QWO Cellulite Treatment Near Me: How Can I Get It?
Can an injectable treat your cellulite?
Cellulite is one of the biggest cosmetic challenges facing women. It’s a natural, normal part of the body’s development. However, millions of women see their curves in the mirror or photos and long for a smoother, firmer appearance. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to treat cellulite, as there’s nothing wrong with accepting it. For those who’ve been hunting for a simple, long-term solution for those ripples, QWO cellulite treatment may be the answer. Getting QWO cellulite treatment near me is challenging, as few doctors and dermatologists perform this new procedure. Those who do will experience fantastic, long-term results with the right treatment plan. Let’s talk a bit about how to get rid of cellulite in the butt, QWO, and how this treatment may be right for you.
What is cellulite?
“Cottage cheese skin.”
“Orange peel syndrome”
There are many different names to describe what can be a natural part of growth. Cellulite is not a disease or condition, and close to 90% of women have some degree of it. That means fit women, overweight women, and all in-between can have cellulite. Men rarely (if ever) show cellulite, making it a secondary sex characteristic.
A woman’s body past puberty tends to deposit more fat around the thighs, buttock, and abdomen. This is because the bands of collagen in the dermis (called fibrous septae) that connect the skin to the muscle tend to lose their firmness in women. Since fat is between the skin and muscle it can push its way up and even between the connective tissue. While these bands push down and connect to the muscle, a rippling, dimpling effect occurs. The more fat and thinner the skin, the more you’ll see cellulite form.
Cellulite vs. normal fat. Are they the same?
Fat and cellulite are often used interchangeably. Cellulite is how the fat presents at the subcutaneous level, which can happen to almost anyone. Fat, often called visceral fat, is the fat that develops in the midsection and around organs. This fat contributes to obesity and a host of lifestyle diseases. In other words, someone with cellulite could not have visceral fat, but someone with excessive visceral fat will almost always have cellulite.
What is the main cause of cellulite?
To date, we have not been able to find the real cause of cellulite. However, there are a few triggers of the condition.
- Changes in weight: The way how fat distributes in the body is out of our control. Weight gain or even sometimes weight loss can cause the fat to change at the subcutaneous level.
- Hormones: Changes in the androgen hormones after puberty may weaken the connective fibers. This change is what could possibly make cellulite a secondary sex characteristic (like the development of breasts and public hair, for instance). In the rare cases men get cellulite, there are often excess androgens at play.
- Pregnancy: Women are more likely to form cellulite after childbirth.
- Genetics: Cellulite is likely to run in families.
- Diets high in carbohydrates or sugars.
- Poor muscle definition.
- Thin skin: Aging, sun exposure, skin damage, and genetics can cause the dermis to be thinner than usual. Thin skin significantly increases the chances of rippling.
Over the years, there have been several different non-invasive, and invasive treatments developed to treat cellulite. Unfortunately, this raises the fact that this natural part of development is tough to treat. But, recently, QWO cellulite treatment for the hips, thighs, and butt has shown tremendous promise.
What is QWO cellulite treatment near me?
Can an injectable actually treat the signs of cellulite? QWO (or collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes) is a recently FDA-approved injectable to treat cellulite in the buttocks. It is not yet approved for other parts of the body like the thighs or abdomen. However, some dermatologists will use the treatment for the areas right below the buttocks if deemed appropriate. QWO contains a compound called collagenase. The collagenase breaks down these fibrous bands and helps redistribute the subcutaneous fat. The result is a smoother appearance with great long-term results.
QWO works in a similar fashion to dermal fillers or other injectables. It’s minimally invasive and impacts the injected area without causing damage or side effects to the body. Still, your dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon will assess you to see if you’re an ideal candidate.
Are you a candidate for QWO?
At Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetics, we take patient safety seriously when performing treatments like QWO. That said, not all women are candidates for the treatment. You’re an ideal candidate for QWO cellulite treatment near me if you’re in generally good health but have significant signs of cellulite in the buttocks. You would have also tried other non-surgical methods without success and have realistic expectations of the treatment.
Women who aren’t good candidates are those who have a known allergic reaction to collagenase or other ingredients in QWO. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should delay the treatment. Those with bleeding conditions or taking multiple prescriptions should reveal this to us to ensure a safe procedure. Some prescriptions or supplements cause blood thinning which can hinder healing or cause severe bruising.
What to expect at your doctor
The road to reduced cellulite starts with an initial consultation with your board-certified dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon. We will first perform a physical exam to assess the degree of visible cellulite in the buttocks. Once the doctor determines QWO cellulite treatment is possible, the procedure is scheduled. QWO is a non-invasive treatment that takes a few minutes. This means that patients can have the treatment during their lunch hour or pop in to the doctor on the weekend, then be on their way.
The patient will stand while the dermatologist takes ‘before’ photos. The doctor marks the treatment areas with a marker. Then the patient lays face down, while the doctor injects the QWO solution into the marked areas- up to 12 injections per buttock or thigh.) After injections, the patient should remain on their abdomen for 5 minutes before leaving.
Are there any side effects of QWO?
QWO is a non-invasive treatment with minor side effects. Patients will feel soreness and have visible bruising at the injection sites. There are also cases of redness, stiffness, itching, and pain. These side effects are short-lived. Try a cold compress for some relief if these symptoms last more than 48 hours. These symptoms should resolve within seven days. The bruising will be less visible in the second and third treatments. Contact your doctor if you experience more severe reactions like dizziness, fainting, or allergic reactions.
What results should I expect?
The dermatologist or surgeon will perform this procedure three times over 21-day intervals. During these procedures, photos may be taken to show the improvement over time. Patients see significant improvement in the look and feel of the buttocks. A study of 843 women, at an average age of 47, using QWO saw significant improvement (close to times improvement) in the appearance of cellulite after the full treatment. Women of all skin types and shades should see maximum results 28 days after the last treatment.
Is QWO better than other cellulite treatments?
There is a range of cellulite treatments for the bum and thighs that promise different results. Some common treatments include micro-needling, creams containing caffeine, dry brushing, and massage. Some of these promise to remove toxins, increase collagen, and stimulate the lymphatic system. While these are all true, the results can be minimal and short-lived. You’ll probably have to perform these treatments to keep cellulite at bay consistently. Presently, there is no long-term solution to cellulite loss that you can do at home.
QWO vs. Cellulaze
As the name implies, Cellulaze uses a special laser to ablate (aka cut) the fibrous septae bands that contribute to rippling and dimples. The treatment is best for mild-to-moderate cellulite and requires multiple procedures. Cellulaze also requires some downtime, but the procedure can last up to a year, maybe more. QWO uses a special compound to break up the fibrous septae and is best for moderate to severe cellulite.
QWO vs. Cellfina
Cellfina is one of the oldest invasive techniques used to treat cellulite. The doctor uses a small, minimally invasive cutting device to dislodge those bands causing ripples, and bumps. The device takes some still to use as it vibrates when penetrating the skin, disrupting those fibrous bands at the dermis. Cellfina requires some downtime and can last one year or more. QWO is non-invasive and will not leave minor scars or blemishes. Studies indicate QWO should have a similar length of time with its effectiveness.
QWO is the least invasive treatment on the market that produces long-term results. Since the treatment is relatively new, some doctors in previous studies saw results lasting as long as two years. There is still space for a long-term study on QWO, but the results look promising.
Try these other tips to maintain your QWO cellulite treatment
Patients who undergo the complete cellulite treatment love the results. Some are even impressed after one treatment. However, there are some great ways to maximize the results.
First, a great exercise routine that targets the thighs and butt can strengthen the surrounding muscles. Consistent exercise tightens the skin and reduces the appearance of cellulite.
Next, make sure to drink lots of water, as the skin remains hydrated, firm, and coupled with QWO, looks smoother than ever.
Finally, a healthy diet that’s low carb, processed foods, and sugars will keep hormones balanced and reduce fat buildup in these areas.
How much does QWO cellulite treatment near me cost?
Like most injectables, the cost will be determined by several factors. If you’re looking for QWO cellulite treatment near you, prices range from state to state. In most cases, the cost factors in the amount of solution required. Since the treatment takes about 90 days, most dermatologists or surgeons spread the cost over each session or may incentivize paying all upfront. Like most cosmetic procedures, QWO cellulite treatment is not covered by insurance.
Has cellulite met its match?
Almost all women have some degree of cellulite, and it is natural to want to address the issue. Some women want to look and feel good in their swimsuits or feel confident in their skin. Others see cellulite treatment as a necessary part of their careers. Whatever the reason, there has been no non-invasive equal like QWO. The enzymes both break up the bands and fat that create cellulite. Studies show significant improvement that can last for at least one year. Since the procedure is relatively new, we will see the real long-term impact of the treatment in time.
At Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetics, we’re pleased to provide this cutting-edge procedure since the results show great promise. It has the potential to grow in popularity and rival other injectables like Botox. If you’re looking for QWO cellulite treatment near me, our lead dermatologist, Ife Rodney, MD, FAAD, is here to help. She’s dedicated to improving all patients’ skin and overall wellness and is excited about the procedure. Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetics currently serves patients in the DC, Maryland area, including Fulton, Howard county, and Silver Springs. Let’s help you address cellulite with an initial consultation today.