Angie’s List Recommends This New Fat Removing Treatment

Before and after fat removal treatment

Are you looking for a cheaper, quicker way to get rid of fat as compared to liposuction and other invasive procedures? Find out what new fat removing treatment Angie Hicks of Angie’s List recommended recently.


Would you believe that sucking on popsicles is reportedly the origin of a relatively new fat reduction technique called cryolipolysis?! According to the business website of The Plastic Surgery Clinic based in Toronto, two Harvard-affiliated doctors came up with the cryolipolysis fat-reduction technique―branded as CoolSculpting―when they investigated a phenomenon known as “popsicle panniculitis”—the formation of cheek dimples in children who frequently suck on popsicles. This dimpling was determined to be due to the elimination of fat cells where the popsicles came in contact with skin inside the mouth.

Looking into the phenomenon, the physicians discovered that nerves, skin, muscle and other body tissues were far less sensitive to cold temperatures than body fat, and that this could be used as a safe and noninvasive way to target specific areas of the body for fat removal.

Their research led to additional studies in both animals and humans that supported the idea that the precise application of cold temperatures to the skin triggers apoptosis (cellular death) of the underling fat cells. This freezing causes an inflammatory response that includes the slow digestion by surrounding macrophages (scavenger-like cells) that naturally remove the dead fat cells from the body.

Clinical studies have shown that cryolipolysis can reduce subcutaneous fat at the treatment site by up to 25% after just one treatment, with 86% of the subjects experiencing noticeable improvements. This in turn led to what is commonly referred to as “body sculpting” by clinics that advertise that they can successfully remove love handles and muffin tops as well as thigh fat to give women a desired thigh gap appearance.

According to a recent news story from CBS-affiliate station WDTV in West Virginia, Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List recommends this weight loss technique for getting rid of unwanted fat and offers the following advice to consumers:

"You want a certified technician and a well-regarded medical facility. And also, please keep in mind, this is not a cure-all. A healthy lifestyle, exercising, eating right, is what's going to, in the long run, help you maintain a good weight," says Ms. Hicks.


According to the news report, the technique involves having a special applicator strapped to the fat problem areas of the body where it chills the skin, and over time, freezes and kills the fat cells in that area before they are naturally eliminated. There are no needles, no anesthesia and no recovery time.

But are there any side effects? According to a review of the procedure published in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, you can expect some bruising and temporary numbness at the treatment sites, but the most common complaint has been some late-onset pain occurring 2 weeks post-procedure, which resolves without intervention.

For more about some other noninvasive ways to get rid of fat, here is what these experts said about some non-surgical cutting-edge belly fat reduction procedures.


CBS-affiliate station WDTVAngie's List: Cryolopolisis Weight Loss Treatment

“Cryolipolysis for noninvasive body contouring: clinical efficacy and patient satisfactionClinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology Published online 2014 Jun 26, N. Krueger et al.

The Plastic Surgery Clinic: “What is CoolSculpting?”