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It is estimated that up to ninety percent of women will experience cellulite at some point in their lives, whether within a healthy weight range or not. Traditional cellulite treatments have typically included invasive procedures that cut the fibrous subdermal tissue that contributes to the condition, or treatments that try to resolve it from above the skin. Not all of them have produced satisfactory results, and creams and lotions are usually also not workable for any lasting improvement.

Qwo is a new take on cellulite treatment that is safe, minimally invasive, and very effective. In recent clinical trials that were the most extensive ever such trials ever conducted, Qwo produced fantastic improvements in cellulite on the buttocks of adult women.

What is Qwo?

Qwo is an FDA-approved prescription injectable for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women. It is administered in a series of 3 treatments spaced around 21 days apart and is comprised of two naturally occurring enzymes that specifically target the types of collagen that make up what are called fibrous septae. To understand exactly how it works, let’s look at what cellulite is and what causes it.

A major factor in cellulite is what is called fibrous septae

When you look at the cellulite on your body, you’ll notice it is a combination of hills and valleys. These valleys are the primary thing that gives cellulite its obvious appearance. Much like a couch with buttons that come through its surface, tethered from below, cellulite has the same properties, giving the skin an uneven appearance that is often called “cottage cheese” or the “orange peel effect.”

What causes these dimples to occur is a type of subdermal band formed of collagen Type I and Type III. So whereas with several cosmetic facial treatments we actually want to add to the healthy collagen, with cellulite we want to do the opposite.

We want to break down the fibrous septae (composed of certain collagens), in order to release the tethered point that is holding the skin in its dimpled position.

The enzymes in Qwo specifically target only Types I & III collagen, leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. Past cellulite treatments have accomplished this with rotating needles that cut that collagen.

There are other factors involved in cellulite, such as the herniating of fat upward, and thinning skin tissue, however, Qwo tends to resolve the factors that make it so obvious, producing a much-improved skin texture free of dimpling, even if these other factors aren’t addressed.

Where can Qwo be used?

Qwo is currently FDA-cleared only for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite on the buttocks of adult women. It is possible that off-label treatments can be done to target cellulite in other areas such as the thighs and upper arms. Though such off-label treatments are quite common with other medications, this decision can only be made in person and by a licensed medical doctor.

What are the side effects of Qwo?

The most common side effect of Qwo is bruising. Mild soreness and itching may also be felt, as well as minimal amounts of bleeding. All common side effects of Qwo are self-resolving and tend to disappear on their own within 7 to 21 days. Bruising typically lasts the longest and will be most obvious. After each treatment session in the series of 3, side effects get less and less intense.

What is recovery like from Qwo?

There is no downtime or recovery time associated with Qwo and patients can return to their routine social and professional activities immediately after treatment. You should not have Qwo right before planning a beach vacation or other event where your buttocks would be more exposed, as the bruising can be quite pronounced. Any pain can be managed with over-the-counter medication.

When will I see the results of Qwo?

The enzymes in Qwo degrade the unwanted fibrous septae over a short time. Results are typically seen within 28 days of completing treatment.

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