QWO Injectable Cellulite Treatment in San Antonio, TX
What is QWO?
QWO is an innovative nonsurgical solution to stubborn cellulite. It is the first of its kind, an FDA-approved injectable that breaks down cellulite dimples over a period of weeks with no downtime and few side effects. QWO injectable cellulite treatment consists of the enzyme CCH-Collagenase Clostridium Histolyticum that has been shown to break down Type 1 and Type 3 collagen, smoothing the skin to look younger and more aesthetically pleasing.
How does QWO work?
Cellulite is primarily caused by the fibrous septae, bands of connective tissue, beneath the skin. These bands can press against fat cells even in a person who is at a healthy weight. QWO reduces cellulite by targeting the fibrous connective tissue via injections of Collagenase Clostridium Histolyticum. This combination of enzymes degrades collagen strands in the targeted area beneath individual cellulite dimples. Studies have shown that these bands are primarily made of collagen so, disrupting that protein, QWO can significantly decrease the appearance of dimpled skin in the buttocks area. QWO also stimulates the production of new collagen molecules, which can help thicken the skin, enhancing its smooth appearance.
Who is an ideal candidate for QWO?
The FDA has approved QWO for cellulite in the buttocks area. Treatment is approved for adult women of all ages whose dimples are caused by true cellulite and not excessive skin laxity. The difference can be discerned by gently lifting the skin above a dimple upward toward the torso. If the dimple disappears, there is a strong likelihood that it is caused by loose skin. If the dimple remains, it is true cellulite and QWO may be the ideal solution. If you are unsure about your condition, schedule a consultation with us! We’re here to help you get the results you want!
QWO is not currently indicated for men (view services for men). It is not yet approved for areas other than the buttocks. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or who plan to be in the near future, should postpone this treatment. QWO may not be appropriate for patients with bleeding problems, take blood thinning medication or supplements, or who have had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the solution.
How many QWO Treatments will I need?
In clinical studies, QWO was administered up to 3 times, with sessions scheduled 3 weeks apart.
How long will results from my QWO treatment last?
Clinical studies indicate that the results from a series of 3 QWO sessions can last a year or longer. The drug is relatively new and treatment only became available early in 2021 , so additional monitoring is needed to determine how long results may last for a broad range of patients.
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Are there any risks associated with QWO?
The risks associated with QWO injections are very low. There is a small risk of allergic reactions. Our providers are careful to assess patients for this risk so potentially serious complications can be avoided. These include dizziness, fainting, low blood pressure, facial swelling, chest pain, difficulty breathing, hives, and anaphylaxis. Most commonly, patients who receive QWO injections experience minor side effects including swelling, discoloration, redness, and itching.
After receiving QWO injections, patients should expect bruising. This can be significant after the first round of injections. In clinical studies, 84% of patients developed profound bruising after their initial treatment. It is believed that this side effect is due to blood leaking from tiny blood vessels near the injection sites. Bruising is much less severe after subsequent visits. Patients may also experience soreness that lasts a few days, and/or nodules beneath the skin. These typically resolve in 7 to 10 days.
The team at Skin Elite serves the areas of San Antonio and Boerne, TX. Our specialized staff is passionate about beauty and the utmost patient care. We have established our offices to be comfortable spaces in which our patients can discuss their cosmetic concerns and feel truly heard. We understand that our conversations with each of our patients lays the foundation for the best treatment outcomes.