Most women will have cellulite in their lifetime – about nine out of 10 women, in fact. That means your tough workouts and healthy eating habits are fantastic for your fitness and overall wellness, but won’t do much to reduce your cellulite. If you really want to reduce cellulite, you need to understand what’s behind it.
Cellulite is a condition experienced almost exclusively by women past the age of 20 and commonly effects the upper outer thighs, posterior thighs, and buttocks. The presence of cellulite accelerates during adolescence, pregnancy, and menopausal aging. Eighty-six percent of women surveyed indicated that cellulite negatively impacts their quality of life.
So, where does cellulite come from? Collagenous septae (predominately Type IV collagen) course through our subcutaneous tissue, attaching skin to deep fascia, and thus tethering the skin during swelling and expansion of the subcutaneous fat. When the underlying fat herniates, it results in the characteristic dimpling of the surface.
Qwo is a collagenase enzyme derived from the Clostridium bacteria that preferentially dissolves Type IV collagen and is safe to inject into the subcutaneous fat. Qwo is administered in three sets of injections, 21 days apart, and has little or no associated pain. As the collagenous septae break down, the dimpling is improved or eliminated. However, there is significant bruising from the capillaries adjacent to the disintegrating septae that resolves in two to three weeks. So, get this project completed one month before your beach vacation.
Contact our office to schedule an appointment to see if you would benefit from this exciting treatment.