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It is estimated that as many as 9 out of every 10 women in America are affected by cellulite. The condition is indiscriminate and affects women of all skin tones, and women with extra weight, just as it does women who are well within their recommended weight range.

What is Qwo?

Qwo is the first and only FDA-approved injectable for the treatment of cellulite. Approved in 2020 and just launched in the Spring of 2021, Qwo is a game-changer in the treatment of cellulite. Its pre-release clinical studies were the largest ever conducted on cellulite and its results were extremely positive.

Qwo is specifically indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women.

Qwo at a Glance

  • Qwo is an injectable prescription medication.
  • Qwo is the first and only FDA-approved injectable for treating cellulite.
  • Qwo is administered right here in our practice.
  • 3 treatments are done 21 days apart.
  • Treatment takes approximately 10 minutes from start to finish.
  • The procedure is minimally invasive and requires no incisions.

Understanding Cellulite

An understanding of cellulite is helpful to understanding why Qwo is so effective. Cellulite, commonly known as a cottage cheese or orange peel-like appearance on the surface of the skin, is a combination of hills and valleys that most commonly presents itself on the buttocks, thighs, and upper arms.

The valleys, dimples, or depressions that give cellulite its most obvious appearance are caused by bands of connective tissue called fibrous septae. Composed of collagen type I and III, these bands appear like fingers beneath the skin and tether it down to the muscle beneath it. Since the connective fingers appear only intermittently, they cause dimples, much like the buttons on a couch’s fabric.

Between these columns of connective tissue, fatty tissue accumulates and begins to herniate upward, causing the peaks commonly seen in cellulite. In addition to the dimples caused by fibrous septae and the peaks caused by fatty tissue, the skin itself is simultaneously getting a bit thinner in areas affected by cellulite, exacerbating the condition.

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How does Qwo work?

Qwo is comprised of naturally occurring enzymes that dissolve the connective tissue that make up the fibrous bands. Because Qwo only targets and dissolves collagen type I and III, it doesn’t affect the surrounding tissue. 

As Qwo dissolves the bands of fibrous collagen, the skin is allowed to return to its more natural and more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

By dissolving these bands, Qwo also allows for the redistribution of fat cells, allowing them to move left and right, further smoothing out the treatment area. It is further hypothesized that Qwo increases the presence of other types of collagen in the skin as a final factor in the disappearance of cellulite.

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Where can I get Qwo?

Qwo is FDA-approved for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women. Additional areas may be treatable with Qwo under certain circumstances. Qwo treatments in areas such as the thighs and upper arms are off-label treatments and may be done as prescribed by a doctor and with the patient’s understanding that such treatment is off-label.

  • Buttocks — FDA approved 
  • Thighs — possible as an off-label use
  • Upper arms — possible as an off-label use

What should I expect at my Qwo treatment?

Qwo treatment is very simple. Your first treatment visit will take slightly longer than subsequent visits as at the first we will collect basic medical information to ensure you are indeed a candidate for the treatment. We will then photograph your buttocks with the gluteus muscles relaxed so that we can a) discuss and agree upon your goals for the treatment, and b) see progress after treatment. The dimples to be treated will be circled.

You will then lie prone on a comfortable treatment table and our practitioner will inject each cellulite dimple to be treated a total of 3 times. When all dimples designated for treatment in that session have been covered, you’ll remain laying down for approximately 5 minutes. That concludes one treatment session. At subsequent treatments, injections are continued, with each subsequent treatment taking 10 to 15 minutes.

How many treatments will I need?

Qwo is administered at our practice in three separate treatment sessions, each spaced 21 days apart. At each treatment session, up to 12 cellulite dimples can be treated per buttock with Qwo.

What is recovery like from Qwo?

Qwo requires no downtime. There are no activity restrictions and you can return to your social and professional activities immediately afterward, including going to the gym. The biggest side-effect is bruising, which will occur within 24 to 48 hours and disappear within 14 to 21 days. You may also experience itching and slight discomfort and this too will resolve on its own unassisted and within 7 to 14 days.

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Ready to Qwo? Let’s go!

For years, patients have come into our practice seeking a resolution of their cellulite. Until now, Dr. Lind has lacked sufficient confidence in the available treatment modalities to offer them to patients. Having now personally administered Qwo and seen it in action, Dr. Lind strongly believes that Qwo is going to be a game-changer in the cellulite treatment space and is excited to be able to finally welcome patients in for a treatment that is clinically proven to treat it safely and effectively. Please contact our office today for an appointment or for more information.

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