New Zealand men and women concerned about a double chin now have a nonsurgical option for treatment.
What is Belkyra?
Belkyra Treatment is a nonsurgical injection treatment to reduce the fat in a double chin.
The active ingredient is deoxycholic acid, derived from a plant. Deoxycholic acid is an important part of our bile which helps dissolve and digest the fat we eat. When deoxycholic acid is injected into the double chin fat it acts as a detergent and breaks down fat cells. Fewer fat cells mean less fat in the double chin. You can read more about it here.
What to expect from Belkyra treatment?
A series of injections is needed, at least two and maybe three or four. After an assessment and discussion about your neck, the treatment area is marked out. A series of local anaesthetic injections are given for comport followed by the Belkyra injections. The area is usually swollen for a few days to up to six weeks.
How much does Belkyra cost?
That depends on how much and how many treatments are required. A minimum of two treatments of two vials of Belkyra will be needed at $650 a vial i.e. a minimum of $2600. Some people need more.
Who may benefit from Belkyra?
Patients who have a moderate or severe amount of fat in their double chin. There can be other causes of neck fullness and a consultation and examination is necessary to ensure that Belkyra treatment is the right treatment.
Who should not have Belkyra?
Anyone who is allergic to deoxycholic acid is pregnant or breastfeeding should not have Belkyra treatment.
Belkyra before and after
BELKYRA® injection (deoxycholic acid 10 mg/mL) is a Prescription Medicine used for the improvement in the appearance of moderate to severe convexity or fullness associated with submental fat in adults. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. BELKYRA® has risks and benefits. For more information, talk to your healthcare professional or read the Consumer Medicine Information available at www.medsafe.govt.nz. Ask your specialist if BELKYRA® is right for you. Always follow your specialist’s instructions. If you experience side effects and they concern you, see your healthcare professional. You will need to pay for BELKYRA®. 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.. Note: Results from BELKYRA® treatment usually last up to four years.
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