Fullness under the chin or a ‘double chin’ is a common concern for both men and women. It can be caused by ageing, genetics or weight changes. Sometimes, no matter how much you diet or exercise, the fullness in this area may not go away.
When injected below the chin, BELKYRA® reduces fat, resulting in a more contoured neck profile and jawline.
As it is a prescription-only medicine, BELKYRA® treatment is only available from your clinician. The active ingredient in BELKYRA® is Deoxycholic acid. This also occurs naturally in the body where it helps to break down dietary fat.
Is Belkyra right for me?
This treatment is designed to target the stubborn fat cells, not skin laxity. You need to have minimal to no excess skin around the neck and chin area. You will have a pre-procedure consultation with one of our Doctors to assess your suitability for this treatment, discuss expected outcomes and possible risks.
How much does it cost and how many treatments are needed?
Many people treated with BELKYRA® experienced visible improvements in the appearance of their chin profile in 2-4 treatments. Sessions are spaced no more than one month apart and a maximum of 6 treatments may be given. Fat dissolving treatment is a marathon, not a sprint therefore it’s important to understand that BELKYRA® treatment is not a one off treatment.
Once your desired results are achieved, re-treatment is not expected as results are maintained for at least 4 years.
Consultation: $120 – this is discounted off the total amount if the treatment proceeds
$3000 – cost for two treatments (two treatments minimum are required) – no single session price
$1500 – follow up treatment
What aftercare is recommended?
You’ll likely feel a pressure or stinging, and your chin will swell. To minimise pain and swelling after receiving the injections, some patients find icing the area to be helpful. Avoid very strenuous exercise for the first 5 days or so following treatment. Mild to moderate exercise may be safe after 48 hours, depending on your degree of swelling.
How long does the treatment take?
Initially your skin will be treated with an anaesthetic cream to help numb the upper neck/chin. The treatment area will be marked, and local anaesthetic injections administered. The active product will then be placed in the fat under the skin. Total treatment time will be approximately 45 minutes.
What should I expect after the treatment?
Belkyra treatment can cause swelling in your chin and upper neck for 2-4 weeks, giving you a temporary fullness before seeing improvement. When scheduling your treatment, it is important to consider this.
What side effects can Belkyra cause?
Possible side effects include headaches, difficulty swallowing, nausea, skin tightness, and hypertension. It is also completely normal to feel loose or jiggly feeling underneath the chin. Possible side effects to the injection site include bruising, pain, swelling, numbness, redness, tingling, itching, discolouration, formation of small areas of hardness/warmth and injection site nerve injury.
BELKYRA® injection is a prescription medicine containing 10 mg/mL deoxycholic acid. It is used for the improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat in adults. Do not use in people allergic to this medicine, with infection at site of injection, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, difficulty swallowing, nausea, skin tightness, hypertension, injection site bruising/ pain/ swelling/ numbness/ redness/ tingling/ hardness/ itching/ discolouration/ formation of small areas of hardness/ warmth and injection site nerve injury. BELKYRA® treatment is not funded on the New Zealand Pharmaceutical Schedule. You will need to pay for this medicine. Normal Doctors visit fees apply. BELKYRA® treatment should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Speak to your specialist about your own situation and about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. For further information, the Data Sheet and Consumer Medicines Information can be accessed at www.medsafe.govt.nz or ask your doctor. If you have any side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. Note: Results from BELKYRA® treatment usually last up to four years.