QWO® Injectable Treatments

QWO® (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes) is the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment for moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks. It works in 3 ways, releases the fibrous bands, redistributes the fat cells, and stimulates growth of new collagen.

It is estimated that 9 out of 10 women will develop cellulite throughout their lifetime. Cellulite is not fat. It has nothing to do how much you eat or how much you exercise. Over time, our skin thins, and the fat cells enlarge and push against the skin. Fibrous bands may develop under the skin and thicken causing tension pulling down and the dimpling on your buttocks appears. QWO® treats this fibrous banding, breaks it up, and allows the skin to look smooth again.

It may be difficult to assess if you have cellulite versus laxity of the skin. The easiest test for this is to look in a mirror while standing. Pull up on the skin and if the dimpling goes away, that is skin laxity and not true cellulite. Cellulite is not affected by pulling up on the skin. You will still see the dimpling where the fibrous banding is occurring.

What to expect with QWO® injections?

You will meet with your Altaire Provider and a full assessment will be completed. Your provider will assess if you are a good candidate or not. If you are, the treatment area is mapped out during the consult. The injections are performed while you are laying down, and you will need to remain in the that position for at least 5 minutes following the procedure.

It is recommended to treat cellulite in 3 sessions at Altaire. These appointments are spaced about 3 weeks apart. This allows for the treatment area to fully heal in between injections.

Bring compression shorts to your appointment. The compression will help decrease the swelling and bruising that occurs with QWO® injections. You should also plan to avoid exercise for 3 days post injections. If you are on any blood thinning products, these need to be stopped prior to injections. Consult with your provider to ensure your medications are safe to stop and how long they need to be stopped before treatment.

The most common side effects with QWO® injections are bruising around the treated area, pain, areas of harness, itching, redness, discoloration, swelling and warmth.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Cellulite is a localized alteration in the contour of the skin that has been reported in approximately 90% of adult women of all races and ethnicities.

Over time, three completely normal things can happen. Fat cells get larger, skin gets thinner and a little looser and the fibrous bands under the skin’s surface get thicker, leading to a dimpled appearance.

Women are more likely to have cellulite than men, and it affects women of all shapes, sizes, ages and races.

Men have thicker skin than women do, and their collagen bands are oriented in a crisscross fashion, essentially eliminating the ability of the fat lobules to bulge through. If a man is given estrogen hormones (as in some cancer treatments), they can develop cellulite if there is enough fat.

Fat is not cellulite and does not cause it, but fat cells getting bigger between fibrous bands under the skin can contribute to a bumpy appearance.

Weight loss might reduce the appearance of cellulite but won’t get rid of it since it doesn’t address the fibrous bands under the skin’s surface. In some cases, weight loss can actually make cellulite look worse because of resulting skin laxity.

Topical treatments such as lotions, creams and scrubs have been used to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite.

In an online Harris Poll survey of 2,006 women with cellulite, respondents said their cellulite was most commonly present in certain areas: 81% thighs, 66% butt, 42% stomach, 33% hips, 24% arms, 11% calves. Although cellulite can develop in various areas of the body, it mainly affects women and the predominant localization is on thighs and buttocks. This is because women tend to have more fatty deposits in these areas.

Skin laxity happens as you age and can impact the appearance of cellulite.

Cellulite isn’t just a superficial problem—it’s actually quite deep. According to a recent Harris Poll online survey of 2,006 women, nearly half said they are bothered “a great deal” or “a lot” by their cellulite.