Can the Vanquish device be safely used in the abdominal region if you have a lap band port?

The process seems to use radio frequency to heat up fat cells but doesn't affect surrounding tissues. Is this safe to use if you have lap band port in the area?

Doctor Answers 9

Vanquish treatment and saftey with lapband port

Thank you @jenlo78, it should be safe however I highly suggest you consult with your surgeon prior as he is the one who would know exactly where and what he used during the lap band procedure.


Be well.


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Vanquish treatment can be done with lap band port

Thanks for your question and from the answers already posted, you should feel comfortable that the Vanquish procedure can be done in your case. I always recommend patients have a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist of plastic surgeon to have the best treatment options, and this should be no major concern.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Vanquish and Lapband

Yes it can, I suggest you see an expert for treatment.  There are many non invasive options and even surgery can be done with a lap band port.  Best, dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 167 reviews

Vanquish is great for circumferential fat reduction.

Vanquish is a safe procedure and reduces midline fat. A series of 4-6 sessions, each 45 minutes, is recommended. I recomend clearance from your bariatric surgeon before proceding with treaatments.

Mary P. Lupo, MD
New Orleans Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Vanquish safety with a Lap port

Vanquish uses controlled radio frequency (RF) waves to target fat cells, destroying them without harming the muscle or skin. Over a period of time, the cells are filtered through the lymphatic system, metabolized in the liver, and excreted through urine. Vanquish can destroy up to 60% of the fat cells in any given area and can improve skin laxity and overall body contour. It is relatively painless and requires no downtime. Individuals can resume their daily routine immediately following treatment.

Your port should be deep to the area being treated but check with your surgeon

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 96 reviews

Vanquish on abdomen with lap band port

Thank you for asking about your Vanquish.
The treatment should be safe but be sure to point out the location of the port before treatment.
If that area is sensitive to treatment, it must be avoided.
You should also check with the surgeon who placed the port for her/his approval. Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
Hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.

Lap Band and Vanquish

The lap band port, while containing a metal backing, lies deep to the zone of penetration of the radio frequency energy. Unless the port is less than 2 cms from the underside of the skin, it should pose no problems with Vanquish treatments.

Vanquish After Lap Band

Vanquish is safe to use in patients who have had a lap band procedure and who have a lap band port. #Vanquish utilizes multipolar radiofrequency to target the fat through impedance matching.  Tissues with higher water content such as the skin and muscle allow the energy to pass through easily.  Fat does not allow the radiofrequency waves to pass as easily.  As a result, the fat is heated to the correct temperature for the appropriate amount of time and subsequently destroyed.  

Best of luck,
Suneel Chilukuri, M.D.
Houston, TX

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Suneel Chilukuri, MD
Houston Dermatologic Surgeon
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Vanquish and lap band

 Radiofrequency devices like Vanquish should not be used in patients who have metallic objects within the field of the radiofrequency waves. In most cases,  the port that you inject through is made of metal and when that heats up can retain that heat and cause burns. You're better off with cool sculpting. Good luck.

Marc J. Salzman, MD, FACS
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

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