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Can CoolSculpting Reduce Love Handles?

The hips are a central part of your body shape. Though it can be toned down with a good weight loss program, there are some stubborn fat deposits that rest on the side of the hips, best known as love handles. If it hasn’t shrunken from conventional means, using a non-invasive fat reduction treatment like CoolSculpting is the best way to tone these flanks down without any long-lasting marks.

So does CoolSculpting help slim down love handles? Yes, it can — in fact, love handles are one of the most popular treated areas. With controlled cooling, CoolSculpting technology can directly freeze the stubborn fat cells in the target area. Within 2 weeks after the treatment, your body will start flushing out the frozen fat cells from your body, eventually slimming down the love handles.

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How CoolSculpting Can Reduce Your Love Handles

CoolSculpting uses cryolipolysis—the freezing of fat cells to reduce the excess fat in the treated area. The CoolSculpting Applicator uses a combination of cooling and vacuum technology to safely crystallize the fat cells. The lymphatic system of the body will start digesting these fat cells and move them out of the treated area—leaving slim and fat-free hips.

The treatment doesn’t need any anesthesia or prior injections. The doctor will place a gel pad before placing the machine on your love handles. You may experience slight discomfort or a numbing sensation during the CoolSculpting treatment but it is also minimal. 

Once the treatment is finished, your flanks may look like a stick of butter. This is expected as the doctor will massage the treated area immediately to allow the lymphatic system to begin digesting the frozen fat cells. While it may be uncomfortable to look at, it’s just a temporary and expected side effect that can be resolved with more massage sessions. 

The results will take a while to develop as the body needs ample time to digest all the frozen fat cells in the treated area. Some patients report that they can see a slight shrinkage right after the 3 weeks after treatment, but for some, it can take up to 3 months for results to show. After that, the treated love handles will continue to slim down until the body has processed the remaining frozen fat cells.

How Many Sessions Does It Take to Reduce Love Handles?

Most patients only need 2 sessions to fully treat their love handles — one for each side. Some may opt to continue requesting treatments for aggressive results. A premium option called CoolSculpting Elite can be considered instead of multiple treatments for a bigger fat reduction. 

Each session can take about 30 to 45 minutes each, depending on how large your love handles are. Since each side of the love handle must be treated, an entire session for the love handles may take about an hour. Though it may seem long, you can still do anything while the machine works like use your phone, read, and listen to music.

The CoolSculpting treatment doesn’t require any downtime. You’re free to do other activities right after the procedure, just remember to monitor for any of the recorded side effects. Consult your doctor if any side effects persist for more than two weeks. 

Other Target Areas for CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting’s fat-freezing technology is FDA-approved for a variety of viable treatment areas. If any of these areas have stubborn fat cells that have not been able to be reduced by physical activity, they can be treated to body contouring by fat-freezing technology.  

1) Chin

A double chin is one of the most common areas that are treated by CoolsSculpting work. Even if it's close to the face, the same low to zero pain levels and no downtime is expected. It takes about 35 minutes to treat.

2) Breast

The areas around the best, for both men and women, can be treated for unwanted fat cells. Whether it’s for “man boobs”, breast augmentation, or any fat layers under the boobs, it takes about 1 to 3 hours to treat body fat. 

3) Arms

Fat removal can also be done for the arms. Excess fat cells can be stored in the underarm and the upper arm and can still remain even after muscle growth. An average of 35 minutes on each arm is all it takes to properly treat. 

4) Belly

Fat rolls and body fat are the only obstacles to well-defined abs. Though the muscles might be there, the fat on top of it may be blocking their appearance. It may also be the culprit for flank fullness. Depending on the size of the stomach, it will take 30 to 60 minutes to treat. 

5) Thighs

A leg day in the gym can be extremely difficult, but when it still doesn’t change the shape of the thighs it can be subjected to fat freezing. Just like having treatment for each side of the flank, it will take a collective hour to freeze both thighs. 

Ideal Candidates for CoolSculpting 

It's important to note that CoolSculpting and other non-invasive body contouring techniques are fat reduction procedures, not weight loss treatments. All patients should be in good health and are close to their ideal BMI before undergoing treatment. CoolSculpting is designed with stubborn fat in mind.

In detail, patients must have at least one inch of subcutaneous fat. The best way to test this is if it's pinchable, jiggly, and feels as if it's just below the surface of the skin. They must also not be in surgery or recently out of it, not pregnant, and do not have any skin conditions that interfere with fat freezing. 

Expected Side Effects From CoolSculpting

As with any treatment, there are noted side effects that occur. Most of them are treatable at home and don’t impede any results from the CoolSculpting treatment. If any side effects persist after 2 weeks or grow to an intense level, consult your doctor immediately. The most common side effects include:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Aching
  • Oversensitivity 
  • Itchiness 

Diarrhea is also a common side effect because of the digested fat cells in the treated area. It may persist for the first few weeks after CoolSculpting as a side effect of the treatment. It passes as results continue to develop.  

Best Aftercare Steps For a Swift Recovery

The area from the CoolSculpting treatment may look like a sore thumb but it will continue to thin with time and rest. However, it can be sped up and side effects can pass with effective aftercare steps that can be done at home. 

1) Massage The Treated Area 

As stated before, massaging the flank can help jumpstart the lymphatic system’s responsibilities to flush out the frozen fat cells. It takes a specific message to properly handle the treated area so consult your doctor on the proper technique for it. 

2) Use a Warm Compress

Inducing a comfortable measure of heat through a compress in the treated flank can help reintroduce blood flow, reduce bruising, swelling, and other side effects, and help boost the metabolism in the treated area. 

3) Follow a Well-Balanced Diet

Foods that are high in sugars, carbs, and salts may disrupt the lymphatic system’s ability to digest frozen fat cells. Going over your body’s daily calorie limit may also produce more fat cells which may lessen the effects of CoolSculpting. Maintain your usual physical activity and diet to see how CoolSculpting work has refined your body’s love handles. 

Reliable CoolSculpting at NJ Center for CoolSculpting 

Love handles can be a sight for sore eyes if it can’t even go away with the toughest of exercises. However, with the comforting and effective technology of CoolSculpting, even the most resistant flanks can be slimmed down to finally let the shapes of your hips show. Whether it’s a sizable muffin top or flanks that don’t seem to respond to any diet, a knowledgeable medical provider can bring the best out of your natural shape with CoolSculpting results. 

At NJ Center for CoolSculpting, your love handles can be properly slimmed down with our CoolSculpting expertise. Any complications or uneasy side effects can be swept away with our top-of-the-line CoolSculpting procedure. Get started on achieving the body of your dreams and call us at (908) 628-1070 today.

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  • "The treatment itself was not uncomfortable. Afterwords, I felt great. I didn't really notice anything for about 30 days. After day 30 until about a month later, I started noticing that my favorite jeans were not as tight anymore. I wasn't having to suck in to get them buttoned. And by that two month period after my CoolSculpting

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    Age 41

  • "It's subtle at first, and then a month later you look and go, "Wow - It really did something!" It really moved the bar for me, and I'm feeling better about myself already. It feels so good to put on anything and know I look as good as I've ever looked. And I didn't say that or feel that when I was in my 20's, 30's, and 40's."

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    Age 56

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