Qwo: A Non-Surgical Injectable Treatment for Cellulite
Cellulite is unwelcome. There’s no doubt about that. The dimpled, lumpy appearance of the skin looks displeasing to the eye. Because of its texture, cellulite is also called orange peel skin, cottage cheese skin, and mattress phenomenon. Both men and women can develop cellulite, but it is more common in women. Up to 90% of adult women have cellulite, most often in the buttocks and thighs. Cellulite affects people of all ages, races, shapes, and sizes. Diet, lifestyle, hormones, and genetics all play a role in cellulite development.
In general, people who have more fat under the skin tend to develop cellulite, but lean people can get it too. Cellulite can vary in severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe, depending on the number of deep depressions in the skin and the degree of sagging or draped appearance of the skin.
But you don’t have to live with cellulite anymore. There’s an injectable treatment for moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women called Qwo. Keep reading to learn more about this innovative therapy.
What is Qwo?
Qwo is the only FDA-approved prescription medication for cellulite treatment. It is administered by injection to treat moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women. The active ingredients in Qwo are collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes. They are two naturally occurring collagenases (enzymes that break down collagen) that are obtained from bacteria.
How does Qwo work?
The enzymes in Qwo release the fibrous septae (bands of tissue) that pull the skin towards the muscle layer, causing the skin to dimple. Qwo targets both type 1 and type 3 collagen that is found in the fibrous bands. An aesthetic provider can inject Qwo under the skin in the target area of the buttocks. The enzymes work together to break down the bands that cause cellulite. This releases the dimples and gives the skin a smoother surface. Qwo does not get absorbed into the bloodstream. It stays in the local area where it is injected and only expands to about the size of a quarter.
What to expect during a Qwo treatment?
Qwo is a non-surgical treatment that is performed at Pittman Plastic Surgery. The injections take around 10 minutes to complete. Each buttock can receive up to 12 injections during a treatment visit. You will need a total of 3 treatment visits spaced 21 days apart.
What are the side effects of Qwo?
Qwo has been studied in all types of cellulite-affected skin and found to be effective. The most common adverse effects are bruising and pain at the injection sites. Some people experience redness, discoloration, itching, swelling, warmth, and nodule formation. When performed by a licensed provider, Qwo is quite safe, and adverse effects are reported in less than 1% of patients.
When will I see results? How long will they last?
You can expect to get visible improvement in cellulite 10 weeks after your Qwo treatments. Our aesthetic team will assess the final results 28 days after the third treatment. It is worth noting that the results can vary from person to person, so you may not get the same improvement as your friend or family member.
Because the enzymes in Qwo break down the collagen that causes skin dimpling, the results of the treatment are permanent. You can enjoy smoother skin and elimination of cellulite as long as you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.
Does Qwo really work?
Endo Aesthetics, the makers of Qwo, conducted one of the largest clinical trials in cellulite treatments to determine the safety and efficacy of this injectable treatment. More than 800 adult women in the United States with moderate to severe buttock cellulite were enrolled in the trial. When compared to the placebo group, the group that received Qwo had a greater reduction in cellulite on the cellulite severity scale.
Am I a candidate for Qwo?
Your Pittman Plastic Surgery provider will evaluate you before offering Qwo cellulite treatment. Qwo is suitable for all skin types and skin colors. However, people with an allergy to collagenase or any of the other ingredients in Qwo cannot receive this cellulite treatment. Also, injection treatments are not recommended in people with an active skin infection in the treatment area.
At the time of your consultation, be sure to tell our team if you have a bleeding problem. Also, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant, your provider may recommend waiting until you are done with childbearing.
You should also tell your provider about all the medications you take, including herbal supplements. Some medications can increase the risk of bleeding with injection treatments like Qwo.
How does Qwo compare to Cellfina and Cellulaze?
You may have heard about Cellfina, which is also an FDA-approved treatment for moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks and thighs of adult women. Cellfina involves using a microblade (needle-like device) to cut the fibrous bands in the skin that cause cellulite. Results are long-lasting (up to 3 years). Cellfina is a minimally invasive procedure but requires a fair bit of recovery. There’s also a risk of scarring because the needles used to cut the fibrous bands are quite big. Cellulaze is a laser device that cuts the fibrous bands with what is essentially a hot knife. Again, there is a fair bit of recovery required. In contrast, Qwo offers permanent results with minimal recovery.
So, what are you waiting for? Talk to our team at Pittman Plastic Surgery today about Qwo – the non-surgical injectable treatment for cellulite with proven safety and efficacy – and say goodbye to dimpled skin forever.