Ninety percent of women struggle with cellulite on and around the buttocks, along with the front and back of thighs. Cellulite causes that dimpled, wavy-looking appearance that almost looks porous, like the bumpy skin of an orange. Cellulite can cause the skin to have an “aged” appearance and create an illusion of loose skin and fat, despite the underlying musculature.
Many women struggle to find confidence in their bodies due to the less-than-desirable aesthetics produced by cellulite, especially during the summertime, when shorts and swimsuits become the norm.
Some online resources might tout more intense workouts or certain types of massage and skin treatments as a cure for cellulite. However, rarely, these methods will solve the problem. Why? Most cellulite instances have nothing to do with the skin or the muscle but rather relate to the connective tissue between. This is where QWO steps in.
What Causes Cellulite?
While cellulite can have several causes, like lymphedema, excess weight, and a loss of skin elasticity, it’s most often caused by thick and fibrous septa.
Septa consist of collagen bundles that attach the dermis to the muscle below. Fat cells are stuffed all around these pieces of natural “elastic,” no matter how much muscle a person has (which is why very muscular people can still see cellulite).
The visual of “columns” between a floor and ceiling or gum being pulled between concrete and the bottom of a shoe can often help patients more easily picture this structure in the body.
When the septa are thick and fibrous, they can pull on their connection to the skin with a lot of strength. This causes the skin to “dimple.” The fat cells pushed out of the way for the septa are forced into more dense pockets, pushing up against the skin and creating the “bumps” or “waves” of cellulite. If the fatty tissue pushes against the skin with enough pressure, it can begin to weaken the skin.
How Does QWO Combat Cellulite?
As an FDA-approved injectable, QWO has been approved to treat moderate to severe cellulite in adult women’s buttocks, and thighs. It is crafted with a combination of purified bacterial collagenases that works in two ways.
First, QWO releases the septa tethers, preventing the “pull-down” motion against the skin. Secondly, it stimulates neocollagenesis, rebuilding more numerous, smaller septa, so there is no longer significant pulling due to thick, fibrous septa. This process allows that middle layer of fat to redistribute, smoothing out any “dimples” in the skin and creating a more even appearance.
What Can I Expect Post-Treatment?
Bruising at the injection site is quite normal due to the fat cells’ movement and other subdermal structures after the treatment. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office.
Optimal results are seen after two to three treatments. You can expect to see much less cellulite around the buttocks and thighs, along with a smoothly rounded, more shapely appearance.
If you’re interested in learning whether QWO can help you improve cellulite appearance, contact us today to learn more.