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Aesthetic Surgery & Dermatology of Cherry Creek
Dr. Adrienne Stewart, MD - Denver, CO

Aesthetic Surgery & Dermatology of Cherry Creek offers Vanquish, a noninvasive fat removal treatment that destroys fat cells through radiofrequency technology—no skin contact required. Vanquish has gained popularity in recent years as a safe, easy, and effective option for those looking to supplement healthy lifestyle changes with targeted sculpting.

Patients enjoy safe, easy fat reduction, no down time, and heightened confidence through the Vanquish treatment, which typically consists of four sessions over the course of a few weeks. Typically, patients lose two to four inches of fat around the abdomen through the Vanquish treatment.

Common Questions About Vanquish

What is Vanquish?

Vanquish uses radiofrequency to target the fat layer of skin. The device heats the skin to 101 degrees andthe underlying fat to 120 degrees, causing the fat cells to die. It is a noninvasive fat removal treatment which does not require direct contact with the skin.

At each session, the patient lies down on bed and the Vanquish device is situated above the target area—a few inches away from the skin. Sensors in the Vanquish device will calculate the amount of energy needed for each patient’s unique body and deliver it throughout the session. Patients typically feel minimal pain or discomfort at these sessions, during which many will read a book or even take a nap.

Patients report that while the device gets warm and some sweating may occur, it is highly tolerable. The body naturally clears the destroyed cells through lymphatic channels over the days and weeks following treatment. Results can be seen from as early as the second treatment through the weeks following the final treatment.

Where can Vanquish treat?

Vanquish is FDA­approved to treat the abdomen, upper thighs, sides (love handles), and upper arms. If you have a specific target area you would like to treat with noninvasive fat removal, Dr. Stewart will walk you through the appropriate options for your body type and goals.

How long does treatment take?

Typically, Vanquish treatments consist of four 45­minute treatments spaced one week apart. However, Dr. Stewart will work with you to determine the best therapy or combination therapy for your specific goals and needs, and will create a custom treatment plan to meet those needs.

How long does the treatment last?

Vanquish treatment is permanent. Once a fat cell is killed—by either heat in Vanquish, cold in Coolsculpting, or another technique—it’s gone forever. However, a healthy lifestyle should be kept to maintain results. While the treated fat cells are destroyed, the surrounding fat cells are still able to grow.

Patients see results from Vanquish as early as after the second treatment, and progress continues in the weeks past the final treatment.

What does it feel like?

Patients report that the treatment feels like a heating pad is held over the targeted area. During treatment, patients are able to read or nap with minimal discomfort. While some sweating may occur, it is highly tolerable. The Vanquish device does not actually come into contact with the skin during treatment, and no down time post­treatment is required.

Who is eligible for Vanquish?

The ideal candidate for Vanquish is in decent physical shape with a bit of excess fat. The treatment is not intended for patients in need of a large volume of fat reduction, but rather those who are looking for some help in contouring.

Patients with implantable devices such as a copper IUD or hip replacement are unable to receive Vanquish treatment, as they can disrupt the Vanquish machine’s energy. Patients with deeper visceral fat, versus subcutaneous, won’t see improvement from Vanquish treatment—in other words, patients should be able to pinch the targeted fat cells.

Are there any risks involved?

Vanquish is an extremely safe, noninvasive treatment option. Side effects include possible inflammation at the treated area, but this is only temporary. If you’re considering Vanquish treatment and have any questions or concerns about the process, do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Stewart at Aesthetic Surgery & Dermatology of Cherry Creek in Denver.

What is the difference between Vanquish and Coolsculpting?

Vanquish uses radiofrequency technology to kill off fat cells, while Coolsculpting uses cryolipolysis (freezing). Both treatments are noninvasive and the destroyed fat cells leave the body naturally in the days and weeks following treatment. Both treatments have minimal side effects.

Dr. Stewart’s office offers many different non­invasive fat removal options, and all are safe, low­risk treatments. Often, a combination of therapies will provide the most effective results. Depending on your body type and goals, Dr. Stewart will work with you to create a custom therapy plans to fit your needs.

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