“Banana rolls,” “orange peel,” or whatever fruit you want to name them, Cellulite is not a pretty sight. You try to exercise, diet, and everything else you can think of, but nothing works. One story was told in a dermatologist’s office about a woman desperate to get rid of Cellulite. She tried to iron her butt. Reports did not tell you ironing got rid of Cellulite, but now she does have other problems. If only she had tried QWO, the first and only FDA-approved injectable clinically proven to reduce Cellulite in the buttocks. Injections of QWO are now available in The Spa on Highland’s office.
BUTT first, what is Cellulite?
Cellulite, also commonly named cottage-cheese skin, is the lumpy, dimpled flesh on thighs, hips, and buttocks. Cellulite makes the skin’s surface look lumpy and puckered or appear dimpled. Both men and women can experience Cellulite, but the problem is more common in females. Between 80% and 90% of women may experience Cellulite at some point in their lives.
The cellulite dimpling lies around the fibrous bands that connect the skin to the underlying muscle. These bands become stiff and harden over time. The bands pull down the skin as they stiffen, causing the dimpling.
The exact cause of Cellulite is unknown, but it appears to result from an interaction between the connective tissue below the skin’s surface and the layer of fat below the tissue. As the fat protrudes through the weakening connective tissue, it causes Cellulite. You can develop Cellulite due to genetic, dietary, and lifestyle factors. You do not have to be overweight to see Cellulite or at your ideal weight to treat Cellulite.
How does QWO work?
The enzymes in QWO are called collagenases, and they target the structural cause of Cellulite under the skin. It’s thought that QWO works in 3 ways: releasing fibrous bands, redistributing fat cells, and stimulating new collagen growth. The treatment is non-surgical and has been clinically proven to reduce moderate to severe Cellulite in the buttocks.
QWO addresses the bands’ cellulite type 1 and 2 but does not affect the surrounding tissues. The target is dissolving fibrous bans, and QWO does not affect nerves or blood vessels in the surrounding skin. Once the bands are dissolved, the skin is released and goes back to normal. The skin is no longer rippled or depressed.
What to expect?
Your Spa on Highland provider will discuss your individualized treatment and expectations at your appointment. Treatment areas will be determined. A small needle will be used to inject QWO, and these injections take about 10 minutes or less. There is little pain, but a numbing gel gives you more comfort if you prefer. QWO injections are done in a series of 3 treatments 21 days apart.
QWO injections are assessed at the clinic 28 days after the 3rd treatment. Do note that individual results may vary. You will see visible results about ten weeks after your final treatment.
Cautions and Side Effects
If you are allergic to collagenase or the ingredients in QWO or have an active infection in the treatment area, serious side effects may include hypersensitivity or allergic reactions. In addition, allergic reactions can include anaphylaxis, injection site bruising, hives, trouble breathing, swollen face, low blood pressure, chest pain, or dizziness that may happen after QWO injections. Contact your provider if any of these symptoms become bothersome.
It is also suggested that you do not consume alcohol at least two days before the treatment and two days post-treatment to decrease the risk of bruising. In addition, avoid anti-inflammatory or blood-thinning medication at least 10-14 days before and 3–4 days after treatment to prevent complications.