FDA approves new treatment to reduce moderate to severe cellulite! A new therapy to fight cellulite is getting a lot of attention as more people head back to the beach. (WKRC) CINCINNATI (WKRC) – A new therapy to fight cellulite is getting a lot of attention as more people head back to the beach. This new therapy is the first FDA treatment approved to reduce moderate to severe cellulite. It’s an injectable enzyme given in a series of treatments growing in popularity following this past pandemic year. “Working from home, you’re at your desk even more,” said Lisa Iker, a patient. Iker said pandemic sit time this past year made her even more anxious about those back-to-the-beach cellulite trouble spots. “Back of the legs, for sure, and the butt,” added Iker. She recently turned to Nurse Practitioner Leah Brunie for the newest topical cellulite treatment. “It’s the first and only nonsurgical treatment for cellulite and injectable called Qwo,” said Dr. Jon Mendelsohn. Dr. Mendelsohn is a surgeon at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center. He said it works by targeting what cellulite really is. “Cellulite consists of thinning skin, fat that begins to protrude, and the reason for that, we believe, is these fibrous septa, or these bands in the skin that start to contract and pull that skin down,” said Dr. Mendelsohn. “What Qwo is is an enzyme called collagenase that will dissolve those fibrous septa or those bands.” Once the bands are identified, Brunie simply injects the enzyme treatment under the skin. “It’s a series of injections. We go directly into the dimple, come out a little bit, go toward the head, come out a little bit and go towards the feet,” said Brunie. With the exception of bruising, there’s very little downtime. This is one of the reasons this treatment also appealed to Morgan Right. She said her cellulite has been a lifelong struggle. “It definitely has,” she said. “I’m a former gymnast, and I look back and have these little dimples. No matter how much I worked out, they just wouldn’t go away.” Within weeks, both women are hoping for results similar to photos showed by the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center team and Qwo. As for how long it lasts? “We believe that it may be permanent, but what we can say on label is that it’s a year.” This therapy is $450 to $1,200 per treatment. You usually need at least three.