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Cellulite Treatment: QWO

Conveniently located to serve Virginia Beach

What is QWO?

  • QWO is the first FDA-approved injectable for the treatment of cellulite in adult women.
  • It is a collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes to target Type I and Type III collagen in the fibrous septum.
  • QWO treats the fibrous bands in cellulite.
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What causes cellulite?

There are three main contributors of cellulite:

  1. 1. Fibrous septae under the skin tether to the muscle below causing tension.
  2. 2. Fat lobules between the same septae protrude above, below, and around the septae creating an orange peel effect.
  3. 3. Thinning of the skin allows more visibility of the protruding fat lobules.

Who is a candidate for QWO?

  • Adult women with cellulite on their buttocks.
  • QWO is indicated for cellulite, not skin laxity.
  • QWO is used for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite.

How do you know if you have skin laxity or cellulite?

The Dimple Test

  • If you lift up on your skin and the dimple remains, you have cellulite.
  • If you lift up on your skin and the dimple goes away, then you have skin laxity.
  • Dimples are caused by the septae bands but in skin laxity, there are no bands.

Your Cellulite Treatment: QWO will be performed by Dr. JoAnne Lopes surgery center located in Virginia Beach, VA.

What if there are both some laxity and dimples?

  • Patients with some laxity and well-defined dimples may be candidates for QWO.
  • QWO may only improve the dimpling in these cases.
  • If there is skin laxity, another alternative may be needed.

Are there any contraindications to receiving QWO?

  • If there is an infection in the potential treatment area, then do not receive QWO.
  • If you have an allergy to collagenase or any active ingredients of QWO.

What does a cellulite treatment with QWO entail?

  • QWO is injected into the fat of each, individual buttock.
  • Each dimple will be cleansed, marked, and injected.
  • You may receive up to 12 injections per buttock.
  • QWO is given in a series of 3 treatments based 21 days apart.
  • A follow-up evaluation is made 6 weeks after the final treatment.

How long does it take for a treatment?

  • You can expect your treatment to be less than 20 minutes.
  • The most common adverse reactions occurring with QWO are injection site bruising, pain, swelling, and itching.

What are the possible side effects of a QWO cellulite treatment?

  • The most common adverse reactions occurring with QWO are injection site bruising, pain, swelling, and itching.

What is the most common side effect?

  • Bruising is seen in the majority of patients.
  • The severity of bruising does not correlate with the pain.
  • Most people have no pain with their bruising.
  • Bruising generally resolves in 2 weeks.
  • Bruising occurs because small veins leak.
  • Large veins and arteries are protected.
  • Bruising severity decreases with each subsequent treatment.

Is there any post-procedure care?

  • If you experience any discomfort this can be treated with Tylenol or NSAIDS.
  • Cool compresses for 24 – 48 hours for swelling.
  • Arnica Montana for bruising.

How can I prepare for my cellulite treatments with QWO?

  • Alert your physician of any allergies.
  • Avoid aspirin, NSAIDS, or any other potential blood-thinning agents before your treatment.

How much is an average QWO treatment?

  • The cost will depend upon the severity of your cellulite.
  • The cost ranges from $1,950 – $2,850.

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