Double Chin Treatment Options
At our Toronto and Mississauga practice, we field a lot of inquiries about double chin treatments. BELKYRA is an injectable that reduces a double chin, and we now offer it at our Mississauga and Toronto offices for men and women from Oakville, Brampton and surrounding areas. Also known as KYBELLA® in the U.S., BELKYRA is the first injectable treatment approved to reduce submental (under the chin) fat. BELKYRA is quickly becoming one of the most popular nonsurgical treatments available because it reduces fat below the chin without surgery.
Patients can also choose to remove submental fat through surgical options, such as neck liposuction. If the presence of a double chin is caused by a combination of unwanted fat and excess skin, a neck lift may also be appropriate.
To learn more about BELKYRA injections or surgical options for removing fat under the chin, call our office at 905-273-3045 (Mississauga) or 416-207-9090 (Toronto) or request an appointmentrequest an appointment using the online form.
The Results You Want
These BELKYRA before-and-after photos show how the injectable treatment minimizes the appearance of a double chin and creates a more well-defined profile.
Photos courtesy of Allergan.
BELKYRA is the newest and least invasive option for removing the unwanted submental fat that causes a double chin. Our practice offers it alongside neck liposuction and neck lift.
Results from a Neck Liposuction PatientBeforeAfter
This woman successfully had unwanted chin fat removed through neck liposuction. The procedure took about 1 hour and used a small incision below the chin.
How BELKYRA Works
BELKYRA's active ingredient, deoxycholic acid, is a molecule that is synthetically identical to a chemical that occurs naturally in the body. The natural version is produced by the liver and stored by the gall bladder. When you eat, it's released to help the body break down and absorb dietary fat.
When it's injected into the fat beneath the chin, the deoxycholic acid in BELKYRA works to break down unwanted fat cells. Those cells can no longer function normally, so the body naturally removes them over time. Once the fat cells are gone, they are gone for good.
Neck Liposuction & Neck Lift
Neck liposuction, like BELKYRA, works to remove excess fat under the chin. This option gives Dr. Weinberg an opportunity to surgically sculpt the jawline and remove stubborn pockets of fat.
It's important to note that BELKYRA and neck liposuction are both designed to reduce unwanted fat. If you are unhappy with the way your neck looks because of sagging skin, a neck lift is likely a better choice. The procedure treats the area by tightening muscles, removing excess fat, and draping the skin at a new, slimmer contour.
Your Double Chin Treatment Procedure
Patients at our practice are treated under the supervision of an experienced, Royal College-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Weinberg creates a customized treatment plan after your consultation. The number of BELKYRA injections and treatment sessions needed to reach your cosmetic goals varies. In most cases, the desired results are seen after 2 to 4 treatment sessions.
The procedure is performed at our office and begins with your injector carefully marking a detailed grid in the treatment area. This serves as a guide during the session and makes sure that injections are precise and avoid vital areas in the neck, such as blood vessels, nerves, and the thyroid gland. A topical anesthetic can be applied, if desired, to numb the treatment area and increase your comfort. Treatment involves little to no downtime. Most patients can return to work soon after their treatments. Some discomfort is normal, but it does not impede your daily activities.
In a neck liposuction procedure, Dr. Weinberg uses tumescent liposuction, which contains a local anesthetic to prepare the area for treatment. The procedure takes about 1 hour, during which Dr. Weinberg inserts the liposuction cannula through small incisions to break up the fat and remove it from the target area. Patients typically experience minimal downtime, returning to daily activities the next day but refraining from strenuous exercise for a minimum of 2 weeks.
Dr. Michael J. Weinberg is a Royal College certified plastic surgeon, and is committed to helping you achieve a youthful and vibrant appearance.Meet Dr. Weinberg
Meet Dr. Michael J. Weinberg Plastic Surgeon, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCS(C)
Dr. Michael J. Weinberg is a Royal College certified plastic surgeon, and is committed to helping you achieve a youthful and vibrant appearance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I see immediate results?
With BELKYRA, results appear gradually, and it usually takes about 8 weeks to see the optimal results following a treatment session. This is because the body needs time to absorb the unwanted fat cells and remove them.
With neck liposuction, there will be some initial bruising and swelling. The majority of it will fade within the first week, but some residual swelling may persist for a month or more.
How many BELKYRA treatments are needed?
That depends on your specific needs. In clinical trials, between 3 and 6 treatments were needed to produce the best results. In clinical practice, many treating physicians have found that patients see the desired improvement after 2 to 4 treatments. Treatment sessions must be scheduled at least 1 month apart and are usually carried out 2 months apart.
How many injections are made during 1 BELKYRA treatment?
Much as with BOTOX® Cosmetic injections for headache, a typical patient has between 20 and 30 small injections, although the number may vary after the first session. Dr. Weinberg works with you to create a customized treatment plan following your consultation.
What are possible side effects of BELKYRA?
There can be some minor discomfort following the treatment. Ice packs and over-the-counter pain relief medication help reduce any pain you experience. Swelling and redness in the treatment area are also common side effects, lasting several days or even a little over a week. Numbness, mild bruising, and hardness at the injection sites are other side effects documented during clinical trials. There have been rare reports of more serious injection site reactions such as skin ulceration.