Techniques and procedures

Removal of submental fat
(Belkyra®)
PROCEDURE DURATION
30 - 45 mins
TYPE OF ANESTHESIA
Topical
RESULTS DURATION
Permanent, if significant changes in weight are avoided.
RESULTS
From the 2nd week

What is "double chin"?

In a survey conducted by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, 73% of participants were concerned about excess submental fat. It has been shown that this type of morphological alteration can be associated with negative feelings and lack of self-esteem; even avoiding photographs in which this region is evident or using clothes to cover the area.

The fact that it is an aesthetic condition that is generally refractory to diet and physical exercise, makes people seek medical surgical treatments to solve their problem.

What we colloquially know as "double chin", consists of an accumulation of submental fat that hangs under the chin and is usually associated with a certain degree of skin flaccidity. Its presence leads to a loss of definition of the jaw line, being one of the signs of facial aging.

The origin of the accumulation of fat in the submental area is not necessarily linked to overweight, there are other conditions that may be associated: age, genetic factors or consumption of certain drugs.

How can we eliminate it?

  • Non-surgical treatments: Belkyra®
  • Liposuction
  • Cervical Lift

What is Belkyra®?

Belkyra® is a product approved by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) in 2015 for the treatment of submental fat. Its main component is deoxycholic acid, a synthetic product that produces two effects:

A breakdown of the fat cells (adipocytes): reducing the volume of fat in the submental area.
An inflammatory reaction that stimulates the formation of new collagen and elastin, helping to improve skin flaccidity in the submental area.

Its safety and efficacy has been widely demonstrated in multiple studies and clinical trials.

In which cases is Belkyra® recommended?

The best results are obtained in those people with localized fat deposits, generally resistant to diet and exercise; and with good or moderate skin quality. It is essential to achieve a correct balance between the fat we eliminate and the skin's capacity to readapt to the vacuum generated, so that there are no areas of excess skin (hanging skin).

Dr Ojeda will be the one who evaluates in an individual way each case, analyzing the characteristics of the excess of fat, as well as the tone and firmness of the skin. Only then we will be able to recommend him the technique, or combination of the same ones, with which we are going to fulfill his desires and expectations, obtaining satisfactory and lasting results.

How is the procedure to administer Belkyra®?

Firstly, a local anesthetic is applied to the skin and the points where the infiltration with the lipolytic agent (Belkyra®) is to be carried out are designed for symmetrical administration.

The duration of the treatment is about 30 minutes, and then we apply local cold. The number of sessions needed for an optimal result varies depending on each case, between 2 and 4 sessions separated by at least 4 weeks.

How will I feel after the injections?

It is normal for you to have swelling in the treated area, which usually resolves in 48 - 72 hours. Sometimes there may be some small bruising, redness or temporary numbness in the area. The local discomfort can be controlled with the oral analgesia that we will prescribe.

Once injected in the region we want to treat, the effect becomes evident from the 2nd week onwards. The duration once the treatment is completed is permanent, as long as significant changes in weight are avoided.

How much does Belkyra® treatment cost?

The price depends on the number of sessions and whether other facial or cervical rejuvenation procedures are associated. Therefore, at Clínica Ángela Ojeda we will provide you with an individualized budget according to your needs, please contact us.