Bothered about your double chin but unsure on what are the various non-surgical treatment options available? Heard about Belkyra/ Kybella yet unsure about its efficacy and if you are suitable for this treatment? This article aims to provide clarity on double chin treatment options and key information on Belkyra/ Kybella.
Doc, why do I have a Double Chin in the first place?
The appearance of a double chin results from fat tissue accumulation under the chin (i.e submental fat) and/ or skin laxity. The fat tissue and skin laxity under the chin distorts the distinction between the neck and jaw causing an aged appearance. A defined chin and jawline profile is regarded as a marker of youth and beauty.
What are the non-surgical treatment options available for Double Chin?
A physical examination by your doctor is vital to determine the factor(s) that result in your double chin. Fat tissue under the skin can be treated via 1) Belkyra/ Kybella injections and 2) Fat freezing cryolipolysis; whilst skin laxity can be addressed with 3) Neck threadlift and 4) High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU).
What is Belkyra/ Kybella?
Belkyra is a non-surgical injectable treatment for reduction and improvement of moderate to severe submental fat giving the appearance of a double chin. Belkyra is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid that is naturally produced by the body and absorbs fat. Belkyra is FDA-approved since 2015 and HSA-approved in Singapore since June 2018 for treatment of the submental area (under the chin).
How does Belkyra/ Kybella work?
When injected into the submental fat below the chin, Belkyra causes the membrane of the fat cells to be dissolved leading to permanent cells destruction. The destroyed fat cells are removed through the body’s natural processes through a period of 6 to 8 weeks. This results in a noticeable reduction in submental fullness.
Steps to safe and efficacious Belkyra injection procedure involve:
1) Evaluation of submental fullness
2) Marking out treatment zone and application of topical anaesthesia
3) Selection of appropriate Belkyra dose
4) Belkyra Injection
5) Proper post-treatment care to reduce downtime
Each Belkyra treatment procedure takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes and should be spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart. 2 to 6 treatments are needed for most patients to obtain desired results. Pain is well tolerated with topical anaesthesia and a customised injection technique. Once the desired results have been obtained, most individuals do not need to repeat the treatment as the removal of fat cells by Belkyra is permanent.
When can I see the results?
Best results are seen within 2-3 months after the final Belkyra injection treatment.
Downtime/ Side effects
Common post-treatment side effects include injection site bruising, swelling and itching that are temporary. A customised injection technique and proper post-treatment care are used to reduce downtime.
Who should not have Belkyra/ Kybella treatment?
Belkyra is unsuitable for individuals with dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing), injection site infection, pregnant or breastfeeding women. Belkyra is also unsuitable for patients with excessive skin laxity below the chin. These patients should be treated with skin tightening procedures such as neck threadlift or HIFU instead.
Therefore, it is best to consult an experienced doctor for a proper assessment to customise your double chin treatment.
Disclaimer: The material contained in this is for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The content is not intended to be a substitute for doctor’s advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Disclaimer: The material contained in this is for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice. The content is not intended to be a substitute for doctor's advice, diagnosis, or treatment.