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At the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, we help our patients slim their contours with two body-sculpting procedures, CoolSculpting and BTL Vanquish ME. These two treatments aim to reduce unwanted fat, but they do it in completely different fashion. Most people know that CoolSculpting freezes fat cells and they die and are flushed from the body. BTL Vanquish ME uses radiofrequency energy to do the same thing.

Here’s more about BTL Vanquish ME, a popular procedure with our Portland and Hillsboro patients.

What is BTL Vanquish ME?

BTL Vanquish is a body-contouring procedure. It is meant to address areas of unwanted fat, reducing the fat in the treated around by around 20 percent. The system uses a flexible four-panel system to non-invasively deliver the RF energy down into the skin where it melts the fat.

How does the BTL Vanquish ME device work?

Vanquish BTL ME is a non-contact fat reduction treatment. It employs radiofrequency energy to selectively target and destroy fat cells, while leaving surrounding tissues unaffected. The Vanquish machine is placed around the patient’s abdomen, covering the entire width from flank to flank. There is no contact between the machine and your skin, unlike other fat reduction procedures.

Next, the system delivers RF energy down through the skin layers into the subcutaneous fat layer. The key is to match the RF impedance to that of the deep fat tissue, so only the fat is affected by the radiofrequency energy. The RF energy then raises the temperature in the deep fat layer, destroying fat cells without any harm to the overlying skin. The destroyed fat cells are then flushed from the body by the lymphatic system.

What areas of the body can be contoured with Vanquish?

Vanquish can treat the entire abdominal area at once. It can also be used on the thighs.

Will I feel pain during a Vanquish treatment?

These treatments are painless. First off, the BTL Vanquish ME device doesn’t contact your skin, so there is none of the pinching of other procedures. Patients say a Vanquish session feels as if you are lying beneath a warm blanket.

Are there side effects or recovery with Vanquish?

There isn’t any recovery after a BTL Vanquish ME treatment. Some patients do report a lasting slight warming sensation in the treated area for up to a couple hours after their treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

We recommend four 45-minute treatments, with one week between sessions.

Are you interested in losing the fat without any incisions or surgery? Call the team at the Center for Dermatology and Laser Surgery, (503) 297-3440, and schedule a consultation.