Qwo in Houston, TX

Up to 90% of women around the world are affected by cellulite, the orange-peel-like appearance on the surface of the skin that most commonly occurs on the buttocks, thighs, and upper arms. Cellulite occurs due to a variety of factors, including genetic and hereditary, or hormonal reasons. It affects those who are well within a healthy weight range as much as it affects those with a few to several extra pounds of weight.

No matter its cause, all cellulite has fibrous septae as an underlying subdermal cause. Qwo naturally degrades the collagen types that contribute to this condition, while leaving intact and unharmed surrounding tissue.

Qwo FAQ's

How much does Qwo cost?

At our practice in Houston, Qwo costs $2,500 and up for the required series of three treatments. The exact cost will vary from patient to patient, depending upon how many cellulite dimples are to be treated and how many treatment sessions are required (three or four).

Are there any side effects?

The most common side effects of Qwo are injection site bruising, slight swelling, and redness. All side effects resolve on their own. Most disappear within 7 days, with some (bruising) lasting up to 21 days.

Is Qwo permanent?

It is believed that the results of Qwo are permanent. According to clinical studies done, the results last at least a year. (Qwo was FDA-approved in 2020, at the results held up through the end of studies. Based on Qwo’s postulated mechanism of action, it appears the results are permanent.)

Candidates for Qwo treatment

Qwo is currently FDA-approved for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women. Clinical trials conducted by Qwo’s manufacturer were the largest such studies ever conducted, proving Qwo to be safe and effective. Its use in the thighs is being further studied now and at this point use outside of the buttocks would constitute off-label use, prescribable by a doctor. This makes the ideal candidate for Qwo someone who is:

  • A mature female adult who has dimple-like cellulite on their buttocks, thighs, or upper arms. Because the fibrous septae in men naturally presents itself differently (is angled, rather than vertically positioned perpendicular to the underside of the skin), men are unlikely to benefit from Qwo.
Woman receiveing qwo injectible

What causes cellulite?

Three significant factors contribute to cellulite and each is addressed by Qwo. Fibrous connective bands beneath the skin tissue tether it in place and affix it to the underlying muscle. These fibrous bands get wider over time and, importantly, only appear in certain parts of the skin, much like the buttons on a couch, or the ropes that hold a parachute together. Fatty tissue herniates upward from under the skin, and presses against the dermis, causing the hills or mounds we see in cellulite. Concurrently, fibrous septa tether the skin down in certain places, causing dimples or valleys. As the subdermal fibrous bands get thicker, the fatty tissue is further partitioned off in columns. Affected by this, the skin surface gets thinner and thinner, allowing the effects to become more pronounced. By dissolving the connective bands of tissue through naturally occurring enzymes, Qwo dramatically reduces the appearance of cellulite.

Dr. Mentz’s procedure technique for Qwo

Qwo is an injectable medication available by prescription only. It is administered right here in our office in a comfortable setting. Three treatments are done, 21 days apart. At each treatment session, up to 12 dimples can be treated per buttock, for a total of 24 dimples treated. Your first treatment session will begin with photographs and markings of the dimples to be treated, and an agreement reached between patient and provider as to what we want to resolve exactly with the treatment. Following this, you will lie down on a comfortable treatment table and Qwo will be injected three times into and around each dimple: the first injection is done perpendicular to the surface of the skin, then the needle is slightly withdrawn and angled approximately 45 degrees, for two more injections around each dimple, for a total of three. Treatment takes 10 to 15 minutes, after which the patient remains lying down for 5 minutes. Following this, patients are free to return to their regular social and professional activities with no downtime.

Recovery

Our Qwo patients will be able to return to their routine social and professional activities immediately after treatment. Going to the beach isn’t advised as the bruising can be quite pronounced. Any side effects are self-resolving and any intolerable discomfort (rare) can be treated with OTC pain medication. At each subsequent treatment with Qwo, side effects get less and less and resolve faster and faster.

Results

Most patients will begin to see the results of their treatment within 21 days. As the enzymes in Qwo work to naturally dissolve the fibrous bands of connective tissue that cause cellulite, the skin is restored to a smoother and vastly more appealing appearance.

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