Nonsurgical Fat Reduction (Noninvasive Body Contouring with BTL Vanquish ME™) - Langhorne, PA

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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.

Vanquish ME™

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.

Procedure Technique

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.

During/After Procedure

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.

Best Candidates?

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.

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