Non-surgical body contouring has become a popular way to sculpt the body without discomfort or downtime. Despite our best efforts to diet and exercise we still have that stubborn excess fat. Over the years there have been quite a few new technologies for non-invasive fat reduction, the most popular being CoolSculpting and now Vanquish. CoolSculpting® has been the industry favorite for the past few years. Vanquish and Coolsculpting are great for fat reduction they just work in different ways.
CoolSculpting is an FDA-approved, non-invasive procedure. CoolSculpting® destroys fat cells by freezing them. Common treatment areas include the abdomen, love handles, back, arms, inner thighs, outer thighs and underneath the chin. CoolSculpting® works by delivering controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The targeted fat cells are crystallized (frozen), then die. Over time your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead fat cells. This natural metabolic processes, gives you a leaner, tighter body.
With the new CoolAdvantage treatment takes 35 minutes per area (flanks would be considered two areas); so many people have multiple areas treated on the same day. With every new applicator – from the CoolMini for the neck and knees, to the CoolPetite for legs and arms, Dr. Green has all of the latest applicators to make your treatment more effective, efficient and comfortable. Patients are completely comfortable during the procedure and a specially designed cooling applicator is applied to the desired area of fat reduction to extract energy (cooling) from the underlying fat tissue without damage to other tissues.
Some of the applicators which feels a little like a vacuum, drawing the tissue in between the cooling panels. For the first few minutes, the area feels very cold, and after a few minutes, feels quite comfortable. Patients are free to watch a movie, read or work on their laptop while Coolsculpting freezes the fat cells. When the applicator is removed, the area, which will be raised and red, and is massaged briefly by the treatment provider until it returns to normal color and returns to a more normal appearance. Over the next several months, the fat cells that have been frozen are eliminated naturally through the body’s own metabolic process. Patients can expect to lose about 20-25% of the fat in the treated area. The process may be repeated after a month or more for enhanced results.
Vanquish, is the newest non-surgical fat reduction device is FDA cleared for tissue heating, which is a known form of fat reduction. Instead of (freezing), Vanquish utilizes radio frequency technology to heat and reduce fat. Unlike Coolsculpting, in which the applicator comes in direct contact with the skin, with Vanquish the patient lies under the device while the sensors read your body fat to determine the energy level needed. The focused-field radio frequency heats the skin to 101 degrees and the underlying fat to 120 degrees to help eliminate fat cells. The treatment takes about 60 minutes and patients typically have 4 sessions spaced one week apart. As with Coolsculpting, the destroyed fat cells are eliminated naturally by the body. The applicator is larger with Vanquish, which may provide more uniform and tailored fat reduction.
Dr. Michele Green combines both Vanquish and Coolsculpting in her NYC office to reduce fat in the most effective non-surgical way possible. For more information, please contact us online to make an appointment or call 212 535 3088. Dr. Green is based in the Upper East Side but provides a range of dermatology and cosmetic procedures to patients from around the world.