During an observation more than ten years ago, scientists at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital noticed kids become dimpled after eating popsicles. What happened was, the popsicles froze and then eliminated small pockets of fat in their cheeks. This explanation is basically how the procedure of CoolSculpting® is done.

Once the scientists figured out the popsicle process, they realized they could target specific fat cells in our bodies for removal and not cause any damage to surrounding tissue and cells. They were creating selective Cryolipolysis, which led to the development of the body contouring procedure called CoolSculpting®. The process works great for both men and women and targets body areas that tend to collect pockets of fat, such as love handles.

What are Love Handles?

The areas of skin which extend outward from your hips are called your love handles. When wearing tight clothing, love handles become more pronounced, but they are not caused by your dress alone. Love handles indicate an accumulation of excess fat around your abdominal and hip areas.

While their name may be cute, love handles are not attractive. The name ‘love handles’ is just a name for excess fat sitting on your waist which hangs over your pants. Some people also call this fatty area ‘muffin top,’ but no matter what you call it, losing it is a challenge.

During exercise routines, many people target this specific area by performing side crunches, or other abdominal moves that target the obliques and muscles that run down the side of the torso, but this is not a practical solution for getting rid of love handles. Lifestyle changes and healthier eating habits work best for getting rid of the love handles.

How do Love Handles Develop?

Fat retention is the underlying cause of love handles. When your body takes in too many calories, or you do not burn as many calories as you are taking in, fat cells accumulate. Over time these cells become noticeable as they settle in certain areas of your body, such as your waist or hips.

Fat cells can settle anywhere in your body, but certain factors increase the retention of fat in the lower back, abdominal, and hip areas. The factors that influence love handle formations include:

  • Belly fat becomes common as you get older, so age is a significant factor for fat retention.
  • Specific diets affect fat retention as well, especially those high in sugars, fats, and high-calorie foods.
  • Conditions such as hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid that go undetected or untreated, which slow down your metabolism, and make it hard to burn off extra calories.
  • Having too much cortisol or hormones is a significant factor.
  • If you are not physically active, you have a higher risk of developing love handles.
  • Poor sleep habits have been repeatedly linked to higher body mass index (BMI) and weight gain and are considered a significant factor in developing love handles.

Are Love Handles a Health Risk?

Love handles are not a health risk but are an indication of underlying risk factors for chronic illness such as:

  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High cholesterol
  • Breathing issues and sleep apnea
  • Colon or breast cancer
  • Too much body fat anywhere in your body can lead to Type 2
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Liver disease

Removing love handles can help boost your overall health and self-esteem; this is why CoolSculpting® can benefit you both personally and health-wise.

How to Target the Back, Abs, and Hips to Remove Love Handles

Some exercises target specific areas of the body, such as your hips, abs, and back to help you rid yourself of love handles. The primary factor to remember with exercise is that spot exercises alone will not reduce your fat. Performing resistance and strengthening activities will help with your flexibility and muscle tone, but will not shrink your fat cells that have created your love handles.

When you add cardiovascular exercises along with some weight lifting as well as some targeted movements, you will obtain more optimal results. To lose overall body fat and weight, you will need to perform up to five hours of moderate exercise each week.

A healthy diet and watching your calorie intake are also important. If you are looking for gradual fat loss and weight maintenance, add some aerobic activities like swimming, bike riding, or walking to your weekly routine. If your lifestyle does not allow for a full-length workout every day, at least try to increase your activity level by being more active.

While diet and an active lifestyle are excellent ways to shrink and lose your love handles, reducing your stress levels is another way to improve the shape of your body. Stress hurts both your physical and mental health and has proven to cause people to gain belly fat. This gain is because stress triggers the production of the cortisol hormone. This hormone has been called the ‘stress hormone,’ and it produces cortisol by your adrenal glands when you are in a stressful situation. This release is a normal function of your body, but when under prolonged stress and you get an overexposure of cortisol, it can have unwanted side effects such as digestive issues, headaches, anxiety, and weight gain, and result in creating love handles.

Reducing stress can prevent belly fat, and studies have proven that exercise is an excellent way to reduce stress. Spending time on activities such as meditation and yoga have also proven helpful in reducing stress.

Weight lifting is another form of physical activity you can engage in to help you lose your love handles. Adding this activity to your routine of exercise will help your muscles contract when they work against a weight lifting form of resistance. This exercise also builds your body’s strength. It has been proven that by combining aerobic exercise with resistance training like weight lifting, it is an effective method of burning off belly fat.

Lifestyle Changes to Lose Love Handles

You can get rid of love handles and keep them off by adopting healthy habits as your daily routines. The Office on Women’s Health reports, you should lose one to two pounds a week to make sure the loss is gradual but steady. When you implement portion control and dietary changes along with increased exercise and fat-burning activities, you should be able to meet this goal. These are suggestions on how to change your diet:

  • Stay with leaner protein choices such as fish, eggs, white-meat poultry as these offer you vital nutrients without added calories or fat.
  • Control your sodium intake to under 2,300 milligrams a day. Sodium increases your risk for hypertension and also causes your body to retain fluids, which is a significant cause of love handles.
  • Consume more plant-based foods such as dark leafy greens, whole grains, and berries as they offer more vital nutrients without adding calories and fat. Foods like avocados, olive oil, seeds, nuts, and fatty fish can help rid you of your love handles. These types of food will keep you feeling full and distract you from consuming extra calories throughout the day.
  • Consume more plant-based foods such as dark leafy greens, whole grains, and berries as they offer more vital nutrients without adding calories and fat. Foods like avocados, olive oil, seeds, nuts, and fatty fish can help rid you of your love handles. These types of food will keep you feeling full and distract you from consuming extra calories throughout the day.
  • Legumes and beans will give you a full feeling, so you consume less other foods and reduce your daily calorie intake as well. When you add foods rich in soluble fiber to your diet, you help your body rid itself of stubborn love handles.
  • Remove added sugars as this is the best way to clean up your diet. Added sugars can be found in beverages and foods such as candies, sports drinks, sodas, and cookies. Added sugar does not apply to the natural sugar found in whole fruit, which is healthy food.

You can conceal your love handles from the inside by changing your diet and increasing your activity levels, and you can camouflage them from the outside by changing your appearance. You should choose clothes that will conceal rather than emphasize by selecting pants that fit at the waist instead of at your hips. When they constrict around your waist, it reduces the constriction around your hips that emphasizes your love handles. You also want to make sure your underwear and pants are not fitting too tightly.

Medical Procedures to Remove Love Handles

There are certain forms of cosmetic surgery used to reduce fat retention in specific areas. One type of surgery is liposuction, and another option is CoolSculpting®. With liposuction, a surgeon injects a solution into a targeted area of the body, such as your hips, belly, or thighs to liquefy fat cells. The liquefied fat cells are then extracted using a vacuum-like aspirator. The results of a liposuction surgery take several days to notice. This surgery is one option to getting rid of unwanted love handles.

CoolSculpting® is a favorable option to get rid of unwanted love handles. CoolSculpting® technology treats love handles, abdomen, thighs, back of the bra, double chin, and more. It is an answer to getting rid of stubborn fat in nine specific body areas through a process of delivering controlled cooling to freeze fat cells, which will then die. Your body will then naturally eliminate the dead cells over time. The FDA has approved this treatment to nine specific body areas:

  • Beneath the chin (submental)
  • Under the buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Abdomen
  • Under the jawline (submandibular)
  • Bra line area
  • Upper arm
  • Back fat
  • Flank

The CoolSculpting® procedure will gently contour your body through a fat-freezing process that does not require anesthesia as you do not go under the knife to lose this fat.

How does CoolSculpting® Get Rid of Love Handles

CoolSculpting® is not a new treatment as it has been used since 2010 to help people get rid of unwanted bulges their stubborn fat cells have created. It is a non-invasive procedure and has been performed globally more the 650,000, but updates on the technology have not been updated regularly. These are a few facts about the treatment that have been established:

  • When the skin is chilled to a specific temperature, the cells of stubborn fat begin to die. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), gives their seal of approval for this fat-reduction procedure which pulls in the epidermis surrounding an area of stubborn fat pockets, you seek to be gone. The freezing process is called Cryolipolysis, and it occurs when the temperature drops down far enough to kill off the cells containing stubborn fat. Once the cells have died, the body eliminates the cells through an entirely natural process.
  • There have been incidents where the removal of fat cells was uneven. The CoolSculpting® procedure is not dependent on skill as the process involves a suctioning tool that looks a lot like the head of a vacuum tool and is attached to the skin to freeze it. With this process, a small chance exists that the removal will be uneven; although the chances of this happening are rare.
  • The price of CoolSculpting® varies considerably depending on the city you live in and the number of areas you want to be treated.
  • For most people, one treatment is enough for those wishing to remove unsightly love handles. If additional areas are needed to be treated, you should talk with your physician to see if CoolSculpting® is the best option for you.
  • It takes about an hour to remove each section of stubborn fat that you are treating with a CoolSculpting® treatment. If you need multiple areas treated, it can take longer, or you may need to schedule additional appointments. Speak with your doctor at Fat Freeze
  • Some patients have reported experiencing cryolipolysis, which is an induced numbness that lasted for weeks after their treatment. When skin is frozen, it can affect the superficial nerve and cause numbness or loss of feeling in the area treated. This symptom is rare, and if it occurs, it lasts only a few hours.
  • Some bruising can occur after the process has treated an area since it will be pulled, pinched, and tugged during the suctioning. You could be sore or feel a slight discomfort in the treatment areas for days or weeks once your procedure is complete. With CoolSculpting®; though, there is no downtime, and you can return to your routine right away.
  • Results from CoolSculpting® can take several months for full results to show, although, within a few weeks, you should see a slight reduction of your love handles beginning. You should notice your love handles slowly shrinking, but not be entirely gone for weeks or months after the procedure. Within three months, your love handles should be completely gone.
  • Results from CoolSculpting® can take weeks or months to show. You should notice your love handles slowly shrinking, but not be entirely gone for weeks or months after the procedure. By the second or third month, your love handles should be completely gone.
  • To ensure your love handles stay away, you will have to adopt a healthy diet and follow an active lifestyle. Creating and maintaining an exercise routine is highly recommended.

How is CoolSculpting® Performed?

You have to qualify as a candidate for CoolSculpting® before the doctor’s at Fat Freeze Sculpting can perform the procedure. As a candidate for this treatment, you should be within 25 to 30 pounds of your ideal weight. This procedure is not someone considered obese, and it is not a program for losing weight.

Individuals who want to lose love handles or other bulging areas of fat on their body will find the results of CoolSculpting® work well for them if they:

  • Are not pregnant or breastfeeding their child.
  • Do not suffer from chronic pain conditions.
  • Are not suffering from cryoglobulinemia, a disorder that causes high levels of proteins which will increase higher when exposed to cold.
  • Suffer from inflammatory skin conditions such as hives.
  • Do not have a long history of using blood thinners.
  • Do not suffer from a condition known as Chilblains, which is an itching, painful swelling of the skin caused by poor circulation of the blood when the skin is inflicted with cold temperatures.
  • Do not suffer from Raynaud’s disease, a phenomenon that occurs when smaller arteries supplying blood to the skin constricts in response to cold. This disease limits the blood supply to the treated area.
  • Do not suffer from nerve conditions.
  • Are not allergic to propylene glycol (the liquid alcohol used as a solvent in food, plastics, antifreeze, and perfume) or isopropyl alcohol (a compound which is colorless, flammable and contains strong odor and is similar to rubbing alcohol).

Having any of these conditions means you will want to find an alternate method of losing your love handles rather than the CoolSculpting® treatment. The procedure is right for you if you have reasonably good health, but have excess fat in specific areas that are unresponsive to exercise and diet.

There should be some noticeable fat bulges on your fat created from pockets of stubborn fat cells, which will be the target for CoolSculpting®. If what you are looking for is a noninvasive method to sculpt your body, then the CoolSculpting® treatment may be right for you. Talk to your doctor at Fat Freeze Sculpting for a full analysis of your weight concerns and find which treatment will work best for your goals.

Your physician will begin the treatment process by marking the areas that will be reduced and placing gel on the marked location. If you have your love handles reduced or eliminated, this is the area where the gel will be placed.

Most patients do not report any pain associated with the CoolSculpting® process other than a deep chill or coldness at the beginning until the area becomes numb. The numbness generally takes a few minutes. There will be some slight tugging from the suction of the applicator, but you will not need topical or general anesthetic for this procedure. Most patients are pleasantly surprised at how relaxed they feel during a CoolSculpting® treatment.

The doctor will then proceed to clamp the area with the CoolSculpting® applicator, which is going to cool the targeted stubborn fat area. When the fat becomes exposed to cold temperatures which are above freezing temps but below your body temperature, the stubborn cells of fat will begin to die.

The treatment for CoolSculpting® is usually an hour long while it freezes the subcutaneous fat cells without damaging surrounding skin cells. The applicator is targeting the fat cells you want to be removed and will not hurt any other areas near the treatment site.

CoolSculpting® is a painless procedure during which you can sit back and relax as the treatment progresses. Patients often work on their laptops, read a book, even take a nap during the procedure.

When your treatment is completed, you may notice some redness or swelling in the treated area, but these symptoms generally disappear within a short time. There are certain situations where your physician may ask you to return for further treatments if the fat was too excessive in the area to treat in one session.

The CoolSculpting® procedure will crystallize your fat cells and kill them. Eventually, these dead cells will flush out of your body through a natural process. It may take weeks for the flushing to begin, with you noticing results in about three weeks. The best results will be noticeable after three months.

Results of the CoolSculpting® Procedure

When you use the CoolSculpting® procedure to remove your love handles, it is offering you a permanent fat reduction solution. In the weeks after your treatment, the damaged fat cells will begin to die, and through a natural process will remove themselves from your body.  The dead fat cells cannot regrow, and they can never be replaced with other fat cells. These cells cannot settle in another area of your body; they are gone forever.

The untreated areas in your body will remain in their pretreatment fat cell distribution. Over the following three months, you will notice a significant reduction in the fat cells as your love handles slowly begin to disappear. CoolSculpting® treatments are non-invasive, which means you will be able to return to your routine right after the procedure. There will be no need for medications to relieve pain or bed rest with this treatment.

The best chance for a permanent end to your love handles, though; is to follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly to ensure the handles stay away. If you do not follow a healthy diet and exercise routine, you risk the remaining fat cells in your waistline expanding and creating new love handles.

Remove Love Handles Using CoolSculpting

Love handles sound desirable, but are not attractive and should be removed. If you are ready to say good-bye to your love handles, call Los Angeles Coolsculpting facility at 310-919-5296. We have the experience and knowledge using CoolSculpting® technology to safely, and effectively rid you those unwanted bulges called love handles.