qwo Cellulite Treatment
QWO cellulite treatment is a non-surgical treatment clinically proven to reduce moderate to severe cellulite.
What is cellulite?
Lumpy, dimpled flesh on thighs, hips, buttocks, and belly. Cellulite is a fat deposit beneath the skin. The main symptom is the appearance of lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and belly.
In mild cases, this can appear as a barely noticeable dimple, and in moderate to severe cases, it can cause an unwanted “curd” texture on the surface of the skin. Cellulite usually appears on the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. Cellulitis is a disease that can affect both men and women but is much more common in women.
What Causes Cellulite?
Almost everyone knows what cellulite looks like – dimpled, and uneven skin usually on your butt and thighs. This stubborn skin dimpling can be embarrassing, but there are a lot of common misconceptions about cellulite. Most people assume it’s just fat, but cellulite can affect any woman, no matter their weight, or fat percentage, and no amount of squats or strict dieting will ever get rid of it completely.
This is because cellulite isn’t a body fat issue, it’s a structural issue happening below your skin and is actually a result of three main factors:
Connective Tissue Bands: First, the fibrous tissue bands that connect your skin to the underlying muscle become tighter and less flexible, pulling your dermal layer downward. This creates a visible depression – or dimple – on the surface of your skin.
Fat Pockets: When these rigid tissue bands anchor your skin it creates pockets of fat cells that then become enlarged. These fat pockets will push against your skin causing even more texturing on the surface and that signature “cottage cheese” appearance.
Dermal Thickness: These cellulite dimples can be more or less pronounced in certain areas of the body depending on the thickness of your skin. As your skin ages over time, it naturally becomes thinner, and the appearance of cellulite can become ever more pronounced.
What is QWO cellulite treatment?
QWO cellulite treatment is the first and only FDA-approved injectable for moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women. It is a non-surgical treatment clinically proven to reduce moderate to severe cellulite.
It’s not fully understood how QWO works in moderate to severe cellulite. The enzymes in QWO (aka collagenases) are believed to target a structural cause under the skin.
It’s thought that QWO cellulite treatment works in 3 ways: releasing fibrous bands, redistributing fat cells, and stimulating the growth of new collagen.
At Hush LA medspa, our aesthetic specialist will discuss treatment and expectations. After identifying the treatment areas, she will use a small needle to inject QWO. You may receive up to 12 injections per treatment area. QWO injections will be given 21 days apart for 3 treatment visits. Visible results may be achieved in 10 weeks.
What does QWO cellulite treatment involve?
How long do QWO cellulite treatment results last?
QWO cellulite treatment requires three sessions and each takes about 10 minutes, depending on how many injections are required. The number of injection points depends on how many dimples the person has.
It usually ranges between 12 to 24 injection points per treatment. Currently, QWO is only FDA-approved for the buttocks area. However, it can be used off-label to treat cellulite in other areas of the body, such as the thighs and stomach.
QWO is touted as a long-term treatment, but since it’s only been around for a short while, we don’t know for sure quite yet. The clinical trials for QWO have shown that the results last two and a half years.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Do not receive QWO if you: are allergic to collagenase or to any of the ingredients in QWO, or have an active infection at the treatment area.
QWO may cause serious side effects, including:
Before receiving QWO, tell your healthcare provider if you:
The most common side effects of QWO include:
- Allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions, including anaphylaxis. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have hives, trouble breathing, low blood pressure, swollen face, chest pain, dizziness or fainting after receiving QWO;
- Injection site bruising
- have a bleeding problem
- are pregnant or may become pregnant, nursing or plan to nurse. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will receive QWO or breastfeed.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood (antiplatelet or anticoagulant).
injection site bruising, pain, areas of hardness, itching, redness, discoloration, swelling, and warmth in the treatment area.
These are not all the possible side effects of QWO.
Visible results may be achieved in 10 weeks.* Women received 3 treatments 21 days apart.