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By Jerome Edelstein, MD

Extra fat below the jaw – or the dreaded “double chin” – can make even the most youthful adult appear older and overweight. For patients wishing to rid themselves of this extra bulk, it used to be that the only option was surgery. Today however, there is an effective non-surgical treatment available called Belkyra.

What is Belkyra?

Belkyra is an injectable prescription medication that works by destroying the fat cells that cause submental (“under the chin”) fat. The treatment is recommended for adults who have moderate to severe cases of submental fat (or a double chin).

The active ingredient is deoxycholic acid which is a substance that occurs naturally in the body and is used for the breakdown of fat.When injected into a patient’s double chin, it works by breaking down the fat in those areas and preventing the cells from being able to accumulate or store more fat.

What can I expectIf you are embarrassed by your double chin and would like to try Belkyra, the first step is to book a consultation at Edelstein Cosmetic in Toronto. We will examine you and discuss a treatment plan to help you achieve a more desirable facial profile.

Should you decide to proceed, you will be scheduled for a series of treatments which are usually scheduled a minimum of one month apart. Depending on the individual, up to six treatments may be required to get the desired results, however,  patients may start to see progress with as little as two treatments.

One of the advantages of Belkyra over other types of injectable procedures is that the results are long lasting. Once the fat cells have been destroyed, they will not return.

The side effects with Belkyra are usually minimal such as numbness, swelling, bruising, and pain, however, more serious side effects are possible and should be discussed before you make your decision.Is Belkyra Right For Me?Belkyra has been approved for adults who have a moderate to severe double chin, but each patient must make their own decision as to whether this is the right treatment for them. Any type of cosmetic procedure is a deeply personal choice and when you book a consultation at Edelstein Cosmetic, we will discuss all of your options with you to help you make the decision that is right for you.

Patients who have an infection in the area that is to be treated should wait until it is healed before going forward with Belkyra injections. You should also inform your doctor about any past or upcoming surgeries to your face and neck, whether you might be pregnant and if you are taking any medications.
Many adults suffer the embarrassment of having a submental chin fat – but there is a solution. If you are tired of your double chin and wish to experience the improved appearance and boost of confidence that Belkyra can provide, contact Edelstein Cosmetic for a consultation. Together, you can discuss treatment options and make a decision about whether Belkyra injections are the right treatment choice for you.

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