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?

Doctor Answers 16

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

Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Vanquish works

Vanquish ME is an amazing, safe, effective, one of a kind body contouring treatment designed to eliminate fat from unwanted areas. This is the first non-invasive, no pain, no contact, no downtime device used to eliminate unwanted fat from the abdomen, flanks, upper back, thighs and bra line. Vanquish ME uses radiofrequency energy to gently warm the fat layer and kill unwanted fat cells while protecting the skin and muscles. There is a mild, gentle warming sensation during treatment similar to that of a heating pad.

The Vanquish ME treatment panel fits over the abdomen and flanks, but never touches the skin, to reduce the size of the tummy and love handles. However, the panel can also be adjusted to treat the back of the waist to eliminate an unwanted muffin top. Different panels are used to treat the thighs. Treatment sessions are 45 minutes and a series of four to six weekly sessions is recommended. You can expect to lose several inches from the treated area with noticeable results seen within a few treatments and maximum results two months after the last session. Individual results may vary and some patients may require more treatments or wish to undergo an additional series of treatments to target additional areas of the body.

Vanquish ME is intended for individuals close to their ideal body weight that struggle with stubborn areas of fat deposition, resistant to dietary and exercise measures. However, I have seen several large patients benefit from it as well. Sometimes, it's simply to jump start their weight loss process. It is not a substitute for liposuction, which allows a greater volume of fat removal, and it isn’t for weight loss. However, for some patients that are not candidates for surgery or who do not wish to undergo surgery, Vanquish ME may be a good treatment option. It destroys fat cells so as long as weight and diet are maintained, the results following treatment are likely to be permanent. The fat cells are naturally flushed out of the body over the course of time allowing gradual and natural-looking results. Patients love that they can change the look of their body without it looking obvious that they’ve had work done.

Peterson Pierre, MD
Thousand Oaks Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Vanquish and Technology

Vanquish works through radiofrequency technology via heat to decrease fat in the body.  It definitely works and there are now adaptors for the abdomen as well as the extremities.  Many people combine Coolsculpting with Vanquish for even better results or to treat larger areas.  Please consult an expert in non-surgical body contouring for the best results.  Best, Dr. Green

Michele S. Green, MD
New York Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 78 reviews

Vanquish for Non-Invasive Fat Reduction

Vanquish uses RF energy to heat the fatty layer precisely, painlessly and selectively to a temperature that causes fat cells to undergo early cell death (apoptosis) by destroying the integrity of the fat cell. Like other techniques that accomplish the same effect, the body then clears the remnants by the lymphatic system. See the below link for a comparison to other available non invasive fat reduction options.

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Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 157 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 224 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 Dermatologic Surgeon
3.7 out of 5 stars 7 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 23 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

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!

Thomas Fiala, MD
Orlando Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 80 reviews

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
4.7 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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