by Haley Jones, RN, BSN
Nurse Injector at Austin Cosmetic Surgery
We’ve all been there. Staring, squeezing, and sighing at the presence of our stubborn cellulite. Bargaining with the Universe that if we promise to eat fewer cookies, more greens, and do 10 more reps, the cottage cheese on our thass (thigh + ass) will magically fade away.
And yes, we’re all aware that there are many medical aesthetic treatments out there from following the Kardashians all these years, such as CoolSculpting or even actual liposuction. But not all of us have that kind of budget or the time off to commit to recovery. And then there’s your sister-in-law’s aunt on Facebook selling an MLM caffeine cream/scrub or oral herbal supplement that claims to reduce the appearance of cellulite. With 80-90% of women experiencing cellulite in some form or fashion,(1) if any of these woo-woo solutions were revolutionary, we’d all be in on it by now.
Our genes and our gender are two factors that are completely out of our control but most likely handed us our orange-peel-thass on a silver platter. There are, however, some lifestyle choices that may contribute to a lumpy behind such as being overly stationary, smoking, refined sugar, and tight undies. But even those who avoid these elements will most likely still experience cellulite because as we age, our fat cells grow larger and our skin thinner. At least we’re all in this together.
Enter QWO: the latest treatment for the appearance of cellulite to hit the market and the only FDA-approved injectable potion out there for treatment of cellulite on the buttocks of women.
Let’s break it down. Within the network of fat tissue, there are fibrous bands that make up the connective tissue. When the fat is pushed up against the skin and through the bands, cellulite is then visible from the outside. QWO, also known as collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes, will dissolve the fibrous bands when injected into a cellulite dimple and thus, the fat may then lay flush against the skin just like it did when we were 18. Ahh, the fountain of youth.
So What are the Details?
Studies show that the best results are achieved with 3 treatments, each 21 days apart. The process is fairly quick and easy, averaging around 15 minutes for the actual injection time. Photos will be taken and dimples marked at the start of each visit to ensure continuity of treatment. Small needles are used for injection (think the depth of a tic-tac). Significant yet painless bruising will occur after each treatment, however, it will decrease in severity with each consecutive visit.
Pricing will depend on how many dimples we agree to treat during the initial consultation, where we will determine if your cellulite severity is:
- Mild (orange peel appearance and 1-4 depressions)
- Moderate (cottage cheese appearance with 5-9 depressions)
- Severe (mattress appearance with 10 or more depressions)
There is a small vial option and a large vial option. Each price covers the complete 3 treatments.
So here’s to science hearing our cries and actually delivering. We finally have an option that is studied, safe and effective! I can hear the herds of women galloping to our office as the moments pass by. Cheers to exploring the tools that help us feel our most confident and most beautiful selves.
Book with me Monday-Friday, 8-5 by calling Austin Cosmetic Surgery at 512-688-8000.
Haley Jones, RN, BSN
- MediLexicon International. (n.d.). Cellulite: Causes, treatment, and prevention. Medical News Today. Retrieved September 12, 2021, from https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/149465.