CoolSculpting Lawsuit — Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia
Since its FDA approval in 2012, CoolSculpting (cryolipolysis) has answered culture’s call for instantaneous results regarding weight loss. Coolsculpting procedures promise fast, easy slimming results with an average of one hour per session, no recovery time at home, and guaranteed first-session fat reduction by 20-25%.
However, with 60,000 diagnosed cases of paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), CoolSculpting clients have filed lawsuits claiming that this fat-cell shrinking procedure is directly related to the growth of more fatty cells, hardening the skin of the treated area.
Milberg is investigating CoolSculpting and additional fat-reduction products/procedures, including TrueSculpt, Sculpsure, Vanquish, and VelaShape, to determine whether manufactures knew of these potential side effects and withheld such information from purchasing physicians. If you were diagnosed with PAH after participating in a CoolSculpting session, you may qualify for legal compensation. Contact us for a free CoolSculpting lawsuit case evaluation.
Who makes CoolSculpting products?
CoolSculpting equipment is manufactured by Allergen, which has recently merged with AbbVie. Abbvie promises to “invest and innovate relentlessly to tackle unmet needs, creating new medicines and healthcare approaches for a healthier world.”
Unfortunately, Milberg must challenge their promise to determine if they knew about the potential PAH side effects while distributing the CoolSculpting equipment to physicians for mass use.
How do CoolSculpting procedures work?
Medical spa doctors and physicians isolate one area of the body that presents stubborn belly fat and use the CoolSculpting equipment to breech the surface-level skin and freeze the targeted fat cells. Those frozen cells shrink, die, then filter through the liver and out of the body.
Most potential side effects are minimal, from common redness, tenderness, stinging and tingling to muscle cramping, itchiness, and possible diarrhea. However, more rare but serious side effects include increased pain for a full month, reduced movement/response of the tongue, weakened lower lip muscle, dizziness, sweating, nausea, and now, potential PAH, which might also be related to skin burns, blood clots, nerve damage, and even hernias.
What is PAH?
Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) nearly reverses the CoolSculpting procedure. Rather than shrinking, freezing, and destroying the unwanted fat cells, PAH is the increase of those fat cells. The frozen fat cells grow even larger and produce a hard skin surface of the localized area. Often, this result is known as the “stick of butter” effect, as the skin tends to not only harden but take the shape of the rectangular CoolSculpting machinery.
While PAH poses little fatal threat, there are minimal options for combatting the toughened, swollen area. Most often, liposuction provides beneficial results, but these results come with a heavy financial burden.
Are there financial risks for recovering from PAH?
Financially, CoolSculpting offers an enticing deal: each session costs roughly $1000, which is minute compared to other liposuction and cosmetic surgery options for quick weight loss. However, when PAH settles in and liposuction is the only option, patients must now pay for an additional surgery—out of their personal pockets.
Houston Lipo Center reports that an average liposuction procedure in the abdominal area, common for most CoolSculpting patients, costs anywhere from $4000-$8000, which is, at minimum, four to eight times the financial burden that CoolSculpting patients budgeted for.
When should you see a doctor?
PAH’s full effects are typically seen anywhere from one to six months following your first CoolSculpting procedure. These side effects are hard to ignore, as the skin bulges over time and creates a replicated shape of the CoolSculpting machine.
If you notice toughened, swelling, rectangular-shaped skin, it’s time to visit your doctor.
How Can Milberg provide assistance?
As we continue to research and study nearly 60,000 cases of PAH, it’s becoming more clear that this side effect has a strong parallel to CoolSculpting procedures. Our lawyers continue to ask questions, study cases, and fine tune this correlation, and as part of the CoolSculpting lawsuit, we are seeking CoolSculpting patients who are now diagnosed with PAH.
Our Consumer Products attorneys are vetted professionals in holding big name, big tech corporations responsible for not only their products, but the methods by which they present these products to consumers. We have decades of experience with billions of dollars recovered for our clients.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with PAH following a CoolSculpting procedure, you may have the right to take legal action. A free CoolSculpting lawsuit review from Milberg is the first step in the process. Contact us today to talk with a lawyer.