not only is the body responding to the medication agent, but there will also be some inflammation in response to the injections. It is also a good idea to have someone take you home after your treatment, and you should plan to relax.
Be prepared to wear turtlenecks or scarves.
While this is a non-invasive treatment, there is swelling that persists underneath the chin as the treatment actively metabolizes the fat cells. This swelling can last for a few weeks. I noticed it gradually subsided day-by-day starting from the sides and edges of the neck and jawline.
Who will benefit the most from Belkyra™.
This treatment is great for patients who are averse to surgery or those who cannot undergo surgery due to health concerns. Generally, a minimum of two treatments spaced about a month apart is required to realize satisfying results. For some people, surgery presents a quicker fix, as the recovery is relatively fast and usually just one treatment is required to achieve the desired outcome; there is also greater control and customization available to the cosmetic surgeon with liposuction or a neck lift.
I was never really that bothered by my neck area, but after undergoing three Belkyra™ treatments, I can see that my jawline is looking more defined and the skin is feeling tighter, which definitely makes me look younger.
What is best for one person will be different for another, so I recommend that patients who are troubled by fullness under their chin visit Dr. Lemckert for a consultation. He will thoroughly explain the treatment options and make recommendations that are best suited to your unique needs.
To learn more about Belkyra™ or to book a consultation with Dr. Lemckert, facial cosmetic surgeon, we invite you to request an appointment online or call 289.975.7546 to arrange your visit.
DISCLAIMER: Individual outcomes, results and number of treatments recommended may vary based on individual patient needs, medical history, and circumstances. Cutis Cosmetic & Laser Centre cannot guarantee exact or permanent results or cures.