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Though a handful of topical creams have been mildly effective at reducing the appearance of cellulite, up to now, the best way to treat it has been through surgical or invasive procedures.

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Qwo® is the game changer in cellulite reduction

Qwo® is an injectable prescription medication that promises to be a game changer in tackling moderate to severe hard to manage cellulite in adult women, particularly in the buttocks, where it’s often most unwanted.

Candidates for Qwo®

Qwo® is FDA cleared as the world’s first-ever injectable for cellulite treatment and is available by prescription only, to patients who are over the age of 18 and are not allergic to any of its ingredients. A vast majority of patients we see can get and will benefit from Qwo, but each patient is personally consulted by Dr. Alexander Ataii to determine candidacy.

Benefits of Qwo®

  • Treats moderate to severe cellulite
  • Rapid, pain free treatment sessions
  • Nonsurgical, minimally invasive injectable
  • Results are long lasting; up to a year or more
  • Requires no downtime or special recovery measures
  • Effectively treats cellulite in the buttocks of mature patients

What is Qwo?

Qwo is an injectable that works by targeting the primary structural cause of cellulite, in something called the fibrous septae, a fibrous connective tissue that lies below the surface of the skin.

This results in a smoothing of the skin and improved, reduced appearance of cellulite.

Qwo, or collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes, contains unique enzyme ingredients that degrade and dissolve the fibrous bands of tissue that connect the skin to the muscle, tackling the root cause of cellulite. Untreated, these bands pull the skin downward in spots and lead to the more obvious building of fatty tissue.

Much like Botox tackles certain fine muscle movements to reduce the appearance of dynamic lines, Qwo tackles certain collagen points to reduce the appearance of cellulite. By dissolving this collagen, Qwo smooths the surface of the skin and eliminates cellulite.

How many Qwo treatments will I need?

Patients typically need 1-3 treatments, each delivered at 21-day intervals. Results noticeably improve with each treatment session, and last for a year or longer. Qwo treats cellulite but does not resolve skin laxity. To help you meet your overall cosmetic goals, Qwo could be used in addition to other treatments that would tighten the skin and reduce skin laxity.

Qwo treatment at a glance

In a personal consultation, Dr. Ataii will examine your skin to determine if you have moderate or severe cellulite. He’ll ask about your goals for the procedure, and whether you have any known allergies to Qwo’s ingredients. He’ll then establish an exact treatment plan, including how many sessions you might need, and where Qwo should be used for maximum benefits.

The procedure itself is quick and relatively painless, and sessions conclude within 30 minutes. Because the buttocks have more fatty tissue than the face, Qwo is much less painful or bothersome than the injection of facial dermal fillers is. Following treatment, no downtime is required and you can return to your social and professional activities immediately.

Recovery and side effects of Qwo

Side effects of QWO may include mild bruising and pain at injection sites. The treated area may also itch for some time, but these side effects are generally short lived. Bruising at injection sites may last for two weeks. If you experience pain or soreness, you’ll be advised to avoid strenuous activities for 24 to 48 hours.

Medical Director & Founder Dr. P. Alexander Ataii

P. Alexander Ataii, M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Laser Cliniqúe in San Diego. He is a skilled skin care specialist who focuses on all aspects of the skin both diagnostic and cosmetic. 

  • Delivered Over 25,000 BOTOX Treatments
  • Delivered Over 20,000 Dermal Fillers
  • Top 250 of 42,000 Allergan Providers Nationwide
  • Patients' Choice Award Winner 2007-2020

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