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Does CoolSculpting Elite Really Reduce Love Handles?8 min read

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Enter CoolSculpting Elite — a non-invasive treatment that promises to freeze away stubborn fat, like those pesky love handles. 

But amidst the glossy ads and celebrity endorsements, many of us are left wondering: does it truly deliver on its claims? 

Whether you’re merely curious or seriously considering the treatment, join us in unraveling the facts from the fiction. Let’s find out if those love handles can really be ‘chilled’ away!

What Causes Love Handles and Why are They So Stubborn?

Love handles are those sneaky curves that seem to set up permanent camp around our midsections. 

But why? 

Simply put, love handles are fat deposits resulting from a combination of factors: genetics, diet, hormonal imbalances, and sedentary lifestyles. 

These fatty areas can be notoriously stubborn because they’re one of the body’s favorite fat storage zones, especially as we age. When we burn fat, it’s from all over, not just one specific spot. So, while you might be losing weight, those love handles might hang around, patiently waiting their turn.

When it comes to whittling down those love handles, many of us turn straight to the gym, envisioning countless side crunches and planks as the remedy. And while exercise does play a vital role, is it the sole answer? 

In short, not quite.

Targeted workout may strengthen the muscles beneath, but burning fat from specific areas through exercise alone is a bit of a myth. Combine that with how nutrition accounts for a significant chunk of the weight loss equation, and it becomes clear: fitness alone won’t do the trick.

Do Love Handles Get Worse With Age?

Our bodies change as the years roll on, and for some of us, change means a bit more padding around the waist — those infamous love handles. 

As we age, our metabolism naturally tends to slow down, making it easier for our bodies to store extra fat, particularly around the midsection. Likewise, loss of muscle mass and a sedentary lifestyle all influence fat distribution, causing more fat to be stored in the abdominal area.

Are Love Handles Hormonal?

While hormones can influence the development of love handles, they aren’t the only factor

Cortisol and sex hormones influence where our bodies store fat, including those pesky love handles. But it’s not just hormones calling the shots — genetics, diet, and exercise also chime in. So, while hormones are part of the game, it’s a combination of hormones and other lifestyle factors that determine if those love handles stick around or not.

In addition to cortisol and sex hormones, insulin is another hormone that plays a role in the body’s fat distribution. For instance, an increase in cortisol due to stress may trigger fat accumulation in the abdominal region. Similarly, age-related hormonal changes may contribute to the development of love handles.

Can Fat Really Be Frozen Away?

Freezing temperatures and fat loss? It sounds like something out of a futuristic sci-fi novel, but here’s the scoop. CoolSculpting Elite’s philosophy is grounded in the idea that fat cells are more susceptible to cold temperatures than surrounding tissues. The targeted fat cells are damaged and eventually discarded by the body naturally. 

What does science say about this process? Yes, it’s possible! However, it’s not a magic wand. While some patients see noticeable results, factors like individual response, the selected treatment area, and post-treatment care come into play. So, while we can, in theory, freeze fat away, it’s essential to have realistic expectations and a pinch of patience.

Plastic surgeons and patients alike are raving about CoolSculpting Elite’s potential to bid farewell to love handles. The science suggests that the procedure can indeed reduce fat in specific areas, love handles included!

Results will vary from one patient to another, with some seeing significant reductions and others less so. Plus, while CoolSculpting Elite may decrease those pesky fat deposits, a holistic approach, combining diet and exercise, ensures the best results. Speak with your CoolSculpting Elite provider to create a well-rounded game plan.

CoolSculpting Elite can be part of a long-lasting answer to those stubborn love handles. And here’s the benefit: when the procedure freezes and eliminates fat cells, those cells are gone for good!

However, “permanent” can be a bit tricky. While the treated fat cells won’t magically regenerate, the remaining ones can still grow if you gain weight. 

So, the key to making CoolSculpting Elite’s results last is maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle. Think of it as a team effort: CoolSculpting Elite offers a head start, but it’s up to you to carry the baton with good habits to cross that finish line.

How Many CoolSculpting Elite Treatment Sessions are Necessary for Love Handles?

The number of CoolSculpting Elite sessions for love handles varies based on multiple factors. 

Generally, one session per love handle will do the trick, but some patients opt for two sessions per side for comprehensive results. 

The treatment sessions are spaced out several months apart to allow your body to naturally flush out the treated fat cells. Because of this, CoolSculpting Elite isn’t a magical one-time fix, but a gradual process.

What Does Recovery Look Like After a CoolSculpting Elite Session?

Say you’ve taken the chilly plunge with a CoolSculpting Elite session, and now you’re wondering, “What’s next?” 

Recovery, in this case, is relatively breezy. One of CoolSculpting Elite’s selling points is its non-invasive nature, meaning no needles, no incisions, and no downtime!

That said, it’s not entirely a walk in the park. Directly after the session, you might notice the treated area looking slightly red or feeling tender, almost like a mild sunburn. Some patients also experience temporary bruising, swelling, or a tingling sensation. These symptoms are generally mild and fade within a few days.

The best part? You can return to your daily activities almost immediately after the procedure. But, as always, it’s essential to listen to your body. If your body is telling you that you can’t reach a new personal best in the gym today, it’s probably wise to adjust your workout accordingly. Overall, the post-CoolSculpting Elite journey is more “relaxed weekend” than “bedridden recovery.”

Who is the Ideal Candidate for CoolSculpting Elite?

Let’s discuss the “who’s who” of ideal candidates. 

First off, CoolSculpting Elite isn’t a weight-loss solution. So if you’re nearing your target weight and seeking a bit of contouring magic for those stubborn spots, you’re in the right ballpark. The treatment targets localized fat deposits — ideal for addressing love handles.

Health-wise, candidates should be in good shape. If you’ve got skin conditions, sensitivities, or other health concerns, it’s crucial to chat with a professional first. And always remember: while CoolSculpting Elite can be a game-changer, it should be part of a holistic approach to body wellness, not the entire playbook. The best results come from a team effort of healthy living and treatment.

Shall I Choose CoolSculpting Elite or Liposuction for My Love Handles?

Trying to choose between CoolSculpting Elite and liposuction for those persistent love handles? Here’s the lowdown. CoolSculpting Elite is non-invasive, involving a chill session (literally) to freeze fat cells. Recovery? Pretty swift, with only minor side effects.

On the flip side, liposuction is surgical, meaning it’s more invasive, but can offer more dramatic results. The recovery period? Definitely lengthier, with potential bruising and swelling. 

Your choice boils down to personal preferences, health, and desired outcomes. Seeking a less invasive option with easier recovery? CoolSculpting Elite is the ideal choice!

Recovery From Liposuction

Target Your Love Handles With the Power of CoolSculpting Elite!

Meet us at 19500 Sandridge Way, Suite 350, Leesburg, VA 20176, or call us at (703) 574-4342 for a complimentary consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang before moving forward with your CoolSculpting Elite procedure. If everything matches up, our team will help you navigate the entire process from beginning to end. Also, check out our blog and social media for more information on plastic surgery and cosmetic trends!


  1. “How Coolsculpting Can Help You Lose Inches!” Plastic Surgery VIP Resources, resources.plasticsurgeryvips.com/how-coolsculpting-can-help-you-lose-inches/. Accessed 11 Aug. 2023.

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