Linda Evangelista spoke again about the cosmetic procedure she previously said left her “cruelly altered.”
Last Wednesday, the supermodel, 56, shared an emotional post on Instagram, in which he said he was “permanently deformed” after suffering a rare side effect from removing fat cells with a procedure called CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis.
In the post, Evangelista revealed that he suffered a rare bad reaction in the procedure, which led to an increase in his fat cells instead of decreasing and left him depressed and accepted.
And the Canadian -born star returned to Instagram on Sunday to share a statement from his lawyer as he advanced a lawsuit against the company in question.
“The truth of my horrible trial will be told through the legal system and I offer my condolences to anyone who suffers, as I do, from the painful, hardened mass of PAH coming out of the skin if where CoolSculpting took place, “Evangelista wrote, adding the hashtags” #TheTruth “and” #MyStory. “
Her attorney’s statement read: “On September 21, 2021, Linda Evangelista through her advisor Wrobel Markham LLP filed a product liability lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against ZELTIQ Aesthetics, Inc. . (‘ZELTIQ’) for the severe injury suffered by Ms. Evangelista as a result of ZELTIQ’s CoolSculpting System.
“In doing so, Ms. Evangelista stands up not only for herself but for others who have been similarly injured and ignored by ZELTIQ.
“It states that ZELTIQ disclosed the risk of the adipose hyperplasia (‘ PAH ’) paradox to its investors filing with the SEC years before disclosing that risk in any of the aggressive direct-to-consumer marketing material.
“Zeltiq’s 2012 10-K warns its investors of possible‘ additional liability from claims associated with known rare side effects such as late-onset pain, subcutaneous induction, hernia, and paradoxical hyperplasia ’and the insurance on product liability that ‘may not be enough to cover [ZELTIQ] against potential liability. ‘
“Interestingly, ZELTIQ’s marketing material and the CoolSculpting website failed to mention the risk of PAH until after Ms. Evangelista underwent the procedures. ZELTIQ failed to further include any general warning on CoolSculpting’s main homepage until February 2019. “
Cryolipolysis is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that patients undergo to reduce body fat by cooling targeted areas.
The Harvard University health blog states CoolSculpting, which underwent animal testing in 2007, has been carried out in more than eight million procedures worldwide.
The CoolSculpting website states that the procedure has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “for the treatment of visible fat bulges in the submental (under the chin) and submandibular (under the jawline) areas, thighs, abdomen, and flank, along with bra fat, back fat, under buttocks (also known as banana roll), and upper arm. “
Adding that there is a risk of “rare side effects,” the site states that the non-invasive procedure “can cause a visible enlargement in the area being treated, which can occur 2 to 5 months after treatment and will require surgical intervention for correction. “
Making her initial statement about how she was affected by the procedure, Evangelista wrote on Instagram last week: “Today I have taken a big step toward correcting a mistake I have suffered and kept to myself for over more than a week. Five years.
“To my followers who wondered why I wasn’t working as my colleagues’ careers progressed, the reason was that I was brutally disfigured by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting approach that did the opposite of what it promised.
“It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently deformed even after undergoing two painful, unsuccessful, corrective operations. I was left, as the media described, ‘unrecognizable.'”
Sharing details of her condition, Evangelista added: “I developed Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia or PAH, a risk that I was not told before I had the procedures.
“Not only did PAH ruin my livelihood, it sent me into a cycle of deep depression, heartache, and the lowest depth of self -loathing. In the process, I became a recluse.
“In this lawsuit, I’m moving forward to get rid of my embarrassment, and publicize my story. I’m so tired of living this way. I want to walk out my door with my head raised, even if I don’t look like myself. I’ve. “
Newsweek Contacted an Allergan representative for comment.
In the 1990s, Evangelista was celebrated as one of the top supermodels in the world, along with Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Claudia Schiffer, and Christy Turlington.