After having a cosmetic body-sculpting operation that transformed her into a recluse, Linda Evangelista, the supermodel famous in the 1990s, claimed she had become “brutally disfigured” and “unrecognizable.” “Today, I made a huge stride toward righting a wrong that I have endured and kept to myself for over five years,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday.
“To my followers who have inquired why I haven’t been working while others have thrived in their profession, the reason is that I was disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure, which did the exact opposite of what it promised.” After undergoing a fat-freezing treatment, Evangelista revealed that she had paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, which is when patients develop firm tissue masses in the treated regions as a result of side effects.
“I am a middle-aged woman who recently had lip filler injections,” she wrote. “I have never been informed of the danger of permanent physical deformity following cosmetic surgery.” She said she did not receive any information about it when she went to get her lips done.
“PAH has not only taken my career away from me, but it has also sent me into a cycle of deep melancholy and the lowest depths of self-loathing,” she continued. “I’ve become a hermit as a result of it.” However, while Ms. Evangelista’s Instagram post mentioned a lawsuit, one had not yet been filed or where it was to be filed.
According to CoolSculpting, the treatment has been authorized by the FDA for the reduction of visible fat bulges.
According to Allergan Aesthetics, a worldwide pharmaceutical firm whose brands include CoolSculpting, the therapy might induce an increase in the treated region of two to five months after treatment, requiring surgical correction.