Hips (Love Handles)

Love handles are caused by the excess fat that accumulates around the upper hips. When you are wearing pants with a tight waistband, love handles can be even more pronounced. You may be able to minimize the appearance of love handles through diet and exercise, but the reality is that some people are more genetically predisposed to the occurrence of love handles, and they can be challenging to reduce. Emerald Laser has a proven, FDA-approved technique for removing fat around the hips, waist, and other regions of the body. Emerald Laser fat removal offers individuals a non-surgical method to eliminate love handles, giving your body a slim, attractive look around the upper hips and sides. Call today to schedule an initial consultation and find out how you can get rid of your love handles.

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What Causes Love-handle Hip Fat in the Body?

Fats accumulate when calories aren’t metabolized after consumption. The body stores those calories as fat for future use. However, with the regular diet that modern life offers, human beings don’t rely on stored calories to keep their bodies functioning. Love handles occur when fat cells accumulate in the upper hips. Women are more prone to accumulate fat around the hips and thighs during their child-bearing years. This is referred to as sex-specific fat, which can be beneficial during pregnancies. Hip fat is not, however, specific to women, nor does it only appear during pregnancies. In fact, men tend to carry more fat around the belly and upper hips. Love handles can be a sign of obesity, but due to genetic variations among individuals, can also develop in people who are otherwise in good physical condition.

Additional factors in the accumulation of hip fat or love handles include:

  • Age
  • Hormones
  • Reduced physical activity
  • Starchy diets
  • Lack of sleep
  • Medical conditions that can reduce metabolism

The older you are, the more you are prone to excess fat in the hips. Additionally, eating excess amounts of sugars or complex carbohydrates can also increase your body fat.

Difficulties with Losing Hip Fat

If you’ve been trying to diet and exercise your hip fat away but have been unsuccessful, you’re not alone. You could be fighting an uphill battle against age, genetics, and gender. Men have it more difficult in this regard because fat cells in males accumulate around the belly. Most women have an additional layer of hip and waist fat to assist them in reproduction, which can also make it difficult to lose love handles — particularly after pregnancies.

In addition to the physiological obstacles, many people engage in unproductive or counterproductive practices while trying to get rid of their love handles. For example, they may only engage in cardio exercise. Cardio is great, but it won’t specifically target your love handles. Another approach that won’t work in isolation is ab workouts. Without trying to reduce the fat around your hips and waist, ab workouts may increase tone, but you won’t get rid of love handles. The truth of the matter is that losing your love handles through diet and exercise requires a lifestyle change that most people are not willing to undergo.

But there is another effective solution: laser fat removal by Emerald Laser.

How Laser Fat Removal Works for Hip Fat

Fats are stored in the cell as solids, but they melt at relatively low temperatures. Laser fat removal takes advantage of this lower melting point. This Emerald Laser method employs a laser of a specific light-wave, capable of penetrating down to the fat cells under your skin. The fat heats to a degree that it liquifies. Additionally, the laser creates pores in the fat cells, allowing the liquified fat to harmlessly seep out, shrinking the fat cells. The fats are then disposed of naturally by the body’s lymphatic system. Many physicians consider this method to be healthier than fat-cell elimination techniques that can cause the creation of fat cells in other areas of the body, including around the organs.

Advantages of Laser Treatments to Remove Love Handles

While there are many surgical and even some other non-surgical methods for hip-fat removal, laser fat removal — specifically using the Emerald by Echonia method — offers many benefits:

  • Laser fat removal is non-invasive – These treatments target fat cells around your waist and hips without breaking the skin’s surface. No incisions or punctures are required.
  • The procedure is painless – Because the Emerald method uses ten low-level 532-nanometer lasers to achieve its results, you will feel no pain during the process.
  • No downtime after the procedure – Once you leave the facility, you should be able to resume normal activities right away.
  • FDA Approval – The Emerald Laser is the only laser system globally that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given premarket clearance for overall circumference reduction in patients with small pockets of fat and patients with a Body Mass Index of up to 40 BMI.
  • Natural fat removal from the body – laser fat removal vacates the emulsified fat through the body’s lymphatic system.

For more specific information about laser fat removal, contact Emerald by Erchonia to schedule an initial consultation.

FAQ About Laser Hip Fat Removal

Many of our patients have similar questions about laser fat removal and specifically about getting rid of love handles. If you don’t see your question answered here, contact Emerald Laser and speak to a professional consultant.

Is hip fat different from love handles?

Most people consider love handles to be the area of the waistline, along the side of the body. The pockets of fat in this area are often closely associated or connected to the hips, which are below the waist on each side.

How long will my recovery be after laser fat removal?

Because laser fat removal is painless and non-invasive, you should be able to resume all activities immediately after your procedure. This is a significant advantage to other fat removal procedures, which are often followed by some downtime.

How is laser fat removal different than liposuction or micro-liposuction?

These are vastly different types of procedures. While both laser fat removal and liposuction target fat deposits, the Emerald Laser method is non-invasive. Liposuction is a type of surgery that requires the surgeon to go in under the skin and vacuum out fat deposits. Micro-liposuction uses a similar technique, but the incisions are smaller and the fat may be removed through a wide-gauge needle. Additionally, laser fat removal does not remove the fat cells, which can lead to complications, fat accumulation in other areas, and adverse health conditions.

How is the Emerald Laser procedure different from laser liposuction?

Traditional laser liposuction requires a small surgical incision to clear the way for the laser. This procedure also requires a local anesthetic and a recovery period. Because the Emerald Laser procedure is quick, non-invasive, and painless, you can complete your treatment during lunch and go back to work immediately after. Cold fat removal or “cool sculpting is another type of procedure that often draws an incorrect comparison to laser fat removal. But again, cold fat removal, which freezes the fat cells to kill them, can be dangerous for the patient and can be counterproductive.

Are there side effects to laser love-handle reduction?

Unlike other procedures, there are no cuts involved in Emerald’s laser fat removal. You will not experience the pain or bruising that’s common with other procedures.

Where else is laser fat reduction effective?

Laser fat reduction isn’t only to remove love handles. This process can be applied to all areas of the body. Patients have seen successful applications for the removal of fat around the abdomen, chin, arms, thighs, back, arms, and legs. Wherever fat is stored, Emerald Laser can target and remove it.

Love Handle and Hip Fat Removal

Emerald Laser is a global company with sites throughout the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, North Africa, and the Middle East. If you are interested in this safe, non-invasive, and effective treatment, contact us today to answer your questions and find an authorized location that suits your requirements.