COOLSCULPTING LAWSUIT WHITEPAPER
About CoolSculpting Lawsuit
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive and non-surgical weight loss medical procedure that people have performed on them to reduce fat cells beneath the skin.
The process uses a procedure called cryolipolysis that works by placing a roll of fat into two panels that then cool the fat to a freezing temperature. CoolSculpting also claims it can reduce the appearance of cellulite and reduce excess fat underneath the chin.
The most common parts of the body treated with CoolSculpting include:
- Lower back
CoolSculpting Associated Injuries
The alleged injury claimed in the lawsuits is a condition called Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH). People are alleging to experience this condition after having the CoolSculpting procedure performed. This condition results in an opposite weight loss effect and can permanently damage the treated area causing extreme deformities to the body. These deformities include the treated area to appear even larger than previously. PAH cannot be treated as regular fat tissue and does not respond to regular weight loss methods. As a result, PAH is permanent on the body and will not go away on its own. The only way to treat PAH from CoolSculpting is invasive surgery.
CoolSculpting Status of Litigation
Because the lawsuits are so new, there is not an official MDL established at this time. As of now, many are claiming to have growing bulges on their bodies that are currently undiagnosed after undergoing the Coolsculpting procedure. There currently is a class-action lawsuit against CoolSculpting for false advertising. The lawsuit is: Carmen Otero and Abbey Lerman v. Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc., Case No. BC659192, in the Superior Court for Los Angeles County, California. There are several product liability lawsuits filed, although there is no MDL yet. There have been no verdicts or known settlements at this time.
The current manufacturer of CoolSculpting is Zeltiq Aesthetics whose parent company is Allergan plc.