Reduce Cellulite Dimples with an Injectable in Madison, WI
Cellulite is a condition that causes noticeable depressions on areas such as the thighs, buttocks, and abdomen. It is sometimes called “orange peel” or “cottage cheese” skin, and it’s much more common among women than men. Topical treatments are mostly ineffective on cellulite because they don’t target the underlying root cause of the problem. Endo Aesthetics’ QWO®, offered by Madison, WI’s Radiance Skin Therapy & Laser Center, is the first FDA-approved, minimally invasive injectable treatment for moderate to severe cellulite on the buttocks of adult female patients. This recently introduced, leading-edge cellulite treatment is simple to administer and requires minimal recovery time.
What is QWO®?
People with all body types and sizes can get cellulite, regardless of how slim or fit they are. Cellulite isn’t the same thing as excess fat or loose skin, and it isn’t caused by being overweight. It’s actually caused by connective bands within the skin. The condition is associated with fibrous connective cords of collagen that tie the surface to the underlying tissues. Fat cells that grow around these cords can get bunched into pockets that protrude into the skin layer, pushing against the surface while the strong cords—called septae—pull down, creating an uneven texture.
QWO® injections are more effective than many other cellulite treatments because they use enzymes to break down the tightened, fibrous bands of collagen that contribute to the tension that creates cellulite dimples. QWO® specifically targets collagen types one and three. By releasing these bands, the skin on the surface is free to become smoother.
In addition to deploying enzymes called collagenases that target the structural cause of the cellulite below the skin’s surface, QWO® works by encouraging fat redistribution and promoting the growth of new collagen to thicken the skin.
During a treatment session, specific areas on the buttocks will be marked, and QWO® will be injected subcutaneously into the bands there with a small needle. Unlike other cellulite treatments that involve mechanically severing the bands of collagen with lasers or a tiny blade, QWO® is less invasive and has an easier recovery.
It takes just around 30 minutes at most for a treatment session to be completed.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for QWO®?
Patients over the age of 18 of all skin tones, ethnicities, and body types, who are in good health and have moderate to severe cellulite, can be ideal candidates for QWO®. It’s important to share at your consultation about any medical conditions you may have, including previous allergic reactions to this medication, bleeding problems, or if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or plan to become pregnant. Patients who have excessive skin laxity or active infections in the treatment areas may need to consider an option other than QWO®.
Results and Recovery After QWO®
Since there is no downtime necessary, patients will be able to go back to their normal day-to-day activities right after having QWO®. We do ask patients to refrain from physical activity for 48 hours and advise against extensive periods of sitting for the first few days, as the treatment area will be tender. Patients will see significantly visible improvements to the appearance of their skin around 10 weeks.
Bruising and mild swelling are expected after each treatment—as there are with any type of injectable treatment. Bruises may persist for around two weeks.
To get optimal results from QWO®, it is recommended to schedule three sessions, each of which should be spaced 21 days apart.
What Other Skin Rejuvenation Procedures Are Available?
Along with QWO®, Radiance Skin Therapy and Laser Center provides a variety of other non-invasive, skin rejuvenation and body contouring procedures, including chemical peels and microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, and IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments to enhance the appearance and texture of the skin.
CoolSculpting® is a body contouring procedure that enhances your body shape by reducing isolated bulges of stubborn fat. Although fat does not cause cellulite, many patients want to deal with both bulky contours and dimpled skin.