Chain selling anti-fat shots closes doors

December 14, 2007|By New York Times News Service

A national chain of cosmetic medical clinics that popularized anti-fat injections denounced by medical groups shut its doors last week in the wake of dozens of complaints from consumers asking for their money back.

The chain, Fig., with headquarters in St. Louis, ceased operations Dec. 7 for economic reasons, according to the company's Web site.

Fig. had operated 15 offices in seven states that promoted a series of injections, at a cost of about $2,000 per body part, to reduce fat deposits on areas such as the thighs and abdomen.

The procedure, commonly referred to as lipodissolve, involves injections of drug compounds that have not been approved for cosmetic medical use by the Food and Drug Administration.

Since Fig., originally named Advanced LipoDissolve Center, opened its first office in 2005, its clinics performed more than 100,000 anti-fat treatments across the nation, the company said in September.

In the past three years, 145 clients of Fig. have filed complaints with the Better Business Bureau of Greater St. Louis, some citing lack of results and others adverse reactions that included pain and swelling.

In the past week, 150 more consumers complained, said Christopher Thetford of the Better Business Bureau.

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