The dimpled appearance of cellulite is unsightly and embarrassing for many women who may have worked hard for their figure with diet and exercise. Unfortunately, these traditional means don’t work for cellulite because the skin puckering is not due to fat, poor diet or lack of exercise. Our board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City offers QWO, the first FDA-approved injectable for cellulite treatment.
What is Cellulite?
Fibrous bands in your tissues connect the skin with the muscle layer underneath, and cellulite forms when these bands tighten abnormally and pull the skin down. Fat in the subcutaneous tissues is pushed upward and bulges, causing visible puckering or dimpling of the skin. Some women may have mild cellulite, while others have moderate to severe skin puckering. Your age, sex, body fat percentage, genetics and skin thickness may determine how much cellulite develops and how visible it is on the skin’s surface.
Cellulite disproportionately affects women, with just 10 percent of men experiencing cellulite and up to 90 percent of women. One theory for this vast gender difference is that the fibrous bands in men’s connective tissues have a crisscross pattern. In contrast, women’s fibrous bands run parallel to each other and may be more susceptible to lumpy cellulite. Another potential reason is the hormone estrogen, which is especially high during adolescence and pregnancy when women may first experience cellulite.
Natural aging can worsen cellulite due to the loss of skin elasticity, and weight gain may make the lumpy appearance more prominent. However, people of all sizes struggle with cellulite.
Cellulite is a cosmetic concern that bothers many women. It has been described as having a “puckered” appearance similar to oatmeal, an orange peel or cottage cheese. Cellulite is most likely to appear around the thighs, buttocks and stomach.
QWO is FDA-approved to treat cellulite in the buttocks for adult women.
How Does QWO Treat Cellulite?
This injectable cellulite treatment may work in several ways, including releasing the tension of the fibrous bands in the connective tissues, redistributing subcutaneous fat and stimulating collagen production. The developer of QWO believe the product, with collagenase as its main ingredient, breaks apart the collagen built up in the fibrous bands. However, the actual mechanism by which QWO works is not yet known.
Your QWO Treatment and Candidacy
QWO is a non-surgical treatment proven to diminish the appearance of moderate to severe cellulite in several clinical trials. Treatments require just 10 minutes, and women can enjoy a visible improvement in 10 weeks. QWO treatments at our New York City office are administered by our trained injector or Dr. Mark Schwartz, a highly accomplished and renowned plastic surgeon. QWO is injected in the buttocks via a tiny needle and takes as little as 10 minutes to complete with no downtime afterward. A series of three treatments spaced three weeks apart are recommended for best results.
Clinical trials on QWO included more than 1,800 women, and phase three research included 424 people treated with QWO and 419 who received a placebo injection. Study participants experienced visible results 10 weeks after their initial treatment.
While most patients with cellulite will qualify for QWO, people with a known allergy to collagenase or other ingredients in QWO should not have the treatment. These patients are at risk for allergic reactions. The most common side effects of QWO involve the injection site, such as bruising, pain, hardness, redness, itching, swelling, discoloration and warm sensations. These reactions typically lasted less than three weeks in clinical trials.
QWO is an exciting one-of-a-kind cellulite treatment we are pleased to offer. If you’re interested in reducing visible skin dimpling, contact Dr. Schwartz and our team in New York City today. Call (212) 737-9090 to schedule an appointment or fill out our online contact form.