Thanks to several surgical procedures and the removal of my gallbladder, there are about 18 scars on my stomach. It looks like I survived an epic knife fight.
I’ve lost a stack of weight over the past two years, and I’m trying to stay on track with my diet and workouts but it’s hard. So, three months out from my wedding, imagine my delight when I was asked to be part of a trial for Vanquish — a non-invasive procedure to reduce belly fat and waist circumference.
“The Vanquish device eliminates fat without even touching your body!” the sales info screamed. Amen! I thought. Sign me up!
So… what is Vanquish?
Vanquish is a “non-invasive, non-contact selective radio-frequency (RF) technology system” that’s designed for “cosmetic circumferential reduction and body contouring.” In simpler terms, the treatment heats up a patient’s fat tissue layer using RF energy, while the surrounding tissues remain unaffected. This process results in the natural death of fat cells.
Vanquish is pain-free although a heat sensation is usually experienced, and its side effects, including mild redness, warmth and tissue tenderness, are minimal. Research suggests results are achieved by having a course of four 30-minute Vanquish treatments, spaced one week apart, and the results are supposedly visible six weeks after the first treatment.
The treatment usually costs $3000, but it was free for those who took part in the trial. As you can imagine, I could not have been happier.
The trial, a partnership between Park Clinic Plastic Surgery and MetaMorphosis, began with a DEXA scan to analyse factors like body fat percentage, bone density and muscle mass. A second scan would then take place a month after the final Vanquish treatment. Dr Alex Phoon, the plastic surgeon conducting the trial, was dubious about the effectiveness of Vanquish but figured the scans would provide a scientific verdict.