Love Handles or Hate Handles?

| Feb 1, 2016

Lose the handles, keep the love!

In days gone by the only options for removing Love Handles were expensive surgery or a strict diet & exercise regime. Today non-invasive options exist and the growing popularity in treating love handles using these techniques has caused them to become much more refined & successful.

Do you love to hate your love handles? At SAI we offer you two accurate and effective treatment options to help you lose the handles but keep the love… this is especially important during Valentine’s month.

Although our protocols are proven to work wonders in the love handle department, it is important to recognise that correct diet and exercise regimes will go a long way in maintaining the result and in many cases, improve the result. That being true, the SAI love handles treatment options directly target fat reduction and but also includes skin lifting techniques to not only rid you of fat but shape your body too.

Coolsculpting – Freeze your love handles

coolmanFor those of you not familiar with Coolsculpting, the process combines vacuum and freezing to eradicate fat from very specific parts of your body, of which the love handles are targetable area.

Coolsculpting uses a vacuum to pull the excess fat within your love handles into the applicator where it is frozen in a one-hour treatment session. Freezing the fat effectively kills the fat cells and they will pass naturally from the body, just as dietary fat would. Normal cells are unaffected by this freezing simply due to them have different freezing temperatures, making Coolsculpting completely safe.

Is there a downside to Coolsculpting? When compared to the immediate results of surgery CoolSculpting has only a single drawback: that of timing the result visibility. Treatment results will take approximately three months to show fully. That being true, invasive surgery like liposuction can be expensive in more ways than one, it involves an extensive recovery period and incurs social downtime. Watching your result gradually improve over time is far better than surgery, in our opinion.

A single Coolsculpt treatment is FDA approved to reduce your fat by one third, and there are no other treatment options that can support such a claim with a single treatment. Additional treatments will further improve the result.
Coolsculpting has specific applications for multiple body areas and the more popular include:

  • Love handles
  • Belly fat
  • Bingo arms
  • Thighs & buttocks

The choice is yours! You choose what fat you hate, and Coolsculpting will freeze you back in love with your body.

VelaShape III

velashapeNot in for the cold? That’s ok; we at SAI have another option for you. We are extremely proud of our extensive range of treatment options and VelaShape III is the perfect alternative to Coolsculpting for non-invasive fat reduction & body shaping.

VelaShape III works on a completely different theory than Coolsculpting. In fact, VelaShape uses a dual action treatment protocol that uses Radio Frequency (RF) & tissue manipulation to eradicate fat from your love handles, or any other body area of your choice.

Ideally you would undergo a series of treatments to achieve the best result but VelaShape III enables you to see a difference in one single treatment. We at SAI also recommend a maintenance program using VelaShape III to enable a more relaxed diet & exercise lifestyle.

The Elos Technology on which VelaShape III is founded allows the treatment of both deep & superficial fat tissue for fat reduction in all areas of the body – this also directly affects visible cellulite as a positive side effect, making it the treatment of choice for many.

The treatment uses a combination of sound waves, heat energy and mechanical techniques to break up and dispel fat in skin tissue, including:

  • Bi-polar radio frequency (RF) – drives the heat deep below the skin’s surface to break down fat cells.
  • Infrared light – used to heat the target area, helping to break down fibrous tissue responsible for cellulite and increasing the elasticity of the skin.
  • Negative pressure (vacuum) & massage – vacuuming action, combined with specially designed rollers, kneads the skin to help break up fat cells, but also to stimulate the fat eradication process.


Ultimately the combination of these factors breaks down fat for a fat free result but also increasing elasticity and collagen in the skin has a lifting effect making VelaShape III a true body shaping treatment protocol. The results, as with Coolsculpting, will take time to be visible but when compared to the expense and downtime of surgery it could be considered a small price to pay.

If you are unhappy with your love handles, or any other area of your body simply make an appointment and discuss what treatment option is best for you for your body shape goals of 2016. Make your appointment with Dr Clark or Dr Marks at SAI Sandton on 011 883 3116 or SAI Waterkloof on 012 460 7047.

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