Coolsculpting sued: who sued Coolsculpting and why?

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No matter how small, every procedure is not without risks and Coolsculpting is not any different. The side effects are generally temporary but with PAH, they may be permanent.


Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) is linked to Coolsculpting and affects about 1 in 4000 individuals.


If you plan on getting Coolsculptng done, read on to know what you can do if you get PAH.


Was Coolsculpting sued?


Though non-invasive, Coolsculpting has been linked to Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) and it causes the most concern.


Coolsculpting was sued by a Canadian Supermodel in 2021 after undergoing several sessions that left her body disfigured. This caused her to avoid the public, making her modeling career pause.

She was later diagnosed with Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH), a rare side effect of Coolsculpting in which the fat cells in target areas increase and become hardened lumps instead of shrinking and this can be uncomfortable and unsightly.


She went ahead to sue for over $50 million and the case has been settled with the model putting it past her and returning to work. But what is Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH) and how can it be managed?


What is Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH)


Though it has a low incidence rate, PAH is a side effect of Coolsculpting. Fat cells which were meant to be broken down by the extreme cold and then slowly excreted by the body do the opposite and increase in size due to a reactionary process.


They sometimes harden and take the shape of the applicator used in Coolsculpting. PAH can be confirmed 6 months after the procedure and is irreversible.


Aside from the unsightly appearance, it can also cause discomfort as the hardened bulges rub against the clothes you wear when walking or doing daily activities.


What to do if you get PAH from Coolsculpting


PAH is rare but it has still been reported from people who get Coolsculpting done and if you’re one of them, you may be liable for compensation.


You could involve your legal team if you weren’t informed about the possible downsides of Coolsculpting such as PAH. All patients should be warned about the side effects of

Coolsculpting includes PAH since there is no way to predict who can get it.


Surgical procedures such as Laser lipolysis and excisions may be necessary to correct the areas affected by PAH.


Other side effects of Coolsculpting


Coolsculpting is a popular cosmetic option for people looking to lose fat in specific areas of their bodies without going under the knife. Its minimal downtime and non-invasiveness have contributed to its popularity over the years.


The side effects are temporary and subside within days to weeks of treatment. Some of these include:

  • Numbing or discolorations in the target areas

  • Redness or swelling

  • Slight pain or tingling

If these side effects do not subside within a month, you should report to the clinic you got the procedure.

Final thoughts

Coolsculpting is approved by the FDA and is considered to be safe. You should ensure that you are fit for the procedure and it is done by professionals equipped to take proper care of your body.


Read some articles here regarding Coolsculpting to know more about the procedure, its risk and benefits.