Model Linda Evangelista alleges that her CoolScultping procedure ‘brutally disfigured’ her

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Supermodel Linda Evangelista is opening up about her experiences with the popular fat-removal procedure CoolSculpting.

In a post shared on Instagram, Evangelista, 56, said that the procedure that she underwent five years ago has left her ”permanently deformed.”

As a result of the botched procedure, Evangelista is now suing the parent company of CoolScultping, Zeltiq Aesthetics.

Along with the hashtags “#TheTruth” and “#MyStory,” Evangelista wrote, “Today I took a big step towards righting a wrong that I have suffered and have kept to myself for over five years.”

“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,” she continued.

Evangelista also alleged that the procedure has done the opposite of its intended goal and has “increased not decreased” her fat cells, causing her to be “permanently deformed even after two painful, unsuccessful, corrective surgeries.”

She added that she has “been left, as the media has described, ‘unrecognizable,’” and caused her to develop paradoxical adipose hyperplasia or PAH, ”a very rare but serious side effect.”

“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,” Evangelista added.

She concluded by sharing her plans for legal action.

“With this lawsuit, I am moving forward to rid myself of my shame, and going public with my story. I am so tired of living this way. I would like to walk out my door with my head high, despite not looking like myself any longer.”

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