Cellulite, or the skin condition characterized by dimples in the skin, which create an “orange-peel” or “cottage cheese” like texture, can be a nuisance to the almost 90% of women who will experience the condition throughout their lifetime. The condition can appear in several places across your body including arms, stomach, buttocks, and thighs. Cellulite is extremely common but even so, many women find that they are self conscious about the appearance of cellulite on their body. There is a common misconception that cellulite is caused by fat but in reality, cellulite appears on the body for a variety of interconnected reasons that cannot be prevented no matter how much exercising or dieting you do. A higher concentration of estrogen hormones, genetics, and the natural aging process are all risk factors in developing cellulite that can’t be stopped. Even so, if the cellulite on your thighs is preventing you from putting on that cute pair of shorts or keeping you covered up on the beach, there is an exciting new dermatological treatment for cellulite that may be right for you!
QWO® treatment is the first FDA approved injectable treatment for cellulite. Approved in July of 2020, Dr. Michele Green was one of the first dermatologists to incorporate QWO treatment into her boutique NYC dermatology office. QWO is an amazing way to permanently eliminate cellulite on your buttocks and thighs. QWO injections are a simple, quick, and painless treatment with long lasting results. After only three treatments, you can say goodbye to your cellulite forever! QWO treatment is also unique in that while other treatments that have been on the market for a while target one specific cause of cellulite (like fat cells or fibrous septae), QWO treatment addresses multiple causes for more comprehensive results. The QWO injection works to break down the fibrous bands responsible for the dimpling in the skin and redistribute the fat cells all while promoting positive collagen production.
QWO treatment is now available to treat cellulite in the thighs and buttocks and in Dr. Michele Green’s New York City dermatology office. Dr. Green is an expert in cosmetic injections, including the “best Botox®” injections in NYC, Kybella®, Juvederm®, Restylane®, and lip injections. She is consistently voted as one of the best cosmetic dermatologists in New York City by Castle Connolly, the New York Times, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors. Now with the advent of QWO injections, there is finally a permanent solution for cellulite!
What is cellulite?
Cellulite is an extremely common condition that affects almost 90% of all women who are 21 years or older. While cellulite more frequently affects women, men can also develop cellulite. Cellulite is a skin condition that is characterized by depressions or ripples contouring the skin surface that causes the skin to have an “orange peel,” “cottage cheese,” or “mattress” like texture – depending on the severity of the condition. Cellulite occurs when the fibrous bands, (or fibrous septae) that connect the muscle to the dermis, thicken due to an increase in collagen type 1 and 3. The thickening of the bands results in an increase in tension in that tether, which results in these cellulite dimples.
The tension in the fibrous bands causes the fat cells to be pushed up towards the surface of the skin, which is what further causes the rippling in the skin. Higher skin laxity (or skin that is looser) can also exacerbate the condition, meaning that these dimples on the skin appear deeper. These symptoms of cellulite can range in severity from Grade 1, or mild, cellulite (which is characterized by surface-leveling rippling and between 1 and 4 dimples on the skin), Grade 2, or moderate, cellulite (which is characterized by deeper dimpling and between 5 and 9 medium depressions across the skin), and Grade 3, or severe, cellulite (which is characterized by deep rippling across the skin and more than 10 deep depressions).
What causes cellulite?
The appearance and severity of cellulite throughout the body – but most commonly on the thighs, abdomen, arms, and buttocks – is determined by a number of potential risk factors, many of which are out of our control. Many people hold the belief that cellulite is caused by fat, and while increased or enlarged fat cells have the potential to contribute to the appearance of cellulite, it is not the only factor. Cellulite occurs as a combination of three factors: increased tension in the fibrous septae that connect the muscle to the skin, fat cells that are pushed to the surface as a result of the tension, and higher skin laxity, which results in more dramatic dimpling. One risk factor for developing cellulite that contributes to tension in the fibrous septae and higher skin laxity is the natural aging process. As we age, two specific types of collagen (type 1 and type 3) build up in the fibrous bands, which form the connective tissue between our muscles and the dermal layer of skin.
Unlike the kind of collagen that is often talked about in dermatology for its benefits in maintaining smoother skin for a youthful appearance, collagen type 1 and 3 that builds up in the septae causes tension. This tension contributes to the dimpling on the skin. Aging also causes an increase in skin laxity, or, in other words, for the skin to appear looser across the body. Looser skin makes the dimpling that results from the tension of the fibrous septae more pronounced, causing more severe cellulite.
Another risk factor for developing cellulite, is the increased presence of hormones such as estrogen. While men can can also develop cellulite, the condition is much more common in females – affecting almost 90% of all women at some point in their lifetimes. The higher levels of estrogen that women have can contribute to bigger fat cells as well as a higher concentration of fat cells, which contributes to the rippling texture of the skin that is characteristic of cellulite. Changes in hormones, such as going through menopause, can also contribute to the development of cellulite in the body.
While the development of cellulite cannot be prevented, there are many revolutionary treatment options, such as QWO, to eliminate cellulite. With advances in dermatology like QWO, you don’t have keep up the skin care of applying the anti-cellulite cream, throw yourself into a restrictive diet, or do squats until you feel like you can’t walk. QWO is a revolutionary FDA approved injectable to permanently remove cellulite. Board-certified NYC dermatologist, Dr. Green, was one of the first dermatologists to treat patients with QWO and remove cellulite once and for all!
Why do I get cellulite on my thighs?
Cellulite is a result of a combination of factors: thickening of the fibrous septae, increased skin laxity, and fat cells that rise to the surface of the skin. The thighs are a common location for cellulite to appear in large part because they are a part of the body where more fatty tissue is naturally occurring. The larger concentration of fat cells in the area means that when there is an increase in tension in the fibrous septae, that more and larger fat cells rise to the surface, contributing to the “cottage cheese” like surface that is so characteristic of cellulite.
How to get cellulite off your thighs
If you are looking to rid yourself of the cellulite that clings to your thighs, expert dermatologist, Dr. Michele Green, has several treatments available. The newest, most revolutionary treatment is the QWO injectable. QWO injectables were first approved by the FDA in July of 2020 for use in the buttocks of adult women but can also be used in the thighs. QWO treatment addresses the root causes of cellulite for permanent, highly effective cellulite elimination. When you are asking how to treat thigh cellulite, the recommendation is QWO treatment for thighs. QWO injections can also be combined with Velashape treatment for an overall cosmetic improvement in your thighs.
What is QWO cellulite treatment for thighs?
QWO is a recently, FDA approved injectable treatment for cellulite of the buttocks and thighs created by the Pennsylvania company Endo Aesthetics. QWO, referred to in the past as collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes, is the first injectable to be approved for treating cellulite with fantastic results. The research leading to the approval of the treatment was one of the largest ever clinical trials for cellulite treatment. With over 1800 women participating, researchers found that the majority were either satisfied or extremely satisfied with the results. The QWO treatment is a non-invasive, safe, and effective procedure for all skin types suffering from moderate to severe cellulite on the thighs and buttocks. This non-surgical, new treatment requires no downtime following the procedure, meaning you can instantly return to your regularly scheduled activities.
How does QWO work?
QWO is a non-invasive procedure that works via injection that targets main causes of cellulite for outstanding results. QWO works in three ways: by breaking down the fibrous bands that cause tension between the skin and muscle, redistributing fat cells, and stimulating the production of collagen, which promotes smooth, healthy skin. Dr. Green will inject the solution into the dimples of the treatment area on the thigh. The solution contains enzymes (called AUX-I and AUX-II), which specifically target the collagen that has built up in the fibrous septae. This collagen has caused the fibrous septae to thicken and leads to tension on the skin. The AUX-I and AUX-II enzymes break down the collagen in the septae, causing the fibrous septae to snap and releasing the tension on the skin. When the tension is released, the fat cells that rose to the surface of the skin as a result of the tension, are redistributed, which relieves the lumpy texture of the skin. The AUX-I and AUX-II enzymes are naturally occurring in the body, so they are processed naturally by the body.
Can QWO be used on thighs?
When patients ask, does QWO work on thighs, the answer is a resounding yes! While QWO cellulite treatment was initially approved by the FDA in July of 2020 to treat cellulite of the buttocks, QWO treatment can also be used to treat cellulite on the thighs with stunning effectiveness. QWO works for all skin types to treat moderate to severe cellulite.
What is the procedure for QWO for thighs?
You will begin the QWO treatment process with a consultation with Dr. Green so she can determine your aesthetic and physical goals and assess the treatment area. At this time, you should also disclose to Dr. Green your medical history, including medications that you are taking and any allergies. You should also tell Dr. Green if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, nursing, or planning to nurse. If that is the case, QWO treatment may not be the right option for you.
The procedure itself is quick, simple, and painless. Dr. Green will start by marking the injection sites on your thighs. While the injections are painless, Dr. Green can apply a topical numbing cream to the injection sites to minimize any possible discomfort from the injections. The injections themselves can take as little as ten minutes to complete, though the amount of time necessary depends on the size of the treatment area and severity of the dimples.
Following the procedure, you are free to return to your regularly scheduled activities as there is no downtime necessary. Common side effects are mild and can include soreness and bruising at the injection site.
What are the side effects of QWO treatment?
QWO cellulite treatment is a non-invasive, simple procedure that involves no recovery time. The risk of side effects is minimal though some mild, common side effects that can occur include bruising or discoloration at the injection site, soreness, redness, and/or itching. These side effects will clear up on their own in a couple of days. You should not get QWO treatment if you have an active infection in the treatment area.
How soon will I see results?
QWO treatment works by injecting a solution with enzymes that break down the excess collagen in the fibrous bands causing the tension that leads to cellulite. In order for the treatment to show the best results, you will need to come to Dr. Green for three treatment sessions, each spaced 21 days apart. After those sessions, the effects of the treatment will appear slowly as the enzymes works to break the fibrous septae and redistribute the fat cells for smoother, contouring of the skin. You should see full results within 10 weeks of the treatment process.
How long does QWO last on thighs?
Unlike many other treatments for cellulite, which tend to last for, at most, one year, QWO treatment is extremely long-lasting. QWO treatment is a way for you to permanently say goodbye to the cellulite on your thighs. After the three QWO treatment sessions, you should not need to come in for any cellulite treatment on your thighs again.
What is the best treatment for cellulite on thighs?
There are a variety of different treatments for cellulite on the thighs that range in method from non-surgical body contouring with radiofrequency (such as Thermage or Velashape), CoolScultping to freeze fat cells, minimally invasive procedures like Cellfina, and surgical procedures such as liposuction. QWO is unique in that it is the first treatment for cellulite that is injectable and it targets several key factors that lead to the appearance of cellulite as opposed to just focusing on one area.
QWO treatment differs from some of the other common treatments for cellulite in the thighs in several other key ways. One common treatment for cellulite in the thighs is Cellfina, which is a procedure in which the fibrous bands are surgically cut with a needle. The result is the same between Cellfina and QWO but where Cellfina is minimally invasive, QWO treatment severs the bands in a non-invasive way that is more natural to the body. Cellulaze, similarly to cellfina, cuts through the fibrous septae with a laser. Another common procedure to address cellulite is liposuction, which is an invasive procedure performed by a plastic surgeon to remove the fat cells in a certain area. While liposuction is adept at removing those fat cells, it does not address the tension in the fibrous bands, which is a key cause of cellulite. Additionally, liposuction requires significant downtime and recovery time due to its invasive nature.
There is no one treatment for cellulite that is inherently “the best” – it is all about finding the procedure that is right for you. Dr. Green performs a variety of cellulite treatments and in your initial consultation, the two of you will discuss the treatment option that is ideal for you. Dr. Green takes into account each patient’s unique, aesthetic and physical goals when making her recommendation, insuring that you are always receiving the best treatment for you.
When was QWO approved for thighs?
QWO is a very newly approved, non-invasive treatment for cellulite. After a large clinical trial that studied the effects of QWO on over 1800 women, the FDA approved the treatment in July of 2020 specifically for the use on the buttocks of adult women. The thighs are merely a small way down from the buttocks and QWO treatment has been shown to be just as effective on the thighs of adult women as on the buttocks. QWO treatment is a simple, safe, and effective way to permanently remove the cellulite that can be found on the thighs. After only three treatment sessions, you can say goodbye to cellulite on the thighs!
How much is QWO for thighs?
When patients ask, what is the cost for QWO for thighs, the answer is: it depends. Pricing for the procedure is determined by a variety of factors including size of the treatment area, geographic location, and the type of institution where you are receiving treatment. If you are experiencing severe cellulite on your thighs, with ten or more deep dimples in the skin, you will have a larger treatment area as opposed to someone with moderate cellulite and medium dimples. Additionally, if you receive treatment from an expert, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green, who has years of experience with a variety of fillers, including botox, the treatment will likely be more expensive than if you go to a laser center or MedSpa. When you come in for your consultation appointment with Dr. Green, her office will be able to provide you with a better estimate of the cost of your QWO for thighs treatment.
Can QWO injections be used for cellulite on other parts of the body?
Yes! QWO treatment for cellulite was initially approved to treat cellulite found on the buttocks of adult women. As such, QWO treatment can also be used to treat moderate to severe cellulite on the buttocks in addition to cellulite on the thighs.
Who is a good candidate for QWO treatment for cellulite?
If you are like the 90% of women who experience cellulite throughout their lifetime, QWO injection treatment may be the solution you’ve been looking for. QWO has revolutionized the treatment of cellulite by offering a permanent solution to removing cellulite. If the appearance of cellulite bothers you, then QWO may be the non-invasive treatment that you have been waiting for. To schedule a consultation, Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to have a long cosmetic lasting solution for cellulite today.