Melting Double Chins with BELKYRA!
As a laser and aesthetic dermatologist, I am introduced to and am involved in trialling new products and devices on a weekly basis. So it takes a special product to get me excited.
Think MiraDry, Fraxel, Infini/Intensif, effective PRP.
Well, this weekend, I was amongst a small group of specialists invited to the launch of Belkyra, from the Allergan stable of injectable agents.
AND I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED!
This is not another muscle relaxant trotted out to rival Botox (Allergan’s multi-million dollar superstar), or yet another filler that is a subtle variant of others already on the market.
This is a ‘First-in-Class’ injectable agent to melt fat in the chin and upper neck area that has been proven internationally to be safe and effective option to permanently reducing this common complaint.
Submental fat, or the dreaded Double Chin, is a scourge of both males and females. Often a genetic tendency, the double chin will often make an individual look fatter and older than they actually are, and may be resistant to diets and exercise.
Traditionally treatment of this area was challenging, with surgical procedures such as liposuction (which is invasive and has significant downtime) and more recently Coolsculpting (which although non-invasive, does not allow for as much flexibility to localise the areas of treatment) being the only options available.
Belkyra is a synthetic form of an enzyme known as deoxycholic acid, which is naturally formed by the body to break down ingested fat. When injected into fat pockets under the chin, it breaks the fat cells down, allowing the body to then safely remove it from the area. When injected properly, surrounding normal cells and vital structures such as nerves and vessels remain unaffected.
This is a relatively comfortable 20min procedure, with most patients being able to return to work the next day.
Most patients will require 2-4 sessions spaced about 8 weeks apart, but the international results speak for themselves, and patient satisfaction rates are extremely high.
Like is said earlier, it takes a lot to get me excited, BUT I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED!
Dr Shobhan Manoharan