Qwo: Say Goodbye to Cellulite
Cellulite is very common. It affects up to 90% of adult women, most commonly in the thighs and buttocks. Men can also get cellulite, but it is far less common due to the structure of their skin. Most women resign themselves to living with the dimpled, lumpy appearance of skin. Others spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on treatments that are either ineffective or produce short-term results. But there’s a new kid on the block. An innovative new cellulite treatment called Qwo is going to change the way women deal with cellulite. Continue reading to learn more about this injection therapy and why it is going to be a game-changer in cellulite treatments.
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is the dimpled or lumpy appearance of the skin surface that is often seen in the buttocks and thighs of adult women. Due to its texture, cellulite is also called orange peel, cottage cheese, and mattress skin. Cellulite affects women of all shapes and sizes and every age and ethnicity. Various factors, including diet, lifestyle, genetics, and hormones, determine whether a person develops cellulite and its severity.
Cellulite is more common in women with fat deposits under the skin. However, it can also develop in lean individuals. It occurs when fibrous bands pull the skin surface towards the underlying muscle layer, causing the fat cells to protrude above the surface of the skin, giving it the dimpled appearance characteristic of cellulite. Cellulite ranges in severity from grade 1 (mild) to grade 2 (moderate) to grade 3 (severe) depending on the number of depressions in the skin and the sagging or draped appearance of the skin.
What is Qwo?
Qwo is an FDA-approved prescription medication for cellulite treatment. It is the only medication of its kind approved for cellulite. Qwo is administered by a series of injections in the buttocks of adult women to treat moderate to severe cellulite.
Qwo contains collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes. These are naturally occurring enzymes are obtained from bacteria. The enzymes in Qwo break down collagen type 1 and type 3, thereby releasing the fibrous bands that cause the skin to dimple.
Should I be concerned that Qwo is a “new” treatment?
The active ingredients in Qwo have been used safely and effectively for many years to treat other medical conditions (under a different brand name).
How does Qwo work?
The enzymes in Qwo break the fibrous septae (bands of tissue) that pull the skin towards the muscle layer, causing it to dimple. It is also thought that Qwo aids in the redistribution of fat cells as well as stimulation of new collagen growth. Your Village Dermatology physician will inject Qwo under the skin in the target area of the buttocks where you have cellulite. The enzymes will break down the bands of tissue that are causing your skin to dimple. The release of the bands will result in a smoother appearance of the skin. It is worth noting that Qwo does not enter the bloodstream or travel to other parts of the body. The medication stays in the local area and expands to only about the size of a quarter.
What should I expect during Qwo treatments?
Qwo is a minimally-invasive, non-surgical injection treatment that is performed in one of our Village Dermatology locations. The injections themselves take only 10 minutes to complete. Your physician can place up to 12 injections in each buttock during a treatment visit. You will need a total of 3 treatment visits with 21 days between visits.
Is Qwo safe? What are the side effects?
The manufacturers of Qwo have studied its safety and efficacy in all skin types. The most common side effects of Qwo treatments are bruising and pain in the treatment areas. Less commonly, there can be redness or discoloration, itching, warmth, swelling, or nodule formation. Qwo is safe when performed by a licensed and trained provider. At Village Dermatology, only our Board-Certified Dermatologists will perform Qwo treatments. Adverse reactions were reported in less than 1% of patients in clinical trials.
How soon will I see improvement in cellulite? How long will Qwo results last?
Most patients notice a visible improvement in cellulite 10 weeks after Qwo treatments. Providers assess the final results 28 days after the third Qwo treatment. While Qwo is effective in all types of skin, the results can vary from person to person.
The good news is that Qwo results are thought to be long-lasting. The enzymes in Qwo break down the fibrous bands that cause skin dimpling. This means you get smoother skin and elimination of cellulite as long as you lead a healthy lifestyle.
Is Qwo effective?
Endo Aesthetics, the company that makes Qwo, conducted one of the largest clinical trials in cellulite treatments to determine its safety and efficacy. The trial enrolled more than 800 adult American women with moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks. Compared to the placebo group, the group that received Qwo injections had significantly more reduction in cellulite as measured on the cellulite severity scale.
Who can and cannot get Qwo injections?
Your Village Dermatology provider will conduct a thorough evaluation before offering Qwo cellulite treatment to you. As noted, Qwo works well in all types of skin. However, this injection treatment for cellulite is not recommended in people who have an allergy to collagenase or any of the other ingredients. Also, if you have an active skin infection in the treatment area, your provider will recommend treating it before offering Qwo to you.
During your consultation, you should inform our team about any history of bleeding problems. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy shortly, your provider will recommend waiting until after you have completed the pregnancy and finished breastfeeding.
Last but not least, it’s important to tell your provider about all your current medications, including herbal supplements. Some medications like blood thinners and anti-inflammatories can increase the risk of bleeding with injection treatments.
How does Qwo compare to other cellulite treatments?
Two of the most common cellulite treatments available over the last few years are Cellfina and Cellulaze. Cellfina is an FDA-approved treatment for moderate to severe cellulite. It involves cutting the fibrous bands in the skin with a microblade to smoothen the skin. Cellfina results are long-lasting (around 3 years) but not permanent. And although it is a minimally invasive procedure, there’s quite a bit of recovery involved. The needles used to cut the fibrous bands are quite large, so the treatment carries a risk of scarring. Cellulaze is a laser treatment that cuts the bands of tissue, causing skin dimpling. Again, Cellulaze treatments require a fair amount of recovery. In contrast to these older cellulite treatments, Qwo is an injection therapy, so there’s minimal recovery.
If you would love to get rid of cellulite forever, Qwo is the solution you’ve been looking for. Smoother skin is just a 10-minute injection treatment away. Talk to our team at Village Dermatology today about Qwo – the non-surgical injectable treatment for adult women with cellulite.