New York Daily News
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.