Love handles occur when excess fat accumulates on the sides, just above the hips. Love handles can be especially frustrating problem area because they tend to hang over one’s pants creating an unpleasant bulge. Also commonly known as a “muffin top,” the love handles can be difficult to lose with diet and exercise. Here at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego, our doctors have a variety of fat reduction options for muffin top treatment, eliminating love handles, and slimming the sides.

Liposuction for Love Handles

remove unwanted fat san diegoDepending on the amount of excess fat in the love handles region, the patient may be a candidate for liposculpture. Tumescent liposculpture, performed by one of our fat removal liposuction experts in San Diego, can effectively eliminate your muffin top and fatty deposits from the sides.

During the tumescent liposculpture procedure, the doctor first fills the treatment area with a special solution containing lidocaine to numb the area. The solution also contains adrenaline, which is used to constrict the blood vessels, effectively reducing the amount of bleeding that occurs during the procedure. The excess fat is then suctioned out through a small cannula. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a week of treatment and only need to wear the compression garment for about 2 weeks. Full results are generally seen within a few months of treatment.

CoolSculpting for Muffin Tops

CoolSculpting is an innovative, non-invasive fat reduction system from Zeltiq. Similar to liposuction, the goal of CoolSculpting is to remove fat from stubborn areas. It is not a weight loss procedure, but a way to slim areas that just don’t respond to proper diet and exercise. Without a single incision, CoolSculpting can kill some of the fat cells in the love handle region, and in fact, the love handles are one of the most popular areas for CoolSculpting treatment!

The CoolSculpting procedure begins with the doctor placing the fatty area into the two cooling panels. The patient will feel a tugging sensation as the device pulls the right amount of tissue into the panels. Once the panels begin cooling, the patient will feel an intense cold at first that gradually fades. The patient simply sits back (or lies back) while the machine does the work for the duration of the 1-3 hour session. Patients can read a book, do work on their laptop or tablet, or just take a nap while the CoolSculpting device freezes the unwanted fat.

There is no downtime after the procedure, so patients can return to work right away. It can take around 4 months for full CoolSculpting results to be seen as the body needs time to flush out the frozen fat cells.

Liposonix for Excessive Waist Fat

The non-invasive Liposonix procedure can also be performed on stubborn love handles and muffin tops. Utilizing high-intensity ultrasound technology, Liposonix targets and destroys unwanted fat cells around the waist. The treatment session is only about one hour and patients generally see results within 2-3 months. Schedule a consultation today to see if Liposonix is right for you!

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Torso Liposuction FAQs

We understand the frustration people experience when trying to eliminate stubborn love handles and understand that patients want to lose weight fast. To help you decide if there is a treatment that is right for you, our board-certified dermatologists have compiled a list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. Contact our office for more information.

Q: Am I a good candidate for surgical removal of excess torso fat?

A: If you are in good health, between the ages of 16 and 70, and struggling with stubborn fatty deposits around your sides, you may be a good candidate for muffin top liposuction at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology. You will need to schedule a consultation with one of our fat reduction liposuction experts to know for sure if fat removal liposuction of the love handle region will be right for you.

Q: Will I be put to sleep for this fat removal procedure?

A: We perform muffin top liposuction on an outpatient basis using local anesthetic. The patient is awake during the procedure and the tumescent solution that is injected numbs the area sufficiently before the doctor removes the fat. For CoolSculpting of the love handles, there is no anesthesia required.

Q: Will the area be lumpy after the fat reduction treatment?

A: Our doctors utilize the most advanced liposculpture techniques and artistry to sculpt the treatment area and provide the patient with the smoothest possible result.

Q: Can laser liposuction be performed on the love handles?

A: Depending on your specific needs, the doctor will develop a plan that will best meet your muffin top treatment liposuction goals. Laser lipo is generally performed on smaller treatment areas that are difficult to treat with traditional liposuction but can be used elsewhere. Schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to determine the best fat reduction liposuction treatment for you.

Q: Is CoolSculpting painful?

A: Patients in San Diego will experience a tugging and pulling sensation as the device pulls the fatty area into the cooling panels. Generally, patients describe it as uncomfortable, but not painful. There will also be a period of intense cold at the beginning of the procedure, but this does dissipate.

Call the Experts for Cosmetic Liposuction in San Diego

If you are self-conscious about the bulge around your sides and have tried diet and exercise to no avail, contact us to see if you are a candidate for a fat reduction liposuction procedure at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego. Our doctors will be able to create a customized cellulite removal treatment plan to get you the slimmer sides you’ve been wanting. Call our office at (858) 365-3623 to schedule a consultation today in SD.

For more information on muffin top treatment and love handles liposuction, contact our office.

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