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I Am Interested in a New Procedure Using a Machine Called Vanquish Has Anyone Heard of the Technology Behind This?

Is anyone familiar with this technology of heating fat cells to lose weight? If so does it work and what results does it give? The machine is suppose to heat the tissue to 110 degrees then the fat cells are heated to 120 degrees I believe. It is not available until September 2013 but a few clinics will have it before then. Does this sound like a legit procedure that would possibly work?

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What is Vanquish

Vanquish is an efficient, non-painful, non-invasive fat reduction procedure.It uses radio frequency to heat the fat cells in the first 1-2 cm of fat to the point they are destroyed causing the layer of fat to shrink.It is really exciting technology that works very well.Most patients need 4-6 treatments about 1 week apart.Being well hydrated and maintaining a healthy diet and exercise program are key to the success of vanquish.If you are gaining more fat cells (poor eating habits) than we are removing, you will not see a difference. In our office we use the Z Wave with every Vanquish treatment.The Z Wave uses sound waves to “break up” the fat Vanquish destroyed and in my opinion it reduces any lumps and helps the body absorb the fat faster.Look for someone with experience because positioning of the patient is important for great results.

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Vanquish - does it work?

Absolutely. Vanquish is a selective radio frequency device that heats up the fatty tissue between 1-2cm below the skin. This hey results in damage to the fat cells and therefore a thinning of the fatty layer. The heat also encourages skin tightening. The treatment is painless and there is no downtime. Most people have between 4-6 treatments done once per week for 45min per session. It's a great non-surgical alternative for stubborn areas of the core. Soon, there will be a tigh applicator as well. Not everyone is an appropriate candidate, however, and so be sure to have a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon to see if this treatment is right for you. 

Asaad H. Samra, MD
New Jersey Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Vanquish utilizes radiofrequency to destroy fat cells.

Vanquish is a fairly new device that has been on the market for over one year now.  It utilizes radiofrequency (electrical) energy to heat the fatty layer selectively to over 110 degrees fahrenheit to cause the fat cells to undergo a process called apoptosis which destroys the integrity of the cell.  The body then clears the remnants via its filtering processes.  Vanquish is FDA cleared for deep tissue heating and is under evaluation by the FDA for clearance for circumferential reduction.  Treatments are relatively painless (it does get warm).  It feels like wearing a warm heating pad on your abdomen.  Treatments range from 30 to 45 minutes in duration.  Costs can range from $500-$750 per session.   Patients undergo 4-6 weekly sessions to achieve optimal results.  Results are seen approximately one month after completing the series.  We have had the device since January, 2014 and were the first in Orange County to have the device.  My RNs perform the treatments Monday through Friday.  We also utilize CoolSculpting for fat reduction as well.

Sanjay Grover, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 124 reviews

Vanquish for Fat Reduction

Vanquish is real! At our practice, we've been using Vanquish since early 2013.

Vanquish works to help kill some of abdominal fat cells through heat. By no means should Vanquish be used as a "weight loss" program, but it helps reduce inches and can help with some weight loss. Vanquish can be used on moderate size abdomens.

The device is placed over the abdomen, without touching it, and the patient sits underneath the machine for up to half an hour. Multiple treatments may be required for optimal results. 

Margaret Weiss, MD
Baltimore Dermatologist
4.0 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

Vanquish for fat melting

Thank you for your question. Vanquish is one of the best noninvasive fat reduction devices on the market and painlessly melts fat from the waist and flanks simultaneously. Most clients have 4-6 sessions, and our San Diego clients are very pleased. Ideal candidates have isolated areas of fat excess and no pacemaker or implanted metal devices. Consult with an experienced Vanquish provider to see if you are a candidate. Good Luck!

Roy A. David, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

How Does Vanquish Work?

Vanquish truly is a revolutionary device.  There is no contact with the skin and no pain or downtime with it.  The way that it works is it has 3 adjustable panels that deliver radiofrequency waves selectively down to the fat to melt it without disrupting normal tissue.  The science behind it is that fat has a higher impedance, thereby retains the heat more than the surrounding tissue.  The panels give constant feedback to the machine on the impedance and tuning of the machine to fat.  This is how it is able to achieve those temperatures safely.  What I find fascinating, is that if you think about the science of how it works and the before and afters, the patients with the largest amount of fat get the best results!

Dr. Liu

Grace Liu, MD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 35 reviews


Vanquish has worked tremendously for many of our patients. Best of all, it is pain-free compared to other procedures and there is no downtime. Vanquish targets the stomach, love handles and problem areas that diet and exercise don’t fix. Patients can lose up to three inches after the 4 weekly treatments. It takes a up to a few weeks to see full results but our patients have been very happy with their results.

Dale Isaacson, MD
Washington DC Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

I have Vanquish - let me explain how it works

Our office was one of the first three offices to offer Vanquish in California. Vanquish is radio frequency - a special form of electricity. Vanquish is "tuned" so that it specifically targets the fat layer without damaging either the skin, or underlying muscles or internal organs. The radiofrequency energy of Vanquish has a high impedance for fat. The RF energy therefore preferentially causes energy production and heating within the fat compartment. When fat is heated to a critical temperature around 120 degrees F (43-45 degrees C), a certain portion of the fat cannot survive, and is permanently eliminated. The science has been validated by several animal and human studies published in the laser medical literature. Vanquish is completed as a series of 4-6 weekly sessions. Results occur gradually, and are typically better even 1-3 months after treatment

Melanie D. Palm, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Vanquish in Orlando

We have the Vanquish machine at our Orlando office, since September.  It heats the fat to about 45 degrees Celsius.  It is an easy 30 minute treatment for the patient - feels like a warm heating blanket.  Usually 4 sessions are done.  The company data suggests that the average person will lose about 5 cm off their waist with a treatment series.  Our early results are very promising!

Vanquish seems to work quite well

We have had the Vanquish device at our Quintessa Medical Spa for about 6 weeks and, so far, we have been very happy with the device. It is extremely easy for the patient. It causes no discomfort or downtime, treats about six times the area that fat freezing devices can treat, and appears to be very effective. It does heat the fat to 120 degrees while leaving the skin and underlying muscle at a comfortable 101 degrees. Animal studies have shown a 60% reduction in fat in the treatment area after 4 weekly 30 minutes sessions. If you do have a treatment, make sure you drink plenty of water prior to the treatment (2-3 liters) and drink 3 liters of water a day for the next 3 days after the treatment.
Andrew Campbell, M.D.
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Andrew Campbell, MD
Milwaukee Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

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