Belkyra – Ultimate Guide to Fat Removal Injections in Singapore (2019)

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Review on Belkyra treatment in Singapore:

  • Safe – US FDA Approved since 2015 (known as Kybella). HSA approved in Singapore since 2018 May.
  • Effective – Visible and Measurable Reduction of Double Chin Fat in 2-4 sessions.
  • Fuss-free – 30 minutes treatment. Numbing Cream only. No General Anaesthesia.


The Age Old Problem

“Doc, I have double chin fats. Is liposuction surgery the only treatment?”

Thankfully, No! I have good news!

Belkyra is the first and only HSA (Singapore) approved fat melting treatment to treat moderate to severe double chin (sub-mental fats) without surgery.

Spot the difference?

Belkyra consists of Deoxycholic Acid, which is injected into fats to melt fats permanently.

It is known as Kybella in the US.

In Singapore, UK, Australia and Canada, this patented deoxycholic acid fat dissolving injection is known as Belkyra.

This drug was created by Kythera Biopharmaceuticals and is currently owned by Allergan.


Let’s review Belkyra Double Chin Fat-Dissolving injections in Singapore.

Basics:

Beyond the Basics:

Insider Tips:


Basics of Belkyra

How exactly does Belkyra work?

Belkyra | Kybella is similar to a naturally occurring molecule called deoxycholic acid that is produced by the body and absorbs fats.

This pocket of under-chin fats can be removed using Belkyra

When injected into fats, Belkyra physically destroys fat cells.

This is how Belkyra works

These fat cells get absorbed by your body over a period of 6-8 weeks and completely disappear permanently.

Is Belkyra safe?

Yes, it is – with over 20 clinical studies involving 2,600 patients worldwide.

Previously known at ATX-101 during the research phases, it is currently approved by health authorities globally and taking the world by storm.

Is Belkyra proven? What are Belkyra’s reviews?

Belkyra has strong evidence to prove it’s effectiveness and safety.

Belkyra was tested in the REFINE trials which involved 1022 patients with moderate to severe submental fats. 84.7% were female with average age of 48.7 years.

Belkyra’s Results

The majority of Belkyra patients achieved ≥1-grade improvement in submental fat within 2 to 4 treatment sessions.

Although the study protocol is 6 sessions, 67.3% of patients received 4 or fewer treatments because they have achieved the final result.

Reference: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6094350/

Does Belkyra work well for Men?

Yes, it does. Belkyra is effective for both men and women.

When injected into fats, Belkyra physically destroys fat cells.

These fat cells get absorbed by your body over a period of 6-8 weeks.

Reference: https://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(16)30129-3/pdf

Is Belkyra | Kybella painful?

With numbing cream, the treatment is generally well tolerated.

Is Belkyra’s results permanent?

Yes, the fat that is destroyed from the injections are permanently removed.

Belkyra’s Before/After Results: https://www.mykybella.com/kybella-before-and-after

What is the Belkyra treatment process like?

After numbing cream is applied, the Belkyra double chin treatment is performed by a series of injections into the fat cells at the double chin area.

Standard injection points for Belkyra treatment

Special protocols are used to ensure LESS bruising, swelling and pain.

Each treatment takes approximately 30 minutes to perform.

What is the most common type of downtime/ side-effect of Belkyra treatments? Does Belkyra causes swelling?

The most common side-effect is injection site bruising and swelling.

I take extra precaution using customised techniques to minimise the chances of bruising and swelling.

How many sessions of Belkyra do I need?

It depends on the amount of under chin fat. For most patients, 2-4 treatments are needed for best results.

If you have a significant amount of under-chin fat, it’s best to use cryolipolysis to debulk the fat before removing the remaining fat with Belkyra.

When can I see the results of Belkyra treatments?

Best results are seen 2-3 months after the final Belkyra injection treatment procedure.


Beyond the Basics of Belkyra

Is Belkyra suitable for all types of double chin?

NO!

Various types of double chin: Who would benefit most from Belkyra treatment?

Double chin treatment with Belkyra injections is only suitable for double chins caused by submental fat.

Who is not suitable for Belkyra | Kybella?

Patients with dysphagia (difficulty in swallowing).

Belkyra is NOT suitable for skin laxity or platysmal bands.

Platysmal bands are better treated with Botox

For larger areas of stubborn sub-mental fat, some patients would benefit more from Under-Chin Cryolipolysis (Fat Freezing).

Cryolipolysis is good for debulking large areas of fat, while Belkyra is better used for targeting smaller pockets of fat.

It is best to consult an experienced doctor for expert opinion before embarking on the treatment journey.

Can Belkyra | Kybella tighten loose neck skin?

No. Belkyra is a procedure which is effective in reducing double chin fat, however, it is not designed for tightening skin, specifically.

If you suffer excessive laxity on your neck area you may require a surgical treatment or nonsurgical treatment such as Ultraformer 3 HIFU.

Belkyra has been known to tighten skin in some individuals. However, this is a by-product of the reaction rather than the aim of treatment.

Can Belkyra be used to dissolve fat at other regions of the body?

Currently, Belkyra/ Kybella is approved for removal of submental fat (under chin).

Doctors in the United States have started using Belkyra for small areas of fat such as bra roll/ bra bulge fats and abdominal (tummy) fats.

Clinical studies have shown that fat removal of stomach, back and arms will require more Belkyra treatment sessions as the fats are more stubborn.


Belkyra versus other double chin treatments

Belkyra | Kybella vs Liposuction surgery

Compared to Liposuction surgery, Belkyra/Kybella has these benefits:

  • No surgical/anaesthesia risk
  • Lower cost/price
  • Lesser downtime

Belkyra vs Fat-freezing Cool-mini (Cryolipolysis)

Belkyra is used for targeted and precise spot reduction of fat while cryolipolysis is used for general debulking of fat.

Depending on your anatomy, both treatments might be needed.

Belkyra vs HIFU/ Ulthera

I use Belkyra for removal of fat followed by HIFU to tighten loose skin. Both treatments are synergistic to give an overall result of a slimmer and well-contoured jaw-line and neck.

Belkyra vs Botox/ Dysport

Botox treats platysmal bands.

Compared to Botox which has early effects in 1 week, Belkyra’s results are gradual – progressively noticeable results in 4-6 weeks.

Belkyra vs Mesotherapy

Belkyra is the only approved permanent fat reduction/ melting injection in Singapore.

Mesotherapy is not allowed in Singapore based on Ministry of Health (Singapore) guidelines.

Belkyra vs EmSculpt

Belkyra can be used to sculpt tiny areas for fat reduction/removal because it is not limited by the size of the treatment applicator – unlike EmSculpt.

Is the Belkyra treatment experience pleasant?

Here are some experiences of Belkyra from around the world:

Truth About Kybella

https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/beauty/cosmetic-surgery/got-a-double-chin-theres-apparently-a-cure-for-that/news-story/50813447a046faa376a71479f14b8604

https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/09/24/belkyra-all-about-the-fat-dissolving-chin-sculpting-treatment_a_23221370/

Is Belkyra | Kybella safe? What are the possible major complications or side-effects?

Possible problems/ side-effects related to Belkyra that your doctor may not tell you

1. Swelling – it may last up to 1 week!

2. Skin necrosis – if injected too superficially

3. Nerve irritation – if injected too close to the nerve


Belkyra Treatment in Singapore: Insider Tips

How much does Belkyra treatment cost in Singapore?

Belkyra treatment costs $1500 – $2500/ session. Usually 2-4 sessions are recommended for best results

Are there subsidies for Belkyra treatment in Singapore?

Unfortunately, no. However, most clinics will have instalment plans or treatment packages to assist you financially.

How do I save money on Belkyra Double Chin Fat treatments in Singapore?

In order to save more money on double chin fat removal, you need to find a doctor who can deliver the most results per treatment session with minimal complications.

This boils down to 2 factors:

  1. Expertise translates to Results

Why spend money on a treatment that might not work for you? An expert Belkyra doctor knows who is SUITABLE for Belkyra treatments and who isn’t.

Different Anatomy, Different Treatments.

Most importantly, because everyone’s double chin fat distribution is unique, your treatments should be customized by an expert for best fat removal results.

2. Avoiding complications saves you both pain and money

Although Belkyra is a minimally invasive treatment, it does not mean ZERO risk.

Avoiding complications will mean less pain and more cost-savings.

The Key to avoiding complications: Consult an expert Belkyra doctor.


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