Qwo®: The First Injectable Cellulite Treatment | The Derm Institute

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You may have noticed it—dimpled or bumpy skin on your thighs and buttocks. Unfortunately, cellulite affects 90-95% of women at some point in their lives.  A common myth it only affects those who are overweight—not true!  Cellulite can occur in all body types and is result of a structural change in the fibrous bands that attach under the skin. But now, a quick and effective injectable treatment called Qwo can make unwelcomed cellulite a thing of the past.

Qwo (collagenase clostridium histolyticum, or CCH) is the first FDA-approved injectable treatment for cellulite. Renowned dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu is excited that The Derm Institute is one of the first practices to be helping the company this new treatment to its growing collection of injectable treatments!

Read on to learn more about what causes cellulite and how Qwo can fix it.

What Causes Cellulite?

The most common cause of cellulite is the hardening of the fibrous septae, which normally provides structural support to the skin. Over time, these fibrous septae may thicken causing a ripply appearance of your skin in areas like the buttocks and thighs.  You may only notice some mild cellulite when you pinch your skin in an area where cellulite is typically found, such as your thighs. When it’s more severe, cellulite can make the skin appear bumpy, dimply, and with areas of peaks and valleys.

Can Qwo Remove My Cellulite?

As a minimally invasive injectable treatment, Qwo is very different than many of today’s other cellulite treatments, which often use invasive methods, or laser or energy therapies to target cellulite on the thighs and buttocks.  These treatments can leave marks, or are just not effective as they are not FDA-approved medications.

Qwo is an injectable medication approved by the FDA that targets the structural source of cellulite, the fibrous bands (septae) that bind the skin down, causing a cellulite “dimple.” These fibrous septae are composed mainly of collagen. Using an enzyme known as collagenase that breaks down collagen, Qwo targets type I and III collagen in these fibrous bands, releasing and dissolving them, which allows the “dimple” to pop back up. The process eliminates the skin tethering, smoothing out the skin and softening or removing cellulite dimples.

Why Dr. Annie Chiu and The Derm Institute?

As one of the very first providers to offer Qwo in the Greater Los Angeles area, in particular the southbay cities of Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach area, Dr. Chiu is well qualified because of her nationally recognized expertise and reputation in injectable aesthetic treatments. Not only does Dr. Chiu lecture and teach other physicians on numerous groundbreaking injectable technologies, but she is a frequent author of scientific papers, and as a scientific researcher, leads clinical trials in new injectable technology on the horizon. Dr. Chiu’s skill, expertise, and experience as an injector and options for non-surgical body contouring are recognized as being among the best and most knowledgeable in the nation.

If you want to take care of your particular cellulite challenge because you have a unique skin type, you should arrange for a clinical consultation by physician Dr. Annie Chiu. She’ll create an individualized treatment plan for you so that you get the stunning results you deserve!

Schedule Your Qwo Appointment Today!

Annie Chiu, MD is a board-certified dermatologist serving the Southbay area of Los Angeles, including Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Palos Verdes.  Her expertise, reputation, and experience attract patients from all over the world. The Derm Institute is a unique boutique practice founded by Dr. Chiu, where cosmetic treatments are performed only at the physician level, as she consults and treats every patient personally. No gimics, no hype, no pushy marketing. Just passion and expertise in the field.

For the best cellulite treatment available from renowned physician Dr. Annie Chiu, call us today at (310) 939-9800 or contact us online to schedule your personalized consultation!