QWO | Cellulite Injectable

Cellulite is no stranger to the human body. In fact, the dimpled skin that frequently develops on the buttocks and thighs is a very common condition. But what is cellulite exactly?

Cellulite is a harmless condition that involves the fatty tissue underneath the skin, giving the skin’s surface a bumpy “orange peel” texture. It occurs when the skin overlying certain areas of fat is pulled downward and tethered to the deeper tissue by connective tissue bands, creating an uneven surface. Cellulite is most commonly found on the hips, thighs, abdomen, buttocks, and breast. 

The Issue of Cellulite

Cellulite most commonly affects the buttocks and thighs but can occur in other areas of the body as well. This skin condition affects both men and women. But, it most commonly occurs in women due to the distribution of fat, muscles, and connective tissue. In fact, between 80 and 90 percent of women may experience cellulite at some point in their life — a sharp contrast to the 10 percent of men who will get cellulite in their lifetime.

What causes cellulite?

As subcutaneous fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin and herniate through the connective tissue in small, localized areas. Long, resilient cords of connective tissue persist, tethering and pulling down on the skin’s dermal and epidermal layers. This leads to an uneven undulating or dimpled surface. 

Hormonal factors might play an essential role in who develops cellulite. Additionally, genetics determine skin structure, texture, and body type — which can all impact who develops cellulite and to what severity. 

While cellulite is a harmless and common condition, treatments are available for those who are interested in getting their cellulite removed and improving the appearance of their skin. Many of these treatment options are surgical or can involve aggressive resurfacing treatments. With that said, many people opt to live with their cellulite as many people prefer not to undergo surgery and non-invasive treatment options are scarce. 

The New Solution to Cellulite

QWO (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes) is the first FDA-approved drug device for cellulite treatment in women. QWO is a non-surgical, injectable treatment solution for moderate to severe cellulite. Currently, the FDA has approved QWO to treat cellulite in the buttocks with thighs still pending.

Why Choose QWO 

Many of us have trouble spots that we would like to get rid of. If you are considering treatment for your cellulite, QWO is an excellent option. This revolutionary cellulite treatment helps even out skin texture, tone, and contours the lower body — creating a more youthful physique. 

Not only that, but many patients see excellent results in a matter of weeks, and patients can expect results to be long-lasting. Along with this, treatments can be repeated for improvement. 

How does QWO work?

QWO is expected to work in 3 ways: releasing fibrous bands, redistributing fat cells, and stimulating the growth of new collagen. By injecting directly into cellulite, QWO can help break down the collagen-rich bands that pull on the skin surface and contribute to “dimpling”.

Essentially, QWO contains two types of collagen-degrading enzymes that eat away at fibrous bands that connect the skin to muscles. This allows the skin to float up and smooth out, improving the visibility of the skin.  

The results for QWO treatment will vary. But most patients achieve visible results 28 days after their third treatment. Even more, most patients will experience a significant reduction in cellulite appearance for up to 2-3 years after treatment. 

QWO Recovery

Similar to Botox or fillers, QWO requires no anesthesia. The injection should be relatively quick and painless with patients being able to leave the office after 30 minutes.

Side Effects

The main side effect you can expect to experience is bruising around the injection site.  This bruising can be quite prominent and noticeable in some patients, and the injected site can feel tender. This can last for two weeks or longer.  

It’s also important to keep in mind that the more dimples injected, the more widespread the discoloration will be. However, you can expect bruising to happen less frequently after each treatment. It’s a good idea to take it easy for a day or two as vigorous activities will bring more blood to the area that was treated and increase localized bruising.

But even with localized bruising, QWO is making strides when it comes to aftercare, downtime, and side effects. When compared to other invasive cellulite treatments, QWO has significantly reduced issues related to post-treatment.

Ideal Candidates for QWO

QWO is most successful for those who want to minimize the appearance of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks. With that said, patients who are allergic to collagenase, those who are pregnant, nursing, or plan to become pregnant should avoid undergoing QWO treatment as well.

The Growing Impact of QWO

Over the years, there has been a number of products aimed to combat cellulite — and while most of these products work effectively, many patients have found that they would prefer a non-surgical solution. Or, at the very least, have more options to combat their cellulite. 

Since most traditional cellulite treatments are surgical procedures, patients often experience more downtime, longer recovery periods, and potential complications. But thanks to the emergence of QWO, the option for more minimally invasive cellulite treatment is here.

QWO is the world’s first FDA-approved injectable to combat the appearance of cellulite. It is certainly a revolutionary cellulite treatment that yields some of the best results for cellulite removal. 

There are three sessions spaced out three weeks apart with each session lasting about 30 minutes. Clinical trials have already shown early success for the innovative cellulite treatment. What’s even better is that QWO appears to be effective for all skin types. 

Available at Sanova Dermatology  

Sanova Dermatology aims to provide patients with unparalleled quality of care through experience, education, technology, compassion, and optimal skills. We are dedicated to providing the latest skin treatment options to help our patients achieve the skin they can feel confident in.

QWO is the perfect cellulite solution for those that are looking for a non-invasive cellulite treatment that brings real results.  If you’re ready to combat your cellulite, book an appointment with us today. 


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