Also commonly referred to as muffin tops, love handles are an accumulation of fat around the waist and can affect men and women of all ages. They mostly develop due to fat accumulation extending from your stomach area around your waistline and flanks.
Love handles can be resistant to diet and exercise and can cause an unsightly bulge over the top of your skirt or trousers or evident in tight fitting tops or dresses.
What causes love handles to develop?
In women, love handles tend to occur due to hormonal factors as fat naturally accumulates in this area. While they can be caused by a poor diet, it isn’t just excess weight that leads to this common issue.
Stress can also be a cause; prolonged stress increases the cortisol levels in the body. High levels of this stress hormone can lead to elevated blood sugar, insulin resistance and affects how your body stores fat. Men can also develop love handles, and they tend to be harder to lose. This is because the fat cells in men are mostly found in the abdomen area.
Are love handles genetic?
Although genetics can play a role in your susceptibility to develop love handles, it isn’t the main cause. Most love handles are not genetic, instead they are linked to weight gain or hormonal changes.
If you follow a healthy diet and do plenty of exercise but love handles are still an issue, genetics could be partially to blame. Whatever the cause, there are ways to eliminate love handles or at least make them much less prominent.
ASSOCIATED PROCEDURES: Tummy Tuck, CoolSculpting, Liposuction
TREATMENT OPTION: COOLSCULPTING
CoolSculpting® technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin while leaving the skin itself unaffected.
The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), then die. Over time, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you. No surgery, no anaesthesia, no downtime.
As well as treating stubborn pockets of fat on the body, CoolSculpting is ideal for eradicating bingo wings.FIND OUT MORE
TREATMENT OPTION: LIPOSUCTION
Lipo isn’t just for the body. Liposuction, or fat removal surgery, is also known as liposculpture or lipoplasty. Essentially liposuction is the targeted removal of fatty deposits with the use of cannulae and a vacuum. It can be performed on men and women and virtually anywhere on the body.
Common areas for liposuction include the abdomen, hips, flanks, inner and outer thighs, knees and it is also an effective treatment for bingo wings.FIND OUT MORE
TREATMENT OPTION: TUMMY TUCK
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Abdominoplasty, often referred to as a ‘tummy tuck’, is an operation to tighten the muscles of the abdominal wall and to remove excess skin folds and fatty tissues from the middle and lower abdominal region. A tummy tuck can dramatically reduce the appearance of a protruding abdomen and lead to a flatter, firmer stomach. Liposuction is often performed alongside this cosmetic procedure at our London clinic for optimum results.