As of Feb 1, 2016, Belkyra (also known as Kybella injectable and Deoxycholic Acid in the US), has just recently joined the list of options available in Canada. It’s a non-invasive alternative to liposuction that specifically targets the stubborn areas (called submental fat) that rests on the underside of the chin.
This quick, non-invasive procedure restores a younger look to your face and is effective at targeting areas that even diet and exercise cannot eliminate. Dr. Crippen was among the first Canadian physicians to be trained to offer it at the product launch on January 30, 2016 in Toronto.
Dr. Crippen Performing a Corrective Belkyra Treatment
Belkyra (Kybella) Before/After PhotosHelping men and women achieve the skin they’ve always wanted has always been our goal, so we are very excited that we can bring this new option to our clients.
Double chins are a very common problem, and one that our clients claim affects their personal and professional relationships. Many people erroneously believe that double chins can only be the result of lifestyle choices. The truth is that this condition does not necessarily have anything to do with body weight. It can happen because of genetics, age and other factors beyond our control.
For whatever reason this problem develops, correction is nearly impossible without professional assistance. Even falling below an idea bodyweight may not alter the size or location of second chins. Fortunately, our new sculpting treatment doesn’t even require surgery.
What Is Belkyra?
This type of medication has been around for many years and Dr. Crippen has been using it for almost a decade to reduce pockets of fat on other areas of the body. It is composed of Deoxycholic Acid, a synthetic non-animal chemical that can disrupt the cell membrane of cells so that they die and are then naturally eliminated by the body. Deoxycholate is found naturally in our own bodies to break down the foods we eat. The product we inject is indistinguishable from what is found circulating in our own bodies.
The Belkyra / Kybella Procedure
Allergan’s BELKYRA® procedure is very simple and fast, and can be used to correct issues very precisely. We assess and identify the area to be specifically targeted, then a thin sheet with coloured dots are placed on the skin. The sheet is then moistened with water and these small dots are transferred to the skin temporarily. (They are wiped away immediately afterwards). We then inject Belkyra in a very systematic and precise fashion into the fat pocket. The sculpting is then complete and you can go back to your normal activities immediately.
The injections work by dissolving the protein membranes around fat cells, allowing them to collapse and be disposed of naturally by the body. All you’ll feel is the injections themselves, which are applied with a very small needle to the area. Overall, it takes only a few minutes, and you’re appointment will likely fall well under an hour. Follow-up treatments are booked right away so we can monitor progress and assess the need for another session. Usually 2 to 4 sessions are required depending on the amount of fat to be removed.
There are usually no side effects to the correction of chin fat beyond bruising and swelling that will require any recovery time. You’ll be able to walk out immediately after it’s over. You should expect minor soreness in the injection spots, some bruising and swelling, but usually not enough that you’ll have difficulty moving your neck or head. Everyone responds in a unique way, so it’s always best to talk to a qualified and well-trained physician like Dr. Crippen about your options.
What to Expect from Your Belkyra Recovery
Most patients will experience some swelling in the next few day, which varies in amount from person to person. Also, small areas of bruising can be common due to the injection process. You can return to normal activities immediately after the procedure.
Generally, we see results within a few weeks for some patients and longer than a month for others. Again, results vary between patients and cannot be anticipated beforehand but we have a great deal of experience, and it has so far been universally effective for treating a fatty double chin.
Schedule an Appointment in our Kelowna Clinic Today
Are you interested in Allergan’s BELKYRA® treatment as an alternative to liposuction? Call our office to set up your consultation. We’ll assess your candidacy, take you through the options, and set an appointment for you to get the information you need.
Quick Answers About Belkyra / Kybella Procedure
Will Belkyra Work for My Loose Neck Skin?
The Belkyra procedure is effective in reducing adipose tissues and it will not tighten areas specifically. If you also suffer from saggy areas on the neck, you may also require a completely different correction to address this issue depending on its severity. Most patients do find their skin also tightens, but we cannot guarantee this for everyone.
Why Choose Dr. Crippen for My Belkyra / Kybella Procedure?
Dr. Crippen and DermMedica are well-known innovators and on the forefront of body contouring and facial rejuvenation aesthetics. Dr. Crippen has been injecting compounded and formulated deoxycholate, the active ingredient in Belkyra Injectable for almost a decade. He is an expert in its administration and obtaining the best results possible for each patient.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Everyone is different, but we usually recommend 2 to 4 sessions of Belkyra to reduce the double chin bulges noticeably. We space these session about one month apart.
Would I Get Loose Skin From The Kybella Treatment?
This is a good question but the answer is generally no. Belkyra causes inflammation in the area injected which causes adipose cell death as well as tightening. If before treatment there is excess skin, this will remain after, but no additional skin laxity should be created by the procedure.
I Have Round Face With Double Chin. What Is Best For Me - Kybella Or Botox For Jawline Slimming?
Both! Botox and Belkyra are two completely separate options that work for two completely different trouble spots. Slimming the jaw profile with Botox is exceedingly effective and combining it will Belkyra for a double chin will provide dramatic improvements in the overall facial profile.
Can Kybella Be Used To Remove Jowls?
The term “jowel” usually refers to saggy skin under the chin. Belkyra is not designed to treat this problem and there is little that can be done for that right now aside from something like a major face lift.
Is Kybella As Effective If You're Overweight?
Yes, it is effective for people of all sizes but the ideal patient would be at or near their ideal weight with excess submental pockets.
55 Year Old With Bad Fat Under Chin. Will Kybella Work for Me or What Are My Alternatives?
Yes, it is possible Belkyra will be effective for you but first, we need to see you for an in-person assessment to accurately judge your eligibility for the procedure.
How Many Sessions of Kybella Would I Need for My Double Chin?
Every patient is unique and depending on the targeted area under the chin we usually recommend anywhere from 1-4 sessions.
What Is a Permanent and Guaranteed Fix for My Double Chin?
Both Belkyra and surgery are permanent options to remove submental fat. The option you choose greatly depends on your particular situation and needs.
Can Kybella Be Used Along the Jawline?
Unfortunately, Belkyra cannot be used to tighten the jawline for two major reasons. One, that area is prone to saggy skin, not excess adipose tissue. Second, there are nerves in that area which would be damaged from Belkyra so we avoid that area completely.
How Long Will Swelling Be Noticeable?
The first application of Belkyra results in significant submental swelling and can last anywhere from one to four weeks on average. Subsequent applications usually have less swelling for a shorter period of time but each patient is unique in this respect.