January 17, 2023 Tags: Plastic Surgery News
Last month, Endo Aesthetics issued a press release announcing their decision to cease production and sale of Qwo, an injectable cellulite treatment. The decision comes after concerns regarding “the extent and variability of bruising following initial treatment as well as the potential for prolonged skin discoloration,” reports the Dublin, Ireland-based company.
When Qwo received FDA-approval in July 2020, it was the only injectable of its kind proven to treat moderate to severe cellulite. Previously, patients with stubborn cellulite were limited in treatment options. Qwo gave patients the ability to permanently erase cellulite without any downtime, but it was not without its side effects — thus Endo’s decision to cease production of the injectable.
For over a year, Endo Aesthetics worked to mitigate bruising and address concerns. This included launching APHRODITE, a study to test different interventions for reducing bruising. Clinical results showed a modest improvement in bruising, but no interventions “achieved a consistent level of reduced bruising following initial treatment to adequately alleviate the market’s concerns,” according to Endo Aesthetics.
While Qwo may no longer be a viable option for patients, cellulite still remains a concern for women of all ages, ethnicities, and body types. For adult women seeking cellulite reduction, Morpheus8 is the most technologically advanced treatment for improving the appearance of cellulite. It combines radiofrequency and microneedling to penetrate deeply into the skin and stimulate the body’s ability to produce elastin and collagen. With multiple treatments, Morpheus8 can dramatically reduce the appearance of cellulite by tightening and firming the skin.
Renuva® by MTF Biologics is another treatment option for cellulite. While this injectable is predominantly used to correct small soft tissue irregularities, like surgical scars or loss of volume in the face or hands, it can also be used to fill divots and dents caused by cellulite dimples.
If you have cellulite and want to learn more about your treatment options, contact Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic Surgery today to schedule your consultation. Our experts will listen to your concerns, answer any of your questions, and determine the best treatment to achieve your aesthetic desires.