Understanding deoxycholic acid (known as Belkyra ™ ) for submental fat reduction

Dre Emilie Bourgeault

Thursday, June 13, 2024

In the pursuit of a more contoured and youthful appearance, many individuals are turning to non-surgical options to address submental fat, commonly known as a double chin. Among the innovative treatments available, this active ingredient, deoxycholic acid, have gained popularity for their efficacy and minimal invasiveness. Let’s delve into what deoxycholic acid is, how it works, and what you can expect from the treatment.

What is deoxycholic acid?

Deoxycholic acid is an injectable treatment specifically designed to reduce submental fat. The active ingredient in products as Belkyra ™  is deoxycholic acid, a naturally occurring molecule in the body that aids in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fat beneath the chin, deoxycholic acid destroys fat cells, resulting in a noticeable reduction in fullness and improved chin contour.

How Does Deoxycholic Acid Work?

Deoxycholic acid functions as a cytolytic agent, meaning it disrupts the membrane of fat cells. When injected into targeted areas, it effectively destroys these cells, which are then metabolized and eliminated by the body’s natural processes. This mechanism of action ensures that the fat cells are permanently removed, reducing the likelihood of fat reaccumulation in the treated area.

The Procedure

  1. Consultation: A thorough consultation with a qualified healthcare provider is the first step. During this session, the provider will assess the submental area, discuss the patient’s goals, and determine if Belkyra is the right treatment option.

  2. Preparation: On the day of the procedure, the treatment area is cleaned and marked. A topical numbing cream or local anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort.

  3. Injection: The deoxycholic acid is administered through a series of small injections under the chin. The number of injections and sessions required varies depending on the amount of submental fat and the desired outcome.

  4. Post-Treatment: Patients may experience swelling, bruising, or numbness in the treated area. These side effects are typically temporary and resolve within a few days to weeks.

Results and Expectations

Results from deoxycholic acid are not immediate; they develop gradually over several weeks as the body metabolizes the destroyed fat cells. Most patients see optimal results after two to four treatment sessions, spaced about four to six weeks apart. The fat reduction achieved with Belkyra is long-lasting, provided that the patient maintains a stable weight.

Benefits of deoxycholic acid

-Non-Surgical: Unlike surgical options such as liposuction, Belkyra requires no incisions or anesthesia, making it a less invasive option with minimal downtime.

-Permanent Fat Reduction: The fat cells targeted by Belkyra are permanently destroyed, reducing the likelihood of fat returning to the treated area.

-Customized Treatment: The number of injections and sessions can be tailored to each patient’s specific needs and goals.

Considerations and Side Effects

While products such as Belkyra ™ are generally safe and effective, it is not suitable for everyone. Potential candidates should be in good health, have realistic expectations, and have a moderate amount of submental fat. Possible side effects include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. Rarely, more serious side effects like difficulty swallowing or nerve injury leading to an uneven smile can occur.

Deoxycholic acid offers a promising solution for individuals seeking a non-surgical method to reduce submental fat and enhance their chin profile. With its active ingredient, it targets and eliminates fat cells, providing a long-lasting improvement in appearance. As with any cosmetic procedure, it is essential to consult with a qualified healthcare provider to determine if deoxycholic acid is the right option and to ensure safe and effective treatment.

If you have any questions or are curious about this service for submental fat reduction, reach out to our team, we’ll be happy to help!

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