WHAT IS VANQUISH ULTRA?
Dr. Kathleen Welsh and The Body Clinic at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology combined two of their favorite treatments, Vanquish ME and BTL Exilis Ultra, into one powerful fat reducing treatment called the Vanquish Ultra. The result of this combination has offered our patients maximum fat reduction capabilities over a more global treatment area while adding in additional skin tightening.
Vanquish ME's patented radiofrequency (RF) technology promotes death and shrinkage of fat cells via apoptosis without damaging surrounding tissues such as skin and muscle. Once the fat cells have been compromised, your body flushes the lipids via your lymphatic system. The Exilis Ultra is the first noninvasive treatment to deliver a combination of both ultrasound AND radio frequency.
The ultrasound component allows for damage of the heat shock proteins that are expressed by your fat cells as their protective response to heat, leading to better fat reduction capabilities. Our patients have enjoyed this comfortable, often relaxing treatment with very little downtime.
AM I A CANDIDATE?
People of all ages and skin types who want to improve areas where diet and exercise have plateaued can treat with Vanquish Ultra. However, if you are pregnant, have any metal implants or a pacemaker we cannot treat with this particular technology. The specialists at The Body Clinic at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology are experts at helping you to determine which fat reducing treatment is right for you and your goals.
"I went to Bay Area Dermatology because a few of the girls in my office recommend it. I had developed a really bad case of melasma on my cheeks and upper lip. When I made an appointment they had asked me if I had a preference as to who I wanted to see. I told the receptionist that I had Asian skin so if I could get someone that is familiar with treating common Asian skin issues that would be fantastic. I was scheduled an appointment with Dr. Hui.At my first meet with Dr. Hui she confirmed that I did indeed have melasma and that my next step was to start getting chemical peels 4-6 weeks apart. Wow. Holy smokes! So far I've received 3 chemical peels and the melasma is almost gone. It's at the point where I am able to cover it up with just foundation. Yippee! At my most recent appointment I received my first laser treatment with Mary. I had a 1pm appointment and was seen quickly to start the numbing process. I am one of those people that benifit from the extra time with the numbing cream so I appreciate that the ladies got me started immediately. I was so numb that I barely felt a thing. Definitely one of the easiest laser procedures I have ever done."- J.C. / Yelp / Dec 01, 2017
"Dr. Hui Austin is amazing!! She has honestly changed my life. I have been struggling with melasma for the last five years and have tried so many different treatments spending thousands of dollars with minimal results (cosmelan peel, chemical peels, acupuncture, etc.) After our first initial consultation I felt like I had hope with this condition that had consumed me for years. Her confidence in her work and the results she expects to see I believe is the kind of confidence every doctor should instill in their patients. She came up with a skin care plan for me that included at home care and in office treatments and the results have been life changing. I now get compliments on my skin! Not only has it cleared up my melasma but no more blemishes, less fine lines and shrunken pores are all added bonuses with my skin care regimen. If you have melasma you know how debilitating it can be and Dr. Austin is so incredibly knowledgable on the subject and takes the time to explain how each treatment works while making you feel at complete ease. I can't say enough how thankful I am that I found her and wish all my doctors had the kind of dedication Dr. Austin has to both her work and patients. I always do my homework before having anyone near my skin (I'm talking hours in the blackhole of reading reviews) and after having read other people's success with melasma with Dr. Austin I decided to book a consultation. Six months later I am so happy I did and wanted to return that favor with my own review for any others out there that might be struggling with melasma - there is hope!!!"- C.D. / Yelp / May 20, 2019
"I have had large dark patches (melasma) on my face for years. I've tried many treatments in the past but it was only remedied by Dr Hui. She has a wealth of knowledge on the condition and created a simple and realistic plan for my skin, including key advice on things to avoid and supplements to boost my skin. Her treatment has cured my melasma and I couldn't be happier. I now live in Australia and travel 12,000 kilometers to see dr hui-Austin. My confidence and skin glow is awesome and people no longer stare at my melasma mask. Thank you!!"- J.B. / Yelp / May 18, 2019
"Joining Yelp and providing a review for Bay Area Cosmetic is long overdue. I have been a patient of Bay Area Cosmetic for more years than I can remember (think back to Laurel Village when the office was the size of a closet!!!). Dr. Kathleen Welsh and Dr. Andrea Hui Austin are the consummate professionals when it comes to dermatology and I trust my face and my skin to no one else. For over 15 years I saw Dr. Welsh exclusively but in recent years, and as a result of a more robust practice, I have transitioned to being a patient of Dr. Austin. Through regular visits I am able to maintain a rejuvenated appearance with a clear complexion. Dr. Austin has a tremendous understanding of the bone structure and muscle placement of the human face. Her skill in administering delicate injections is something to behold. The results to my skin are subtle but with noticeable improvements both in appearance and texture. I never leave the office looking 'done', rather I leave feeling refreshed and more youthful whilst at the same time looking natural. On many occasions after receiving injectables I have been able to attend work functions the very same day. Minimal bruising, no down time and a natural appearance. I have read through many of the reviews for Bay Area Cosmetic, in particular, the 1 and 2 star reviewers who mention long delays in the waiting room. Unfortunately this happens sometimes, even for long standing loyal patients like myself. Based on my experience this is because both Dr. Welsh and Dr. Austin are focused when they are in the treatment room with each patient. When I am in the treatment room with the doctor I have never felt rushed. On the contrary, both doctors take time to listen and then, most importantly, take their time to administer treatments. It is because of their highly personalized service and attention to detail with treatment protocols that sometimes they can get a bit behind on the schedule. Over the years I have recommended many people to Bay Area Cosmetic with confidence and will continue to do so. I trust my dermatological needs to no other practice in San Francisco."- A.B. / Yelp / May 07, 2019
"Where do I begin?! Dr. Andrea Austin is a talented dermatologist who is passionate about what she does. I have struggled with acne and severe redness since I was a teenager, and have seen many dermatologists. Dr. Austin immediately diagnosed rosacea, and put together a plan of action. For the past year, I have done a combination of VBeam laser, topical, and oral medication. The difference has been astounding. What I thought was straight hormonal acne was really rosacea related. My skin glows now, and I rarely wear make up. Now that my skin is under control, Dr. Austin has helped me take it to the next level, and we have started a regime of retin A, botox, and restalyne. She has an artist's eye, and truly makes you look like a younger, better-rested version of yourself! The office is very professional and easy to work with. I appreciate the fridge full of seltzers, and their well stocked over the counter products. Thank you Dr. Austin!"- S.S. / Yelp / Apr 24, 2019
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
- As with all of our body services, during a Vanquish Ultra treatment one of our body sculpting specialists will lead you to a private treatment room, provide you with a robe if desired, and make you comfortable.
- You will recline in the treatment chair and your specialist will arrange the Vanquish handpiece several inches above the area to be treated. They will then turn on the Vanquish device, at which time you will feel an increase in heat. We will leave you to relax.
- Periodically, your specialist will check on you to ensure you are comfortable; if you are experiencing any hot spots, they will simply adjust the Vanquish to minimize discomfort.
- Your body specialist will wrap up your procedure with a quick, three-minute ZWave Pro session at no additional cost. We are the only office in the Bay Area using this combination and our patients have loved their results!
- One of our registered nurses will then use the Exilis Ultra to deliver radiofrequency (RF) energy to the treatment area in a succession of pulses at one million cycles per second. While this may sound intense, it is very safe. To maximize comfort, your nurse will continuously monitor your body’s temperature using the Exilis Ultra device, to provide ongoing and accurate skin temperature feedback
There is no pain associated with the Vanquish Ultra treatment, only a sensation of heat. Patients find the sessions relaxing and pleasant.
WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Patients have reported visible improvements after their second Vanquish Ultra session but it is common to see gradual, continued improvements over the six months following treatment. As with all of our treatments, maintaining a healthy diet and exercise regimen and drinking plenty of water will help enhance lasting results.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS NEEDED?
Most people need to complete a series of six Vanquish Ultra, administered approximately fourteen days apart, to maximize treatment efficacy. These treatment intervals are designed to keep you on track with your progress, but can always be adjusted according to your personal schedule.
HOW TO PREPARE?
Be sure to arrive for your Vanquish Ultra appointment well hydrated and in clothing you don’t mind lightly perspiring in. A robe will also be provided. You should drink at least 64 oz of water the day prior, the day of and the day after your treatment to help improve lymphatic drainage. It is also recommended to drink 1 cup (8 oz) of low sodium chicken broth a day for two days prior to treatment. Light physical exercise following your treatment is also recommended for optimal results.
Following treatment, there is no discomfort or downtime. Typical side effects include warmth, redness and minor swelling that subsides usually within 30 minutes. Our staff members at The Body Clinic at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology will discuss all possible side effects with you before your treatment.
NON INVASIVE FAT REDUCTION
The Vanquish Ultra shrinks fat with no pain and no downtime. If you would like to shrink fat on large areas on your waist, abdomen, thighs, and back call and schedule a complimentary body sculpting consultation with one of the leading specialists in San Francisco at The Body Clinic at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology.