Cellulite is a condition where fat deposits appear under the skin, causing a dimpled appearance. The reason for the development of cellulite is unknown. However, some factors are genetics, hormones, weight gain, pregnancy, aging, and poor diet.
Although not harmful, it’s a common problem that frustrates many women (cellulite typically affects women more than men). The appearance of cellulite has been linked to many things, including cottage cheese and orange peels.
Getting rid of the dimpling that comes with severe cellulite is nearly impossible using natural methods like weight loss and specialized massages. Even if successful, the improvement is often temporary. Similarly, topical treatments like creams only temporarily alleviate the appearance of uneven, bumpy skin that’s a hallmark sign of cellulite.
This is why QWO cellulite treatment Rhode Island by Endo Aesthetics has been such a game-changer.
What is QWO Cellulite treatment?
In a nutshell, QWO is a prescription medicine – non-surgical treatment for cellulite that FDA has approved. It is clinically proven to reduce moderate and severe cellulite in the buttocks of an adult women. QWO treats cellulite by breaking fibrous bands (fibrous septae), resulting in a smoother appearance of the skin. QWO treatment of cellulite consists of a series of three injections.
How Does QWO Combat Cellulite?
To better understand the QWO’s mechanism of action, it’s essential to know that cellulite is associated with fat buildup in the space between the skin and muscle. Underneath the skin, you also find fibrous septae – cords that connect the muscle to the skin. As more and more fat accumulates under the skin, the fat pockets cause the skin to bulge out, creating cellulite dimples in the spaces where the fibrous septae pull down on the skin.
Qwo can combat cellulite because it is an injectable formulation that contains two enzymes. These enzymes, called collagenases, break the bonds in collagen. More specifically, the active ingredient in Qwo is CCH – Collagenase Clostridium histolyticum-aaes. This enzyme targets the fibrous septae that connect the skin to muscle because these fibrous septae primarily consist of collagen, improving the appearance of cellulite in those areas.
The CCH – Collagenase Clostridium histolyticum-aaes in Qwo works by dissolving and disrupting the connective tissue bands, so they are no longer pulling down the skin from underneath and creating depressions. Qwo also helps to create smoothly contoured skin by promoting collagen production, which improves skin elasticity.
Pros of QWO
● It’s a minimally invasive procedure
● FDA approved
● Little downtime after treatment
● It has been proven to smooth the surface of the skin in areas of the buttocks where there’s dimpling
● One of the most effective treatments against cellulite
● A maximum of 24 dimples can be treated per session
● Quick treatment time
What are the common side effects of QWO?
While Qwo has received many positive reviews, it’s also associated with several risks and downsides, typical with such injectable treatments.
Qwo is also associated with several side effects, including bruising, itching, redness, discoloration, and swelling, mainly localized to the treatment area.
If you are allergic to collagenase, you may experience serious side effects such as hives, low blood pressure, chest pain, dizziness. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your health care provider right away.
Some patients also experience pain at the treatment site that can last for several days. However, not all patients experience side effects. Overall, QWO is considered safe following studies on hundreds of patients who underwent a series of QWO injections.
Because of potential side effects, it is best to contact your healthcare provider for expert medical advice before this treatment.
Although clinical studies show that QWO injections treatment noticeably improves the appearance of cellulite, the treatment is only cleared for use on the buttocks. Other areas of the body need more clinical studies. In addition, it’s not yet known how long the results last beyond the 90-day point.
Who is a good candidate for QWO?
For the most part, Qwo is a suitable treatment for adult woman with cellulite who want to get smoother skin and reduce the degree of cellulite in the buttocks area. There have been no studies on the effect of Qwo on other dimpled skin surface areas of the body, such as the thighs. Therefore, Qwo is currently not indicated for patients who want to treat cellulite in other body parts besides the buttocks.
Who is not a good candidate for QWO?
Suppose you’re allergic to collagenase or have a medical condition that doesn’t mesh well with Qwo treatment. In that case, you should try different treatment options. Also, you should avoid QWO if you have an active infection in the treatment area. Pregnant women are also not eligible for Qwo treatment. Generally, it’s best to consult with your provider and tell them any relevant information that helps determine if you’re a good candidate before receiving the treatment. Make sure to mention if you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins or supplements.
What’s the Cost of QWO Cellulite Treatment?
Typically, each QWO package consists of three treatment sessions that happen every three weeks.
Since each patient is unique, the best way to find how QWO fits into your budget is by getting in touch with us for a personalized quote. We will determine the type of package you need to complete your treatment and obtain optimum results during your consultation.
What to Expect When Getting QWO Cellulite Injections Treatment
When you first sign up for QWO injections treatment, you’ll have to go in for a consultation. You may be advised not to take supplements that cause the blood to thin and increase the risk of bruising.
During each session, our aesthetic specialist will circle each target area and then inject the QWO. You can get a maximum of 12 dimples treated per buttock, and the procedure should be over in less than 20 minutes. You’ll have to wait another 21 days/three weeks for your next session, with the entire treatment requiring three injections.
You may notice improvements in the early stages of the treatment. Still, you may have to wait for at least four weeks after the third session to evaluate your results. Depending on the severity of the cellulite, you may need additional treatment to achieve smoother contouring in dimpled areas.
Recovering From Qwo Treatment
After each Qwo session, it’s normal to feel some soreness and experience bruising at the injection site. During clinical trials, most Qwo patients experienced injection site bruising. Still, it was noted that this effect lessened somewhat with continued treatment.
The good news is that bruising and soreness typically resolve after a few days or weeks. To help speed up recovery, it’s essential to rest and avoid rigorous activity that puts strain on your bottom area. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve the soreness. However, be sure to consult your doctor if recovery takes too long or if you experience any severe side effects.
QWO Before and After
Before (day 1)
After (day 71)