Lawsuits Filed in Connection with CoolSculpting Procedure
CoolSculpting is a brand name for an FDA-approved fat reduction procedure, cryolipolysis, in which the more stubborn fat deposits on a patient’s body—love handles—are frozen, for purposes of getting rid of them. Skin freezes at a lower temperature than fat, and the CoolSculpting device works by taking advantage of that. It is intended to cool a person’s fat deposit sufficiently to destroy that tissue while also letting the skin survive without damage. Unfortunately, there may be problems with CoolSculpting, and a lawsuit by model Linda Evangelista was filed last year to recover damages that may have been caused by the procedure. If you were injured by CoolSculpting, you should call the seasoned Chicago product liability lawyers of Moll Law Group. Billions have been recovered in lawsuits with which we’ve been involved, and we represent patients across the nation.
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The CoolSculpting System is administered by a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or another aesthetic medicine practitioner. Rather than use needles, the practitioner targets fat deposits by hold them with paddles for around 35 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes. During that period, around 20% – 25% of the fat cells in the targeted location are destroyed. Typically a patient’s immune system disposes of dead fat cells for a few weeks, and the final result is seen in a few months.
There are certain medical conditions that the provider administering the procedure is expected to consider in determining whether you’re a candidate including cold urticaria, bad skin tone, cryoglobulinemia, loose skin, Raynaud’s phenomenon, and paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria. A provider should not give you the CoolSculpting procedure if you have one of these conditions.
Additionally, it is believed that some people suffer known serious side effects or injuries from the procedure. Side effects of this system include pain, stinging, aching, tugging at the treatment site, temporary redness, swelling, skin sensitivity, and bruising. Some of these side effects are serious. For instance, supermodel Linda Evangelista sued Zeltiq Aesthetics, the original manufacturer, a unit of Allergan Aesthetics and settled for millions last year, because she suffered disfigurement while going through CoolSculpting.
She alleged that she developed Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia, which involves fat cells growing, rather than getting minimized, as a result of the Cool Sculpting. Generally this harmful condition doesn’t go on its own; instead, the person suffering from it requires surgical intervention and downtime. Others have also sued and are continuing to sue for disfigurement.
If you believe you suffered adverse effects such as disfigurement from using CoolSculpting, you may have grounds to sue for damages in a product liability lawsuit. You should call our attorneys to evaluate whether you have a viable claim. We may be able to recover damages on your behalf if we can prove the cosmetic procedure has marketing, manufacturing or design defects that caused you injuries. If, for example, the manufacturer knew that there were serious side effects like disfigurement but failed to provide adequate warnings, and you were injured as a result of that, you may have a claim for failure to warn, which is a common type of marketing defects.
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If you suffered injuries due to CoolSculpting, you should contact the seasoned product liability lawyers of Moll Law Group about whether you have a claim. We represent injured people across the country. Please complete our online form or call us at 312.462.1700.