Cellulite is a textural skin irregularity that affects 90 percent of women and 10 percent of men, so if you have cellulite, you’re not alone. However, knowing that cellulite is a common issue doesn’t change the fact that it may negatively affect your confidence in your appearance. At Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center in Oklahoma City, OK, we offer QWO, the first ever injectable cellulite treatment that can help patients experience real, visible cellulite reduction in their problem areas.
QWO: The Injectable Cellulite Treatment
QWO is the first ever FDA-approved injectable cellulite reduction treatment that can help improve the appearance of moderate to severe cellulite. Those who have unsuccessfully tried to treat cellulite with topical products or at-home DIY methods can finally live cellulite-free thanks to this injectable.
What Causes Cellulite?
Cellulite is a common concern among individuals with different body types and different activity levels; even some of the healthiest and fittest individuals have cellulite. Three primary factors contribute to the formation of cellulite:
- The aging process
- Fat cells beneath the skin
- Thickening of the fibrous bands beneath the skin
As you age, your skin loses elasticity and becomes thinner and weaker. At the same time, the fibrous bands within the skin thicken and become tighter, pushing fat cells against the skin’s surface. All three of these factors work together to create the dimpling appearance definitive of cellulite.
Why Topical Products Don’t Work
Once you understand the primary cause of cellulite, you can then also understand why topical products don’t work in reducing its appearance. Topical products can moisturize the skin and help temporarily make it appear tighter and firmer, but they can’t address the structural cause of cellulite. That’s where QWO comes in.
How QWO Works
QWO is such an effective cellulite treatment because it uses an active ingredient called collagenase to address the root cause of cellulite. After injection, the active ingredient, collagenase, will work to loosen those tight fibrous bands partly responsible for cellulite.
Once the fibrous bands loosen, the fat cells in the area can redistribute. This injectable also helps increase collagen production, which strengthens the foundation of the skin to make it tighter, firmer, and healthier so you can have less visible cellulite and healthier skin.
What It Treats
This injectable cellulite treatment addresses cellulite on the buttocks. The buttocks are the most common body areas with cellulite, but this treatment can help improve the appearance and create tighter, firmer, healthier-looking skin that is cellulite-free.
The Treatment Process
Preparing for Your Treatment
There are some ways that you can prepare for your treatment. Avoiding anti-inflammatory and blood thinning supplements and medications can support post-treatment recovery. Additionally, you should avoid alcohol consumption and avoid smoking for several days before your treatment.
Some patients take Arnica tablets before undergoing treatment to help promote an accelerated recovery and allow the treatment site to heal quickly. On the day of your treatment, avoid applying any topical solutions to your skin in the planned treatment area, and arrive in comfortable, loose clothing. After your treatment, avoid wearing compression clothing but instead wear loose, airy clothing that allows the skin to breathe and the injection site to heal.
The treatment process is quick, and injections can take less than 10 minutes to complete. We will administer this injectable directly into the cellulite dimples on the buttocks during the treatment.
The needle on the injectable is thin and small, and the injections are quick, so you can expect a relatively painless treatment process. You may need a series of treatments to adequately target your treatment area, but we will give you more details about what your unique treatment plan will look like at your consultation.
What To Expect
After you receive QWO injections, your body will respond to the treatment, and over time, your treatment area will become smoother and develop a more even skin texture. The best results typically come when patients undergo a treatment plan that includes three injectable treatments with 21 days between each. You can expect the best results to be visible within ten weeks of beginning treatment.
You won’t have to plan for downtime after your treatment, but we will give you instructions on how to care for the injection sites after treatment. As with any cosmetic injectable treatment, you should avoid working out for 24 hours post-treatment. Any activity that increases your body temperature can affect your results, so it’s important that you avoid those as well. You should also avoid sun exposure and baths for the first several days.
Once you receive your desired results, you may want to schedule follow-up appointments to maintain your results long-term. This injectable treatment can help patients experience cellulite-free skin for at least one year, but you may begin to notice additional cellulite dimples over time. When you do, you can schedule another treatment to effectively eliminate cellulite and maintain smooth, healthy skin.
Determining Your Treatment Eligibility
If you are interested in undergoing this cellulite reduction treatment, the first step is a consultation. We will meet with you to discuss your goals, learn more about your medical history, and confirm that you aren’t allergic to the active ingredient, collagenase.
Once we confirm that this injectable treatment is right for you, we can give you details about the treatment process and schedule your first appointment. Pregnant and nursing women are not eligible for treatment, nor are those with an active infection in the planned treatment site.
Schedule a Cellulite Reduction Treatment That Works
You don’t have to waste any more time or money on topical products, other devices, or methods that promise to treat and eliminate cellulite. There is an effective solution that works, and we offer it right here at Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center. Our goal is to help you eliminate cellulite long-term and achieve healthier skin that makes you feel more confident in your appearance.