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Aesthera Med Spa is excited to be among the very first providers of a recently FDA-approved injectable called Qwo. This first-of-its-kind treatment is a game-changer in the treatment of cellulite and follows on the heels of the largest-ever clinical studies into the treatment of cellulite, conducted by Qwo’s manufacturer, Endo Aesthetics.

What is Qwo?

Qwo is the first and only FDA-approved injectable for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women. Qwo is composed of naturally occurring enzymes that target the root cause of cellulite, allowing patients to regain a smoother and firmer skin surface in treated areas.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is the roughly textured, cottage cheese or orange peel-like appearance on the surface of the skin in areas of the body that commonly include the buttocks, thighs, and upper arms.

The dimples in cellulite are caused by three aspects of the interaction between skin and fatty tissue:

  1. Subdermal fibrous bands called “fibrous septae” tether the skin down to the muscle below. This gives us the dimples or divots commonly associated with cellulite.
  2. Fatty tissue in these areas enlarges and herniates upwards between the fibrous bands, giving us the hills and peaks commonly associated with cellulite.
  3. The skin surface itself thins out in these areas, causing numbers one and two above to become more prominent.

By targeting and safely dissolving the fibrous bands that are the literal root of cellulite, Qwo allows women with cellulite to again experience a vastly smoother and more youthful appearance on the surface of the skin.

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Benefits and Advantages of Qwo

  • Comfortable in-office procedure
  • Treats moderate to severe cellulite
  • Non-surgical, minimally invasive treatment
  • Clinically proven effective for patients of all skin tones
  • First and only FDA-approved cellulite treatment injectable
  • Requires just three treatments over the course of two months

Am I a Candidate for Qwo?

Qwo is a prescription medication prescribed by a licensed physician specially trained in its use. The best candidates for Qwo include:

  • Adult women with moderate to severe dimple-like cellulite in their buttocks.
  • Patients of any skin tone or skin type. Qwo is safe for all ethnicities.
  • Because the skin structure is physically different in males, men are unlikely to benefit from Qwo and are also less likely to experience cellulite to begin with.
  • Women who are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

What areas can be treated with Qwo?

Qwo is currently FDA approved for use in the buttocks of adult women. Clinical studies are currently ongoing for its use in other areas such as the thighs. At this time, the use of Qwo in the thighs of upper arms would be considered off-label use and can be done. Should you be interested in treating areas other than the buttocks, please ask about treatment possibilities.

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What is treatment like with Qwo?

Qwo is administered over the course of three treatment sessions separated 21 days apart. It is administered right here in our practice as in-office treatment followed by minimal downtime. Patients will be able to have their treatment within 10 - 15 minutes, and then return home or to work immediately afterward. Because the injections are done into the buttocks, very little pain or discomfort is felt during treatment.

After Qwo Treatment

No downtime is required after Qwo treatments but patients should expect to experience pronounced bruising in treatment areas as well as minor discomfort at injection sites. At each subsequent treatment session, side-effects tend to get less and less severe and to clear up faster and faster. You should not schedule your Qwo treatment immediately before planning a beach vacation or similar trip but should do so 75 to 90 days in advance of your first treatment to allow for the side effects to dissipate (21 days on average) and for the full results of Qwo to be seen (28 days on average.)

What are the results like?

Qwo is clinically proven to greatly and safely reduce the appearance of cellulite in the buttocks of adult women. Because Qwo uses injected enzymes to naturally dissolve the fibrous septae that are causing cellulite, the process can take up to 28 days after injection. Women will experience a reduction of the cellulite dimples and a vast improvement in the smoothness of their skin in treated areas.

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