Woman, 34, who used to contour her ‘stubborn double chin’ with MAKE UP gets fat-blasting injections to dissolve it… and says ‘now when I look in the mirror I love what I see’
- Belkyra is an injection that has recently been approved for use in Australia
- Most patients only need two sessions of injections to treat stubborn chin fat
- The procedure has given Nicola Beverley, a make up artist, her confidence back
- ‘Now I don’t look straight at my chin in photos,’ she told Daily Mail Australia
An Australian make up artist who used to ‘contour’ her ‘stubborn double chin’ with make up has spoken about a groundbreaking treatment she underwent in a bid to remove it for good.
Nicola Beverley, 34, told Daily Mail Australia that whilst she’s always been a ‘size 8 or 10’ and active, ‘underneath my chin I’ve always had a fuller face’.
‘If I was to put on any weight it would always go around my face area. This didn’t happen as much in my 20s but started as I got in my 30s,’ she said.
But after undergoing a revolutionary fat-dissolving injection treatment, she said ‘now when I look in the mirror I love what I see’.
In February a drug called Belkyra – a synthetic version of bile which occurs naturally in the body – was approved for use in Australia.
When injected it breaks down fat cells in the area being treated.
‘I assumed that there was nothing that I could do. An operation as drastic as liposuction is scary. Most women just put up with it and find out ways to hide it, I used to contour it,’ the make up artist said.
‘I do train every day – it’s just an area of stubborn fat. It could also be hereditary as both my mum and nan have had the same issue. I guess it’s how we age in my family,’ she said.
Nicola has previously had Botox and a couple of years ago got fillers under her eyes.
However she was left deeply unhappy after having the procedure.
‘They retained water and made my under eyes puffy,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
Ms Beverley was referred to Dr. Steven Liew, the founder and medical director of Shape Clinic, which performs surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments for the face, breast and body, and he suggested she be treated with Belkyra for her chin.
The procedure takes approximately 15 minutes and people may see results within 30 days after their sessions.
Ms Beverley had two series of injections that were six weeks apart and said she had minimal pain and a small amount of swelling.
‘To make it look better aesthetically he offered some fillers to strengthen the jaw line and chin,’ she said, of her experience.
‘He filled out the jaw line bringing it down from my ear and made my chin protrude a little more to make my profile stronger’.
‘Dr Liew also explained that double chins have to do with your neck plates and where they sit. if they’re further back you have a stronger jaw line – if it sits further forward then you’re more likely to have a double chin’.
Unlike liposuction, which people may have to get done again in the future, most patients only need two injections of Belkyra which it claims dissolves fat forever.
The injections work in a similar way to that in which bile breaks down fatty foods in our stomach, destroying the fat cells.
Nicola has a new sense of confidence and has shared pictures on Instagram to help other women who may be feeling the way she used to feel.
‘As women and as a make up artist, seeing other women all the time you compare yourself an awful lot.
‘I’m always striving to be the best that I can possibly be and this area has always been on my mind. I’ve always been conscious of it and now when I look in the mirror I love what I see,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.
This hadn’t always been the case for Nicola who used to always have long hair and refused to wear her hair up to help hide her chin. Recently not only has she had her hair cut, which she would have never done previously, but also had her hair up.
‘It felt really nice, I felt really confident. Now I don’t look straight at my chin in photos.
‘Plastic surgery can make people look fake and not like themselves, but these injections don’t have that affect – you still look the same.’