QWO Cellulite Treatment

Dr. Aboutanos is excited to introduce QWO®, the first FDA-approved injectable to treat cellulite dimpling, to her Richmond patients. QWO is a combination of naturally occurring collagenases that work to release the collagen bands responsible for the appearance of cellulite dimpling in the buttocks.

Why do women get cellulite?

Cellulite occurs in roughly 90% of adult women. While it isn’t medically harmful, most women find it unappealing. As women age, their estrogen levels decline, causing a lack of blood flow, especially in the lower body. Since blood flow is critical for collagen production, this decreased circulation results in a reduction in new collagen formation. Collagen is responsible for creating healthy, supple skin, and when skin is deprived of collagen, it can become thin and saggy. At the same time as estrogen begins to decline in women (25-35 years old), fat cells begin to grow. Fat cells sit just beneath the surface of our skin, and when our skin lacks collagen, this fat can press up against it, forming visible dimples.

If you struggle with cellulite, you’re not alone—even the healthiest women often still struggle with skin dimpling. Cellulite’s prevalence and its difficulty to be eliminated through diet, exercise, or liposuction make QWO a revolutionary treatment.

How does QWO work?

QWO is the first cellulite treatment that doesn’t require incisions like Cellfina, or lasers like Cellulaze. QWO’s collagenase formula is injected directly into your cellulite dimples and immediately goes to work breaking down the fibrous collagen bands that cause the appearance of cellulite rippling. Once these bands are released, your fat cells are able to redistribute, resulting in smoother, more even-looking skin. QWO also encourages new collagen growth in skin, a process called neocollagenesis. Since neocollagenesis takes about 6 to 9 months, your results will continue to improve long after your treatment.

How effective is QWO?

At the end of QWO’s Phase 2 clinical study, roughly 45% of women who received QWO treatment saw a significant improvement in their cellulite.

Actual patient. Unretouched photos taken before receiving QWO and 28 days after final treatment. Women in clinical trials received 3 treatments of QWO, 21 days apart. Results may vary. Photo: QWO.

What areas can I treat with QWO?

QWO is currently FDA-approved to treat cellulite in the buttocks of adult women.

How many QWO treatments will I need?

While many of our patients see an improvement in their cellulite after just one treatment, it typically takes 3 treatment sessions spaced 3 weeks apart for QWO to fully release your collagen bands. During your QWO treatment, Dr. Aboutanos will administer 6 injections in each buttock for a total of 12 injections. Each session takes about 30 minutes, and injections are relatively painless.

When will I see my QWO results?

QWO results are typically visible in less than 10 weeks; however, this time frame will depend on the extent of your cellulite and the quality of your skin.

What side effects are associated with QWO?

QWO has been found to be very safe via a number of clinical trials. Like any other cosmetic injectable, there are a handful of side effects that have been associated with QWO, including:

  • Minor pain
  • Allergic reaction
  • Minor bruising and swelling
  • Itching
  • Hardening of tissue at the injection site

These side effects are typically mild and resolve on their own.

Where can I get QWO injections in Richmond?

While QWO is a relatively simple procedure, it’s important to work with a qualified plastic surgeon to achieve optimal results. Dr. Sharline Aboutanos is board certified by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and has over 20 years of experience helping women in the Richmond, VA area feel comfortable in their bodies. Contact Dr. Aboutanos online or call (804) 355-3410 to learn more about QWO injections in Richmond.