Nonsurgical fat reduction is a great option for patients who do want to undergo surgical liposuction or who only need a small amount of stubborn fat removed. Also known as noninvasive liposuction, nonsurgical fat reduction employs advanced technology to target and destroy stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to weight loss through diet and exercise. While nonsurgical liposuction cannot remove as much fat as surgical liposuction, it does help patients sculpt the body without the drawbacks of surgery: recovery time, expense, and scarring from incisions. Nonsurgical fat reduction can be used to treat the abdomen, hips, back, outer thighs, inner thighs, and arms. Patients can discuss their needs and goals during their initial consultation with Dr. Alan Brackup, who is double board-certified in cosmetic surgery and ophthalmology. Dr. Brackup can help every patient determine their best choice of treatment, nonsurgical or surgical liposuction, at Cosmetic Surgery Specialists in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA.
"My search was over after being referred to Dr. Brackup!!!. My son's wedding was coming up in August, 2016. My eyes were horrible .When I smiled you saw know eye's. I met one surgeon that was scared to remove the lower bags. How would that look? Didn't make sense. With Time running out by chance I when to a new hairdresser, that had her eyes done and look beautiful. Even though Dr. had a busy schedule,he made it a point to fit me in for June 28th. I was assured my eye's would look beautiful by August 20th. Dr. Brackup was right. I had Upper and lower procedures done. Dr. sculpted my eyes to compliment my high cheek bones. They are beautiful. At 60 years old I look twenty years younger!! Dr. Brackup and his entire staff were kind and honestly the best experience I ever had. He is gifted with hands of gold. He only works from the neck up and is a oculoplastic surgeon. My confident's is through the roof. I walk with my head high for the first time in a very long time. Thank you, Dr. Brackup for setting this butterfly free!! Before pictures click on Rosemarie P. Thanks"- R.P. / Yelp / Apr 06, 2017
"Facelift/Browlift for a 60-Something - I'm 62 years old and was watching my jawline, cheeks, and eyelids start to sink. I went to Dr. Brackup after hearing rave reviews about his skill from my hair stylist. The doctor and his staff could not have been more helpful and open in answering my questions and concerns. The procedure--a facelift and browlift--was done six months ago, and I am very happy with it. The result is "refreshed"..."- C. / RealSelf / Jun 08, 2018
"A very satisfied two-month post surgery patient - I found Dr. Brackup very professional from the very beginning at my consultation. I was interested in having an upper and lower blepharoplasty with laser treatment under my eyes. After discussing my options, looking at before and after photos, and explaining the process and answering all my questions, I decided to schedule my surgery for 3/6/18. As I write this review I am two months post..."- K. / RealSelf / May 13, 2018
"I’m a physician and a patient so it’s hard to find a doctor that I can trust yet alone recommend. The results of being ill and a long a contentious divorce left my face looking ravaged looking at least 15 years older than I was. Dr. Brackup did a facelift and laser resurfacing. Now everyone says , even my older brother ( who notices nothing) that I look at least 15 years younger. Dr. Brackup and his staff are so patient and kind. The prices are lower than most places. 10 STARS"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 03, 2018
"New Life Starts ! - I’m a physician and a patient. Dr. Brackup first repaired my upper eyelid on one side and then a few years later the other because of ocular myasthenia gravis. I have multiple autoimmune diseases. He did a wonderful job and was so kind and gentle. The result of being ill and a long a contentious divorce left my face looking ravaged and at least 15 years older than I was. I never thought I w..."- P. / RealSelf / May 03, 2018
Vanquish ME by BTL is the latest innovation in nonsurgical fat reduction, which destroys fat cells by using the thermal energy from radio frequency waves. Vanquish is finely tuned to specific radio frequencies that heat fat cells without affecting any of the skin or muscle tissue surrounding it. Vanquish creates heat induced apoptosis, which means the cells are destroyed by a temperature around 120º F and then naturally eliminated by the body over time. Each Vanquish session lasts about 30 – 45 minutes and patients usually see their best results by getting 4 – 6 treatments, no more than one week apart. Vanquish treats larger areas of fat than other nonsurgical liposuction treatments, so patients enjoy faster, more effective treatment sessions.
Nonsurgical fat reduction can be performed using several technologies: cryolipoysis, ultrasound energy, or radio frequency energy. Cryolipolysis, also known under brand names CoolSculpting and Zeltiq, destroys fat cells through a targeted freezing process. Ultrasound liposuction, also known by brand names Ultrashape and Liposonix, uses thermal heat from ultrasound energy to target and destroy fat cells. Nonsurgical liposuction with radio frequency energy, also known by the brand Vanquish ME, heats fat tissue until it is destroyed. While the means of destroying the fat cells varies, all systems damage or destroy the fat tissue to the point where it can be naturally absorbed and processed out of the body.
To help speed healing after a nonsurgical liposuction procedure, patients should stop or decrease any tobacco use a few weeks in advance. Patients can also decrease their risk of bleeding and other complications by not using aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and certain herbal supplements for at least 1 week before their procedure. Patients will also find their recovery faster and easier if they increase their intake of water both before and after the procedure.
Nonsurgical fat reduction can be performed in the doctor’s office or an accredited facility as an outpatient procedure. Each nonsurgical liposuction treatment system will vary in procedure and treatment time. For example, the Vanquish treatment warms the body to a comfortable temperature without any contact with the skin. It can be difficult to estimate the results each patient will get from nonsurgical liposuction, since it will depend on their body composition, which system/technology is used, and the number of treatment session, however most patients are 1 – 2 pant sizes smaller as a final result. Patients will not see their final results for about 1 – 2 months after their last treatment because the fat takes time to fully process out of the body.
While patients will have a much easier recovery after nonsurgical liposuction than any surgical procedures, but there are still important rules and tips to follow to avoid complications. Nonsurgical liposuction does not have any activity or dietary restrictions for the recovery period, but it is best to skip strenuous exercise and avoid alcohol and high amounts of sodium (salt) for 1 – 2 days after their treatment. The doctor will go over further post care instructions and tips, including signs of complications and side effects.
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Vanquish ME™ FAQs
What It Doesn't Do?
An important factor when considering nonsurgical fat reduction is the elasticity of the patient’s skin. Most nonsurgical fat reduction treatments will also create a mild skin tightening, but not enough to help patients who already have loose skin. Also, patients who do not currently have loose skin, but do have low skin elasticity may find they have some skin folds after their final results. Your doctor will help you determine your degree of skin laxity and discuss potential concerns when determining your treatment plan.
What about Results?
Although some patients see results right away, expect the maximal benefit to be visible about a month after the 4th treatment. Once fat cells are destroyed during nonsurgical fat reduction, they cannot return or regrow. Although patients should be aware that the fat that remains in the area will expand if the patient does not maintain their weight and it will be visible. Patients can keep their results by eating a healthy, balanced diet and getting regular exercise to keep a healthy, stable weight.
Anyone who has areas of undesirable fat are potential candidates for Vanquish. It is best however for patients who are close to their desired weight and are looking for sculpting, not overall weight loss. It is not the best alternative for individuals with large amounts of fat to lose. For these individuals, weight loss and exercise should be undertaken first. Vanquish can then be considered for the resistant areas that are left.
Does it Hurt?
No! There is no pain with the procedure. Patients describe the sensation as being like an “electric blanket.” Side effects are minimal, including mild redness, warmth, and tissue tenderness. The treatment must be monitored however to be certain no one area gets too much heat to prevent a blister. Technique matters.