If you have cellulite — especially on your rear end — you may have heard that there’s nothing you can do to fix it.
Cellulite is notoriously difficult to get rid of. Typical weight loss efforts like exercise and diet don’t fix cellulite. Scrubs and creams don’t do anything to eliminate cellulite, either.
But you now have options, thanks to a new treatment called QWO®. This FDA-approved treatment is nonsurgical and can reduce or eliminate cellulite on your buttocks with just a few infections.
Are you Interested? Our providers at eleven19 Medical + Weight Loss explain more about what this treatment involves and what you can expect.
What cellulite is
Cellulite is a very common condition. Approximately 9 out of 10 women have it. Cellulite isn’t the same thing as fat, though this is a common misperception. It isn’t affected by what you eat or how much you exercise.
It most often appears on your buttocks but you can also have cellulite on your thighs, too. Over time, your skin thins, which causes your fat cells to push against your skin. This creates the dimpled appearance known as cellulite.
What is QWO?
QWO is a new treatment that’s delivered by injection. These injections are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
The injections are made of collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes, or CCH. When we inject it into your buttocks, you’ll see the appearance of your cellulite begin to shrink. Most of our patients have three treatments, each delivered 21 days apart.
It’s only FDA-approved for your buttocks but some patients get it on their thighs instead. Talk to your provider about which options are right for you.
How QWO works
It’s believed that QWO works by breaking down the fibers that lead to cellulite. The collagenase in QWO targets the fibrous bands within your skin that create the appearance of cellulite.
Most often, we ice down the area to minimize any discomfort associated with the shot.
We administer QWO with a 30-gauge needle, similar to the needles used in Botox® or fillers. It’s suitable for all skin types and skin tones.
Because we inject QWO, you don’t have to worry about downtime or recovery. And you don’t have to wear compression garments, as you would with other treatments.
Most people can expect the results of QWO injections to last for about four years on average.
The side effects you may experience
Even though QWO injections are noticeably less invasive than other procedures, you may experience some side effects, among them:
- Bruising (which may last two weeks or more)
- Skin discoloration
For most of our patients, the side effects are tolerable and are not bothersome, but you should be prepared in case you experience them.
Who should not get QWO
While most women are good candidates for QWO, you should not get the injections if you have bleeding disorders or if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. You should wait to get QWO until after you’re done having children.
Tell our team about any medications or supplements that you take regularly. You may or may not need to stop taking them.
If you’re interested in trying QWO to get rid of cellulite, schedule a consultation to learn more about it. Contact our providers at eleven19 Medical + Weight Loss today or request an appointment online.
We’re located in Santa Ana, Fullerton, and Ontario, California.