Affecting an astounding 90% of women at some point in their lives, cellulite is one of the most common — and trickiest to treat — cosmetic concerns. Fortunately, the FDA has now approved QWO, the first injectable treatment for cellulite, making those bothersome lumps and bumps much simpler to get rid of.
To help explain the ins and outs of what QWO is and how it works, we spoke with one of the experienced providers at Sanctuary Medical Center.
What Is QWO?
QWO (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes) is an FDA-approved injectable treatment for cellulite in the buttocks area. Because it is an injectable, QWO does not require surgery or extensive downtime.
How Does QWO Work to Treat Cellulite?
Cellulite occurs when bands of connective tissue beneath the skin become tight and pull down on the fat cells beneath them. This creates the uneven skin texture and dimples characteristic of cellulite.
Lennox explains that “it is believed that QWO works by breaking down the collagen-rich bands that tether the dermis to the facia below the skin.”
Once these tight bands are loosened, there is no longer downward pressure being placed on the surrounding tissue, creating much more even and smoother skin texture on the surface.
How Many QWO Treatments Do You Need?
Most people need around three QWO treatments to achieve optimal results. Each treatment should be spaced 21 days apart, explains Lennox.
Is There Downtime or Side Effects?
There is no downtime associated with QWO, so you should be able to get right back to work or other daily activities directly after your appointment. Bruising and some mild tenderness are common side effects after getting QWO.
When Will You See QWO Results, and How Long Do They Last?
Expect to see a noticeable improvement in the appearance of cellulite after just one QWO treatment. However, your final result will be visible approximately one month after your final treatment.
“The duration of the effect of QWO is still under scientific investigation,” explains Lennox. “However, we currently understand it to be greater than a year.”
My First-Hand Experience with QWO
Roxana, a patient at Sanctuary Medical Center, shares her first-hand experience with QWO treatments for cellulite:
My first treatment was a little scary, since this is not an area I have had treated before, but my provider made me super comfortable and managed my expectations very well. The injections are quick and do not hurt. The needle is small. After the first treatment, I experienced significant bruising at the injection sites. The bruises were very sore for a few days, but I still was able to work out, no problem. I do Olympic weightlifting and while it hurt a bit, I powered through it.
The bruises went away just in time for my second treatment, and the bruises after my second treatment were smaller and a lot less bothersome. By the time I had my third treatment, one dimple was already gone, so we did not need to inject that one.
I started seeing results about a week after my first treatment. Now that I am about two weeks out from my third treatment, I really see a difference. I was told that QWO lasts about a year or more, so I am really happy because I am so self conscious about my cellulite. I am 34, 5’4 and weigh around 135lbs. My fat percentage is around 25%. It does not take fat away from your butt, which I am happy about because I like my booty. I am very fair, and the residual stains from the bruising have almost disappeared. I feel WAY more confident now. I would do it again!
Could QWO Be Right for You?
You could be a good candidate for QWO if you are in good overall health and want to smooth away the appearance of cellulite in your buttocks area. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may not be good candidates for this treatment.
If you think QWO could be the cellulite treatment you’ve been looking for, schedule a complimentary consultation online or call our Boca Raton office today at 561-886-0970 for more information.