What is cellulite?

Cellulite occurs when the underlying connective bands (fibrous septae) tethered to the skin’s surface begin to thicken. This causes tension that pushes pockets of fat upwards and leads to a dimpled skin texture. It is estimated that nearly 90% of women struggle with the condition. Despite a healthy diet and exercise regimen, it can be difficult to get rid of cellulite without a cosmetic intervention. Cellulite is typically caused by aging, hormonal fluctuations, genetics, and certain lifestyle choices. 

What is QWO?

QWO is an FDA-approved injectable that can help rid the body of cellulite, producing a smoother, more youthful skin texture without surgery. This office-based injection uses enzymes to disrupt the collagen-based bands responsible for causing bumpy skin. At the same time, QWO boosts the regrowth of new collagen, which helps support long-term skin health and suppleness.

How does QWO work?

ESR stands for Enzymatic Subcision and Remodeling, the process used by QWO to remove stubborn cellulite. The injections consist of two key enzymes that work to break down the collagen-rich bands responsible for cellulite formation. By eroding these subdermal fibrous bands, QWO allows the skin to smooth out, minimizing bumps and depressions. QWO also triggers neocollagenesis, a process that builds new collagen molecules to fortify the skin’s underlying structure and thus prevent new cellulite from forming. QWO is performed in around 3 sessions, typically spaced out at 3-week intervals.

Who makes a good candidate for QWO?

QWO is an excellent solution for anyone struggling with the appearance of cellulite in the buttocks. They may have already tried dieting and working out at the gym but have not experienced the significant changes they seek. Dr. Shah will assess your candidacy during a private consultation, conducting a thorough physical evaluation and review of your medical history. Make sure to tell Dr. Shah if you are pregnant or nursing or if you suffer from a bleeding disorder. You should disclose to the doctor any current medications, herbs, or supplements that you might be taking.

What can I expect after my treatment?

QWO is a non-invasive injectable with minimal downtime. Most patients experience significant bruising after the injection which typically resolves in 2-3 weeks. Other symptoms after treatment may include mild swelling, itching, and tenderness at the injections sites. These side effects are short-lived and can be well-addressed with Tylenol. You’ll start seeing your transformative results within a few weeks.

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What are the benefits of QWO?

  • Non-surgical and non-invasive
  • No anesthesia, incisions, or scarring
  • Minimal discomfort 
  • Addresses the root causes of cellulite
  • Dramatically improves the skin texture
  • Safe and effective for all skin types and tones
  • Results can last up to 3 years
  • Enhances self-image
  • Expands wardrobe options
  • See changes within a few weeks
  • Treatment can be repeated as needed
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Why choose us?

Dr. Shah is a plastic surgeon with extensive training and experience with board certifications in plastic surgery, otolaryngology, and facial plastic surgery. He attended Loyola University of Chicago for both his undergraduate and medical degrees. He then pursued a residency in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, solidifying his skill, knowledge, and passion for excellence. Additionally, Dr. Shah completed an elite fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of Missouri and a residency in Plastic Surgery at the University of Tennessee- Memphis.  He is recognized as a regional leader in plastic surgery and has served his community for 25 years.

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