Qwo Cellulite Treatments

Qwo Cellulite Treatments; At A Glance

  • Best Results3+ sessions
  • Treatment Recovery1-7 days
  • Procedure Time5 to 30 mins
  • Skin SpecialistPossible future treatment
  • Duration of ResultsNot yet studied
  • AnaestheticLocal
  • Back to Work0-1 days
  • Cost $$

Qwo Cellulite Treatments

This novel injectable has recently been approved by the FDA for the management of cellulite in women. Together with subcision, radiofrequency devices, lymphatic massage, & dermal collagen stimulating fillers, Qwo adds to the armamentarium of cellulite treatments.

FactsFacts On Qwo

  • This injectable solution contains clostridium (bacteria) derived enzymes
  • Collagenase enzymes target vertical bands of cellulite walls
  • Qwo works best on dimples, divots & deep depressions caused by cellulite
  • Three injections constitute a course of treatment with Qwo
  • This injectable should ideally be part of a cellulite management program
  • Combination therapy works best

What is Qwo?

This is an injectable procedure available in the United States. It has been FDA approved for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite in 2021. This injection contains an enzyme called collagenase & is derived from clostridium bacteria.

What forms of cellulite does Qwo treat?

This cellulite targeting injection targets focal areas of dimpling, divots & depressions caused by fibrous septae. 

It is less effective on generalized cellulite (wavy cellulite), especially involving the inner thigh.

How does Qwo work?

The primary mode of action is breakdown of type 1 & 3 collagen via an enzyme called collagenase. Breakage of septal collagen can release tethering & dimpling. This injection causes secondary inflammation, in turn it can destroy adipose tissue (fat cells). Inflammation can also lead to rebuilding of normal collagen over time. This thickens the overlying dermal layer.

How many treatments will you need?

The current indication is for 3 treatments spaced 3 weeks apart. Each treatment may include 2 cosmetic areas affected by cellulite. Treatments take approximately 10 to 20 minutes to perform.

Davin’s Viewpoint on Qwo Injections for Cellulite

This review is brought to you from experience by my colleagues in the United States as Qwo is not yet available in Australia. 

The market for non-invasive cellulite reduction is huge, ranging from garments, clinical devices such as radiofrequency, microneedling, side firing lasers, combined liposuction, ultrasound, pulsed electromagnetic field treatments, infrared devices, massage as well as home remedies including devices, & creams. The bottom line is that cellulite treatment is hard, reproducible results are difficult to achieve, and candidate selection is critical to getting good results.

Qwo, is a unique proposition to the injectable market. The science is sound, & its safety backed by FDA approval. I do believe that it could play a role in adjunctive management of cellulite (much like everything else for this condition). To date, word has it that results, though quantifiable, are clinically modest. Nevertheless, Qwo could be a worthy addition to the fight against cellulite.

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