The New FDA-Approved Injection Can Cure Cellulite

The New FDA-Approved Injection Can Cure Cellulite

Quick facts:

  • QWO is the only FDA-approved for reducing the appearance of cellulite.
  • While QWO is a permanent fix, it may take several treatments to see results.
  • There is no downtime after the procedure, although bruising is common.

What is cellulite?

Cellulitis is a localized skin contour change that occurs in more than 90 percent of women and affects women of all races and ethnicities. The presence of cellulite is associated with changes in the thickness of the dermis, the volume of fat cells, and connective tissue under the skin. The primary factor causing cellulite is the collagen-containing septa that attach the skin to the underlying fascia.

The septa fix the skin, which, combined with the additional excess of subcutaneous adipose tissue, causes dimples characteristic of cellulite on the surface of the skin. These fibrous septa are of varying thickness predominantly in women, giving us an idea of cellulite as a gender-related condition.

Cellulite is clinically manifested on the buttocks and thighs, lower abdomen, and arms.

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Cellulite and overweight

Cellulite is known to be different from general obesity. In generalized obesity, adipocytes undergo hypertrophy and hyperplasia, which is not limited to the buttocks, thighs, and abdomen. Cellulitis is characterized by large, metabolically stable adipocytes, and they have physiological and biochemical properties that differ from adipose tissue located elsewhere.

An anatomical study conducted in 2019 showed that women have higher fat lobule heights compared to men, which may also contribute to the unevenness seen as a result of the tension of the fibrous septa. Weight gain can make cellulite more noticeable, but cellulite can be present even in slim people.

For most women, cellulite is just a fact of life: it’s a condition that affects 90 percent, while that number is closer to 10 percent for men. No matter how you feel about cellulite on your body, whether you’re totally cool with it or not, the reality is that the treatment can be tougher than you think. (No, firming creams work.)

That’s because underneath those bumpy dimples, you see the fibrous tissue that connects our skin to our muscles, which happens way below the surface of the skin, so targeting the area in a meaningful way can be difficult without plastic surgery.

However, there have been a plethora of in-office treatment options in the last few years – but none as innovative as QWO treatment, the first FDA-approved injection for cellulite reduction in posterior areas.

Here’s why it’s a big deal: in the past, if you haven’t had surgery, your non-invasive options have been limited to laser procedures and hot or cold therapy, with varying results. With QWO, you get multiple injections and you’re done, with more noticeable results and minimal side effects.

How does QWO work?

To understand how this injection works, let’s go back to why cellulite occurs in the first place. This happens when fat builds up under the skin, which presses on the connective tissues. Fibrous bands of collagen create little pockets where fat pushes through, so you see the dimple effect on your skin. Unfortunately, there is no particular reason why you get cellulite – it could be genetics, hormones, or lifestyle, among many other reasons.

Weight gain can have an effect as well as skin thickness, and since estrogen production decreases (and therefore skin elasticity) as we age, women often begin to see more cellulite when they hit menopause.

Although it is not fully understood how QWO works, an injection that uses an enzyme called collagenases breaks down peptide bonds in collagen, causing fibrous bands that cause this wave to flatten.

Currently, QWO is FDA-approved for use on the buttocks, but it has been proven that the hind thighs can be treated as well.

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About the QWO procedure

QWO is given in a series of three treatments, 21 days apart. The appointment itself only lasts about 10 minutes, and it feels like getting any other shot – if you’re a Botox member, it should feel about the same as those quick needle pinches. You should start to see visible results a few weeks after your first treatment, but this depends on the severity of your cellulite.

QWO can cause side effects, including:

  • Allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions, including anaphylaxis. Call your doctor right away if you experience hives, trouble breathing, low blood pressure, face swelling, chest pain, dizziness, or fainting after receiving QWO.
  • Bruising at the injection site

Before you are given QWO, tell your doctor if you:

  • have a bleeding problem
  • are pregnant or may become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed.
  • Tell your doctor about all medications you take, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements. In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking a medicine that prevents blood from clotting (antiplatelets or anticoagulants).

The most common side effects of QWO are bruising at the injection site, itching, redness, discoloration, swelling, and warmth in the treatment area.

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Can QWO really remove cellulite?

How is QWO different from other non-surgical treatments?

QWO shows the most dramatic results of any other treatment on the market and has been studied in more patients than any other FDA-approved, injectable cellulite treatment.

Also, unlike many other non-surgical treatments, QWO results are permanent (although new dimples of cellulite may appear with weight changes or aging).

For the most part, other devices and topical creams refer to the quality of the skin, but not the underlying structure of fatty and fibrous tissue, which means that a tightening cream can work for hours, but it’s not going to solve the problem.

QWO is the only treatment that attacks the “fibroseptal component of cellulite”.

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