Supermodel Linda Evangelista says cosmetic procedure left her 'disfigured'

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She said she sued Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc. after a cosmetic body-sculpting procedure turned her into a recluse.
Linda Evangelista, the supermodel made famous in the 1990s, said she had become "brutally disfigured" and "unrecognizable" after a cosmetic body-sculpting procedure that had turned her into a recluse.

In an Instagram post Wednesday, she referred to filing a lawsuit, saying that she was taking "a big step towards righting a wrong that I have suffered and have kept to myself for over five years."

She added: "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, 56, said after the fat-freezing procedure she developed paradoxical adipose hyperplasia, a side effect in which patients develop firm tissue masses in the treatment areas.

She said the cosmetic procedure left her "permanently deformed even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful, corrective surgeries." She said she had not been told of the risk.

"PAH 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," she wrote. "In the process, I have become a recluse."

Evangelista, who was known as one of the five top supermodels in the 1990s, detailed her story on Instagram, where she has 912,000 followers and where thousands of people commented or expressed support. Her story was also widely covered in international and national media outlets.

Evangelista filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Zeltiq Aesthetics…
Christine Hauser, New York Times
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