This is the kind of street term for which one goes to the “Urban Dictionary” to get current definitions and usage. On offer are:
These male-oriented definitions ignore the fact that men also have these unsightly fat deposits and are as likely as women to seek correction.
There are areas in the body which easily gain fat, and other areas that are reluctant to give it up when dieting. Even in starvation, the fat around the heart which serves no known purpose, does not disappear. The band of fat in the lower abdomen, above the crest of the pelvis is one of those areas resistant to weight reduction, and may noticeably persist when excess fat has been lost elsewhere from the abdomen.
There are a number of devices used to treat “love handles” without invasive surgery, using ultrasound, laser, infrared, radiofrequency, magnetic pulses, etc., etc., all of which are directing forms of energy that will convert to heat in the area on which they are focussed.
The more effective treatment when warranted is by liposuction, which may be assisted in a number of ways. But, removal of the displeasing fat tissue does not guarantee it will not return.
- The areas of extra fat that hang or slightly bulge from the sides.
- Love handles vary in size, to small, cute, and curvaceous; all the way to massive, obese, and covered with stretch marks.
- Women should have love handles. If they don't have small ones on their lower back then they are way too skinny.
- The part of the body that is grabbed while love making, hence the name 'love handles'.
- The area of fat around a women's waist that is usually seen when their pants are too small for them. They can be small and cute...or big and ugly.
This case depicts a 34 year old man who was concerned with the appearance of excess fat above his buttocks.
In both men and women, this area is sometimes referred to as "the love handles," and it is especially responsive to liposuction. I tend to use ultrasound assisted liposuction in this area because it allows me to remove fat more evenly and more thoroughly. The incisions are easy to hide in most swimwear and the results can have a profound effect upon the male physique.
The post-operative photographs depict this man's appearance approximately six weeks after surgery.
This case depicts a 45 year old woman who had concerns with excess fat above the buttocks.
This area was deeply out of proportion with the rest of her trunk and negatively affected the way that her clothing fit. In both men and women, this area is often referred to as the "love handles."
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction was utilized to harmonize the appearance of the lower back with that of the remainder of her torso. The post-operative photographs depict this woman's appearance approximately three months after surgery.
This case depicts a 33 year old woman who had concerns with excess fat above the buttocks, around the waist in the back and around the bra area. Liposuction in the back has been greatly facilitated in my practice with the advent of ultrasound assisted liposuction.
This specialized method of liposuction uses ultrasonic energy to break up fat cells so that they may be removed more thoroughly and more evenlly.
I use this method of liposuction in the back and in other areas of the body where removal of fat with traditional liposuction is more difficult. The post-operative photographs depict this woman's appearance approximately three months after surgery.
This 33 year old woman embarked upon a diet and exercise program that resulted in a 100 pounds weight loss over a 10 month period. Significant changes in her body's appearance occured, but because there is a limit to how much an individual's skin can shrink down to a smaller contour, some issues remained.
These types of issues are ideally adressed by performing an abdominoplasty along with tailored liposuction.