Miami Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Mariano Busso offers VANQUISH M.E.™ Fat Reduction Treatments in his Coconut Grove office. Here, Dr. Busso responds to frequently asked questions about this remarkable body sculpting technology.
Question: What is VANQUISH M.E.™?
Dr. Busso: VANQUISH M.E.™ is a non-invasive, no contact treatment that heats and destroys fat tissue. Surrounding tissue remains unaffected. VANQUISH M.E.™ is safe and effective. VANQUISH™ is touch-free and painless, and VANQUISH M.E.™ treats the largest surface area of any fat reduction device.
Question: Why choose VANQUISH M.E.™?
Dr. Busso: VANQUISH M.E.™ provides non-invasive body sculpting, and results closest to those achieved with surgery. VANQUISH M.E.™ treats large areas at one time, the largest treatment area in the industry. Because of the large treatment area, precision placement of the device is not part of the procedure; VANQUISH M.E.™ offers consistent results with little risk of human error—and treating multiple areas at once speeds up treatment time. VANQUISH M.E.™ produces the fastest results in fat reduction therapy. 25 patients in a study all showed visible results after the initial treatment. After the full course of four sessions, an average of 59 percent of abdominal fat was destroyed.*
Some advantages of VANQUISH™:
• VANQUISH M.E.™ is hands-off and non-invasive
• VANQUISH M.E.™ is painless during and after treatment
• VANQUISH M.E.™ produces minimal side effects
• No downtime—return to normal activities after VANQUISH M.E.™ treatment
• VANQUISH M.E.™ destroys fat, with some patients losing 6 or more inches from their waistlines*
• VANQUISH M.E.™ results can be seen in weeks (not months)
• VANQUISH M.E.™ requires four one-hour-and-fifteen-minute sessions
• VANQUISH M.E.™ treats abdomen and flanks simultaneously, or “love handles” and sides
Question: How does VANQUISH M.E.™ differ from other fat reduction treatments?
Dr. Busso: Unlike other non-invasive treatment methods, VANQUISH M.E.™ requires no contact with the patient’s body. Heat is delivered from the device via multipolar radio waves and absorbed into the treatment area. This allows for a comfortable experience with minimal risk of side effects.
Question: How is VANQUISH M.E.™ different than CoolSculpting?
Dr. Busso: CoolSculpting (Zeltiq, Cryotherapy) is a first-generation technique that uses freezing as a method to kill fat cells. Limitations include:
• CoolSculpting treatment requires an hour for each small area, plus an hour of thawing time. Treating three areas requires three machines or three hours of treatment, and the same amount of thawing time.
• CoolSculpting is pain-free while treatment is being administered, but uncomfortable for 24 hours following treatment.
• CoolSculpting can only treat up to 20% of the fat in one section per session—up to 1 inch.
VANQUISH M.E.™ offers the largest treatment area of any fat destroying therapy to prevent “spotty” results. Its radio frequency technology penetrates much deeper into fat tissue than CoolSculpting or Liposonix. VANQUISH M.E.™ is painless before and after treatment, and requires no thawing time.
Question: How is VANQUISH M.E.™ different from Liposonix?
Dr. Busso: Liposonix is a second generation device that kills fat and non-invasively. Its advantage over CoolSculpting is that it takes a fourth of the time to treat an area, and it can be customized to an individual’s shape without leaving gaps of untreated area.
Limitations of Liposonix include:
• Liposonix can only treat up to 20% of the fat in one section per session—up to 1 inch.
• There is discomfort during Liposonix treatment sessions (though not afterward)
VANQUISH M.E.™ offers the largest treatment area of any fat destroying therapy, and its radio frequency technology penetrates much deeper into fat tissue than CoolSculpting or Liposonix.
Question: How long does VANQUISH M.E.™ treatment take?
Dr. Busso: Each VANQUISH M.E.™ treatment takes four 75-minute sessions spaced a minimum of a week apart.
Question: Is VANQUISH M.E.™ Safe for Everyone?
Dr. Busso: While VANQUISH M.E.™ can be safely performed on most people, some restrictions apply: If you have metal implants (including hip replacements, surgical staples, or surgical screws) near the area of treatment, a pacemaker, or are pregnant (or might be pregnant) you should not undergo VANQUISH M.E.™ treatment. Come in for a complimentary consultation so Dr. Busso can assess your individual needs.
Question: Who is a good candidate for VANQUISH M.E.™?
Dr. Busso: VANQUISH M.E.™ reduces areas of stubborn fat. These pockets of unwanted (typically abdominal) fat may persist even with proper diet and exercise. VANQUISH M.E.™ is not for treating obesity. Patients targeting specific areas of unwanted fat are the best candidates for the procedure.
Consider VANQUISH M.E.™ if:
• Diet and exercise aren’t working
• You can’t get rid of those last few inches
• You want to look thinner for an upcoming special occasion
Question: Does VANQUISH M.E.™ hurt? What does VANQUISH™ feel like?
Dr. Busso: VANQUISH M.E.™ is painless, and the device does not physically contact your body. Patients describe a warming sensation like a heating pad. You may feel warm and sweat a bit, but treatment is very tolerable and even pleasant.
Question: What are common side effects of VANQUISH M.E.™?
Dr. Busso: Immediately after treatment, your skin will be warmer than usual and possibly somewhat pink because the surface of your skin will have been heated above its normal temperature. Skin temperature returns to normal soon after treatment. Though uncommon, patients occasionally experience small, tender, red areas, or even a burn or blister. We monitor treatment closely to avoid such occurrences, and ensure a successful outcome.
Question: How should I prepare for VANQUISH M.E.™ treatment?
A. Dress in light, comfortable clothing. Because your body temperature will increase during treatment, you may be more comfortable in a short sleeved or sleeveless top. We advise patients to be well hydrated. Drink one liter or 8 glasses of water the day before treatment, the day of treatment, and two days following treatment.
Question: What should I do after VANQUISH M.E.™ treatment?
Dr. Busso: You can resume normal activities after treatment, but we advise you to drink a lot of water to flush your system. Your body will continue to eliminate dead fat cells for some time following treatment. Drinking plenty of water to helps with this process. 30 minutes of exercise after treatment is also helpful to maximize results.
Question: How soon will I see results from VANQUISH M.E.™?
Dr. Busso: Some patients begin to see results within a few weeks after their first treatment, but this varies from person to person. Results are typically visible soon after the first treatment session and fat loss continues over the following weeks. Additional treatment sessions are sometimes needed to achieve the best results. Maximum results are usually seen 4-8 weeks after the fall treatment session.*
Question: How long do VANQUISH M.E.™ results last?
Dr. Busso: Results are designed to last. VANQUISH M.E.™ targets existing fat, but does not prevent you from developing new fat. Strict diet and exercise are not required for VANQUISH M.E.™ to be effective, but a healthy lifestyle can prevent other areas of unwanted fat from developing in the future.