Cellulite Specialist

Leva Medical

Cosmetic Surgery & Aesthetics located in Queens, Elmhurst, NY & Northport, NY

Cellulite leaves dimples on the skin that you can’t get rid of by exercising or dieting. However, there are treatments available. At Leva Medical in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens in New York City, Ginny Leva, MD, and Jacquelline Leva, DO, offer injectable treatments for cellulite in the gluteal. To book your appointment, call the office or schedule a visit online today. 

Cellulite Q & A

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a feature that the majority of women and some men have. It’s the dimpling of your skin in areas like your thighs, gluteal, and lower abdomen.

Cellulite dimples form when collections of fat press against your skin and connective tissue. It doesn’t indicate an underlying health issue and isn’t exclusive to people with more or less body fat. It’s a cosmetic condition, and you might want to explore treatments if you would personally prefer to have less dimpled skin on your body.

When you come in for a cellulite treatment consultation at Leva Medical, the team examines your cellulite and explores your health and medical history. They let you know if the minimally invasive cellulite treatments available at the practice align with your goals and are safe for you to get.

What causes cellulite?

Experts aren’t sure what exactly causes cellulite, but they have a few suspicions. It is likely due to tight fibrous bands connecting your subdermal fat to your skin pulling downward and pressing on the fat, causing it to pucker.

Cellulite doesn’t develop because of any specific behavior or dietary habit like many people believe. However, it might be associated with the hormone estrogen since many more women get the condition than men. It often first appears at times when estrogen is at an all-time high, like pregnancy or puberty.

How is cellulite treated?

Leva Medical treats cellulite using a prescription injectable medication called QWO®, which is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat cellulite in the gluteal area. It works for moderate to severe dimpling, specifically in the gluteal and upper thigh regions.

Most people who get QWO require more than one round of injections. In fact, the typical regimen is three injection rounds spaced 21 days apart.

QWO injections contain enzymes called collagenases, which likely work against cellulite by releasing fibrous tissue bands, redistributing the underlying fat, and stimulating collagen growth to make the areas firmer.

What should I expect after cellulite treatment?

You might experience some slight side effects after cellulite treatment with QWO, but they’re typically mild and go away on their own. The most common are:

  • Warmth
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Extra firmness
  • Bruising

Side effects from QWO tend to lessen after each round of treatment you get at Leva Medical. 

If you’d like to learn more about your cellulite and find out if you’re a candidate for QWO, call Leva Medical or schedule an appointment online today.