Is Vanquish painful? Are there any side effects?

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Is Vanquish painful?

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.

Thousand Oaks Dermatologist


Vanquish is a pain free procedure that uses radiofrequency to get rid of fat cells in the body. It is FDA approved and has been shown very effective in my office. There are no "side effects". There are however contraindications to having the procedure done. The physician should discuss these with you. Hope this helps.

Alan B. Brackup, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 29 reviews

Virtually Pain-free Vanquish Treatments

VANQUISH treatments  are unique in that the device  suspends above the body to treat the desired area. This non-invasive procedure make a virtually pain-free experience !

There is virtually no recovery time from the procedure, although we find it helpful to maintain proper hydration and a healthy diet to assure weight stability.

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Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Pain-Free Fat Reduction with Vanquish

VANQUISH treatments are a one-of-a-kind method to permanently reduce fat by effectively heating and killing selective fat cells The procedure is unique in the way the heat is delivered-- suspended above the body to treat the area for desirable contouring. This non-invasive procedure makes a pleasant, pain-free treatment that effectively shapes the body and tightens the skin with its radio frequency energy.

There is virtually no recovery time from the procedure, although we find it helpful to maintain proper hydration and a healthy diet to assure weight stability.

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Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Vanquish is not painful

Vanquish is not painful
Vanquish combined with the Z wave gives the best non-painful, non-invasive fat reduction results available. If the Vanquish treatments are getting “too hot” or you are getting “hot spots”, there are a few things the technician can make it comfortable and still get you a good treatment.In our experience, positioning and sweat are the problems.An experienced technician should be able to position you in a way that the most fat can be exposed while boney areas such as the “hip bones” are not under direct exposure.Also we use an oscillating fan to keep the area under the Vanquish dry, not cool.This prevents any “hot spots” during the treatment.The amount of energy can be adjusted to make you comfortable while still maintaining a sufficient energy supply to deliver good results.

Does Vanquish hurt?

Vanquish heats fat under the skin at a specific depth and causes it to die, all without ever touching the skin. You are lying down during Vanquish treatments and will generally feel very warm. Every so often you may feel hot or have a burning sensation, which happens when your skin gets moist from sweat in a specific spot. We monitor you and dry your skin at regular intervals. After a session, your skin may feel swollen or tender in spots, but this resolves.

Orna Fisher, MD
Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Vanquish Fat Reduction Side Effects

Most patients describe the feeling during a Vanquish procedure as a warm, perhaps tingling, sensation like a heating balnket. The Vanquish system does not touch the patient’s skin and is not usually describes as painful. The most common side effects are redness and warmth in the treatment area, but this diminishes quickly.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Vanquish is a Pain Free means to noninvasive fat reduction

Vanquish is NOT painful - it has no downtime. Treatment consists of 4-6 sessions weekly, each lasting 30 minutes.

Treatment feels like a warm sensation, almost like being under a heated blanket.

Side effects can occur with any treatment. Side effects with Vanquish are rare and mild in nature. Most patients have warm, pink skin in the are of treatment for minutes to several hours after treatment. The most serious side effect is a skin burn, which can result if there is a hot spot from surface perspiration on the skin. This is easily avoided by proper patient monitoring. Occasionally, patients can feel slightly relaxed after treatment.

Melanie D. Palm, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

Vanquish is pain free fat reduction

Vanquish is actually a rather relaxing procedure as you lay under the treatment arm and the radiofrequency energy selectively heats your fat - not your skin or muscle. Side effects are rare. You can get a small superficial burn of the skin if the skin gets moist and heats too much and you can sometimes get small areas of inflammation where the fat was heated - this will feel like a swollen area under the skin that is firm and may be tender. These side effects are very rare. For the most part, you get your 30 minute, painless, relaxing treatment and go on with life with no interruptions!

Elizabeth F. Rostan, MD
Charlotte Dermatologist
4.4 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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