The supermodel took to Instagram last year that she “turned into a recluse” after the procedure went awry
Supermodel Linda Evangelista has officially settled her lawsuit against CoolSculpting, 10 months after it was claimed she was “permanently deformed” after suffering side effects from the procedure.
She also dived back into the world of modeling and was the focus of a new campaign for Fendi to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Fendi Baguette handbag.
One of the original supermodels of the 1990s, alongside the likes of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, Evangelista said she was “unrecognizable” due to a condition called Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia (PAH).
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Why did she say she was “deformed”?
Evangelista took to Instagram in September 2021 to say she was “permanently deformed” after a fat freezing procedure went wrong, resulting in a dramatic change in her appearance.
Evangelista posted a statement on Instagram with the captions “#TheTruth” and “#MyStory,” and wrote, “Today I took a major step to right a wrong I have suffered that I have kept to myself for over five years .
“To my followers who have wondered why I am not working while my colleagues’ careers are thriving, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting process, which did the opposite of what it promised.
“It increased my fat cells, not decreased them, and left me permanently deformed even after two painful, unsuccessful corrective surgeries.
“I was, as the media has described, ‘defaced’.
“I have developed paradoxical fatty hyperplasia, or PAH, a risk I was not made aware of prior to the procedures.
“PAH has not only destroyed my livelihood, it has plunged me into a cycle of deep depression, deep sadness, and deepest self-loathing.
“I became a recluse.
“With this lawsuit, I’m making strides to release my shame and go public with my story. I’m so tired of living like this.
“I’d love to walk out my door with my head held high even though I don’t look like me anymore.”
Many used the comments on her Instagram post to support the supermodel.
Designer Marc Jacobs wrote: “Thank you for your courage and strength. I love you, dear Linda.”
Model Naomi Campbell also commented: “Elos, I applaud you for your courage and strength in sharing your experience and not letting it hold you hostage anymore. you know i love you
“We love you and are always there for you, right by your side.. I can’t imagine the pain you’ve been going through mentally over the last 5 years.. now you’re free of it.. remember who you are and. what you have achieved and your impact and the lives of all the people you have touched and still do today by sharing your story.
“Proud of you and supporting you every step of the way.”
What did she say in the People interview?
In the emotional interview with People, Evangelista said she “can’t live like this anymore, hidden and ashamed” after saying she was afraid to meet people she knew.
She said that within a few months of her treatments, she began noticing bulges in the very places she was trying to shrink.
She said: “I tried to fix it myself because I thought I was doing something wrong.
“I got to where I didn’t eat at all. I thought I was going insane.”
In June 2016, Evangelista finally saw her doctor. She said: “I dropped my robe for him.
“I cried and said, ‘I haven’t eaten, I’m starving. What am I doing wrong?””
When he diagnosed her with PAH, she said, “I was like, ‘What the hell is this?’ and he told me that no diet or exercise would ever cure it.
In the interview, Evangelista claimed that when her doctor contacted CoolSculpting about the situation, the company told him she wanted to “make it right.” The company reportedly offered to pay for liposuction to repair the damage caused by PAH.
However, in her lawsuit, Evangelista said she was told “on the eve” of her liposuction appointment that Zeltiq, CoolSculpting’s parent company, would not undertake the procedure unless she signed a non-disclosure agreement — which she refused.
In June 2016, she performed the first of two full-body liposuctions, which she says she paid for herself. In July 2017 she had her second operation.
Evangelista said she had to wear compression garments, a belt and a chin strap for eight weeks or the PAH could come back — which she did anyway.
She said: “It wasn’t even a little bit better. The bulges are projections. And they are tough. When I go unbelted in a dress I chafe until I almost bleed.
“Because it’s not like grating with soft fat, it’s like grating with hard fat.”
Evangelista said she doesn’t look in the mirror because “it doesn’t look like me.”
She said: “I don’t recognize myself physically, but I don’t even recognize myself as a person anymore.
“She [meaning Linda Evangelista, the supermodel] is kind of gone.”
She said one of the main reasons she broke her silence on Instagram last year was to “shed some of my shame and help other people who are in the same situation as me.”
What is CoolSculpting?
The CoolSculpting website explains that it’s a “fat-freezing procedure” and that “controlled cooling is used to eliminate the stubborn fat that’s difficult to get rid of, even with diet and exercise.”
The method was approved by the FDA in 2010 as a method to target and reduce fat cells.
CoolSculpting involves the use of cooling paddles applied to the area to be treated and by pulling the tissue into the machine it is then subjected to extremely cold temperatures causing the fat cells to freeze and ‘die’.
According to the CoolSculpting website, common side effects include “muscle pain, transient muscle spasms, transient joint or tendon pain, and redness at or near the treatment site,” among others.
It also adds: “Rare side effects may also occur. CoolSculpting can cause a visible enlargement in the treated area, which can develop two to five months after treatment and requires surgical intervention to correct it.”
What is Paradoxical Fatty Hyperplasia?
Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH) is defined by the Women’s Institute for Health (WIFH), an Atlanta medical spa specializing in laser hair removal, Smartlipo, Cellulaze for cellulite, SculpSure non-invasive fat removal, tattoo removal, laser (fractional CO2) skin resurfacing, and other aesthetic laser procedures.
WIFH says: “PAH causes a gradual enlargement of the treated area. It occurs when the stimulus (the freezing of fat cells) activates a reaction process in adipose tissue that thickens and expands the fat cells, rather than breaking them down and allowing the body to process and remove them.
“PAH is only known to occur after cryolipolysis or CoolSculpting body contouring treatment.
“PAH cannot usually be confirmed until about 6 months after the procedure, with patients complaining that they get bigger in the exact shape of the applicator.”
WIFH adds that PAH has a reported incidence rate of 0.0051% of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide.
Has she settled her CoolSculpting lawsuit?
Taking to Instagram, Evangelista announced that she had officially settled her lawsuit against CoolSculpting, 10 months after she claimed the cosmetic procedure “brutally disfigured” her.
She wrote: “Glad to have the CoolSculpting case settled. I look forward to the next chapter of my life with friends and family and I’m glad to put this matter behind me.
“I’m really grateful for the support I’ve received from those who have reached out.”
Has she returned to modeling?
In the latest chapter of Evangelista’s journey, the 57-year-old returned to the world of modeling, leading a new campaign for Fendi to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Fendi Baguette, designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi.
She took to Instagram to share her first fashion shoot since retiring from the public eye after her CoolSculpting treatment.
In the picture, Evangelista was photographed wearing a row of pink satin hats while posing with the Fendi Baguette handbag.