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The active ingredient in BELKYRA® is deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, BELKYRA® destroys fat cells, results in a noticeable reduction in fullness under the chin. Once destroyed, these cells can no longer store or accumulate fat, so further treatment is not expected once you reach your desired aesthetic goal.
The ideal candidate for this treatment is any person over 18 years old with excess fat under the chin. We do not recommend this treatment when women are pregnant or breastfeeding. Book in to discuss this further if you have other health concerns to see if this is the right treatment for you.
Since everyone’s chin profile is different, the number of treatments varies from patient to patient. At Sparrow MD, our medical professionals will create a tailored treatment plan based on your chin profile. With each treatment, you will be given multiple small injections under your chin. You may receive up to 6 treatment sessions, spaced at least 1 month apart. Many patients experience visible results in 2 to 4 BELKYRA® treatments. The majority of patients received 6 treatments in the clinical studies.
BELKYRA® has been approved by Health Canada to specifically treat submental fullness. You have seen in BELKYRA® on social media used for other parts of the body for body contouring. This is generally considered off label use of the product. Schedule a consultation to discuss body contouring concerns further with one of our highly trained professionals.
BELKYRA® injections are performed with an ultra-fine needle to enhance comfort. Most patients report little pain during the procedure. If desired, we can also provide cold compresses or topical numbing agents to make the treatment as pleasant as possible.
Like all cosmetic treatments, BELKYRA® can cause some side effects. Most are minor including swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness and some initial feelings of lumpiness around the treatment area. The more rare and serious ones include injection site problems such as bruising, hair loss, sores, and damage and tissue necrosis around the injection site or nerve injury. In clinical studies, these side effects are generally resolved in days or over a couple of months. If you are interested in the treatment but are worried about side effects, it is helpful to book a consultation with one of our medical professionals for answers. Our clients generally find this helpful.
When injected into the fat under the chin, BELKYRA® causes the destruction of fat cells. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat. After reaching your desired aesthetic, further treatment is not expected.
Your cost not only includes the price of the product but, more importantly, the skill and expertise of the healthcare professional who is administering your treatment. Look for someone licensed and well-trained. It is important to find an experienced medical professional who will take the time to understand your treatment goals and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
To further enhance skin firmness on the face and neck, we recommend Ultherapy®, our state-of-the-art skin tightening treatment at Sparrow MD. Furthermore, we offer a comprehensive selection of cosmetic injectables including Botox and dermal fillers to reverse the effects of ageing with beautiful, natural-looking results. For our male clients, we also offer a range of minimally invasive solutions designed specifically for men, their needs and aesthetic goals.
Only you and your healthcare provider can decide if BELKYRA® is right for you. If you’re bothered by fullness under your chin and wish to avoid surgery, ask our medical professionals at Sparrow MD about BELKYRA®.