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What is Vanquish ME®?

Vanquish ME® is a revolutionary, non-surgical fat removal treatment that employs RF (radio frequency) energy to target unwanted fat cells. The energy emitted by the device is customized to target only fat cells, causing thermal damage and cell death without harming the skin. This device is able to destroy about 60 percent of the fat in the target area.

  • How does Vanquish ME work?

    If you work hard at your exercise and fitness routine but still have some isolated areas of fat on your abdomen or flanks that you’d like to reduce, you may be a great candidate for Vanquish, the latest in non-surgical fat reduction technology.

    The Vanquish fat reduction device utilizes multi-polar radiofrequency technology to heat and destroy unwanted fat cells. The state-of-the-art technology is performed without the device coming in direct contact with the body. The sensors in Vanquish enable Dr. Ringler to accurately customize the treatment to maximize the amount of radio energy absorbed based on your own specific needs.

  • No weight restrictions with Vanquish.

    The beauty of Vanquish is that you are not restricted by weight as is true with CoolSculpting. A combination of procedures may be appropriate, and you can trust Dr. Ringler and his team to correctly evaluate what must be done to achieve your personal vision in fat reduction, whether surgical or non-surgical – you can be confident when your fat reduction treatment is in the hands of a board-certified plastic surgeon who is recognized as being one of the finest medical professionals in his field of practice.

  • FDA-cleared, non-invasive fat reduction treatment

    Vanquish ME is FDA-cleared for deep tissue heating, a known method of targeting fat. The Vanquish system utilizes radio frequency technology to selectively target fat cells. The benefit of this targeted heat energy is the gradual and natural shedding of destroyed fat cells through the body’s own metabolic process. Vanquish FLEX is the latest treatment applicator that is suitable for treating and contouring the thighs.

  • How do I finally get rid of unwanted fat?

    At the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery in Grand Rapids, Dr. Ringler has assembled an array of the most effective treatments for fat reduction, including EMSCULPT, Exilis Ultra, CoolSculpting, and Vanquish ME. Each of these treatments is effective on specific areas of the body, or specific body types.

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Without anesthesia or sedation, the skin is heated to a controlled 101 degrees while the underlying fat reaches temperatures of 120 degrees. This is painless procedure and most patients enjoy the sensation, finding it warm and relaxing. During a 30-minute session, the high internal temperature will result in a natural process of fat cell death called apoptosis. The entire fat cell is destroyed for long-lasting results.

How many Vanquish treatments are required to see results?

Although results vary, optimal results are achievable after 4 treatment sessions that last for approximately 45 minutes. The treatments are scheduled one week apart.

Advanced, non-surgical body contouring with Vanquish

Vanquish technology has taken fat reduction to a new level. Many areas of the body are difficult to treat with systems such as CoolSculpting, as the area to be treated must be able to be suctioned into the device. For areas such as thighs, love handles, and abdomen that need to be resolved, Vanquish can produce excellent results.

Vanquish has another advantage over CoolSculpting, for many patients: it can be performed on all body types. Understanding the various types of fat reduction treatments is important if you are seeking relief from unwanted areas of fat. Get help from Dr. Ringler and his team of qualified medical professionals for visible results in fat reduction.

Am I a candidate for Vanquish?

Vanquish is suitable for those who are close to their desired body weight, but have isolated areas of fat in the following areas of the body:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks (love handles)
  • Thighs

Good candidates for this revolutionary fat reduction treatment should meet these criteria:

  • Are very well hydrated prior to and subsequent to treatment
  • No metal implants
  • Are emotionally healthy and stable
  • Are realistic about what Vanquish can and cannot accomplish

What is the recovery from Vanquish?

Following a Vanquish appointment, there is absolutely no downtime. You will be immediately able to return to work or other activities without worry or concern. Exercise and activity may also be resumed immediately, without restriction. It is not uncommon to notice some mild redness or swelling in the treatment area that should resolve within a couple of hours.

It is important that drink plenty of water to stay hydrated after your Vanquish treatment. It is recommended that you drink about 12 cups of water per day for three days following treatment to assist your body in flushing the destroyed fat cells from your body.

When will my Vanquish results be visible?

Optimal results typically become visible about one month following the final treatment session. The body naturally eliminates the destroyed fat cells from the body, but this does not happen all at once, but rather over time. Staying very well hydrated can help to expedite the fat cell elimination process. According to a study performed by BTL Aesthetics, after 4-6 weekly treatment sessions, patients report up to 59% reduction in fat at the treated site.

Dr. Ringler is the first board certified plastic surgeon in Grand Rapids to be able to offer Vanquish to his patients.


Steven L. Ringler, MD, FACS


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Valued Patients,

During these unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic, your health remains our highest priority. With safety measures from the state of Michigan changing day to day, and sometimes by the hour, we will do our very best to help you keep up with the changes and what they mean for you and our practice. We know many of you will have questions and we are taking the following steps to ensure your safety:

  • We will not abandon our patients. We will continue to serve your needs as long as it is safe to do so. At this time, we are primarily limiting in-office services to our post-operative patients.
  • Our facility is always highly sterile and clean, however, we are taking extra precautions during this time and adhering strictly to all guidelines set by the CDC and OSHA.
  • We are screening all patients for risk of COVID-19 and will reschedule any patient who falls into the high-risk category.
  • We are offering virtual consultations with ZOOM and TouchMD by appointment. All consultations will currently be complimentary. Please call the office to schedule.
  • Our receptionist is still available to answer your calls, and our surgery scheduler will be available to help you reschedule any appointments. We sincerely appreciate your understanding as rescheduling surgery is difficult to predict with entire accuracy at this time.

We encourage everyone to stay calm and follow the guidelines set by the state. We will do everything we can to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients, team and community. We will keep you updated through our website, emails, and social media.


Dr. Steven Ringler & the Center for Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery Team

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