If fat were to accumulate in just one area of the body, where would you not want it going to the most — the arms, thighs, or hips? In an a recent interview with a prominent cosmetic clinic in London, it was told that women in the UK hate having fatty hips the most, as compared to having fatty thighs or arms.
Love Handles are the accumulated adipose tissue around the pelvic region, and it is one of the most unsightly things a woman can have, as women themselves would say. Genetically speaking though, men are more prone to having adipocyte accumulation at the belly, since more space for storage of the excess lipids are found in that area, whereas women are more prone to developing love handles because they tend to accumulate adipocytes around the hips and thighs. Scientists believe that this is an anatomical adaptation, where the excess lipids stored in this area serves as a cushion and a “blanket” for the growing fetus during pregnancy. It also serves as the energy-reserve basin for the fetus while the mother is still carrying it inside her womb.
But even though it’s anatomy and physiology that tell women that having love handles is natural, most would still find them unattractive —so much so that they are willing to have cosmetic surgery to have these fat stores removed.
Donnamarie McBride, one of the founders of the Harley Street Lovelite plastic surgery clinic in London, said that more than half of the people who come to their clinic for treatment want to fat present in their thighs, arms, and most especially their hips. Donnamarie also said that all the plastic surgeons in her clinic have noticed for a long time already that majority of the women coming to the clinic feel insecure about their love handles, particularly women who follow the latest fashion trends. They said that it is difficult to look good in nice clothing, since all the major trends right now are body-hugging dresses and tight jeans.
She said that patients already have funny names for the places in the body that have the most fat in them, namely muffin tops (stomach fat), bingo wings (fat on the arms), and of course love handles. The most common technique in removing these fat deposits is through liposuction, which is one of the three most common plastic surgery procedures in the whole world according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Many new off-shoot techniques for liposuction have already been invented; an example would be the use of ultrasound to “melt” the fat underneath the subcutaneous tissue and then using a tube to suck out the melted fat. The only problem with liposuction is that after most of the fats have been removed, there will be a leftover of excess skin after the procedure, with the amount of skin left behind being directly proportional to the amount of fat removed. The solution to this is called a Tummy Tuck procedure, where excess skin is removed and the muscles surrounding the abdomen are stretched so that no protruding skin and muscle would be seen. Tummy Tucks and liposuction are two procedures that are often put together as a combo package in many cosmetic clinics across the Europe and the United States.
Although women can always go and get plastic surgery to correct the look, fat accumulation in the hips would always be a nagging problem, since it is nature who designed women to get fatty in that area. A lasting solution for this problem is to always eat healthy, have regular exercise, and generally have an active lifestyle as opposed to a sedentary one.