Injectable treatment to contour the jawline

Belkyra is an injectable treatment made of DCA (Deoxycholic acid) which is found naturally in the body. This treatment effectively targets fat cells and causes a natural cell death and a reduction of volume in the treated area. It is most commonly used for submental treatment (double chin) but can also be used in other areas.


The treatment is safe for skin types I-VI and has minimal social downtime. Swelling is anticipated post-treatment and can last for up to one week.

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What does treatment feel like and is it painful?

It is a series of injections that have a mild burning sensation. It is quite tolerable and we use ice to make the treatment more comfortable.

How long is each treatment?

Treatments are about 30-45 minutes. The majority of the treatment time is marking the area. The injection portion is quite quick.

How many treatments are needed?

Depending on patient concerns and the amount of volume, 2-5 treatments are recommended.

How often do I need to do treatments?

Treatments are done every 4 weeks.

When will I see results and are they permanent?

Results continue to improve after your last treatment. You will see optimal results 3 months post treatment. The reduction of fat cells in the area is permanent. If there is a noticeable weight gain, the fat cells can still expand, but not to the extent they could previously.

What results are expected?

We anticipate a reduction in fat cells, which results in a more chiseled look and less submental tissue.

Who is a good candidate?

Patients with submental tissue that would like a reduction.

Is it safe for all skin types?

Yes! This treatment is safe for all skin types.

Is there any downtime?

We call it “social downtime” where you may not want to go out but there is nothing preventing you from doing so. You can have substantial swelling post treatment and it may take a week to go away. Lots of swelling is a great sign that you will have a largely successful treatment.

Do I need to do anything after my treatment?

You do not need to do anything after treatment. It is best to avoid activities that may cause you discomfort as your submental tissue will be sensitive to the touch. Avoid make-up for a day to give the injection points time to heal. After that, you may resume as normal.


Patients should not be treated if they have a bleeding disorder, active infection in the area, an allergy to Deoxycholic acid or if they are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant.

Patients should wait to do treatment if they have had any surgeries in the area within 3-6 months, cosmetic injections within the last 2 weeks or recent chemical peels or resurfacing treatments.