QWO®

Women who have tried everything to erase cellulite’s dimpled, cottage cheese appearance from their buttocks can now get an effective, FDA-approved cellulite treatment at our Los Angeles-area plastic surgery and aesthetics practice. QWO injections produce long-lasting results, creating smoother skin with a series of nonsurgical treatments.

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What is cellulite?

Nearly all women—as many as 9 out of 10—develop cellulite at some point in their lives. Even though people often think of cellulite as a weight-related condition, the truth is that cellulite affects lean women who exercise regularly and live a healthy lifestyle in addition to those who may have extra weight. In short, women of all ages and body types get cellulite.

So, what causes cellulite? Cellulite develops when fibrous bands that connect the skin to a muscle pull down and fatty tissue pushes up through the bands, creating the “cottage cheese” appearance on the skin’s surface. Even though younger women may have cellulite, it is often more visible in older women because the skin loses thickness with age.

Researchers believe genetics plays a role in who is prone to developing cellulite, although the specific cause isn’t known. It is also linked to lifestyle and gender—it’s much less common for men to have cellulite. Women store fat differently than men, especially in areas such as the thighs and buttocks where cellulite is most common

How does QWO work?

QWO targets the fibrous connective tissue bands that pull down on the skin using certain enzymes injected at the treatment site. Unlike more invasive cellulite treatments that sever those bands, the enzymes—called collagenases—dissolve the bands. It is not clear exactly how that happens, but it appears that they break down the buildup of collagen. Not only does QWO release the fibrous bands, but the treatment also redistributes fat cells and stimulates the growth of new collagen.

What happens during a QWO treatment?

Treatment sessions begin with one of our 2 expert injectors—Carla or Stacy—marking the treatment areas. They inject QWO directly into the dimpled skin using a small needle, with the procedure lasting about 30 minutes. No anesthetic is needed, and you can return to your normal daily activities after leaving our practice. Because QWO treatments don’t sever the bands, which is what happens with Cellfina® and Cellulaze®, the recovery is much simpler.

When will I see QWO results?

Because the enzymes take time to dissolve the bands, results appear gradually as you complete the series of treatments, with visible changes occurring in about 10 weeks. Over time, you’ll see the dimpled appearance of your buttocks replaced by much smoother skin, producing results that look much more dramatic than other cellulite treatments available today.

How many QWO treatments do I need?

Carla and Stacy develop custom treatment plans for each patient after determining that they can benefit from QWO injections. Many patients schedule 3 treatment sessions 21 days apart, with each visit including up to 2 treatment areas.

How much do QWO injections cost?

The price of QWO injections depends on the number of treatment sessions required. When you meet with one of our aesthetic specialists to discuss the procedure, we’ll provide a price quote that you can review before making a decision about the treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can liposuction treat cellulite?

Liposuction removes unwanted fat from the buttocks. Because it’s not excess fat that’s responsible for causing cellulite, liposuction isn’t an effective treatment.

How is QWO different from other cellulite treatments?

Cellulite treatments―ranging from topical creams to minimally invasive procedures that sever the fibrous bands responsible for the appearance of cellulite―have been available for years. Laser fibers inserted just below the skin’s surface aim to melt fat cells and slice the bands pulling down on the skin. Other methods involve radiofrequency energy that targets the fatty tissue. The success of these procedures varies, but many experts believe QWO represents a paradigm shift as the first injectable cellulite treatment approved by the FDA. It’s especially effective for treating patients with moderate to severe cellulite.

Women looking for an effective, lasting cellulite treatment in the Los Angeles area can now find it at our Marina del Rey practice. To learn more about QWO, request a consultation using the online form or call our office at (310) 300-1779 to schedule an appointment.

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