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The double chin and non-contoured jawline

A double chin is caused by an excess of fat in the submental area (the area under the chin and jaw). This can sometimes occur as a result of weight gain, but can also often occur as a results of genetics and/or the aging process. People with excess fat in this area often complain that their jawline becomes unapparent and not contoured. While they are happy with their overall body weight, they feel that their face/neck looks overweight and aged and that there’s lack of definition between their jaw and neck. Addressing the excess fat in this area is one of the most satisfying and effective ways to create a youthful and chiseled jawline and neck.

Deoxycholic Acid (Belkyra®) Injections

This is a minimally invasive procedure that safely and permanently removes the fat under the chin to create a defined and contoured look in this area.

Deoxycholic acid, is a naturally-occurring substance in our bodies which absorbs fat. When injected into the area underneath the chin, it permanently destroys unwanted fat cells. Commonly following the procedure, tightening the skin and contouring the jaw also occurs, causing a rejuvenated and slimmer look in this area.

Other adjunct procedures can include chin implant to address a weak chin, the neck-tite procedure to tighten loose skin, or a surgical neck lift with platysma-plasty to address loose and saggy muscles in the neck and submental area. These procedures can be done alone or together to remove extra fat and or skin from under the chin.

How is Belkyra® Treatment done?

An injectable grid is first placed over the double chin area to plan for optimal treatment. A very fine needle is then used to inject small amounts of the solution directly into the unwanted fat. The treatment takes twenty to thirty minutes to complete.

The number of sessions will depend on how much excess fat is present and results appear in about 4-6 weeks. As a surgeon devoted to surgery of the head and neck, Dr. Javidnia has worked extensively in this area and is expertly aware of this anatomy. During your consultation we will let you know if Belkyra is an appropriate treatment for you and how many sessions are required.

After Treatment

After the treatment patients can return to work and resume normal daily activities. Minor swelling or bruising under the chin is possible but usually resolves within a few days after treatment. Results usually become apparent by 4-6 weeks after the procedure.

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