Does vanquish work on cellulite? Would another non invasive treatment be better?

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Does Vanquish work for cellulite?

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Vanquish works on global thinning of fat under the handpiece.  Cellulite is a problem of fibrous bands around the fat causing the dimpling.  Currently, the best device for permanent treatment of cellulite is Cellfina.  Temporary improvement of cellulite can be achieved through any machine that uses radiofrequency to tighten the skin.


Dr. Liu

Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 52 reviews


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The causes of cellulite can vary but it can be caused by fat deposits or skin laxity.     Vanquish can improve skin tone and fat reduction however the cellulite changes are minimal.    The combination with the zwave will help.  A more aggressive treatment would be subcision techniques like cellfina.  

Kenneth Sumida, MD
Folsom Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Vanquish for Cellulite

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Vanquish can treat unwanted fat in an area, but it does not directly treat cellulite. Cellfina is an excellent way to treat cellulite, and it appears to be very long lasting, and possibly permanent. The treatment is performed in the office and has minimal downtime.

Andrew Campbell, M.D.

Quintessa Aesthetic Centers

Andrew Campbell, MD
Milwaukee Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Does Vanquish work with cellulite

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Vanquish is primarily used for fat loss and is approved for the thighs. I use it for cellulite too in combination with the Z Wave. Cellulite is tough and a multimodality approach is best and using the Cellfina and Sculptra makes things even better. 

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Vanquish is not for cellulite but for fat reduction

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Hi LB Vancouver,

Vanquish technology is mainly indicated to reduce fat around the waistline and the inner and outer thighs. Vanquish uses radio-frequency energy to selectively target and destroy fat cells. Although, vanquish is not indicated for skin tightening, anecdotal evidence shows that there could be some skin tightening observed in patients who have vanquish treatments. For this reason, the appearance of cellulite may improve a little. It is, however, not the treatment of choice for cellulite.  There are many devices that claim to treat cellulite but it is a very difficult condition to treat. Cellfina seems to be the most effective and long-lasting option available to date but it is not Health-Canada approved. Best, Manish Khanna, MD

Manish Khanna, MD, FRCP(C)
Montreal Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

Cellulite Treatment

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Thank you for your question. Vanquish targets the fat cells and destroys those cells through gentle heating.  The focus of this therapy is a reduction in fat cells and it can help patients loose those last couple of inches that exercise and diet cannot fix.  Cellulite formation is caused by fibrous septae bands that connect the dermis to the underlying tissues.  As these bands contract and stiffen, they pull down on the dermis creating dimples.  Vanquish, while it may slightly improve the appearance of cellulite, is not the optimal treatment.  Cellfina, while more invasive than Vanquish, is a wonderful procedure in regards to treating cellulite.  It has just received FDA clearance for three years, which is the best any treatment for cellulite has ever received.  My patients feel only minimal discomfort, it is mostly pressure, and have all loved the results.  It is best to consult with a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon prior to deciding on the best therapy for you.

Kristine Romine, MD
Phoenix Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

Non-Invasive options for Cellulite Reduction

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BLT Vanquish alone will not yield good results for cellulite. However when combined with the BTL Cellutone treatment the results can be amazing. Cellutone is BTL's shockwave treatment for breaking up cellulite, but can also enhance the results of Vanquish when administered after the Vanquish treatment. I offer these two treatments together and the results have been fantastic.

If you don't have much bulk and are mainly concerned with cellutlie you may want to look into a treatment called TightSculpting. This is a dual-wavelength laser technology for skin tightening, cellulite reduction, and body-sculpting. We have seen amazing results for cellulite reduction on the thighs and buttocks with this treatment.

Shelena Lalji, MD
Sugar Land OB/GYN
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Cellulite removal

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Thank you for your question.

The Vanquish is used more for areas of fullness, rather than cellulite. The Venus freeze is a non-invasive laser that works very well for cellulite and also tightens the skin at the same time. Good luck.

Francis Johns, MD
Greensburg Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 83 reviews

Vanquish for Cellulite

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Thank you for your question, we have been using the Vanquish ME device for a few years now. Although we see volume reduction, we are not seeing any changes in regards to cellulite. We have trialed a lot of non-surgical devices in hopes of decreasing cellulite and nothing has given us great results. Sorry I cannot be of more help.

Alan B. Brackup, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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