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I Tried a Pricey Cellulite Treatment & Couldn’t Believe the Results

by Emily Abbate on December 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Cellulite dimplesI think it's safe to say that women everywhere have a severe hatred for cellulite. Actually, loathing may be a better word. It's ugly. It's unflattering. To get rid of it -- we try creams, lotions, dieting, and exercise. We try everything under the sun to attempt to smooth out those little bumps because, heck, they sure as hell aren't a sexy addition to our physique.

Yeah, I have it. That's not even embarrassing to admit because, well, I don't think I know anyone that doesn't (including Jennifer Aniston). When an opportunity popped up to try a contouring cellulite treatment at Red Door Spas, I figured it couldn't hurt, right? Plus, it sounded a whole lot more relaxing than a night at the gym.

Can a pricey treatment ACTUALLY make cellulite look any different? I highly doubted it. But I've got to be honest, the results were NOT what I expected.

First things first, let's talk about how the whole thing worked. Called a contouring marine cellulite treatment, I was first rubbed down with a green-looking masque around the areas that are most prone to cellulite (including thighs, lower back, stomach, and butt). Then, I was wrapped up with foil while getting a foot, neck, and shoulder massage. After about 20 minutes of burrito status, I showered off the masque and was then rubbed down with contouring and collagen creams firmly in a back and forth motion.

Essentially the technician explained it to me like this: Cellulite is pockets of fat deposits that have kind of gotten stuck in place, trapped in areas under the skin. Let's compare it to rush hour, where everything's congested. The masque loosens up the fat deposits, and the massage enables them to disperse throughout the leg. Voila! Rush hour's over and you are able to move freely.

I know, I know -- enough of the explanation. Did it work? Well ... kind of. I took before and after pictures (that I'd sooner run a marathon three times before posting here), and I was interested to see that, although no, my legs are nowhere near cellulite-free, they do appear smoother in certain areas. Some dimples seem less noticeable, and the next morning, my legs felt toned as if I went on a long run filled with hills.

Would I recommend it to others? Hey, it could be a great gift or splurge for yourself. From the massage aspect alone, I left Red Door feeling super relaxed, happy, and in the mood for a huge mug of green tea and a relaxing night in. An awesome massage and at least feeling like there's less cellulite there the next day? Sounds like a winner in my book.

Would you ever pay for a pricey cellulite treatment? Do you have any tricks or products you swear by to fight it?


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  • Ashley
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    December 12, 2012 at 1:10 PM
    BeautiControl has a good cellulite treatment. The sculpt line has 2 products, a cremé and a gel, that are meant to be used with each other. You can also use the products like the body wrap treatments. I lost 1/4" on my left arm after a 1 hour treatment. If you are not familiar with BeautiControl, we are the spa division of Tupperware, and we all know how they are with their products. The products work or we wouldn't have them. We also have many other products, including microderm abrasion, chemical peel, and under eye treatments. Hope this helps.
  • Estel...


    December 12, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Pilates. Pop Pilates. 

  • Madel...


    December 14, 2012 at 2:36 PM


  • MamaB...


    December 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    No I don't really buy into the melt away cellulite stuff. I think working out hard is the way to go.

  • godde...


    December 15, 2012 at 7:07 AM

    I would never pay for treatments like that.

  • elasmimi


    December 15, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I have better things to spend my money on, like groceries.

  • kellynh


    December 15, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    My money goes elsewhere!!

  • count...


    December 16, 2012 at 3:58 PM
    I wouldn't pay for it but if somebody gave me it as a gift certificate type thing I would try it out for fun.
  • Kayla...


    December 16, 2012 at 4:06 PM
    nope. i have better things to spend my money on.
  • Bmat


    December 16, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    I hope it has a lasting effect for those paying for it. I wouldn't spend my money on it.

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