Visually, cellulite refers to lumpy, bumpy, or uneven skin that typically appears on the buttocks, thighs, and hips.

The condition occurs when connective bands deep in the body pull down more on some deposits of subcutaneous fat than others, leading to visual unevenness at the level of the skin.

Cellulite can appear on patients of all shapes and sizes and has a strong genetic component. Some women appear to be particularly predisposed to the condition, even if they lead healthy lifestyles. 

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About Cellulite

Cellulite refers to a type of fat build-up under the skin. Instead of forming into smooth deposits, tough collagen bands that compartmentalize fat in the body tug on it more in some places than others, leading to a lumpy appearance. 

Women tend to experience cellulite more than men and the condition can get worse with aging as the supporting collagen-based structures lose their elasticity. 

Environmental factors can also contribute to the development of cellulite. A poor diet, unhealthy lifestyle, toxins, weight gain, inactivity, and pregnancy all increase the risk of developing the condition. 

Get Rid of Cellulite

Dr. Tanzi, Dr. Shah, and Dr. Peters, along with the team at Capital Laser & Skin Care use several techniques to combat cellulite, with Qwo™ being one of the most potent. 

Qwo™ is the first injectable cellulite treatment to receive FDA approval. It uses an enzyme that targets collagen bands beneath the skin’s surface, breaking them down, resulting in a smoothing of the skin. 

Our Board Certified dermatologists first mark the areas that will receive Qwo™ injections and then proceed to inject the enzyme into the target area. Since the treatment targets the buttocks instead of the face, most patients report that Qwo™ is more comfortable than Botox. 

Besides Qwo™, there are other treatments to reduce the look of cellulite.

  • Carboxytherapy funnels carbon dioxide under the skin to increase blood flow to the area
  • Laser and radiofrequency treatments use various forms of light to break down tough collagen bands beneath the skin
  • Ultrasound denatures and inactivates fat cells beneath the skin’s surface
  • Cellfina, a proprietary treatment, uses a needle to break up tough bands manually

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Benefits of Cellulite Treatment

Cellulite treatments offer a host of benefits for patients. 

  • Fast-acting: Cellulite treatments get to work quickly, providing visible results within days. 
  • Non-surgical: Several of the treatments outlined above require no cutting of the skin or sutures, making recovery rapid. 
  • Zero downtime: Most of the advanced cellulite treatments require no recovery time. 
  • Confidence-building: Cellulite treatments can be highly effective and give you more body confidence. 

Am I a Candidate for Qwo™ Treatments?

Qwo™ is a safe, FDA-approved cosmetic procedure for moderate to severe cellulite for adult women’s buttocks. 

Patients who are allergic to collagenase or any of the other ingredients in Qwo™ should not opt for this treatment. Additionally, Qwo™ is not suitable for patients with active infections, those who are pregnant or nursing, and those who have a bleeding problem.

“Dr. Tanzi is wonderful! She takes the utmost pride in treating her patients and is always professional. She is easy to talk to and truly listens to your concerns. Her results are amazing! I see her as a patient, my family members see her as patients, and I refer my patients to her as well.” *

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Interested in learning more about Qwo™ Cellulite Treatments? We would love to speak with you. Please fill out the form on this page to request a consultation or call our Chevy Chase, MD office today at (301) 234-7669 to schedule your private consultation at our laser and cosmetic dermatology center, located just blocks away from Washington, D.C.