'Cool' Way of Eradicating Fat Has Potential for Treating Several Medical Conditions
Enter ice slurry, a chilly mix of ice, saline, and glycol that can be directly injected into adipose tissue. In a swine study published online in January 2020, Garibyan and colleagues at the Wellman Center injected ice slurry into the flanks of swine and followed them for up to 8 weeks, using ultrasound imaging to quantify and show the location of fat loss. The researchers observed about 40%-50% loss of fat in the treated area, compared with a 60% increase of fat in controls.
@aalam In 2021, researchers tested the injection of ice slurry in 12 humans for the first time, injected into tissue, and followed them for 12 weeks. As observed by thermal imaging, ultrasound, and tissue histology, they concluded that ice slurry injection was feasible and safe as a way of inducing cryolipolysis, and was well tolerated by patients