More than 90% of women are affected by cellulite, a bothersome genetic condition that affects women of a wide variety of ages, body types, and weights. Cellulite isn’t fat, and it isn’t caused by diet. The genetics predisposing cellulite cause overly tight collagen bands, which tether the skin and create the depressions and dimples responsible for cellulite. With age, the skin of the buttocks and thighs thins, and fat cells enlarge and press against the skin, also contributing to the appearance of cellulite. The dimpling of cellulite commonly affects buttocks and thighs and normally does not budge with exercise, weight loss, and topical treatments. In fact, there are not many truly effective treatments for cellulite—until now!
Qwo® is the first FDA-approved medication to treat moderate to severe cellulite of the buttocks in adult women. Qwo® is a non-surgical treatment that consists of an injectable enzyme medication that breaks up the collagen bands that create cellulite. At Aviva Plastic Surgery, we are excited to be one of the first practices in the Atlanta area to offer Qwo® treatment.
Our facial plastic surgeon Dr. Inessa Fishman performs Qwo® injections in 10 minutes or less and recommends 3 treatments separated by 3 weeks. In studies, this treatment schedule results in a significant improvement in the appearance of cellulite.
Besides being short, treatments generally require little to no downtime, as the treatment areas can be easily covered with clothing and swimwear. We recommend patients plan on several days of moderate compression to the buttocks and thighs with a Spanx-type garment, as this decreases swelling and bruising after treatment. The most common side effects of Qwo® treatments include bruising at the injection sites, discomfort or soreness, firm spots or bumps at the injection sites, itching, redness, irritation, and swelling at the treated areas. Dr. Fishman recommends going no more than 3-4 weeks between treatments for best results. She counsels patients to complete treatment before or after bikini season.
Candidates for Qwo® should be in good health, not pregnant or breastfeeding, and without a history of allergy to collagenases. Good candidates should not be taking prescribed blood-thinning medications.