Supermodel Linda Evangelista claimed in a social media post on Wednesday that she had been left “brutally disfigured” after going through a cosmetic procedure called CoolSculpting.
Evangelista, 56, filed a $50 million lawsuit against the company that offers the service, Zeltiq Aesthetics, on Tuesday.
The supermodel, who was one of the most famous figures in the fashion world during the 1990s, became “a recluse” after receiving the procedure, which she claims “has destroyed her livelihood.”
The CoolSculpting procedure claims to freeze stubborn fat cells by using a targeted cooling system, and reduce fat deposits by 20% each treatment.
The company, Zeltiq, claims that its procedure is relatively pain-free and most people who have the treatment require no downtime afterward.
Evangelista underwent the procedure seven times on her chin, abdomen, back, inner thighs, and outer thighs from August 2015 until February 2016.
Lawsuit: Supermodel Evangelista “disfigured” after CoolSculpting
The supermodel claims that the procedure did the opposite of what it promised, leaving her with “hard, bulging, painful masses under her skin in those areas,” according to the lawsuit.
A doctor later diagnosed Evangelista with paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (PAH), which can be a side effect of the procedure that leaves patients with hard lumps of tissue in the areas where they underwent the procedure.
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The model claimed that she was not informed of the risk of developing the side effect, which has “not only destroyed my livelihood, it has sent me into a cycle of deep depression, profound sadness, and the lowest depths of self-loathing,” Evangelista wrote on Wednesday.
Model claims she is “permanently deformed,” left without professional opportunities after cosmetic procedure
She even underwent “two painful, unsuccessful, corrective surgeries” to fix the PAH, both of which were unsuccessful, leaving her “permanently deformed,” she says.
Evangelista is seeking $50 million from the company for her distress and loss of work as a result of the procedure. She has not worked professionally since 2016, however, while the careers of supermodels around her age, such as Naomi Campbell’s, who is 51, have thrived in recent years.
The star noted that many wondered why her career had been put on hold, writing on Instagram “To my followers who have wondered why I have not been working while my peers’ careers have been thriving, the reason is that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure, which did the opposite of what it promised.”
Evangelista spoke out after recent images of the supermodel, who once graced the runways of the top fashion designers across the world, sparked tabloid discussions about her appearance, which many described as unrecognizable.
“I would like to walk out my door with my head held high, despite not looking like myself any longer,” the supermodel wrote on Instagram.