Canadian supermodel Linda Evangelista revealed in an emotional Instagram post that she was “permanently deformed” by a cosmetic procedure intended to decrease fat cells in the body.
Evangelista, 56, born in St Catharines, Ontario, claimed that the procedure, known as CoolSculpting, she did the opposite of what was intended, instead of increasing her fat cells, causing her to “become a recluse.”
Evangelista hasn’t appeared in many public photos since 2015, and even on her own Instagram, photos of her are rare, and most are from decades ago.
“They have left me, as the media has described, ‘unrecognizable’,” he wrote.
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He said that, since the initial procedure, he has undergone “two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries,” without success. His increased development of fat cells, medically known as paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), is a rare reaction to CoolSculpting, and he says he was not informed of the possibility of developing the condition before undergoing the procedure.
“For my fans who have wondered why I haven’t been working while my peers’ careers have prospered, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by… CoolSculpting… that did the opposite of what it promised,” Evangelista explained.
Aside from the physical side effects, Evangelista said there has also been a staggering mental toll.
“The PAH has not only destroyed my livelihood, it has sent me into a cycle of deep depression, deep sadness and the lowest depths of self-loathing.”
In his post on social media, Evangelista said he wanted to tell his story publicly to move forward and seemed to indicate that he would sue the company responsible for his procedure.
“I am so tired of living this way,” she said. “I’d like to walk out the door with my head held high, even though I don’t look like myself anymore.”
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Approved for use in Canada and also known as body contouring, CoolSculpting is the trade name for cryolipolysis, a “non-surgical procedure that uses cold temperature to reduce fat deposits in certain areas of the body” and has gained popularity in recent years. years. due to its non-invasive nature.
Evangelista refers to the name Zeltiq, which is a subsidiary of Allergan, a “world leader in medical aesthetics.”
Evangelista was one of the original supermodels of the 1990s; she, along with others such as Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington and Cindy Crawford, were world famous as they appeared on the covers of fashion magazines and walked on designers’ catwalks. He also appeared in the famous George Michael movie. Liberty! ’90 music video.
Several celebrities and fashion icons responded to her post about the procedure, sending her love and offering support.
As of this writing, neither Zeltiq nor Allergan have publicly commented on their claims. Global News has contacted Allergan Canada for comment.
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