QWO: The Cellulite Treatment Worth Celebrating

QWO is the first of its kind and is now offered at Annapolis Plastic Surgery!


What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a term that refers to the formation of lumps and dimples in the skin. The exact cause of cellulite is now known. It appears to result from an interaction between the connective tissue in the dermatological layer that lies below the surface of the skin and the fibrous of fat that surrounds it.

This pesky appearance bothers millions of people. Cellulite affects both men and women, but it is more common in females due to the different distributions of fat, muscle, and connective tissue.

Between 80 and 90 percent of women may experience cellulite at some point in their lives. There was no way to treat cellulite, until now thanks to QWO.

What is QWO?

QWO (collagenase clostridium histolyticum-aaes) is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for cellulite. It is typically offered to older women and is administered in the buttocks and thighs via injection. It is a non-surgical procedure that consists of three rounds of shots over the course of 21 days.


  • No downtime following treatment
  • It is a quick procedure and does not require anesthesia
  • Injections take as little as 10 minutes
  • Targets the root of the problem, leaving long-lasting results

How QWO Works

QWO targets cellulite directly, helping stimulate collagen and even out the skin. It is a prescription medication that is administered by a medical professional via a syringe in the targeted area. The syringe contains enzymes that eat away at the collagen and fiber that connect the skin and muscle, creating a smoother look and feel.

Injections take as little as 10 minutes with little to no downtime afterward. Bruising is a common side effect in the treated area and typically goes away after a few days. Visible results may be achieved in a matter of weeks, though results may vary per individual.

Note that this procedure does not target sagging skin or laxity but strictly cellulite. You should not receive QWO if you are allergic to any collagenase or the ingredients in QWO or have an active infection in the treatment area.


Before and After Qwo