Atlanta Dancer Suing AbbVie over 'CoolSculpting' Disfiguration

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Tuesday, November 9, 2021

An Atlanta woman says a popular cosmetic procedure left her with a "deformity" on her body. As investigative reporter Rachel Polansky uncovered, she's part of a growing number of people taking legal action.

Whitley went to see board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. John Connors, and she wasn’t the first to do so.

“Patients that we see that have had CoolSculpting, I’d say possibly one out of ten, ya know, have had this issue where the fat component in their anatomy has gotten worse,” Dr. Connors said. “She had a pretty classic case of it [PAH] in the areas where she had been treated.”

Dr. Connors diagnosed her with ‘Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia’ or PAH – a serious condition where an attempt at fat-freezing results in fat enlargement.

CBS46 Investigates has found that at least 7,000 cases of PAH have been reported to AbbVie, the parent company of CoolSculpting, since 2009, according to court documents.

“Basically, it’s a mass at the treatment site,” said personal injury attorney, Louiza Tarassova.

Tarassova is preparing a class-action lawsuit against AbbVie, for quote “creating an environment that deprived consumers of being properly informed about the risk of PAH.”

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