QWO in New York City with Dr. Shridharani
What Is Cellulite?
Cellulite is a complex multi-factorial condition hallmarked by fat trapped in the dermal layer of your skin leading to dimpling, waviness, “orange peel” or “cottage cheese” appearing skin texture and/or overall less smooth contour irregularity. The dimpling is often caused by “fibrous septae.”
What is QWO?
QWO at LUXURGERY with Dr. Shridharani is the world’s first and only FDA-approved injectable for the treatment of cellulite. QWO injected by Dr. S works by enzymatically disrupting the fibrous septae responsible for creating cellulite resulting in a smoother appearance of the treated skin.
Where can I have QWO injected?
QWO injections with Dr. Shridharani have been FDA-approved to treat dimples aka cellulite on the buttocks.
Where is another common area that patients report concerns for cellulite?
Dr. Shridharani routinely has patients voicing concerns of contour irregularity and cellulite on the back of their thighs.
What is the medication in QWO?
QWO injected by Dr. S in New York City is primarily comprised of CCH-Collagenase Clostridium Histolyticum
What is CCH?
Collagenase Clostridium Histolyticum aka CCH aka QWO with Dr. Shridharani in Manhattan, is an enzyme that breaks down collagen (specifically Type 1 and Type 3) in specific tissues to help the body create new and better-quality skin.
Is QWO safe?
QWO has been studied by qualified doctors like Dr. Shridharani in several hundred patients who have undergone a cumulative of over a thousand treatments. The treatment seems to be very safe with adverse events like other cosmetic injectable treatments.
How is QWO administered?
QWO is a clear, odorless water-like mixture that is injected through tiny needles into the dimples responsible for creating the appearance of cellulite.
Does Dr. S have experience with QWO?
Dr. Shridharani is a renowned, board-certified plastic surgeon with tremendous experience with QWO. Dr. S is and has been involved in several of the FDA-approved clinical trials that helped gather data and information on how to safely administer QWO and improve the appearance of cellulite. To-date Dr. S has performed hundreds of injections of QWO, making him one of the most experienced injectors of QWO in the world.
How long does QWO last?
To-date, we have data to support longevity for a few years and will continue to monitor how many years patients can expect to see the substantial improvement.
How much does QWO cost?
As QWO has not been released for commercial use, the exact cost is not known. Continue to check back with the team at LUXURGERY so we can give you pricing guidelines.
Patients who have undergone QWO injections with Dr. Shridharani at LUXURGERY typically have bruising that can last one to two weeks after the first treatment. Patients report mild to moderate soreness alleviated with Tylenol or ibuprofen. There is mild to moderate swelling for the first few days, as well. Dr. Shridharani permits his patients to go to the gym and lead an active lifestyle the day after being treated with QWO at his clinic.
When can I expect to see the results from my QWO injections?
Patients may see an improvement as early as three weeks after their injections. However, the improvement continues, and most patients require more than one treatment cycle of QWO.
How many treatments of QWO do I have to have?
In the clinical studies, Dr. Shridharani injected patients up to a maximum of three times spaced approximately three weeks apart.
When can I have QWO?
Though Dr. Shridharani has vast experience with using QWO, it will not be commercially available until Spring 2021. We are accepting patients for consultations and will place patients on our waitlist for when QWO is commercially available.
Who makes QWO?
Endo Pharmaceuticals based out of the United States holds the licensing rights for QWO.
Is collagenase only available in injection form?
Historically, collagenase as a TOPICAL is a cream that can be applied to severe burns or skin ulcers to help remove dead skin tissue. It will speed up your body’s natural healing process as it breaks up and removes the dead skin and tissue.
Why Do I Have Cellulite?
The exact cause of cellulite is unknown but some studies show that the interaction between connective tissue and the fat below it cause cellulite to appear. When the fat cells protrude into the layer of skin, lumps and dimples will form. Hormones may also play a role. For example, one theory is that the decrease of estrogen in aging women, blood flow to the connect tissue decreases and lower circulation results in lower collagen production. Diet and lifestyle may also cause cellulite as a high fat and carbs will cause excess fat in the skin.
Will My Cellulite Improve If I Lose Weight?
Your body cannot use up cellulite fat as fuel, which is why this fat remains in its place and diet and exercise are not a solution. When dieting and exercising, the body burns through stored fat but not through fat trapped in the layers of your skin. Hence why cellulite is difficult to get rid of.
What Kind of Treatments Can Be Done for Cellulite?
There are both non-invasive and invasive treatments available for cellulite.
What Are the Non-Invasive Treatments for Cellulite?
Topical creams can be applied to the area to increase blood flow, which would temporarily reduce cellulite. You can use rollers to reduce swelling and inflammation in the tissues, which also temporarily reduces cellulite. If you are looking for a less invasive and more effective approach, there are many laser treatments that can reduce cellulite by tightening skin. This is more of a camouflage approach and will require maintenance treatments.
What Is Sculptra and Can It Be Used to Treat Cellulite?
Sculptra is an injection made from a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid. The body naturally absorbs this injectable as it works to replace lost collagen. Collagen is a protein that gives structure to the skin, and provides the foundation for the retention of volume and skin laxity. To treat cellulite, Sculptra is injected into the area to cause the body to produce collagen, which will fill the creases and dimples on the skin.
Are Lasers Used to Treat Cellulite?
Laser therapy can melt the fat and cut through the bands that cause the skin dimpling. There are immediate results but require some downtime as this causes bruising and swelling in some patients and require a small incision to insert the laser deep to the skin.
Can Liposuction Be Used to Treat Cellulite?
Liposuction and fat grafting aka “fat transfer” can also be a solution for cellulite. Just the physical act of liposuction breaks up the connective tissue bands that tether the skin creating contour irregularity. Place your own fat back into the correct location, keeps the skin smoother than before and provides structure for the skin on which to rest.
What is Cellfina?
A recent development, Cellfina is a relatively new treatment that targets the bands that cause dimpling and depressions in the buttocks and thighs. It is most effective for the treatment of deep dimples and depressions of the buttocks and back of the thighs. It is less effective in the treatment of generalized waviness. To perform the procedure, a vacuum hand piece is placed over the dimpled tissue through which the surgeon will deliver a local anesthetic. Then a small, needle-like microblade is inserted to release the fibrous bands causing the cellulite.
What is Collagenase?
Collagenase is an enzyme that breaks down collagen in damaged tissues to help the body create new, healthy tissue. Collagenase topical is a cream that can be applied to severe burns or skin ulcers to help remove dead skin tissue. It will speed up your body’s natural healing process as it breaks up and removes the dead skin and tissue.
What is Xiaflex?
Xiaflex is an injection that is used to break down collagen when the body forms too much in an area of the body. When collagen builds up under the skin, it may thicken and form a tight cord under the skin. This is called Dupuytren’s contracture and Xiaflex has been used to treat this condition. More recently, Xiaflex has been used to help remove cellulite. After aging or the other factors mentioned above, collagen hardens and contracts, causing cellulite. Xiaflex is used to break down that hardened collagen to loosen the tissues and decrease the lumps/ cellulite on the skin.
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“Dr. Shridharani is a phenomenal doctor. He takes the time to get to know you as a patient and gives you the exact results you are looking for. He is not pushy and extremely knowledgable. I always leave his office feeling great about myself!” -Sonia