CoolSculpting Flanks (Love Handles)

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CoolSculpting Flanks (Love Handles)

CoolSculpting is a proven way to reduce the pinchable fat along your “love handles” region. Also called the flanks, these are incredibly difficult fat deposits to diminish through diet and exercise alone.

Dr. Patrick Bitter is a board-certified physician with over 25 years of experience in the fields of dermatology and non-surgical enhancement. A recent winner of the coveted Male Dermatologist of the Year Award, Dr. Bitter proudly serves the aesthetic needs of the greater Bay Area. Our offices are conveniently located in beautiful Los Gatos, California. Contact us online or call (408) 358-5757 to schedule an appointment. 

What Is CoolSculpting?

CoolSculpting Flanks (Love Handles)

Before we can answer any questions about CoolSculpting and its innovative fat removal capabilities, we must first discuss the nature of fat itself. Adipose (fat) tissue responds to cold temperatures much differently than the muscles and skin surrounding it.[1] When you freeze fat cells, they effectively die while the adjacent tissue remains unharmed. The lymphatic system recognizes the dead cells as waste material, flushing them away gradually and naturally. It is a process known as cryolipolysis.[2]

CoolSculpting is a revolutionary technique powered by cryolipolysis. Dr. Bitter can gently apply a CoolSculpting applicator to your flanks and focus its transformative cooling temperatures to the fat you want to remove. Although flanks may have earned the nickname “love handles,” they are often hated by those who struggle with excess fat around the midsection. End the bad romance with your love handles by contacting Dr. Bitter today!

Is CoolSculpting Permanent?

The human body is in a perpetual state of flux, but there are a few constants on which we can rely. By the time we reach early adulthood, the number of fat cells in our bodies remains relatively fixed. You can still gain weight as these cells expand, but the raw tally of fat cells stays at a set level.

CoolSculpting permanently removes the unwanted fat cells in your treatment area by as much as 25% in a single session! That means that after a visit with Dr. Bitter, your flanks may be 25% less pinchable, 25% less noticeable, and 25% less bothersome. Now, those are some cool statistics!

Before and After Photos

Benefits of Contouring Flanks

The main benefit of CoolSculpting away your love handles is the visual boost you will get from achieving your ideal hourglass figure or “V” shape.

In addition to these physical rewards, you can also enjoy various psychological and sensory benefits from flanks contouring. Clothes will fit more flatteringly, freeing you up to express yourself more freely through your fashion choices. Shirts, blouses, and tank tops will hug your physique rather than bulging at the sides.

Perhaps the biggest fringe benefit of love handles CoolSculpting is the boost in confidence you will experience. Strut through life knowing that your flanks are under control, courtesy of a series of treatments from Dr. Bitter.

Eligible Candidates

If you are in good general health and wish to slim down your silhouette, then you may be a great candidate for flanks CoolSculpting. The procedure is not intended as a weight loss solution, but rather as a body contouring opportunity. Ideal clients are within 30 pounds of their goal weight yet need a little help achieving their optimal curves. 

You may not be eligible for CoolSculpting if you have a lymphatic disorder. The lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating frozen fat cells, so please inform Dr. Bitter of your medical history. He can determine your candidacy for CoolSculpting away love handles during your comprehensive consultation

Private Consultation in Los Gatos

Communication is an essential ingredient of improvement. In order for us to unveil the best you possible, please tell us how we can help. As part of our continuing efforts to provide world-class communication with our Los Gatos community, we regularly update our blog. Feel free to read through our posts and bring any questions that may arise to your consultation with Dr. Bitter. 

On the topic of communication, Dr. Bitter is so much more than a great physician; he is an expert listener. He will pay close attention to your aesthetic goals and explain how CoolSculpting can help you reach those goals. After all, Dr. Bitter is a teacher at heart. He believes that a well-informed patient is a healthy patient. If CoolSculpting is not the most beneficial solution to your love handles, Dr. Bitter will present alternative approaches to your rejuvenation mission. Call (408) 358-5757 to start a discussion about your best self today!

Preparation and Procedure

The CoolSculpting procedure is so straightforward, you may be ready for your first session immediately following the consultation! Please wear loose clothing to your appointment to ensure maximum comfort.

Coolsculpting Flanks

You will be ushered to a private room where a clinician will cleanse the treatment area before applying a soothing gel to your flanks. A rounded CoolSculpting applicator is gently affixed to your love handles. Our office is equipped with brand new machines, so you will benefit from the best CoolSculpting experience in the Bay Area.

Dr. Bitter will apply his vast knowledge of body contouring to your CoolSculpting treatment. Sessions typically only last 35 minutes, and they include a complimentary lunch. This truly is a “lunchtime” procedure! Even though the duration of a CoolSculpting visit is brief, its results can endure for years or even decades.

Rapid Recovery

There is little to no downtime associated with CoolSculpting of the flanks. Your love handles may blush with a Valentine red hue, but this will subside within 3-5 hours. Aside from a slight numbing sensation, most patients feel almost no discomfort from a CoolSculpting procedure.  

Your clinician may massage the flanks area to expedite your body’s waste removal process. Keep in mind: we are trained medical professionals, so do not attempt to massage the area yourself or rush the fat removal process. Great results are worth the wait!

Remarkable Results

Close your eyes and picture your ideal physique. Are you envisioning svelte curves, shapely contours and a slim midsection? Now open your eyes. Take a long look at your love handles. We think you are already beautiful, but if your current shape does not reflect your idealized self, it can cause distress.

Dr. Bitter can help align your aspirations and your actuality. Flanks CoolSculpting can reduce your side bulges by up to 25% per session.

To amplify your results, you may wish to schedule repeat sessions with Dr. Bitter. He will share his medical recommendations based on a foundation of safety and satisfaction. Speaking of satisfaction, take a look at our before and after photo gallery to witness true transformations in the making. 

Complementary and Alternative Procedures 

CoolSculpting is an amazing method of fat reduction, but your enhancement is more than just a matter of bulk. You also want brawn, beauty, and/or blemish-free skin. Explore our full suite of services to discover your inner shine.


The geniuses behind the CoolSculpting technology have also engineered a way to build muscle mass. CoolTone triggers magnetic muscle stimulation (MMS) with an efficiency that you could never achieve on your own.[3] The CoolTone device elicits thousands of contractions in your treatment area in the span of less than 30 minutes. It feels like the most intense workout ever, yet you never even need to lift a finger!


Pinchable fat can appear in various “problem areas” at once. CoolSculpting is a great method of reducing love handles, but it can also treat delicate regions like the area under the chin. Dr. Bitter can assess a “double chin” and make a professional recommendation that may include Kybella injections. Kybella is formulated with deoxycholic acid, a solution that accelerates the body’s natural ability to break down fat.[4]

Regardless of your unique cosmetic needs, Dr. Bitter will be your premier co-pilot on the road to rejuvenation


How much does CoolSculpting cost in Los Gatos?

The cost of CoolSculpting depends on several factors. You may opt to treat several different areas of the body, and you may require multiple sessions to achieve your desired results. We will provide transparent pricing as part of your thorough consultation. Please contact us to discuss your budgetary questions about CoolSculpting in the Bay Area.


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  2. Avram, M. M., & Harry, R. S. (2009). Cryolipolysis™ for subcutaneous fat layer reduction. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine: The Official Journal of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. 41 (10) 703-708.
  3. Taylor, J. L. (2007). Magnetic muscle stimulation produces fatigue without effort. Journal of Applied Physiology. 103 (3) 733-734.
  4. Liu, M., Chesnut, C., & Lask, G. (2019). Overview of kybella (deoxycholic acid injection) as a fat resorption product for submental fat. Facial Plastic Surgery. 35 (03) 274-277. DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1688943