Evangelista, 56, came forward via a moving Instagram post to claim that a routine and popular fat reduction procedure called CoolSculpting had permanently deformed her, emotionally devastated and ultimately reclusive. “To my subscribers who wondered why I wasn’t working when my peers’ careers were flourishing, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure which did the opposite of what it was. had promised, ”Evangelista wrote to him this evening. 906,000 subscribers.
She claimed that instead of reducing fat, the procedure increased fat cells and “left me permanently deformed even after having had two painful and unsuccessful corrective surgeries.” I was left, as the media described it, “unrecognizable”. »In 2017, The daily mail ran with such a title after being spotted by paparazzi on their way to New York Airport.
Evangelista went on to say that she had developed what is known as paradoxical fat hyperplasia, commonly known as PAH and believed to be a side effect of the fat freezing procedure. According to Healthline, PAH is “a very rare but serious side effect” that occurs most often in male patients. “This means that the fat cells at the treatment site are getting bigger than smaller. It is not fully understood why this is happening. Although this is a cosmetic rather than a physically dangerous side effect, paradoxical fat hyperplasia does not go away on its own, ”the site says.
Approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration, CoolSculpting is the brand name for cryolipolysis, a non-surgical procedure that uses cold temperature to reduce fat deposits in certain areas of the body. It is also called body contouring and has gained popularity in medical spas in recent years. Evangelista used the brand name and mentioned Zeltiq, an Allergan subsidiary that markets and licenses devices used for cryolipolysis procedures.
His post mentioned a lawsuit and an intention to “go forward to get rid of my shame” by making the story public. “I’m so tired of living this way. I would like to leave my house with my head held high, even though I no longer look like myself. It is not known if the complaint has already been filed.
Evangelista immediately found support on social media from Gwyneth Paltrow and stylist Karla Welch to designers Brandon Maxwell and Jeremy Scott. The latter commented, “You are and always will be a model, now adding a great model of courage to your glorious resume. I love you. Welch posted: “You are still the tallest. “
Maxwell posted: “I always recognized you as someone who was physically beautiful, yes, but more importantly you really shine from the inside out. It’s your sense of humor, your innate joy, and your ability to present the best in life so easily that has always appealed to me the most. In your darkest times, may you never forget the light that you have sparked in so many people and continue to do so. “
Model Karen Elson also commented, “Sweet Linda. I love you dearly, you are so brave and wonderful.
Hollywood journalist contacted Allergan for comment on the story.