In mid-2020, the FDA approved the first injectable cellulite treatment in the United States. Developed by the pharmaceutical giant Endo Aesthetics, QWO™ is the first non-invasive and highly effective treatment for cellulite in women and men.
If you don’t know what QWO is all about, we recommend reading through this quick introduction. As the first injectable treatment for cellulite on the market, QWO™ holds a lot of promise for anyone (especially women) with average to severe cellulite.
While the treatment is still new, studies and anecdotal evidence from those who have already used it show that it could be what the world has been waiting for. Here are the top six benefits that help to put the new QWO™ treatment above the rest.
It’s One of the Most Effective Treatments Available
Before the new QWO™ treatment was approved, there was a range of different options available for the treatment of cellulite, but none of them were ideal.
Laser treatments, also called Cellulaze, involve the use of a tiny probe inserted beneath the skin. Laser light is used to heat the fibrous collagen tissue and break it down to reduce dimpling and improve skin texture.
Non-laser treatments such as radiofrequency (RF), ultrasound, infrared light, and radial pulses are also used to heat the skin underneath and relax the fibrous septae that cause cellulite. Market names for these treatments include Venus Freeze®, VelaShape®, and ThermiSmooth® Body.
Mechanical treatments are also available—these treatments involve microsurgery, where a tiny blade is inserted beneath the skin to release the septae.
Topical treatments and massage can be used to apply various medical products while massaging the skin to “knead” subcutaneous fat. These measures are only temporary solutions, however.
While mechanical and laser treatments are reasonably effective, they are invasive and can be painful. QWO™ is the first injectable treatment that achieves the same or better results without requiring incisions or surgery. For this reason, it is known as the best cellulite treatment currently available.
The Treatment is Non-Invasive
All the best alternative cellulite treatment options available today are invasive except for QWO™. Due to the nature of cellulite, the fibrous bands of collagen that cause skin dimpling have to be removed so that the subcutaneous fat can be redistributed in a process known as ESR.
The injections contain an enzyme called collagenase that weakens or dissolves these thick bands of collagen. This is much better than using laser lights or a blade to cut through the bands.
Once the fat is redistributed, the skin regains a smooth surface. The body rebuilds the collagen support structures, but chances are good that the new bands will cause less dimpling.
Sessions are Simple and Painless (No Downtime)
Those who have undergone Botox treatments before can attest that the procedure often calls for the use of a local anesthetic. Recovery can also be somewhat uncomfortable.
In contrast, QWO™ sessions are relatively painless and require no anesthetic. Since the buttocks are mainly composed of fat, the injections are almost painless when administered by a qualified doctor.
The doctor will inject tiny amounts of collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes (QWO™). These injections are performed directly into the cellulite, where they begin to work immediately.
There is no downtime associated with the treatment sessions. You can get in and out of the doctor’s office in less than an hour and get back to normal activities. The worst you will experience is mild soreness, tenderness, and swelling.
Results are Fast and Long-Term to Permanent
Even before you complete your treatment sessions, you are likely to start seeing positive results from the injections. It takes two to three weeks for visible reductions in dimpling to occur, which means a quick boost to your confidence.
This happens as the injections break down the thick fibrous collagen bands and allow the skin to become softer and smoother. With time, new collagen bands will form and stretch the skin, but with less dimpling.
Some people might experience permanent benefits with the treatment. In other words, the cellulite might be significantly reduced even after many years, with no further treatments.
It is more practical to assume an effective period of at least one year, usually longer. Mechanical treatments (surgery) also last for three years or more, so there is little difference between the two procedures in terms of results.
Minimal Side Effects
One of the most important reasons we love QWO™ treatments for cellulite is that it is safe and free of major negative side effects.
The most common side effects that our patients may experience are bruising and swelling from the injections, which is normal. The needle breaks tiny blood vessels at the point of injection, causing blood and other fluids to leak into surrounding areas.
The result is blue-black bruising that looks worse than it is. Within a couple of weeks, the bruising and any swelling or tenderness will have gone away completely.
The only people who are excluded from using the treatment are those who may be allergic to the ingredients used, as well as those with bleeding or clotting disorders.
It is Affordable and Available to Everyone
Despite becoming commercial recently in 2021, the treatments are affordable and widely available. The cost varies from $2,500 to over $4,000. You can get a good deal depending on the number of dimples being addressed.
Cellulite is a nearly universal problem affecting 80-90% of women everywhere, as well as a large number of men. By making QWO™ a universal and a mainstream treatment option, Endo Aesthetics will affect the lives of a lot of people positively.
Talk to Us about Your QWO™ Cellulite Treatment
QWO™ injectable treatments for cellulite are the latest and most effective solution for women and men. They are also quite affordable and very safe. You have every reason to get excited about finally saying goodbye to that stubborn cellulite!
At Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, TX, we have fully embraced this new treatment. Our top aestheticians are fully trained in all the procedures we offer. We are available for a free consultation to discuss QWO™ treatment. Contact us today at (281) 810-9083 or fill out this contact form.