As we approach springtime, everyone starts to think about getting their “beach bodies” in shape. This year, more than ever, plastic surgeons have options in skin tightening and fat melting that do not involve surgery. These nonsurgical, energy-based, devices have become all the rage because they require no down time and are actually pleasurable treatments.
One option is the new Vanquish ME which uses radiofrequency waves to selectively heat up the fat tissues around the waist, abdomen and thigh regions. Sessions take approximately 45 minutes for each area and essentially feel like one is lying on the beach getting suntan without the harmful UV rays. Fat cells that are heated to the right temperature will wither away and get absorbed by the body. Approximately 6-8 sessions are needed to achieve about 2-3 inch waistline shrinkage. Although the results are not as dramatic as liposuction, they do provide patients who absolutely refuse surgery to accomplish some of their goals.
Another nonsurgical option, the Venus Concept uses a handheld device to deliver the same radiofrequency energy. This process feels more like having a hot stone massage and is performed manually by one of our Medical Aestheticians or Physicians Assistants. Again, the tissues are heated to a level at which skin shrinks and the fat just below the skin is partially melted.
We believe that Vanquish has more fat melting abilities for the deeper fat, 1-inch below the surface and less of a skin tightening effect, whereas the Venus Concept has more effect on superficial skin tightening and melts fat closest to the skin surface.
We have established a program called “Total Concept” which combines the Vanquish ME and Venus Concept performed back-to-back to achieve the maximum effect on skin tightening and fat melting. The reason this is more effective is that it takes 15 minutes for each device to heat the tissues to the optimal temperature for effectiveness. If the tissues are already preheated by the Vanquish, the use of Venus Concept for skin tightening begins immediately without any intervening downtime.
We believe these state of the art technologies are the best options available today to achieve broad areas of skin tightening and fat melting without surgery.
Freezing fatty tissues is another technique used to destroy fat cells but involves spot area treatment, so to treat wide areas of the waist requires multiple applications of a suction cup like device. The treatment can be uncomfortable and often leaves areas of numbness where treatments were performed. I know this from personal experience!
Vanquish ME and Venus Concept, which generates thermal energy, is a pleasant sensation of warmth and leaves no areas of numbness. It gives a broader treatment area than the spot treatments with freezing devices. Vanquish ME treatments have received a 73% approval rating on Realself.com, which is a testament to the fact that the greater majority of patients who undergo these treatments are satisfied with the results and the treatment process as well. Even patients who have had surgery and liposuction can enhance their results with these treatments!
If surgery is not the right option for you, then our Vanquish ME and Venus Concept are great treatments to melt fat around the waist and thighs and tighten skin of the neck, face or belly. Call our office today and get your physique ready for summer fun!
Allen D. Rosen, M.D.