All you need to know about QWO cellulite treatment
If you are an adult woman, you have probably noticed how cellulite has developed on your body. Cellulite, or those tiny bumps under the surface of the skin that create a dimple-like texture on the skin, affects 90% of women. The cause of cellulite for most people of all genders, ages, and ethnicities tends to be related to the same three biological factors, and these factors have previously been difficult to eliminate. However, a new QWO cellulite treatment was released in 2021 that treats and reduces the appearance of cellulite on the skin.
QW (a.k.a. collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes) has recently been approved by FDA, which means that QWO, manufactured by Endo Aesthetics in Malvern, Pennsylvania, is the first FDA-approved injectable treatment for buttock cellulite. When it comes to fighting cellulite in this area of treatment, QWO can be used to effectively and permanently remove moderate to severe cellulite. QWO cellulite treatment is an injectable that is designed to combat one of the main causes of cellulite, fibrous septa, by thinning these fibrous streaks to relieve tension on the skin above them. Therefore, QWO cellulite treatment can reduce cellulite on the surface of the skin without any invasive procedures or downtime.
What is cellulite?
Lumpy, dimpled flesh on thighs, hips, buttocks, and belly. Cellulite is a fat deposit beneath the skin. The main symptom is the appearance of lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks, and belly. In mild cases, this can appear as a barely noticeable dimple, and in moderate to severe cases, it can cause an unwanted “curd” texture on the surface of the skin. Cellulite usually appears on the thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. Cellulitis is a disease that can affect both men and women but is much more common in women.
The underlying cause of cellulite is currently unknown, but there are three key biological factors that are currently associated with the development of cellulite. For most patients, the main contributing factor to cellulite is the interaction between fibrous connective tissue and the fatty layers of the skin. The fibrous bands that connect the skin to the muscles actually play a key role in the development of cellulite. Over time, these fibrous septa can thicken, which then leads to tension on the skin surface, giving the appearance of dimples. Fibrous bands contain type 1 and type 3 collagen, common forms of collagen in the body that also help to form cause scar tissue, ligaments, bones, and skin. Unfortunately, this collagen can build up inside fibrous septa, which can lead to thickening of the bands that create unwanted cellulite.
Flabbiness of the skin can also have a big impact on the appearance of collagen in the body. The more elastic your skin is, the more youthful and firm it will look… and unfortunately, the flabbier your skin is, the more room there is for fat cells under the skin’s surface. An increase in the concentration of fat cells under the skin can lead to an increase in the appearance of cellulite, especially in patients who suffer from a loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. Skin tightening treatments can help strengthen the layers of the dermis with RF energy, which in turn can improve the appearance of loose skin and even temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.
The third factor contributing to the development of cellulite is fat cells. This factor seems to explain why more women than men experience cellulite, as increased estrogen levels cause women to have more fat cells in their bodies than men. When these larger fat cells push into the thickened fibrous streaks on the skin, it can lead to an uneven skin surface that is the hallmark of cellulite. For most women, puberty leads to the development of cellulite, as rising estrogen levels can increase the size of fat cells and in turn create dimples in the skin. However, cellulite can develop at different ages. Regardless of your age, dietary habits, or exercise regimen, cellulite is a frustrating, almost universal skin problem among adult women.
What is the best treatment to get rid of cellulite?
What is the best treatment for thigh or leg cellulite?
Previously, cellulite was treated with botched skin care treatments or invasive surgical procedures that a plastic surgeon could offer. Topical treatments have often resulted in the use of sugar scrubs or coffee grounds without any improvement. More invasive plastic surgery procedures such as fat removal (liposuction) were once considered an option for cellulite reduction, however, unfortunately, this treatment option removes fat cells and does not change the fibrous streaks that are the main causative agents of cellulite.
However, recent innovations in the world of dermatology have led to much more effective treatments that reduce the appearance of cellulite on the surface of the skin. The QWO cellulite injection procedure is one of the most exciting advances when it comes to restoring skin smoothness in a treatment area where cellulite most commonly affects women.
In the past, the best treatment was to treat the various causes of cellulite: rejuvenate fibrous septa, reduce skin laxity, and remove fat cells from the affected area. This meant that the choice of what to use to treat cellulite on the legs was more limited to treatments targeted at those individual causes, such as cryolipolysis to remove fat cells and Thermage to tighten skin.
While these non-invasive procedures were very effective in treating the biological factors that lead to cellulite, QWO injection treatments are special when it comes to reducing the appearance of cellulite. QWO cellulite treatment targets the many biological factors that cause cellulite formation and is the first of its kind to eliminate cellulite with no downtime.
QWO cellulite treatment is FDA approved
What is QWO cellulite treatment?
QWO injection was approved by the FDA in July 2020 for the treatment of cellulite on the buttocks in women. Endo Aesthetics, the makers of QWO, have begun the largest ever phase of clinical trials for cellulite treatment options to gain FDA approval.
“Endo recognized a significant unmet need for an effective and non-invasive injectable treatment for cellulite, which led us to conduct the largest clinical trials in the history of cellulite investigation in the United States,” said Matthew Davis, MD, RPh, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Endo. “Supported by rigorous research, testing and development processes, we are proud to have received FDA approval of the first injectable treatment for cellulite in the buttocks, and we look forward to delivering QWO to the aesthetics community and their adult female patients.”
QWO is intended to be injected into the treated area to break down the buildup of collagen in the fibrous septa below the surface of the skin. This, in turn, can rejuvenate the fibrous ligaments, reducing the appearance of dimples in the skin. QWO cellulite treatment contains two different active enzymes (AUX-I and AUX-II) that help break down collagen without downtime. In addition, the QWO injection procedure provides a permanent reduction in cellulite in just three treatment sessions. This injectable treatment became available to healthcare providers in the spring of 2021.
QWO was developed by Endo International, a global pharmaceutical specialty company active in a variety of therapeutic areas including endocrinology, orthopedics, urology and men’s health. Endo International launched Endo Aesthetics with the first goal of developing a practical and effective cellulite treatment method.
QWO cellulite procedure
Is this treatment safe?
QWO injection treatment is simple, quick, and painless. You will first meet with the expert to discuss your individual needs, medical history, and aesthetic goals. During this initial consultation, the expert will be able to assess whether QWO is right for you and develop a personalized treatment plan that best suits all of your needs.
The treatment session is very simple. Initially, the target area of treatment will be marked. The doctor will then skillfully inject the QWO into the injection site. Most patients do not require anesthesia, although a topical anesthetic cream may be applied to avoid discomfort. Most patients find the treatment completely painless and experience even less discomfort than with other injectable treatments such as Botox or dermal fillers. At the end of the treatment session, patients can return to their normal daily activities. Patients may experience mild swelling or discomfort at or near the injection site, so the treatment is recommended before any beach trips to show renewed and smooth skin.
QWO injections are a safe and effective method for reducing the appearance of cellulite on the buttocks and upper thighs in adult women with moderate to severe cellulite. It has been shown to improve cellulite in patients of a wide variety of body types, and visible results are usually seen after 10 weeks of treatment.
QWO is contraindicated in patients allergic to collagenase and/or other ingredients of QWO, and in patients with an active infection in the treatment area. In addition, patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to do both should speak to their doctor before starting treatment with QWO injections.
QWO Cellulite Treatment Side Effects
Like any treatment, QWO may not be the ideal procedure for every patient. Because QWO is an injectable, its common side effects include temporary bruising and discoloration at the injection site, as well as pain or tenderness at the injection site, nodules, redness, or itching. In rare cases, side effects of QWO may include allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. Before starting treatment, it is best to meet with your specialist so that you can discuss your medical history and determine if QWO is the right treatment option for you. For more information on prescribing for moderate to severe cellulitis in the buttocks of adult women, see qwo.com.