So, today I was in a doctor’s office and was bombarded by 5 consecutive videos raving about the groundbreaking results of the Venus Freeze, so I took it as a sign.
No more procrastinating. Time to fess up about my Venus Freeze experience.
I talked a little bit about the Venus Freeze in my article Flabby Arms: Turn That Flab into Fab but today I’m going to tell you about my Venus Freeze experience.
I chose the Venus Freeze over the PelleFirm since the PelleFirm is relatively new and I could only find one office in my area doing it and wasn’t impressed with the fact that the technician didn’t seem to know anything about it.
Fat wasn’t my issue, just skin laxity, so CoolSculpting wouldn’t be for me, nor would laser lipo, so really, the Venus Freeze was the obvious choice. The Exilis Protege may have been a good option but I couldn’t get a human being on the phone at either of the two offices doing it in my area, but I met someone who had great results in her face with the Venus Freeze so I was leaning in that direction anyhow.
What is the Venus Freeze?
The Venus Freeze is a unit that uses both RF technology and magnetic pulsed energy to help produce collagen under the skin making it tighter and more youthful. They advertise their results as such:
I went in for a few reasons. My elbows, like my knees have started to look a bit Shar Pei and they freaked me the hell out. Here are my final results.
Not much in the way of the elbows.
I was also a bit grossed out by the recent change in my knees. I noticed in high boots and a mini skirt (the last time I’ll be wearing that!) that they have become very shar pei-like. Plus, the skin on my upper legs has become a little tissue-papery which shows more cellulite on the front and the back, so I decided to try it for that as well.
Here are my final results:
The front may have had a small change. The back may look worse. I can’t be sure with lighting and all, but I was careful to take the shots in the same spot at the same time of day. I do know that after the expense and the time, I’m not especially pleased with these results.
Face & Neck:
I really wanted to test it out on the face and neck but I was still healing from my CO2 experience, so Mr. BeautyBlackBook was my (and your!) guinea pig.
Here are his final results:
I notice less neck lines and his Adam’s apple is more pronounced, meaning that his neck skin is definitely tighter. As for his jawline, I don’t know, you be the judge. He’s like ‘whatever’.
How it Went Down
It’s pretty simple how it goes down. The practitioner will put this very, very sticky gel on the area being treated, so that the skin won’t get burned. The goal is to get your external skin to 41-43 °C or the sub dermal temperature to 45-47 °C which, according to this Celsius to Fahrenheit Table, translates to 105.8 to 116.60 degrees Fahrenheit, so it gets a little toasty.
It’s not a relaxing procedure and certainly wasn’t ‘comfortable like a spa treatment’ as claimed. It kind of burns, but worse than that is the sticky stuff that gets all over your car, clothes, phone, hair, glasses and any other place you may come into contact with until you have a chance to take a shower.
They do wipe if off with a wet washcloth but it stays, believe me. I wore old crappy clothes every time we went (10 times!), the girls probably think I have no fashion sense. We had a couple of different technicians throughout our 10 treatments
Here’s what the procedure looks like.
You don’t need to have laser certification to perform this procedure. In several cases the technician was also the receptionist, but seriously I think a monkey could do it.That’s how easy it can be used and why, I’m sure, it is so attractive to doctor’s offices and laser centers. The profit margin plays a large factor too, which I’ll get to in a minute.
The pics of Mr. BeautyBlackBook enjoying this experience have mysteriously disappeared. (luckily the ‘before and after’s’ were in four different places. 🙂
After the treatment you end up pretty red but that goes away in a couple of hours. And no pain no gain, right?
The treatment protocol was 20 minutes on each area, so since together we had five areas done we were there for quite a while. And, in order to see results you have to get at least 8 treatments on week (max 2 weeks) apart.
We got 10 because of a mess up in scheduling on a couple of occasions and they gave us extra treatments to be nice so we got 25% more that the protocol which is something also to account for when looking at the before and after shots.
It took us 30 minutes to get to the office, an hour and a half there, 30 minutes home – so 2 1/2 hours x 10. Twenty five hours invested for the results you see above.
And, I’m sure you’re dying to know the cost.
Cost of Venus Freeze
It’s not cheap chickadees! For a face, neck, upper legs (front and back), and upper arms we paid $5,874 for 8 treatments.
My opinion? Too expensive and way too time consuming for the improvement. Honestly, I don’t see the improvement when looking at myself and planned on lambasting the whole procedure until I really put the photos side by side. I can’t say I recommend it though and I will be keeping a hawk’s eye out for something new and better!