Vanquish Fat Removal System Plastic Surgery

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Looking to get rid of fat in your midsection without having to have a single incision or sweating it out at the gym? A new technology, Vanquish, may just fit the bill.

Vanquish is a new, non-invasive, no-touch deep-tissue heating procedure that uses radiofrequency energy technology to help destroy your fat cells and slim your waistline. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved the Vanquish for deep tissues heating.

What Does a Vanquish Treatment Entail?

You will lay on your back under an apparatus with adjustable panels. These panels are targeted on the problem areas, the abdomen and flanks, also known as love handles or muffin top.

How Does It Work?

The Vanquish system heats your skin with radiofrequency to 100°F (40-41°C) and the underlying fat to 120°F (44-45°C). The fat cells rupture from the heat and then die in a process known as apoptosis. The dead fat cells are then removed by your immune system.

Areas of the Body the System Treats

The Vanquish system is approved for use on the abdomen and flanks. The areas are treated simultaneously.

Overview of the System

Unlike liposuction, the Vanquish system does not require any type of anesthesia (local or general). It is pain-free and no-touch.​​

No incisions are necessary with the Vanquish system.

Four sessions are recommended to obtain the best results. Results can be seen after the first treatment, however, four treatments are necessary for the full effect.

In a study done on pigs, a final 70 percent reduction of the abdominal fat layer was seen in the treated areas. An ultrasound study done in the treated areas revealed a reduction of the fat layer from 7.6 to 2.9 mm.

Each treatment is approximately 30 minutes. The actual time may vary depending on how quickly your skin reaches the designated temperature limits. The treatments are one week apart.

The sensation during treatment is said to be a feeling of warmth, similar to standing near a radiator or heater.

Four treatments with the Vanquish system cost approximately $2000.

The Vanquish system is a newer technology thus long-term side effects are not yet known. Early data demonstrates that there have been no issues with damage to the skin, muscles, or internal organs nor has there been any nerve pain.

Per the manufacturer website, mild redness, warmth, and tenderness are minimal and last up to minutes to an hour after treatment. The recovery time is considered negligible compared to liposuction.

There are said to be visible differences after the first treatment. The end result will vary per person, but per the company website, pants fit more loosely around the waist and muffin tops have been reduced or eliminated.

The Vanquish system is best for those whose weight is reasonable for their height and they have unwanted fat resistant to diet and exercise. The best results are in those patients who are basically already slim but may not have enough fat to warrant liposuction. The Vanquish system is not a replacement for gastric bypass surgery or liposuction. It is not a weight-loss treatment.

The results should remain so far as you do not gain weight.

BTL Aesthetics in Framingham, Massachusetts is the manufacturer of the system.

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