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CoolSculpting Can Cause Deformed Tissue Class Action

How would you feel if you bought a noninvasive fat-reducing device and then found out that using it caused a “deformity” that could only be removed by invasive surgery? The complaint for this class action alleges that AbbVie, Inc.’s CoolSculpting Device can create a condition known as Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) or Paradoxical Hyperplasia (PH) which is the opposite of the effect a user of the device expects.

The Nationwide Class for this action is all individuals who bought cycles of CoolSculpting procedures in the US. The Nationwide Subclass includes all such individuals who suffered tissue damage in the form of PAH or PH.

The complaint quotes the CoolSculpting website to note that the company advertised the process as “a ‘nonsurgical’ procedure intended to reduce stubborn fat bulges ‘in the areas that bother you most.’ CoolSculpting promises ‘up to 20-25% reduction in fat layer thickness after a single session.’”

But the complaint alleges, “The CoolSculpting device can permanently damage the tissue area it targets to reduce, creating a deformity on the patient’s body much larger in size than the original ‘stubborn fat bulge.’ The condition does not resolve on its own, and unlike regular fat tissue, tissue affected by PH does not respond to weight loss. Thus, the only method of removing PH is through invasive surgery. The condition is solely attributable to the CoolSculpting device.”

The procedure performs a process called Cryolipolysis, which freezes fat cells, the complaint says. “The fat cells are not killed immediately but are rather ‘programmed’ to die over time. Persons undergoing the procedure are expected to see ‘results’ 1-3 months after the procedure, as the fat cells wither away in the treatment area.”

The complaint alleges that AbbVie “offered to refund patients or pay them for one liposuction procedure to correct the effect of PH in exchange for a release of liability… The ‘liposuction program’ [misled] providers to believe that the condition can be successfully corrected with a single liposuction procedure…”

Unfortunately, the complaint alleges, CoolSculpting does not actually kill fat cells; it can only traumatize them and hope they die eventually. However, the complaint claims, “the device does not eliminate all fat cells in the targeted area. The void is quickly filled by the expansion of surviving fat cells, resulting in a reversal of the effect.”

In fact, the complaint alleges, “in some cases, the intended injury of the CoolSculpting device triggers the body’s wound healing process in response to the cryo-assault and the injured tissue goes into cellular adaptation mode.” This triggers cell adaptation, where injured cells try to adapt to an injury by acting abnormally. PH is one such response.

The complaint alleges that “tissue affected by PH becomes fibrous and different from regular, untreated tissue resulting enlarged and sometimes hardened tissue masses that are disfiguring to the body.” The deformed tissue will not get smaller, the complaint alleges, and can only be removed surgically.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Injury

Most Recent Case Event

CoolSculpting Can Cause Deformed Tissue Complaint

May 28, 2021

How would you feel if you bought a noninvasive fat-reducing device and then found out that using it caused a “deformity” that could only be removed by invasive surgery? The complaint for this class action alleges that AbbVie, Inc.’s CoolSculpting Device can create a condition known as Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) or Paradoxical Hyperplasia (PH) which is the opposite of the effect a user of the device expects.

CoolSculpting Can Cause Deformed Tissue Complaint

Case Event History

CoolSculpting Can Cause Deformed Tissue Complaint

May 28, 2021

How would you feel if you bought a noninvasive fat-reducing device and then found out that using it caused a “deformity” that could only be removed by invasive surgery? The complaint for this class action alleges that AbbVie, Inc.’s CoolSculpting Device can create a condition known as Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) or Paradoxical Hyperplasia (PH) which is the opposite of the effect a user of the device expects.

CoolSculpting Can Cause Deformed Tissue Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Fraudulent Misrepresentation, Injury, Medical Devices, Negligent Misrepresentation, Strict Product Liability—Defective Design, Strict Product Liability—Failure to Warn