A double chin can detract from an otherwise fit and firm appearance. Nobody wants to have a double chin, especially if they’re otherwise trim and fit. According to one aesthetic survey, 67% of people were bothered by an excess of fat under their neck or chin. In fact, every year at Heights Laser Centre, Dr. Jaffer sees men and women who come in with that exact complaint – excess chin fat, also known as submental adipose. This is because like you, these people have learned that, unfortunately, there’s no way that you can diet or exercise away your unwanted chin bulk even if you’ve lost weight. No matter how hard you work out, you can’t tell your body where to lose the weight you want to drop.
If you are frustrated with the contour of your profile, if your facial features make you seem older than you are, or if you find yourself asking to retake photos because you’re dissatisfied with how heavy your face looks because of a double chin, you may be a good candidate for Belkyra (known as Kybella in the US). The chin fat-melting effects of deoxycholic acid were discovered in the early 2000s by UCLA researchers, and it now available for specific use of under chin fat. By attacking submental fat, Belkyra helps you eliminate get the profile you desire.
The importance of proportionate results that compliment your overall facial contours is crucial, something that we pay particular attention to. No facial feature is perceived in isolation. As you make changes to your jawline, it’s important to think about how a reduction in facial fullness may impact your overall facial harmony. Our talented cosmetic physician is able to ensure the results from any one procedure are complementary to the health of your skin and to your beauty goals. That’s because we take a holistic approach to all of our aesthetic treatments. We work with you to ensure we don’t do too much or too little to help you achieve your desired results. The goal is to create natural looking results that boost your confidence and honour your natural features.
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No Surgery & Fast Recovery
Heights Laser Centre offers Belkyra to help Vancouver patients get a more sculpted chin and neckline. Belkyra is a Health Canada-approved product that permanently dissolves localized fat under the chin. This injectable procedure can create a slimmer and more defined aesthetic that leaves you looking and feeling younger, faster than surgery.
One of the First to Perform Belkyra
Patients rely on Heights Laser Centre because of the skill and expertise we bring to aesthetic treatments. Dr. Perhez Jaffer was one of the first physicians in Canada trained to administer Belkyra, and ongoing professional development allows him to provide care safely, effectively, and with the most attractive and natural-looking results possible.
As a board certified physician-led practice, we have been accredited by the Better Business Bureau since 2009 and have an A+ rating. You’ll receive high-quality care at every step of your experience with us, from consultation to recovery. We take the time to get to know each person that comes through our doors.
Our staff members will greet you and give an outline of what to expect. You’ll fill in some general forms that will become part of your patient file.
We strive to create a welcoming and comfortable environment. As part of this goal, we’ll make sure to help you with any questions or concerns you may have. We’re here for you!
Feel free to enjoy some complimentary refreshments while you fill out your forms.
You’ll then have your private medical consultation with Dr. Jaffer, a licensed physician who has over 20 years of experience. He will ask you about your aesthetic concerns and goals as well as perform a medical exam of the areas you’d like to target. This will help him evaluate different solutions and tailor treatment to your needs.
Dr. Jaffer will determine if you are a good candidate for Belkyra. Properly screened patients follow this assessment process:
The location and the amount of accumulate fat in the area of your chin is assessed. Belkyra works best for patients who have good skin tone and whose fat does not extend to the sides of the neck.
If the issue is more widespread, Dr. Jaffer may recommend CoolSculpting in combination with Belkyra to achieve the best result. CoolSculpting is another non-surgical, non-invasive solution we offer.
Dr. Jaffer will review your medical history to ensure that you don’t have medical issues that would make Belkyra unsuitable, such as an enlarged thyroid or salivary glands.
Am I a Good Candidate for Belkyra?
Simply having a double chin you want to lose doesn’t automatically qualify you. First, Dr. Jaffer must ensure you are medically sound enough to have the injections, meaning that you don’t have enlarged thyroid or salivary glands, or any other condition that would prevent him from administering this injectable. Your chin and neck area should also be free of infection and inflammation prior to the double chin treatment.
Skin Tightening Treatments
Next, Dr. Jaffer needs to make sure you have the “right” type of chin fat to target. In general, this means that you have good skin tone and don’t have submental fullness that extends to the sides of the neck. Sometimes, loose skin may be the cause, in which case skin tightening treatments would be better suited to target excess fat and loose skin for the best results.
Here are some things that may not make you a suitable candidate for this nonsurgical double chin removal treatment:
an infection in the area to be treated
hypersensitivity to ingredients in the product
women who are pregnant or nursing
you’re under 18 years old
A review of your medical history will be performed during your consultation. If you don’t qualify for Belkyra treatments, don’t worry. There’s still hope to get rid of your double chin and achieve your aesthetic goals! We may be able to recontour your chin using different services, based on a non surgical solution called CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is Health Canada approved to treat submental fat.
Belkyra offers our med spa patients the following benefits:
Fat removal: Belkyra injections can remove stubborn areas and bulges of fat without the need for surgery or invasive procedures.
Quick recovery: Belkyra has a well earned reputation for easy-to-manage discomfort and a fast recovery. Most people will be able to resume normal activities immediately following their treatment.
Effective targeting: When administered by an experienced cosmetic physician like Dr. Jaffer, the treatment can be deployed with incredible accuracy. This means that your results will blend seamlessly with the rest of your face to create natural looking contours.
Fast appointments: A single treatment can be completed relatively quickly for optimal results. Just because you have a busy schedule doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy a more vibrant-looking profile.
Does what diet and exercise can’t: Diet and exercise are essential to a healthy lifestyle, but they cannot select specific areas of the body for successful fat removal. With Belkyra, you’ll be able to control which specific areas of fat you want to reduce.
Before receiving Belkyra, a staff member will take photos of your chin and neck from the front and profile views. These photos will let you see the aesthetic changes that this non surgical procedure provides.
To improve your comfort, our staff will ice the area beneath your chin for about 10 minutes before the procedure. This desensitizes the skin. Once you’re numb, Dr. Jaffer will thoroughly cleanse the area and mark it to pinpoint exactly where the microinjections are to be made. He then uses a tiny needle to inject small amounts directly into the outlined areas. A specialized guide will allow him to distribute the Belkyra in a way that will create a natural-looking, even, and attractive contour. It’s as simple as that!
Belkyra is administered across sessions to reduce submental fullness. Most Vancouver patients will need two to four treatments, scheduled about 6-8 weeks apart in order to obtain optimal results.* Once injected, the the product will begin breaking down the fat layer in the affected area. It is able to do this because it’s composed of a synthetic version of the natural compounds in your body that break down fat.
After your procedure, the treatment area will be iced for another 20 minutes, in part to reduce swelling. The process is relatively fast and simple; Vancouver patients can expect it to take very little time to complete. Visiting Dr. Jaffer for a Belkyra treatment is a perfect “lunchtime” appointment, as you will be cleared to return to your normal daily activities with no downtime.
It is important to note that Belkyra injections work best on patients who have a small amount of fat beneath their skin.
What is Belkyra?
Belkyra is a medical product that is based on deoxycholic acid. It is a synthetic version of a substance that naturally occurs in bile. Derived from non-animal sources, deoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring substance that destroys the membranes of cells. The contents of the affected cells are released and naturally eliminated from the body. This is how it destroys unwanted fat under the chin following weight gain or aging.
How does Belkyra work? Where does the fat go?
Belkyra is deoxycholic acid and it dissolves moderate amounts of excess fat cells. With treatments, your body will metabolize and filter out these destroyed cells.
How long do the benefits last after a Belkyra Burnaby treatment?
Non-surgical fat reduction with Belkyra treatments offers permanent results to achieve your desired profile. Fat that the injection session eliminates will not grow back.
Can it work even if diet and exercise haven't?
Treatments focus specifically on submental fullness at the injection sites. As a targeted treatment, you can expect to see the type of significant improvement that you may not have been able to achieve following weight gain.
How many treatments do I need?
Generally speaking, the number of injection sessions recommended by doctors in most cases range from about two to four. Please note that individual results do vary. During your first treatment session in Metro Vancouver, we’ll discuss what you should expect for your treatment plan.
Are Belkyra injections painful?
We prioritize the patient experience. Most patients feel little to no discomfort from the Belkyra injection sessions is typically well tolerated, thanks in part to the treatment regimen we use (icing the area with a cold compress before and after and local anesthetic). However, patients may notice a slight burning sensation in the days following their appointment as Belkyra dissolves the fat cells. For this reason, it’s best to avoid services that target the area for a few weeks, like laser hair removal.
Will there be swelling in the treatment area?
This can last up to two weeks and is one of the signs that the Belkyra treatments are working. Icing the injection sites can reduce these concerns and improve your comfort.
What's the difference between Belkyra and chin liposuction?
Below is a discussion of 3 key differences between BELKYRA and chin liposuction surgery:
BELKYRA is a non-surgical treatment. A patient chooses BELKYRA because they say “NO” to diet changes, general anesthesia, having incisions made, and recovering from surgery. When you first arrive for your injection session, you’ll have your bottom chin area iced for about 10 minutes to help number it and make your injectable more comfortable. Dr. Jaffer will make injections into certain areas. Once he’s done, you’ll ice the treatment area for about 20 minutes.
With liposuction, a plastic surgeon makes a small incision and then places a small tube called a “cannula” into the treatment area. He or she then uses a back and forth motion as the liposuction machine sucks out fatty tissue. In contrast, Belkyra attacks fatty cells and kills them. Your body then eliminates these dead fat cells through its natural elimination process.
If you choose to have chin liposuction, you’ll be choosing surgery and general anesthesia. That means because you received such a strong sedative, you won’t be able to drive yourself home and instead will need a friend or family member to volunteer for the task. You’ll then be sent home to recover for a few days.With the BELKYRA treatment plan, the recovery process is virtually non-existent.* While you may experience some discomfort, you can immediately return to most of your daily activities the same day you receive your injections, including going back to work or school. The only restriction Dr. Jaffer places on his Burnaby patients is to avoid vigorous physical activity for 3 days.
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After Belkyra: Recuperation & Results
Dr. Jaffer will follow up with you by phone two days after treatment and in person after about one week. He will also meet with you again after one month and two months; at each visit, a dedicated team member will take a new set of photos so you can see the gradual reduction in bulk beneath your chin.
Post-care guidelines for treatment with Belkyra double chin treatment are few. With minimal downtime, most patients can resume regular activities almost immediately. However, we recommend waiting three days before performing rigorous activities, such as running or lifting heavy weights. The same recovery timeline applies to your second treatment session and, if necessary, your third visit.
Belkyra does not provide immediate results, but you’ll be able to see best results after 2-3 injection sessions over the course of 6-8 weeks. It may take several weeks for your results to become apparent as the fat dissolving process is not instantaneous.
The reduction you get from each stage of treatment is permanent, and by the conclusion of your care, you should be able to enjoy an attractive, fitter-looking neckline and chin area.
Common side effects include pain, bruising, swelling, redness and numbness. As our patient, you can expect for these to typically resolve in one to two weeks. In rare cases, serious risks include facial muscle weakness and trouble swallowing.
Though many people suffer from a double chin, the good news is that we can easily correct it by using Belkyra.
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