Fullness under the chin, commonly referred to as a ‘double-chin’, is a common, yet undertreated facial aesthetic concern that can impact both women and men. Among the common causes of excess chin fat include aging, genetics and weight changes. This area is commonly resistant to exercise and can make people look older and/or heavier than they actually are.

Is Belkyra Right for Me?

Belkyra, also known as Kybella™ in the U.S., is a revolutionary new non-surgical treatment for improving the appearance of fullness under the chin. When injected into the tissue, the active ingredient, deoxycholic acid, targets and eliminates fat cells. It is a Health Canada and FDA-approved injectable designed to restore your chin definition without the invasiveness and downtime of traditional liposuction or plastic surgery. The procedure is highly effective for most.

Good candidates for Belkyra are individuals who:

  • Have mild to moderate neck fullness
  • Have minimal excess skin
  • Have good skin elasticity

How does Belkyra™ work?

Belkyra™ is administered in the office by our licensed registered nurse-injector to patients deemed appropriate following consultation. It is a simple series of injections beneath the chin that typically requires only 20-30 minutes to perform. This same series of injections is repeated 2-4 times on average, spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Once your goals have been met, repeat treatment is not expected.

Recovery Expectations

Minimal downtime is one of the benefits of Belkyra over more invasive procedures, including a neck lift and/or liposuction. Intense feeling of heat is experienced, but an ice pack is applied immediately post treatment which significantly helps with discomfort The heat subsides in about 15-30 minutes. Patients often report experiencing some degree of both numbness and swelling following the administration of Belkyra. While the swelling of the area will usually last approximately one week, the duration of the numbness may be longer.

Belkyra FAQs

What can I expect at my first appointment?

The initial visit is a consultation only. Our licensed registered nurse injector will meet with you to gather pre-treatment information, discuss your objectives and provide information as to how many treatments will likely be required. Following approval and recommendations by Dr. Dawes, you are ready to begin.

Is it painful?

Moderate discomfort is experienced after Belkyra injections; however, it is very short lived. Patients are given an ice pack immediately post treatment which significantly reduces the discomfort.

How much downtime?

Any significant burning discomfort usually only lasts 15-30 minutes and is relieved with ice packs and standard over-the-counter pain medication. Swelling of the neck area can occur for up to two weeks post-treatment. This should be taken into account when planning social engagements. Mild to significant numbness can be expected, and may last up to 4 weeks. For most patients, the duration and intensity of the numbness and pain is typically diminished with subsequent treatments.

How many treatments will I need?

Many patients treated with Belkyra experience visible improvement of their chin profile in 2-4 treatments. Rarely, up to 6 may need to be administered. The treatments are spaced a minimum of 4 weeks apart.

How do I know whether Belkyra is right for me? Are there other options?

Belkyra is best for patients with a mild-moderate amount of chin fat and minimal skin laxity. CoolSclupting with the new CoolMini applicator is an additional option, although with no skin-tightening benefit. Patients with significant skin and/or muscle laxity may be better suited for a surgical procedure. Dr. Dawes will assess which treatment option(s) would be best suited to help you to achieve your objectives and optimal results.

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“My role, in part, is to assist patients through the process of determining which surgical or non-surgical options would help them meet their aesthetic goals and realistic expectations”

Jeffrey C. Dawes MD, FRSC


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