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Cellulilte is one of those topics that most of us in the aesthetics space tend to be leery of. We’ve heard it all before; reduces dimples, pulverizes lumps and bumps, smooths skin, yada, yada, yada. These miracle cures often come with some discomfort, more downtime than expected, a longterm commitment to maintain the improvement, and a hefty price tag. Nonetheless, ‘cellulite’ continues to be a beauty buzzword that gets our attention because 80-90 percent of women, depending on who you ask, have it somewhere.
The long awaited first-ever cellulite injectable, called QWO from Endo Pharmaceuticals (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes) now has FDA approval, and the data is impressive. Unlike many other options, QWO directly targets the bands beneath the skin’s surface to smooth the skin which reduces the appearance of cellulite.
The great point of difference of QWO is that it is an injectable drug – like BOTOX (Allergan) for your bum so to speak. Now that so many of us have long become acquainted with that concept, beauty injections are no longer scary. There is no surgery, stitches, or excruciating pain involved with the QWO treatment, and you can have it in your doctor’s office without having to schedule your whole life around it. The treatment area for QWO is defined as a ‘single buttock’ receiving up to 12 injections or 0.3 mL each up to a total of 3.6 mL.
According to Dermatologist Joely Kaufman of Skin Associates of South Florida in Coral Galbes, and one of the investigators on this novel drug, “We were excited to participate in the largest study ever done on cellulite. QWO is a promising new injectable for the treatment of cellulite on the buttock. As we all know, cellulite is a very common condition in women that has been difficult to improve with current available devices. QWO will be a welcome addition to this market and we are very enthusiastic about the results seen in the clinical trials.”
“In Florida, looking good at the pool, on the beach, or in shorts on the golf course is a constant battle. Because of its ability to smooth the skin, we have been using Sculptra (Galderma) to help with dimples on the buttocks and thighs with very good results,” says Bonnie Marting, DNP, ARNP, Director of Medical Aesthetics at Anushka Spa in West Palm Beach, that has built their reputation on featuring cutting edge cellulite remedies. “I am very excited to learn more about QWO. This could be a real game changer,” she said.
What else can be improve the appearance of cellulite?
Here are some of the most common treatments:
Cellulaze (Cynosure) – Using a 1440 nm wavelength and SideLaze3D™ side-firing fiber, the Cellulaze treatment disrupts the fibrous septae, targets pockets of bulging fat and increases collagen and elastin in the dermis.
Cellfina (Merz Aesthetics) – Cellfina addresses the connective bands woven throughout fat in the thighs and buttocks that pull down the skin, creating the puckering that appears on the surface. Similar to a rubber band under tension, once released, the treated skin bounces back to smooth itself out over 3 to 5 days.
Emtone (BTL Aesthetics) – This device simultaneously delivers both thermal (heat) and mechanical energy to treat all of the major contributing factors to cellulite.
Z-Wave (Zimmer) – Uses high energy radial shockwaves on the skin’s collagen structure and connective tissue, improving blood circulation.
SecretRF (Cutera) – Microneedling with radiofrequency energy can be used to help smooth dimpled skin on the buttocks and thighs.
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