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

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Vanquish FDA Approval & Risks

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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.

San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Vanquish Receives FDA Clearance for Circumferential Fat Reduction!

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In 2015, Vanquish ME received FDA-clearance for circumferential fat reduction.  It successfully treats targeted areas of the abdomen, thighs , flanks and upper arms.  The Vanquish ( Maximum Energy) automatically tunes into targeted subcutaneous fat, to heat the deep tissue and selectively destroy fat layers while it remains blind to non-fatty tissues!   Some patients may see areas of warmth and tenderness or nodules after treatments with radio frequency but this is not the norm and are most often self-resolved

In our opinion, the Vanquish works exceptionally well  to treat the abdomen weekly for 4-6 treatments for             highly effective results.

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Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Vanquish risks

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Vanquish ME is an amazing, safe, effective, FDA-approved 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
4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Vanquish Treatments:Safe and Effective for Fat Reduction

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The Vanquish received FDA-clearance for circumferential fat reduction in 2015.
We find it exceptionally helpful to treat the abdomen , flanks , upper thighs and upper arms weekly for 4-6 treatments for highly effective results.  The risks of radio frequency are limited to the effects of the heat and may include redness or  warm spots but tend to resolve quickly within  the first 24 hours.

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Vanquish FDA clearance

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Vanquish received FDA clearance for circumferential fat reduction.  What that means is they received approval to thin out the fat uniformly across the entire waistline, whatever fits under the panels.

Dr. Liu.    

Grace Liu, MD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

Vanquish is FDA approved circumferential fat reduction of the waistline

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Vanquish offers non-surgical fat reduction for the abdomen, flanks and now thighs.  We have been using Vanquish for a while now to “melt” fat in the abdomen and flanks area.In June we received the thigh applicator for Vanquish and are very excited about the results.Vanquish is the world’s only operator independent radio frequency device to reduce the circumference of the waistline.The Vanquish system’s patented technology creates a high-frequency energy field that targets the thermal effects into the fat layer while protecting the surrounding skin.This allows for a safe and effective treatment that provides optimal aesthetic results without surgery or downtime. The Vanquish technology is very different from other devices that use a point source of heat or cold.BTL’s Vanquish uses a panel array that emits selective radio frequency with the largest spot size in the industry to treat the entire abdomen and flanks or inner and outer thighs in one application. Vanquish is truly a breakthrough in technology.Published clinical studies show it permanently destroys unwanted fat for safe and effective fat reduction.


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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!

Tracey H. Stokes, MD
Fort Lauderdale Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Vanquish is FDA Approved!

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Vanquish radiofrequency treatments are approved by the FDA for deep tissue heating. Studies have shown fat reduction in treated patients after a series of treatments. MI-Skin Dermatology Center offers six weekly treatments for 45 minutes each. Patients need to be well hydrated for optimal results. The treatment is painless, very well tolerated, and there is no downtime.

Melda A. Isaac, MD
Washington DC Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Vanquish FDA Approved For Deep Tissue Heating

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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
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

Vanquish FDA Approval

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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
3.3 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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