Should I Review Venus Freeze?

21 Jun

I could really use your input on this one!

Our post about Venus Freeze anti cellulite treatment is one of the most popular articles on the site.  The best part of the post is the comments section, where readers from all over the U.S. and Canada have written about their experience with the treatment.

The post has turned into a must-read for anyone contemplating getting Venus Freeze treatments.  How cool is that?

What is Venus Freeze?

Before I get into the details of my dilemma, here’s a brief description of Venus Freeze (from Venus-Concept.com):

Based on the innovative (MP)² Technology, Venus Freeze® creates a synergy of magnetic pulses and radio frequency (RF) to deliver pleasant treatments and superior results.

Venus Freeze® is suitable for various face and body applications including circumference reduction, cellulite improvement, skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.

Venus Freeze’s® dense energy matrix penetrates into multiple layers of the skin, ensuring improved clinical efficacy and noticeably visible results. The unique energy delivery guarantees quick achievement of therapeutic temperature, easy maintenance of high temperature while eliminating the need of a cooling system, short treatment time due to coverage of a large treated area and a pleasurable homogeneous heating sensation for the client.

Is Venus Freeze Worth Further Investigation?

So… the media rep for Venus Freeze is a sweet lady named Tracey Mancuso. (This thread shows how she tried to help one of our fellow cellulite investigators who was unhappy with her treatment results.)

Tracey offered to “work out a good deal” for me to try their treatments.  Regardless of what that means exactly, I’m torn over whether or not I would want to try a treatment like Venus Freeze.  It’s everything I hate about cellulite treatments.  It’s expensive.  It involves questionable technology (in my opinion).  It needs to be “administered” by a professional…

You know I love experimenting with anti cellulite treatments, but I prefer natural remedies you can do from home.  If there is one thing I’ve learned from the investigation so far, it’s that natural treatments are the only ones that seem to offer promise of real and lasting results.  But I don’t want that insight to turn into a bias that prevents me from investigating other treatments that have promise.

Here’s another factor.  I feel so close to cracking this case wide open, I don’t want anyone to claim it was an expensive salon treatment that produced the final results.  See my dilemma?

What do you think?  Should I try Venus Freeze or not?

A Cellulite Investigator Update

Thanks for stopping by The Cellulite Investigation.  Things are a little quite around here at the moment.  I’m taking an extended break as I get married and settle into married life and a new home.  Don’t worry, I’ll be back soon!

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Kat says:
6/21/2012

Your quandary about Venus Freeze told me that this blog is legit. You are not in the pocketbook of potentially unscrupulous vendors and you really want to find a technique/product that reduces cellulite. With that said …. I would say try it, but use your scientifitic approach to evaluate it. If VF works (dubious) then it should be presented among your body of research. Just my two cents. Thanks for your ongoing work in this unsightly arena on cottage cheese thighs.

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Danae says:
6/21/2012

All approaches are okay – Kat is absolutely right from her point & logic. And I wholeheartedly agree with her approach.
On a personal score (but that is just my preference): I would only go to treatments where I have an intuitive connection to or where I feel that there is really enough technological advancement done that it works. Otherwise, I would step away especially if it is extremely expensive.
Moreover, what is our overall goal here? I find a lot works short-term but what is really bringing me sustainable change for less time and money or gives me a key to enhanced health? I would not dismiss technology in general – as everything – it has its place when used wisely. But is there enough good reviews to check this out? I have not followed this particular method so I cannot say. However, I heard a lot about ultrasound… and its extremely good short-term results – but not sure how safe it is and what kind of long-term reports there are.

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Ellen says:
6/21/2012

I vote no. It seems to contradict what this website is about. The root cause of cellulite is not a lack of venus freeze, that is for sure.

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Daisy says:
6/21/2012

I gotta vote no, too. As much as I want really, really, really want to get rid of my cellulite, I want even MORE to get rid of the reason why it showed up in the first place. To me, cellulite is not just an unpleasant, harmless condition… I think it reflects a deeper problem that’s going on inside. And there’s no way the Venus Freeze is going to address that. One of the things that I’ve enjoyed about this blog is that you’re finding possible solutions that the average person can actually try. The Venus Freeze is not a possibility for me, nor for a slew of other women. I wouldn’t blame you for trying it, because, hey, if it worked, how awesome would that be!, but there is definitely a part of me that would be disappointed that the VF was “the” answer. There’s gotta be another way.

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Amanda says:
6/22/2012

I vote no also…ditto what Ellen said.

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Thanks so much for your feedback on this! You are all so insightful!

Your comments helped me make a decision. I won’t take Tracey up on her offer right now, but if a year down the road I’m still struggling with the same old cellulite situation then I will reconsider.

It’s completely possible that Venus Freeze might work for me, but if it does get rid of my cellulite (and that’s a big IF), how would I know if my other theories about cellulite might have worked, too? I’m excited about my progress with fluoride detox, bone broth, cupping, earthing, and sauna therapy. I want to follow through with putting those theories to the test!

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Roisin says:
6/24/2012

Sorry Melissa, I have to respectfully disagree with your decision. I stumbled across this website because it looked promising. If Venus Freeze works, then it works. And wouldn’t that be awesome to find something that actually works!?! Who cares if it’s expensive? I want to get rid of my cellulite once and for all. And if that means cutting back on some other things in my life to save up money for a treatment that will actually work, then that’s what I want to do! This website is about getting rid of cellulite. If Venus Freeze is the answer, I would like to know.

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Thanks for sharing your view on this, Roisin. I cant’t please everyone, just like I can’t personally review every cellulite treatment out there. Even though I won’t be reviewing Venus freeze anytime soon, you can read a lot of real testimonials in the comments section of the post I linked to above. Honestly, there aren’t all that many positive ones regarding cellulite which is part of the reason I’m not jumping at the opportunity to try it. Also, even though this website is designed to help women get rid of cellulite, I need to respect both my body and my intuition throughout the process. And right now they are telling me this isn’t the right treatment for me. With that said, if you do decide to try it, please let us know how it goes! :)

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Carla says:
6/25/2012

Thank you for taking the tougher road. I admire your perserverance and intuition! :) xoxo

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I’m sure I wouldn’t persevere quite so much without all the smart, supportive women who are joining me in this adventure. Thanks for being one of them!

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Kristi says:
6/25/2012

Ditto what Ellen said. Treating symptoms is a concept I have abandoned in life. It means that any improvements would be short lasting. Assuming there would be any.

I’ve been duped with this stuff before. I don’t hold the anti-cellulite community in high regard. Snake oil comes to mind! That’s why your blog is so great. Let’s keep working at it! Btw, just got my bellabaci cups yesterday:)

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Very cool! Please let me know if you like them and, of course, if they help with the cellulite situation!

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mark says:
6/30/2012

Melissa,
It is my understanding that Venus Freeze has been successful in Europe and Asia with it’s dual modality…RF and Magnetic Pulse. It has only recently received FDA approval for wrinkle reduction…and although I might be confused…it will be getting FDA approval for cellulite reduction soon. Magnetic Pulse has been added to the USA models only recently…previous treatments were only RF. If you go to their webnar page…http://venus-concept.com/events/webinars/ be sure to check out IMCAS 2012 Live Demo: with Dr. Halachmi S. Dermatologist, Herzelia, Israel…she does a live demo and discusses the physiological changes this treatment causes.
I have skimmed over the thread about venus freeze and thought if you really want to
know if this is snake oil/ scam therapy…your readers might want to go right to the
source. My wife was intrigued about VenusFreeze and in attempting to do our research we came upon your website. I think that with your healthy skepticism your readers and anyone researching VenusFreeze would be well served to know if you had success with this new technology. Regardless of whether it is expensive, not natural / homeopathic…does it work?

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Thanks for your comment, Mark. Sorry it took a while to get back to you. (I was on a mini break from my regular blogging activities the last few weeks). Did your wife decide to try Venus Freeze after all? If so, we’d love to know what she thought of it! We’ve received several reviews on it so far and only one has been positive in relation to cellulite. Unless other women tell us it worked for them, I don’t see any point in spending time and money looking into it further.

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Diane says:
7/7/2012

It’s funny, when I read your question, I thought of how I would answer, then started reading comments. I try to stay open-minded, so I considered what the “yes” people were saying, but when I got to the three “no” people, they exactly articulated what I felt. Then I read your decision and it was exactly what I was going to recommend–to put VF on the back burner and not rule it out, but keep going with your current investigations until you’re absolutely sure there’s not an easier, cheaper, more natural solution. Although someday you might conclude that the only solution is expensive and therefore not accessible to most of us, I would hate to wonder if you gave up too soon, because I admire and appreciate your persistence, your logical approach, and your very generous willingness to share what you learn with so many other people! Most of us don’t have all that, so we’re depending a lot on you–our anti-cellulite superhero! I have learned a lot from your site, and continue to learn more…just haven’t had time yet to come back and post responses to various things.

So…excellent decision! In my humble opinion. =)

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Diane, thanks so much for your thoughtful comment! It means a lot. :)

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margaret says:
1/14/2013

I just found out abour venus freeze and I am interested in what people have to say.

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Percy (Thriller Author) says:
2/7/2013

I think we should be sceptical of ‘new’ treatments and hype to begin with and I always bear in mind that any “beauty treatment” or “aesthetic medicine” will work differently on each individual, the variables must influence any results (good or bad).

However, having seen, heard and read a lot on the Venus Freeze it would appear to have good results. If it didn’t work I think the hype would have gone away pretty quick by now.

As for expensive – that’s of course relative to your personal goals and wealth. Is it value? That’s also subjective.

Thankfully we have choice and access to a lot more info on-line – so hopefully we can make a better informed decision. Of course that is still no guarantee of success as at the end of the day it is only trying something for yourself can you make a proper judgement.

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Jim Vee says:
6/29/2013

I was curious about objective and subjective experiences with VF–not for my own use but because I’m an (amateur) student of medical quackery and I couldn’t find any scientific, double-blind, controlled studies…only VF proponents and VB websites.

I gather the jury is still out on VF — however you should be aware that the jury returned its verdicts on cupping and fluoride detox (I don’t know about the other items): they’re out and out quackery. That is, no medical value whatsoever coupled with some chance of harm. There is no medical, biological, anatomical, physiological or chemical basis for cupping, in particular. It’s simply voodoo witch-doctoring, not unlike psychic surgery. A penny spent on it is a penny that does not go to legitimate resources.

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mark says:
6/29/2013

Jim..you mean like:
http://venus-concept.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Dr.-Mulholland.pdf
or
http://venustechnologies.info/venus_concept/wordpress/wp-content/files/clinical%20studies/Evaluation%20of%20safety%20and%20efficacy%20using%20Venus%20Freeze%20by%20Dr%20Neil%20Sadick.pdf
or
http://venustechnologies.info/venus_concept/wordpress/wp-content/files/white%20papers/Significant%20visual%20results%20within%20the%20first%20treatment.pdf
or
http://venustechnologies.info/venus_concept/wordpress/wp-content/files/white%20papers/Thermal%20In-Vivo%20Experiment%20using%20%28MP%292R%20energy.pdf
There are more and it took all of 2 minutes to find it all on their website.
I think an earlier poster had it right..it works. Does it treat the cause? or the symptom,? or is there value for the dollars spent? these are fair questions, but come on..The science behind RF and EMP use in medicine and FDA approval of Venus Freeze is not medical quackery.

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