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Medical Edge: Vanquish Treatment Vanishes Fat Cells
MONTGOMERY, Ohio (Liz Bonis) -- Gift certificates for a new treatment to help vanish fat are pretty popular this season.
That is according to the Dermatology Laser and Vein Center in Montgomery. It is the first in the area to offer what's called "Vanquish".
When Virginia Naples first met up with Doctor Shalini Gupta, a cosmetic dermatologist, she had a pretty specific request.
"I had a little pocket, you know some of us have little pockets in the front, I call it my front butt, but whatever."
So Virginia made the decision to try a new treatment for trouble zones.
It's called Vanquish. A machine delivers radio frequency and electromagnetic energy through what looks like a warming blanket.
Dr. Shalini Gupta said, "And the electromagnetic energy drives the radio frequency through the fat cells and causes apoptosis, or destruction to those fat cells, which is permanent."
Compared to other apoptosis or fat killing treatments this one gradually warms the underlying area, but there is no pain to the skin.
Dr. Gupta continues, "It covers a larger area at one time, so during a single treatment session we can cover the entire stomach and the sides for the patient, so it's more cost effective as well as being non painful."
That treatment then stays on the area for about 30 minutes, and you do need four to six treatments for ideal results.
Doctor Gupta says this treatment was originally being used to reduce pain and as a side effect patients noticed they were slimming down. It cost about 3,000 dollars for a series of treatments.