There are many people who would like to change their physique; however, most have concerns about the time, cost, and recovery that are often part of the process. As they view themselves in the mirror throughout the day, they may be disappointed by their extremely noticeable body fat, as well as the inability to wear the clothes that they love. Ahmet R. Karaca, M.D., of Birmingham Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon who was one of the first doctors to offer Vanquish™ treatments. The Vanquish™ system is an innovative treatment that enables patients to eliminate their body fat without the time, expense, and hassle of traditional plastic surgery procedures.
Vanquish™ is a non-contact RF (radiofrequency) system that is designed to destroy fat cells or adipocytes in a non-invasive and painless manner. In less than 40 minutes, the gentle process can naturally and smoothly remove unwanted fat while preserving other body components. The Vanquish™ system will not cause bruises or visible marks on the patient’s skin after the treatment.
Benefits of Vanquish™
The primary benefit of this innovative system is that Dr. Karaca is able to produce results that are more symmetrical than other procedures that are used to reduce fat. Some of the additional advantages of this amazing system include:
- Short recovery time after the treatment has been administered
- Patients experience minimal pain or discomfort
- The system is appropriate for most people
- The treatment sessions are relatively short
- The Vanquish™ system does not contact the skin. The treatment is non-invasive and non-surgical
- Ability to target a wide treatment area
- Patients will notice quick results shortly after the treatment
One of the best advantages of the Vanquish™ system is that patients will receive an almost immediate improvement in their overall appearance.
How does Vanquish™ work?
During the process, Dr. Karaca will use the Vanquish™ device to administer radiofrequency that is based on the impedance of the tissue. The goal of the treatment is to destroy fat cells by heating the tissue to 43 to 45 degrees Celsius. Apoptosis is a term used to describe the death of the fat cells. After the fat cells have been eliminated, they will be reabsorbed and metabolized through the gastrointestinal system. Throughout the process, the surrounding tissue of the treatment area will remain at a cool temperature of 40 to 41 degrees Celsius. The success of the Vanquish™ system is primarily due to fat cells having less conductivity than muscles and skin.
How do I prepare for the Vanquish™ treatment?
Patients should drink at least two liters of water the day before the scheduled Vanquish™ treatment. Because proper hydration can greatly contribute to the success of the treatment, patients should also drink two liters of water the next two or three days after the process. Staying hydrated plays an important role in the short recovery process.
How does this non-invasive treatment compare to other technologies, and what are the most common side effects?
The uniqueness of the Vanquish™ treatment lies in its ability to use heat to kill fat cells in a non-invasive and non-surgical manner. Unlike many other procedures that reduce fat, patients that receive the Vanquish™ treatment experience no discomfort/pain and minimal negative side effects. Additionally, most patients will recover quickly from the treatment; however, they may experience some side effects such as redness/tenderness of the skin and warm sensations on the treated area. Immediately after the process, patients can continue their normal activities including but not limited to regular exercise.
Who is the best candidate for a Vanquish™ treatment?
Dr. Karaca recommends the Vanquish™ treatment for adults who are within 10 percent of their desired body weight. This system is especially useful to men and women who have not been able to achieve their weight goals with regular exercise. Adults who do not have a lot of weight to lose or who do not want to lose weight through surgery are also ideal candidates. Additionally, the treatment may benefit men and women who have had children or have previously altered their core.
The Vanquish™ treatment can be a great option for those who have tried tirelessly to eliminate their muffin top and/or love handles; however, the system is not suited for adults who have excessive skin or cellulite.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the treatments last?
The length of the process is roughly 30 minutes, and after two or three treatments, patients will notice great results. Patients will be able to enjoy the results of the Vanquish™ treatment for many years as long as they maintain their current diet and lifestyle.
What are the side effects?
Most patients will recover quickly from the treatment; however, they may experience some side effects such as redness/tenderness of the skin and warm sensations on the treated area. Immediately after the process, patients can continue their normal activities including but not limited to regular exercise.
What is the cost for Vanquish Treatments?
Most insurance companies do not extend benefits for the Vanquish™ treatment. In order to offset the expenses of the treatment, Dr. Karaca offers a few financing options. The goal at Birmingham Plastic Surgery is to ensure that the Vanquish™ system is affordable and accessible to many people who would like to lose a few pounds.