Cellulite is a confidence killing condition that affects 80-90% of women and up to 10% of men. Cellulite causes the skin to have the appearance of a rough orange, pocked and dimpled. Miracle cures for cellulite are all over the market, and millions of dollars are spent each year in the US alone on cellulite treatments. These treatments include lotions, creams, massage, lasers, acupuncture, and even surgery. Even the best of these treatments only lasts up to 3 months, and their cost or upkeep may make them unattainable for many.
What Causes Cellulite
Fat is stored in the body between layers of skin and musculature. Cellulite results from the body’s effort to keep your skin firmly attached to your muscles, despite the buildup of fat between the two layers. The skin and muscles attach to each other with fibrous tissues called septae. These septae tighten the skin and muscle together around the fat deposits, and this gives the dimpled look everyone associates with cellulite.
Having a hard time visualizing how cellulite forms? Just imagine you step on a piece of chewed-up gum, and it sticks to your shoe. As you pull your shoe away from the floor, the sticky gum keeps your shoe on the floor connected. The gum is like the septae that keep your skin and muscles connected.
Several medical conditions are associated with the emergence of cellulite, such as lymphedema and obesity. However, many people experience cellulite without any underlying conditions, especially women. For years, people resorted to miracle creams or even surgery that involves cutting the septae with tiny razor blades. It’s clear that a better option was needed.
How Does QWO Work?
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So wouldn’t it be great if there was a less-invasive cellulite treatment? Now there is! Endo Aesthetics has developed the QWO cellulite treatment, a revolutionary, non-invasive, injectable treatment that is FDA-approved for the treatment of cellulite in the buttocks.
QWO Cellulite Treatment Before & After Results
That’s right…a non-invasive, effective alternative to gimmicky lotions or Draconian surgery. Instead of severing the septae that hold the skin and muscle together manually, QWO is injected directly into the cellulite dimple, breaking the septae down chemically with purified bacterial collagenase. QWO then replaces those thick, fibrous septae with smaller, thinner septae instead, giving a smoother appearance on the buttocks and hips. Most people achieve maximum results after just 2-3 treatments!
What Can I Expect Post-Treatment?
Downtime is minimal with QWO. It is normal for patients to experience redness, swelling, bruising, or burning at the injection site which subsides fairly quickly. If you have any concerns or questions after treatment please contact our office.
QWO is only available through trained medical professionals like those here at Hermann Aesthetics. If you are dealing with cellulite in the Tampa Bay area, call Dr. Hermann at (813) 773-8214 today and see what QWO cellulite treatments can do for you!
WHAT IS QWO®?
QWO is a prescription medicine used to treat moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women.
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 at the treatment area.
QWO may cause serious side effects, including:
- Allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions, including anaphylaxis. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have hives, trouble breathing, low blood pressure, swollen face, chest pain, dizziness or fainting after receiving QWO;
- Injection site bruising
Before receiving QWO, tell your healthcare provider if you:
- have a bleeding problem
- 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-the-counter 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).
The most common side effects of QWO include: injection site bruising, pain, areas of hardness, itching, redness, discoloration, swelling and warmth in the treatment area.
These are not all the possible side effects of QWO. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You are encouraged to report side effects of
prescription drugs to the FDA at www.fda.gov/medwatch/ or 1-800-FDA-1088.
As is very common for many women, despite age, weight, or health status, I’ve struggled with unsightly cellulite for years. Having already tried creams, fascial massage, bipolar RF, and IR heat coupled with suction, I was hopeful when I heard about Qwo,the first FDA-approved injectable treatment for cellulite. One of the most important steps when considering any treatment is choosing a qualified provider. Dr. Hermann’s training and thorough evaluation prior to approval for treatment set my mind at ease. It’s currently just a little over a week since my third and last treatment on my upper thighs, and I am quite pleased with the results. The initial injections were quick and relatively painless, requiring no anesthesia; but, be prepared for significant bruising and tenderness afterward. In my experience, there was considerable bruising/pain/swelling that lasted a full two weeks after the initial treatment; however, the two follow-up treatments resulted in very minimal bruising or pain. One side effect that occurs with extensive bruising in some patients, including myself, is hemosiderin staining, resulting in prolonged darker pigmentation in the bruised area. Hemosiderin is an iron-rich protein naturally found in the body, and over time the “stain” should fade naturally as the body slowly uses up the stored iron. Specific creams targeted to treat stubborn staining can be used to speed up the process, but I can see that in my case the staining has already begun to fade. I am thrilled to have finally found a treatment that worked to reduce my stubborn cellulite and if anyone is considering Qwo, I would certainly recommend a consultation with Dr. Hermann to see if this treatment is right for you.
~ C. Diasti