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around each dimple: the first injection is done perpendicular to the surface of the skin, then the needle is slightly withdrawn and angled approximately 45 degrees, for two more injections around each dimple, for a total of three.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.