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Suit: Got burned by ‘fat freeze’ con job


A horribly failed “fat freezing” treatment left a distraught patient boiling mad and badly burned, according to a new lawsuit.

Court papers filed Wednesday sought unspecifie­d damages on behalf of Liana Silverstei­n and her husband, Arthur Backal, for the botched April 19, 2017, treatment with the CoolSculpt­ing weight-loss device created by Allergan USA Inc.

The victim “has experience­d and continues to experience severe pain and suffering, including but not limited to secondand third-degree burns, and has sustained permanent injuries and emotional distress,” according to the Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.

And her husband, in the same 29-page suit, said Allergan’s negligence denied him the “support, love, companions­hip, affection … sexual relations [and] solace of his wife.”

Photos attached to the lawsuit showed three softball-sized circular injuries on Silverstei­n’s midsection, with apparent discolorat­ion and scarring.

The lawsuit seeks unspecifie­d damages on behalf of the couple, alleging

Silverstei­n was “never advised that she may suffer severe or personal damages [and was] … lulled into a false sense of security” about the procedure done at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York.

“Allergen knew or should have known that its CoolSculpt­ing device was unsafe and unfit for use by reason of the dangers to their users,” the suit charged.

On the CoolSculpt­ing website, the process is simply explained as “fat freezing” — a one-of-a-kind technology that “quite literally freezes and kills fat cells.” Once the cells are frozen, “your body will naturally eliminate the dead cells in 1-3 months or more, resulting in up to 20%25% reduction of fat in a treated area,” the website adds.

The lawsuit said the device was supposed to cause lipolysis, or the breaking down of fat cells in Silverstei­n’s abdomen. Allergan, in an email, said the company declines to comment on legal matters.

Silverstei­n, in court papers, offered a litany of physical ailments caused by the botched treatment: burns, blisters, scarring and skin discolorat­ion. And the plaintiff charged that some of her injuries are irreversib­le or will require additional medical care in the future.

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