Do you have a beer belly, spare tire, or pooch? Those extra pounds and inches are caused by an excess of abdominal fat. Abdominal fat forms over the abdominal muscles. Love handles are the extra deposits of stubborn fat that form just above the hips.

These unwanted stores of fat change the overall proportions of the body, making people feel embarrassed about showing off their bodies in public.

Why Do I Have Excess Abdominal Fat/Love Handles?

When we’re born, the fat cells in our body are distributed in a certain way. During puberty, the distribution of fat cells changes as new fat cells form. This depends on the levels of estrogen and testosterone in the body.

As we get older, we do not typically gain or lose fat cells. Instead, our fat cells grow or shrink depending on our diet, exercise/activity levels, and various life experiences such as pregnancy.

Subcutaneous Fat

Subcutaneous fat, a major component of abdominal fat and love handles, is located beneath the skin layers and attaches to them. Subcutaneous fat can be stubborn. But with the right treatments, you can get rid of subcutaneous fat, reducing the abdomen and love handles in volume.


We offer to patients in Vancouver two highly effective non-surgical, non-invasive, and gentle treatments for removing fat cells from the abdomen/love handles: CoolSculpting and VelaShape II.

CoolSculpting is a method of freezing fat cells in the subcutaneous fat layer, destroying the cells. The cell remnants are then gradually removed by the body. Because this treatment removes fat cells rather than shrinking them, treated regions are less likely to gain new inches.

VelaShape II uses multiple techniques to reshape the target area: bipolar radiofrequency energy, mechanical massage, and infrared light energy. These techniques combine to enhance metabolism in treated cells, shrink fat cells, and boost lymphatic drainage. Velashape II also reduces cellulite and improves skin texture.

If you’re interested in these convenient fat-reduction treatments for abdominal fat/love handles, contact our office in the Vancouver area and arrange a consultation with Dr. Jaffer for an appointment at (604) 298-4481.