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Qwo is the new and first FDA-approved treatment for moderate to severe cellulite that has made cellulite treatment simpler than ever before. This procedure can be an alternative to surgical and invasive cellulite treatments while still achieving desirable results. If you’re not comfortable with inciscions and long and uncomfortable recovery periods, Qwo is for you.

What's Covered in this Article

  • What is Cellulite and What Causes it?
  • How Long Will Results Last?
  • Recovery
  • Contraindications

What is Cellulite and What Causes it?

The Clostridium Botulinum bacteria80-90 percent of women will experience cellulite post-puberty according to an evidence-based research by Stefanie Luebberding et al. published in the American Journal of Clinical Dermatology.

Although harmless, cellulite can be a cosmetic concern because of its appearance. Cellulite has an orange peel or cottage cheese texture that is caused by expanding fat cells congested under the skin. As fat cells expand and push upwards against the skin, collagen-rich bands or fibrous septae pull the skin down towards the fascia, a sheet of connective tissue under the skin, causing bumps and dimples to appear on the surface.

This is the reason why cellulite is mostly seen on the buttocks, arms, thigs and the abdomen, because these areas are rich with subcutaneous fat. This is the fat that is seen directly under the skin.

The Clostridium Botulinum bacteria

What causes cellulite?

Despite the popular belief that cellulite is caused by poor diet and body fat gain, the problem actually lies within the structure of the skin. In fact, having cellulite does not necessarily mean that you’re unhealthy and trying to lose weight will not totally rid you of cellulite.

Losing weight will only get you so far. It will reduce the appearance of cellulite, but the ruggedness on the cellulite areas will remain as the structural cause of the problem remains untreated.

What to Expect During the Procedure?

The procedure in which Qwo is given to patients is similar to Botox and fillers. It’s a relatively painless process that does not require any type of anesthetic.

Once the enzymes or the mixture of bacterial collagenases contained in the injectable is injected in the target area, it will start breaking down the collagen-rich bands that are holding the skin down. These collagen-rich bands or fibrous septae are structural members under the skin whose role is to connect the dermis to the underlying fascia.

The whole Qwo treatment consists of three sessions spaced 21 days apart to achieve the desired results. Each visit may last around 10 minutes or more.


Long Lasting Results

After the prescribed number of treatments and recovery period, results promise to make the treated area look smoother and tighter for up to 4 years, according to Dr. Anne Chapas, a Manhattan-based dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon acclaimed for injectable treatments like botox and fillers.
man getting forehead botox treatment


The treatment itself is minimally invasive and only includes injectables that are relatively painless. There are no major side effects to be worried about, but normal bruising around the injection sites that can last up to two weeks or more. Other reactions experienced by patients include: pain, nodule, pruritus, erythema, discoloration, swelling and warmth.

One thing to remember is that bruising and other side effects can sometimes hide early improvements and you should only expect to see visible results when you have fully recovered.


Patients should not undergo QWO treatment if they have a history of hypersensitivity to collagenase, excipients in the injectable or infection at the treatment area.
man getting forehead botox treatment