10 May Topical Creams & Diet Don’t Fix Cellulite—But This Does
Some people spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on expensive creams or exercise classes to get rid of cellulite—those approaches simply don’t work. RefinedMD is committed to only offering patients effective treatments that actually yield results, and that’s why we’ve never promised a treatment to get rid of cellulite until now. Qwo is an innovative, minimally invasive treatment that actually removes cellulite for several years. Before we dive into what exactly Qwo is, let’s take a refresher on what causes cellulite and why other so-called “treatments” don’t work.
Cellulite is incredibly common, especially in women. It’s a harmless skin imperfection that causes dimpled and lumpy flesh, most often on the buttocks, hips, and thighs. Most women (and some men!) can see their cellulite worsen if they pinch the targeted area. Cellulite is caused when fibrous connective tissue below the skin’s surface has fat pockets that “squeeze” through. However, you don’t have to be overweight to struggle with cellulite. There are a lot of people, including very fit and young celebrities, who have been spotted with cellulite. Hormones also play a role in cellulite development, as does genetics, body type, and skin texture.
Why Women Have More Cellulite
Men can certainly develop cellulite, but women are more prone to it because they have more natural fat distribution in the hips, thighs, and buttocks (cellulite can also occur in the abdomen and breasts). Cellulite often occurs right after puberty, but becomes more prevalent as we age and the skin loses collagen and elasticity. Although gaining weight can make cellulite more visible, it usually isn’t the sole cause of cellulite. Those who are inactive, regardless of weight, also tend to have more cellulite.
For decades, there have been creams that claim to reduce cellulite (or, more aptly, the appearance of cellulite). The reality is that keeping skin moisturized and hydrated is going to improve its appearance no matter what the complaint may be. Skin that is dry and dehydrated is going to show off cellulite more so than nourished skin. However, the creams alone aren’t really doing anything, and you definitely don’t need a “special” moisturizer to treat cellulite. Moisturizers might improve the appearance of cellulite a little bit, but it certainly doesn’t “fix” it or drastically improve it.
There have also been various exercise regimens that might claim to help with cellulite. Some of these are proprietary and very costly. As we have seen, inactive people have cellulite that is more visible and therefore working out in any capacity is going to help reduce the appearance of the cellulite. At times weight loss can also help but, again, the cellulite will probably still be there—just lessened in severity and appearance. Exercise is important, but there’s no workout that’s actually going to get rid of cellulite. So, what does?
Why Qwo is Different
Between 85 – 90 percent of women have some amount of cellulite, making Qwo one of the most popular of newer cellulite treatments. It works by injecting a solution directly into the cellulite site, which releases an enzyme that tackles two different collagen types. This process releases the bands that are squeezing together and causing the fat to pucker out. Ultimately, this means less dimples and smoother skin. Studies have shown that, during a clinical trial, three sessions spaced three weeks apart produced optimal results.
There are other treatments available that work somewhat in the same way. For example, Cellfina is also effective but requires a small blade to physically sever the bands. As you can imagine, this works but is very time consuming and much more invasive than Qwo. A major benefit of Qwo is that it uses a minimally invasive chemical approach to treating cellulite, which means less downtime and no incision marks. Right now, Qwo is only FDA approved to treat women’s buttocks.
If you’re a woman struggling with cellulite on your backside and worry about swimsuit season, Qwo might be for you. Book your consultation now and you’ll be able to enjoy your results just in time for your upcoming summer vacation. RefinedMD only offers effective, safe, and trusted treatments so you can rest easy knowing you’re in good hands. Call RefinedMD today, start a chat, or fill out the online form to get started.