Do you have cellulite on your buttocks, thighs, hips, and/or abdomen ?

Did you know: 90% of women suffer from some amount of cellulite. That means that 9 out of every 10 women will have some form of cellulite on their body!

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What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a term for that dimple and lumpy-like formation on the skin that is most commonly found on the thighs and buttocks but can also be found on the lower abdomen and upper arms. We commonly hear cellulite referred to as cottage cheese or orange-peel textured skin. This is a harmless skin condition, but what causes it, and why do some people have more than others?

What causes cellulite:

Fibrous connective cords (or “Septae” as described in the picture to the right) hold muscle to skin, while fat lies in between these two layers. As fat cells accumulate (yellow ball like structures), they push up against the skin while the long tough cords pull down. This creates an uneven surface resulting in the dimpling.

Cellulite may also be caused by genetic predisposition, hormones, poor diet, weight gain, unhealthy lifestyle, and inactivity.

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What can we do to get rid of cellulite:

Who wouldn’t want to get rid of cellulite regardless of the amount of exercise and healthy eating we do day in and day out?
There are different treatment options, but QWO (collagenase clostridium) is the first and only FDA-approved injectable for moderate-to-severe butt cellulite in women.

Grades of cellulite:

Grade 0- When pressure is applied, no dimpling appears.
Grade 1- Mild cellulite. When pressure is applied, dimpling appears.
Grade 2- Moderate cellulite. Dimpling is visible while standing but not while sitting.
Grade 3- Severe cellulite. Dimpling appears while both standing and lying down.

Why do women get cellulite and men do not?

Men and women’s bodies are made up of different collagen structures. Remember, collagen is the main protein in connective tissue. In women, the fat cells and connective tissue are arranged vertically, like a white picket fence. When fat cells bulge through this layer, this gives the appearance of cellulite. In men, the connective tissue is arranged in more of a cross-linked structure, which is much stronger and holds the fat better, making it less likely to protrude through the layer. Women also have higher levels of estrogen, which makes fat, whereas in men, testosterone breaks down fat. Therefore, a woman’s body is genetically designed to create more fat, resulting in more cellulite.
Women naturally store fat in the thighs and buttocks area, which is why this is a common place to see cellulite.

How does it work?

The enzymes in QWO, called collagenases, target the structural cause under the skin. QWO works by releasing the fibrous bands (also known as septae). Simultaneously, QWO redistributes the fat cells while also breaking down the buildup of collagen in the fibrous bands.

How many treatments are needed?

We recommend 2-3 treatments, 21 days apart. Each session takes approximately 20-30 minutes.

Is there any downtime?

Like any injection, there is risk of swelling and bruising at the injection site.

Results with QWO

Visible results are seen within 10 weeks. Optimal results are seen after 71 days.

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