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What Is QWO and How Does It Remove Cellulite? 

 June 1, 2021

By  Axel Lillsunde

A banner introducing QWO for the treatment of cellulite, the first FDA approved injectable for cellulite reduction

Cellulite may be a common thing, especially for women, but that doesn't mean it's something most people dislike about their bodies. Cellulite treatments in the United States make up a whopping $400 million dollar business

Over 350 million globally have sought help at cosmetic clinics in the hopes of banishing cellulite dimples. 

If seeking treatment is right for you, you should find the types of cellulite treatments available, determine how effective they are, and most importantly make sure they are safe.

The newest treatment and all the craze right now is an injectable treatment called QWO.

So, what is QWO? 
Does it really work at removing cellulite? 


In this guide to QWO we will give you all the answers you need.

What Is QWO?


It's been a while since a new treatment has been approved by the FDA to help tackle cellulite.

The QWO injectable cellulite treatment is the first FDA-Approved injectable cellulite treatment capable of removing unsightly cellulite on the buttocks whether it's light, moderate, or severe.

A banner explaining everything there is to know about the QWO non-surgical injectable treatment for cellulite and how it works

QWO (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes) is a groundbreaking injectable treatment that can smooth cellulite away faster and more effectively than ever.

Does QWO Work for Cellulite?

QWO works its magic in three different ways. First by releasing fibrous bands, second by redistributing fat cells, and lastly by stimulating the growth of new collagen.

Those little Cellulite 'dips' occur around pockets of fat.

Cellulite appears as a result of the septae (connective tissue made up of collagen) tightening the skin to the muscles with fat wedged between them. It's not saggy skin as some mistakenly believe.

QWO works as an enzymatic. It helps disrupt and break down the fibers that are responsible for the creation of cellulite. From there, fat cells are redistributed and it helps stimulate the production of new collagen.

QWO is made from collagenases. It's a type of enzyme that breaks down the peptide bonds in collagen, which is a real game-changer for women battling cellulite. 

An illustration that shows human skin with cellulite and human skin without cellulite and how they appear different

Who Is a QWO Candidate?

Cellulite is more common than most people may think. Don't let Photoshop fool you. More than 90% of women get cellulite on their legs and buttocks.  

Most women who have cellulite on their buttocks are candidates for QWO cellulite treatments.

The best course of action is to speak with a local professional who can evaluate the severity of your cellulite and determine whether you're a good candidate.

They will be able to accurately tell you the kind of results you can expect and how many sessions you'll need to achieve your desired results.

How Long Does QWO Last?

There is no evident longevity of QWO, but you will start seeing visible results after your first session. For optimal results you should complete a series of 3 QWO treatments.

Although the treatment is quick and has little to no downtime, it is still a very effective procedure that can yield remarkable results.

The effects of QWO can last for months after the injections are complete.
 Over time and with adequate treatments, you will begin to see great improvement in the appearance of your cellulite.

On average, results will appear within 3 weeks.


How Many QWO Treatments Are Needed?

A testimonial from a QWO patient who was eager to try the brand new cellulite injectable treatment

The number of treatments you need to see the complete results of QWO injections will vary from person to person.

To receive optimal results, you will likely need to complete a series of 3 sessions, each spaced 21 days apart.

The main factor to consider is how severe your cellulite is. The more severe, the more likely you are to require more treatments and therefore it'll take longer til you achieve your desired results.

A licensed professional typically only needs to perform 3 treatments of QWO in order for patients to see a real difference in their cellulite.

The practitioner will inject QWO directly to the affected areas of the buttocks.
The number of dimples treated per session varies from practice to practice.

There is technically no limit to the number of dimples you can treat in a single session. It's dependent on the consultation and the discretion of the provider.

QWO can effectively target collagen types 1 and 3 found in the fibrous bands by releasing the dimples, giving the surrounding skin a smoother surface.

Is QWO Permanent?


QWO can work for a long time. Although the results can remain for months or even years, It is still unknown if QWO is a permanent treatment as the product has only been on the market for a short period of time.

If you notice the dimpling in your buttocks returning, you should speak with a professional and discuss the possibility of additional injections.

What Areas Can be Treated With QWO?

Women can use QWO to treat cellulite in their buttocks.

It's important to keep in mind that you will not see your true results right after your first treatment.

It will take about 3 weeks for you to see the results of the first treatment, and about 3 sessions to see desired results. It helps to look at QWO cellulite treatment before and after photos to see the difference during that span of time.  

There also other areas of the body that could be treated such as the legs, however those would be considered off-label treatment areas.

QWO Cellulite Before & After

A woman’s before and after picture, with the 1st image taken on day 1 prior to her QWO cellulite treatment and the 2nd image 71 days after her first QWO procedure.
A woman’s before and after picture taken with yoga pants on, with the 1st image taken on day 1 prior to her QWO cellulite treatment and the 2nd image 90 days after her QWO procedure.A woman’s before and after picture taken with yoga pants on, with the 1st image taken on day 1 prior to her QWO cellulite treatment and the 2nd image 90 days after her QWO procedure.

Is QWO Safe?

After receiving a QWO injection you may experience soreness, bruising, and swelling around the injection site that could appear immediately after or in the following days.

Other side effects may include redness, pain, itching, warmth, and discoloration.

The bruising and other side effects could last up to 2-3 weeks after each treatment.

You may take Tylenol or Ibuprofen to ease any minor discomfort. The most severe risk is the formation of nodules, which is a very rare occurrence.

Since QWO is a new treatment, long-term safety has not yet been confirmed despite the company's extensive clinical trials. The clinical trials for QWO involved the participation of almost 2000 women, the largest test group of any FDA-approved injectable cellulite treatment.

Can QWO be Combined With Other Treatments?

There is not enough data available yet to determine whether it is safe to use with other treatments.

Because the results from QWO will take time, it is best to be patient and to allow the injected ingredients before combining other treatments. If the desired results are not achieved after one session additional sessions should be pursued before trying a completely different treatment.

It's important to wait at least 3 weeks or 21 days after your last QWO treatment before pursuing other methods to combat your cellulite.

Many people find that body sculpting helps achieve weight loss while also reducing cellulite.The truSculpt iD Body Contouring device is clinically proven to remove an average of 24% while also minimizing the appearance of cellulite.

However because the truSculpt iD treatment can take up to 12 weeks to deliver your desired fat reduction results, it's best to not involve other treatments until after that period has ended.

QWO Cellulite Treatment in Miami 


QWO is one of the latest cellulite treatments that is extremely effective for reducing the appearance of fat deposits.

Women who want to minimize the appearance of their cellulite or completely eliminate it can do so with QWO.

Miami is one of the best areas to get non-invasive procedures such as QWO done because of the number of quality, licensed professionals at your disposal.

You can be one of the first to see the positive effects of QWO in Miami.

If you're curious to find out when it will become available, contact Miami Skin Spa at 305-876-6131.

Or get a free truSculpt iD consultation to see how you can remove fat tighten skin and reduce the appearance all in on 15-minute treatment.


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