In July’s first blog we introduced you to QWO®, an exciting new treatment for the age-old problem of cellulite. This new treatment was approved by the FDA last summer and Dr. Beaty is excited to now offer this series of QWO® injections for our patients from Atlanta and the surrounding areas.
How does QWO work?
As we described in July’s first blog, women develop cellulite due to the connective bands attaching the skin to the structural tissues beneath. Fat is trapped inside the pockets between the bands, and it pushes up against the surface skin, creating the signature cottage cheese appearance of cellulite.
QWO® works in three ways to improve the appearance of cellulite:
- It releases some of those fibrous bands
- It redistributes fat cells when those bands are broken
- It stimulates the production of new amounts of collagen
What are the advantages of the QWO® injectable treatment?
Cellulite is the bane of virtually every woman — from 80 to 90 percent of women show some signs of cellulite on their thighs and backside during their lives. Topical treatments claim to improve cellulite, but they do little, if anything.
There are also two aesthetic treatments, Cellfina and Cellulaze. They work to separate the fibrous connective bands manually, either with a scalpel or with laser energy. But they have only shown to have limited effectiveness.
How is a QWO® treatment session done at Dr. Beaty’s?
Dr. Beaty first marks the dimpled areas on your bottom that are to be injected. He then injects QWO® with a very small needle. Injections do not need to be made to great depth. Topical numbing cream is not necessary. Because there is much more fat and far fewer nerves in the buttocks, these injections are not painful. Patients have told us they hurt less than Botox® injections, which also don’t necessitate the use of topical anesthetic cream when being delivered.
QWO® sessions are completely non-invasive and take just 30 minutes or so.
How long after my QWO® injections will I start to see results?
QWO® is delivered in three sessions; each session is spaced three weeks apart. About one week after your third session, at roughly 10 weeks from your first session, most patients see a visible improvement and smoothing of their treated cellulite locations. Results may vary between different patients.