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What Causes Love Handles?

‘Love handles’ is a commonly used term for areas of fat stored around the hips and on the sides of the waist. Men hold more of their fat around their abdominal region, making love handles and belly fat prevalent concerns. Our research has shown that 78% of people surveyed were concerned by the excess fat around their torso.

Although age, hormones and medical conditions may be deemed underlying causes, for many, love handles are developed due to excess weight gain. A diet high in calories from fat and sugar, combined with a lack of activity will lead to this extra fat storage.

How can you get rid of love handles?

A combination of healthy eating and cardiovascular exercise will help reduce overall body weight and may lead to a reduction in love handles. You can also tone up the abs and hip areas with targeted core exercises. However, research has shown that it is not possible to target specific areas of the body when looking to lose fat.

CoolSculpting® offers localised fat removal with a non-surgical alternative to liposuction. Previously we have shared how it is an effective solution for stomach fat removal here, we explore how it works to reduce love handles and answer some frequently asked questions.

How does CoolSculpting® work to remove love handles?

CoolSculpting® uses a process formed from over twenty years of research and development. Also referred to as Cryolipolysis®, the procedure involves targeted freezing of the fat cells, until they are destroyed and naturally removed by the body’s inflammatory process.

What can I expect during a CoolSculpting® procedure?

Patients often ask what to expect during a CoolSculpting® treatment. The procedure involves using an applicator to gently pull the love handles into the device, where the fat cells are exposed to the freezing temperatures.

Individuals receiving the treatment have reported a mild tugging sensation, as well as some localised numbness due to the freezing process.

Why is CoolSculpting® a good option for removing love handles?

Liposuction is an invasive procedure found to cause post-treatment pain, bruising, numbness and swelling. CoolSculpting® is a relatively painless and effective alternative, and has become the leading non-invasive treatment for fat reduction. Carried out by fully trained medical professionals, CoolSculpting® has completed over eight million procedures worldwide*.

The non-surgical procedure of CoolSculpting® means that you can quickly get back to your day-to-day life, with little interruption. Furthermore, freezing the fat cells means that they are permanently removed, and if a healthy lifestyle is followed, the results will be long-lasting.

What results will I see from the CoolSculpting® treatment?

Results are typically visible from between two and six months, as the body removes the dead fat cells. In our Before and After Gallery, you can see the results from CoolSculpting® treatments on love handles.

How much does it cost to remove love handles with CoolSculpting®?

The first appointment is a free one-to-one consultation with one of our medical professionals. They will determine your treatment plan based on your fat loss goals. As each plan is customised, and multiple procedures may be required depending on the size and number of areas targeted, prices will vary.

With numerous clinics across the UK, it is easy to book your consultation to find out more about CoolSculpting® and whether it is right for you.

You can find your nearest CoolSculpting® clinic using our clinic locator.

Based on HCP tracking market research in the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Brazil, China and Australia (n=526), and global market research of the overall body shaping and skin tightening market

* Patients may require more than one treatment to reach desired outcome.

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