Cellulite is the bane of nearly every woman. It’s estimated that over 80 percent of women have the dimpled thighs and buttocks that are the telltale sign of cellulite. And there’s little you can do about it. The balms and creams you see advertised in beauty magazines don’t have any effect on cellulite because they can’t get under the skin and break down the connective bands that trap the fat and create the dimpling, no matter what they promise.
But there is a new treatment that was approved for treatment of cellulite. It’s called QWO® and the FDA only approved it in July of 2020. Dr. Beaty now is one of the few practices in the Southeast to offer QWO®.
Since QWO® is brand new, let’s spend July’s two blogs getting into how this new injection series can help with your cellulite.
What causes cellulite?
Many women believe cellulite is a fat problem that can be eliminated through diet and exercise. Truth is, you can lessen the appearance of cellulite somewhat by decreasing the fat cells under your skin, but you can’t get rid of it completely no matter how slim you become.
That’s because fat isn’t the problem; the structural makeup of women’s skin is the cause. Women have connective tissue bands under their skin that are like vertical bars, trapping pockets of fat between them. The fat trapped by these tight bands pushes upward against the skin, creating lumps on the surface, next to depressions where the connective tissue is separating the fat beneath. Yes, it’s the orange peel look of cellulite. And it only gets worse as we age and our skin thins.
This is the explanation of why skinny people can have cellulite, while heavy people may not. And men? Less than 10% have cellulite because, unlike the vertical connective tissue under women’s skin, men’s connective tissue is in an X pattern. For women, genetics plays a big role — if your mom had cellulite, you have cellulite. Hormones, aging, and weight also play a part.
What is the QWO® injectable?
QWO® is the first and only FDA-approved injectable for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women. QWO® injections take just 10 minutes and are delivered in three treatments, separated by 21 days between each session. In about 10 weeks, our Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery patients have noticed visible improvements in their cellulite on their buttocks.
Who is an ideal candidate for QWO® treatments with Dr. Beaty?
After examining your cellulite, Dr. Beaty will ascertain if he believes QWO® is a good treatment for you. To gain FDA approval, Endo Aesthetics (the makers of QWO®) had to prove that QWO® showed a two-point improvement in cellulite severity. QWO® was tested in clinical trials with women of all ethnicities and skin tones. In most cases, if you have moderate to severe cellulite on your buttocks, odds are you’d be a good candidate for these exciting new treatments.