QWO Injectable Cellulite Treatment | Encino
QWO is the first and only FDA-approved injectable for moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women. QWO works as an injection, where the enzymes in QWO called collagenases, strategically target the causes of cellulite under the skin. QWO is normally done in 3 separate sessions, one month apart from each other, for maximum effectiveness. By injecting QWO directly to the dimpling of the buttocks caused by cellulite, we are able to offer our patients a pain-free and non-surgical treatment for women who are looking to achieve a smooth texture for their hips, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks.
How does QWO work?
The enzymes that are found in QWO, called collagenases, works by targeting the causes of cellulite in women’s buttocks, the primary cause of butt dimples. A practitioner would inject QWO directly into the dimples, where it would target collagen types 1 & 3 to release the septae, a thin wall dividing two cavities or masses of softer tissue, which in turn would release the dimple and ultimately achieve a smooth texture in the area of concern in the patient. Most results are not instant, and the manufacturer of QWO, Endo pharmaceuticals, normally recommends 2 to 3 treatments spaced one month from each other for maximum effectiveness.
What is Cellulite?
Cellulite, a condition found most prevalent in women, is the appearance of dimpled flesh on the hips, thighs, abdomen, and buttocks. Cellulite is very common, where there are more than 3 million US cases per year. Cellulite can be found in all types of women, regardless of their height, weight, or ethnic status. Cellulite is a harmless condition, but it can also be chronic, where many women can live with the condition for their whole lives if untreated.
The main contributing factor to cellulite is the fibrous septae, a fibrous connective tissue found under the skin. When a patient’s skin thins with age and the fat cells enlarges and push against the skin, the fibrous septae bands thicken and push against the skin which in turn creates the appearance of dimples.
What to expect with QWO?
The most common side effects of QWO include:
- Injection Site Bruising (extremely common, normal, and expected)
- Light Pain
- Areas of hardness
- Swelling and warmth in the treatment area
These side effects generally lasted less than three weeks.
After your treatment, no post-treatment downtime is required. Most patients are able to go back to their normal day-to-day activity almost immediately. It is suggested that a patient brings spandex, yoga pants, or biking shorts to their treatment to be worn after.
Important Safety Information
Do not receive QWO if you are allergic to collagenase or to any of the ingredients in QWO, or have an active infection in the treatment area. Call 911 right away if you have hives, trouble breathing, low blood pressure, swollen face, chest pain, dizziness or fainting after receiving QWO.
Before receiving QWO, tell your provider if you have a bleeding problem, or are pregnant or may become pregnant, nursing or plan to nurse. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will receive QWO or breastfeed.
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-thecounter medicines, vitamins and herbal supplements. Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take a medicine that prevents the clotting of your blood (antiplatelet or anticoagulant).
Glow Aesthetic Center is proud to be a provider of QWO in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. Wondering if QWO is right for you? Visit Glow Aesthetic Center in Encino, CA for a free consultation, where you get to meet with one of our experienced injectors to discuss your concerns and goals with the treatment. From there, they will make a customized treatment plan just for you. Call (818) 905-8815 to book your next appointment, or click here to book your appointment for a free consultation.