Was I able to improve my double chin with Belkyra? Part 1

Was I able to improve my double chin with Belkyra

I come from a long line of double-chinned people. I come from it honestly–ah, genetics. But honestly, I am not a fan.

My dream is to have a gorgeous jawline like, say, the stunning Cate Blanchette. Now I know that I am a tad on the “squishy” side and should lose some weight, but even if I do lose 30 lbs, I’ll still have a chubby, chubby chin. So how can I improve my jawline?

According to a survey by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) in 2014, I’m not the only person bothered by fullness under the chin: over 67 percent of consumers are too.

For the longest time, the most effective way to get rid of unwanted chin fat was to undergo surgery like liposuction or a neck lift. Ouch! Luckily, that’s not the case anymore.

Canadians can now opt for a Health Canada-approved, non-surgical injectable treatment, specifically designed to improve the appearance of moderate to severe amounts of fat under the chin. Its name is BELKYRA™ (KYBELLA® in the U.S.), part of the Allergan Canada portfolio of products.

Okay, so what is being injected, you ask? Deoxycholic acid. This drug mimics a natural-occurring enzyme our gallbladder produces and releases, to help digest and absorb fat. “When injected into fat, those fat cells rupture open, and your immune system sends its scavengers out to clean up the broken down fat cells. Once those cells are broken down, they cannot reaccumulate. They don’t grow back over time,” explains Dr. Shannon Humphrey, a Cosmetic Dermatologist and clinical researcher practising at the Carruthers & Humphrey Cosmetic Clinic in Vancouver, B.C.

My interest was piqued, for sure.

At Carruthers & Humphrey, each in-office treatment session is typically 15-20 minutes, and the cost varies depending on each patient’s chin goals – between $1,500 and $3,000. Visible results are usually seen in two to four treatment sessions.

This was something I really was interested in trying and I was invited to experience a complimentary treatment at the world-class clinic of Carruthers & Humphrey.

Did I survive the treatment? Yes! Did I see a noticeable difference? Well, you’ll just have to check out my Part 2 post next week, when I share my treatment experience and my results.

About the author

Lesley Mirza

Lesley Mirza

Lesley Mirza is the editor-in-chief for and travels the world tasting, sipping, and spa-ing.

In addition to heading up, Lesley has penned pieces for several publications, including Vancouver Magazine, Western Living,, (Tourism Vancouver's blog), and

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