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Is Vanquish FDA approved? Are there any risks to this treatment?

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Vanquish

Vaquish was introduced in 2013 and was initially FDA approved for deep tissue heating. As of June 2015, it is now FDA cleared for “ non-surgical circumferential reduction of the abdomen” - it melts fat! Such exciting news - a procedure with no downtime that is effective too!


Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Vanquish FDA Approved For Deep Tissue Heating

Vanquish is FDA approved but doesn't work well for fat loss or skin tightening.  There are better alternative options such as ultrashape/velashape, liposonix, coolsculpting.  But maybe you would be a candidate for body contouring/liposuction.  I suggest seeing a cosmetic dermatologist with experience in body contouring.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 98 reviews

Vanquish FDA Approval

Vanquish is FDA approved for deep tissue heating. However, one of the results of deep tissue heating can be demonstrated fat reduction. It varies from patient to patient, and the degree of results varies, like most non-invasive treatments. The treatment is not painful, and there is no downtime associated! Proper hydration levels also help to provide great results! Best of luck to you!

David Goldberg, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.5 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Vanquish FDA approved for deep tissue heating

Vanquish is currently only FDA approved for deep tissue heating, not specifically for fat reduction.  However, animal studies and clinical studies have shown fat reduction in treated patients after a series of treatments. Our office currently uses the new protocol of four treatments every week for 45 minutes.  Vanquish uses radiofrequency like many other devices on the market (Thermage, Exilis).  Most patients tolerate the procedure very well and only notice a slight warmth during treatment.  Your provider can determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.  

Kent V. Hasen, MD
Naples Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Vanquish is FDA cleared

Vanquish is FDA cleared for deep tissue heating. There is a great article to read in the March 2014 issue of Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. The article shows that with once a week treatment, for four weeks, as judged one month later, the average circumferential abdomen reduction was close to 2 inches!

This treatment selectively targets fat with noninvasive radiofrequency heat energy. The benefit of this targeted heat energy is the elimination of fat cells, while the risk is excess heat to the skin. We have taken this treatment one step further, and paired the Vanquish treatment with Thermal Image Monitoring. This ensures an extra safety measure for this treatment that is only available at our clinic.

Douglas J. Key, MD
Portland Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Vanquish FDA Approval & Risks

Vanquish is FDA approved currently for deep tissue heating. Studies have shown that this tissue heating results in fat loss in the treatment area. The FDA is considering the procedure for approval as a fat reduction treatment, while select practices in the U.S. are currently offering it. The risks associated with Vanquish are minimal and the most common side effects are a very short-lived redness and a warm sensation. I recommend my patients drink plenty of water before and after treatment for best results.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 7 reviews

Vanquish FDA-approved for Deep Tissue Heating

Vanquish, a noninvasive radiofrequency device, is FDA-approved for deep tissue heating. As a result of this heating, animal and human studies have demonstrated fat reduction. Currently, the FDA is in the final stages of evaluating Vanquish for fat reduction.

As with any procedure, there are risks involved with treatment. Risks associated with Vanquish are rare and mild in nature. Hot spots, are the major area of concern - with proper monitoring they are entirely avoidable. Hot spots can cause a skin burn. Vanquish is not painful. It is extremely well tolerated. The skin is typically warm and pink for several minutes to hours after treatment. Patients may feel warm, or slightly sleepy after treatment. Occasionally, patients may feel an urge to use the restroom after treatment.

Melanie D. Palm, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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