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Vanquish

A Non-Invasive Body Sculpting Technology

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Updated April 28, 2014

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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.

What is the Vanquish Fat Removal System?
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.

Is the Vanquish approved by a government agency?
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 the Vanquish Fat Removal System 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.

Which areas of the body can Vanquish system treat?
The Vanquish system is approved for use on the abdomen and flanks. The areas are treated simultaneously.

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

Does the Vanquish system require incisions?
No incisions are necessary with the Vanquish system.

How many Vanquish system treatments are required for the best results?
Four sessions are recommended to obtain the best results.

How many treatments does it take to see results with the Vanquish system?
Results can be seen after the first treatment, however four treatments are necessary for the full effect.

How much is the fat layer reduced by the Vanquish system?
In a study done on pigs, a final70 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.

How long is each treatment?
Each treatment is approximately 30 minutes. The actual time may vary depending on how quickly your skin reaches the designated temperature limits.

How far apart are the treatments?
The treatments are one week apart.

What does the treatment feel like?
The sensation during treatment is said to be a feeling of warmth, similar to standing near a radiator or heater.

How much does it cost?
Four treatments with the Vanquish system cost approximately $2000.

Are there any long term side effects?
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.

How will I look immediately after a treatment with the Vanquish system?
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.

What will the final result look like?
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 reduces or eliminated.

Who is the best candidate for the Vanquish system?
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 on 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.

How long will the results last?
The results should remain so far as you do not gain weight.

Who manufactures the Vanquish system treatment?
BTL Aesthestics in Framingham, Massachusetts is the manufacturer of the system.

Sources:

Reveal The Vanquish World. Accessed August 25, 2013.

Universal Weight Loss and Wellness Center. Accessed August 25, 2013.

Weiss R, Weiss M, Beasley K, et al. Operator Independent Focused High Frequency ISM Band for Fat Reduction: Porcine Model. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 45:235-239 (2013).

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