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Love Handles (Flanks) CoolSculpting: How It Works & What to Expect

Kristina Cadwell  
August 25, 2021  

One of the greatest obstacles to being happy in one’s skin is excess fat that hides the natural curves. That’s especially true for flanks (better known as ‘love handles’), which can make every clothing combination look wrong. What’s worse, they are difficult to eliminate with diet and exercise.

CoolSculpting is an innovative technology for fat reduction that effectively combats resistant fat above your hips.

Read on to learn how CoolSculpting love handles works and what to expect from the treatment.

CoolSculpting for flanks

What Are Love Handles (Flanks) and What Causes Them

Love handles (flanks) represent excess fat at the sides of the waist, above the hips. Fat accumulates unevenly in the body when we intake more calories than we burn. Flanks are among several body areas that store the most excess fat. The following factors increase your chances of fat accumulation around the waist:

  • Overeating
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Messy sleep
  • Slower metabolism due to aging

How Does CoolSculpting Love Handles Work?

Flanks are one of the most popular CoolSculpting areas. The treatment uses cryolipolysis technology to freeze off fat cells in the treated area. The body recognizes the frozen cells as waste and eliminates them from the body within six months of the treatment.

CoolSculpting Love Handles: The Procedure

CoolSculpting starts with a free consultation with your chosen medical provider. They evaluate your medical history to determine if you are eligible for the procedure and inspect your flanks to create a personalized fat reduction plan for you.

The treatment consists of the following steps:

  1. Your provider first applies a gel pad to one side of your flanks to protect the skin.
  2. Your provider positions the CoolSculpting applicator in the target area. The applicator suctions the pinchable flank fat and starts sending controlled cooling pulses to the area. This procedure continues for 35 minutes.
  3. The provider massages the treated area to enhance the breakdown of crystallized fat cells.

Once done, the process is repeated on the other side of the waist.

CoolSculpting requires no recovery and no downtime. You can resume your daily activities after the treatment.

Note: Learn how to prepare for CoolSculpting to ensure the best results.

Side Effects After CoolSculpting Love Handles

Most patients report mild to no side effects after CoolSculpting love handles. However, the tugging of the applicator may cause some discomfort, and in rare cases, pain during the CoolSculpting treatment.

Potential side effects after the procedure include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Cramping and aching
  • Numbness
  • Skin discoloration

Most symptoms typically resolve on their own within several days. If needed, take a pain medication prescribed by your medical provider.

Note: Use our CoolSculpting aftercare tips to ensure optimal results and minimize side effects.

CoolSculpting Love Handles Results

The effects of CoolSculpting vary from patient to patient. The first noticeable changes typically appear several weeks after the procedure, whereas the body flushes out the fat cells for up to six months. Therefore, the final results are visible within six months of the last treatment.

CoolSculpting for love handles is a highly effective fat reduction treatment that permanently destroys fat around the waistline. However, the remaining fat cells may expand, and new flanks could appear if you don’t maintain a proper diet and exercise regularly.

Note: For more information, refer to our post How Long Does CoolSculpting Last?

CoolSculpting Love Handles: Before and After

CoolSculpting for flanks reduces up to 25% fat in the treated area per treatment.

CoolSculpting love handles before and after

Note: Find out how much weight you can lose with CoolSculpting.

Who Is a Good Candidate for CoolSculpting Love Handles?

Good candidates for CoolSculpting love handles are healthy men and women who struggle with flanks within 30 pounds of their ideal weight. They need to have enough pinchable fat on the sides of the waist for the CoolSculpting device to suction it.

Who Should Not Undergo Love Handles CoolSculpting?

People with too much fat may not notice a satisfactory change after the CoolSculpting treatment. This is why they are often advised to lose some weight before opting for CoolSculpting.

The following conditions may prevent you from getting a CoolSculpting treatment:

  • Open wounds
  • Eczema and other skin diseases
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Hernia
  • Bleeding disorders
  • Lymphatic disorders
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria

Before booking the treatment, consult a medical professional so they can examine your medical record and determine whether you are a suitable candidate.

How Much Does CoolSculpting Love Handles Cost?

The cost of CoolSculpting for flanks depends on several factors, including the amount of your flank fat, the required number of treatments, and your medical provider’s expertise. The total cost ranges between several hundred and several thousand dollars.

Note: Refer to our post How Much Does CoolSculpting Cost? for more information on the factors that affect the price of the treatment.

If you are looking for CoolScuplting in Phoenix to freeze your fat away, drop by at Vibrant Skin Bar where our certified professionals will make your session a vibrant one.


Many people struggle with excess fat around their waistline. It can ruin the contours of the body and makes it difficult to dress with joy.

If you’re dealing with stubborn flanks, consider getting a CoolSculpting treatment. It’s a safe, non-invasive procedure that effectively reduces fat in love handles and leaves you with an attractive, hourglass figure.

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Kristina Cadwell
PA Kristina Cadwell graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed the Physician Assistant program at A.T. Still University graduating with a Masters of Medical Science degree. Kristina has been working in the Aesthetic Medical field for over 10 years. She is certified in neurotoxin cosmetic injection, dermal fillers, Plasma Pen skin tightening, chemical peels, and laser therapy. She is known for producing natural results and has extensive knowledge in diet and exercise allowing her to help you achieve vibrant skin from the inside out.
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