Linda Evangelista has settled her CoolSculpting lawsuit for $50million after she claimed a rare touch-up in a fat-reduction procedure six years ago left her ‘disabled’.
The 57-year-old model said she was ‘delighted’ to put the case behind her and was looking forward to a ‘new chapter’ in her life, thanking her friends and family for their support.
This week, she also returned to modeling with her first job – a photoshoot for Fendi – since quitting following the procedure in 2016.
Lawsuit: Linda Evangelista (pictured in June) has settled her $50million CoolSculpting lawsuit after claiming a rare touch-up with a fat-reduction procedure six years ago left her ‘crippled’
After settling the CoolSculpting case, she told her 1.2 million Instagram followers in a statement posted on Monday: ‘I am pleased to have settled the CoolSculpting case.
‘I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life with my friends and family, and I’m happy to put this behind me. I am very grateful for the support I have received from those who have reached out.’
In her suit, Linda sought $50 million in damages, claiming she had been left ‘horribly damaged’ by Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc’s CoolSculpting procedure, which she claimed ‘did the opposite of what it promised.’
CoolSculpting – the brand name for cryolipolysis, which uses cold temperatures to reduce fat deposits – is also known as body contouring, and is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Back to work: This week, she also returned to modeling with her first job – a Fendi fashion shoot – since she retired following the procedure in 2016.
During the procedure, a device placed under freezing temperature is used for fat deposits, which causes the death of cells in the tissue.
Zeltiq – which is a subsidiary of Allergan – markets and licenses equipment used for such procedures.
MailOnline has contacted Allergan for comment.
This week, Linda officially returned to the spotlight after a few appearances since 2016, landing a new ad for Fendi while promoting the brand’s upcoming fashion show.
She shared photos from the amazing campaign to Instagram on Saturday. She wore a gray sweater and three pink hats piled high on her head, along with brown sunglasses and gloves.
She carried a pair of Fendi handbags as she looked away from the camera in the adorable photo.
Case: The supermodel (pictured in 1990 and 1989), 57, said she was ‘delighted’ to put the case behind her and was looking forward to a ‘new chapter’ in her life.
‘On September 9 2022 @Fendi will host a special fashion show in New York City to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the #FendiBaguette, designed by @silviaventurinifendi, and two years since @mrkimjones joined the Maison as Artistic Director of Couture and Womenswear,’ wrote the letter.
The fashion show was a monumental one for the runway star, as it marks her return to the industry after taking a six-year hiatus from modeling.
In the 1990s, Linda was one of the biggest models in the industry, appearing in many popular magazines such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Elle, and Marie Claire, and strutting her stuff in runway shows for big brands including Chanel, Valentino . , Dolce & Gabbana, Ralph Lauren, and Giorgio Armani, to name a few.
However, she stopped working in 2016, and in September, Linda revealed in a surprising Instagram post that the reason she decided to withdraw from the public eye was because she had a rare reaction to a cosmetic procedure.
At the time, Linda announced that she had filed a lawsuit against CoolSculpting’s parent company Zeltiq, claiming she was ‘absolutely damaged’ by the procedure.
The procedure: In her suit, Linda (pictured in 2005) was seeking $50 million in damages, alleging that she was left ‘severely damaged’ by Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc.’s CoolSculpting procedure.
He said in his Instagram statement at the time: ‘Today I took a big step towards correcting the wrong I have suffered and hid for over five years.
‘For my followers who have been wondering why I am not working while my colleagues’ careers are progressing, the reason is that I was seriously damaged by Zeltiq’s CoolSculpting procedure which did the opposite of what it promised.
‘It increased, not decreased, my fat cells and left me permanently disabled even after two painful, unsuccessful, corrective surgeries. I have been left, as the media have described it, “unrecognizable”.’
Linda also said she had developed adipose hyperplasia (PAH), a ‘very rare but serious side effect’ of the fat-freezing procedure, according to Healthline.
A rare side effect of cryolipolysis has been reported in 0.0051 percent of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide.
In this case, the treated area becomes larger, rather than smaller. It can leave a ‘painless, palpable, firm, well-demarcated sore’ under the skin.
Referring to the case, he continued: ‘I have developed Paradoxical Adipose Hyperplasia or PAH, a risk I was not made aware of prior to the procedure.
‘PAH has not only destroyed my livelihood, it has sent me into a cycle of deep depression, deep sadness, and the lowest depths of self-loathing.
‘In the process, I have become a recluse. In this case, I am moving forward to get rid of my shame, and go public with my story.
‘I’m so tired of living like this. I’d like to walk out of my door with my head held high, despite not looking like me anymore.’
Speaking to People magazine in an interview months later, the former TV star detailed how she thought she was going crazy and ‘stopped eating’ when nests started appearing on her chin, thighs and chest – and how she is now ‘scared to run away’. someone you know’ after spending decades as a photo sensation.
However, at the time, he said he was ‘done hiding’, telling the media: ‘I can’t live like this anymore, in hiding and shame. I just couldn’t live in this pain anymore. I’m finally ready to talk.’
Fat reduction: In September, Linda (pictured in 2003) said she had filed a lawsuit against CoolSculpting’s parent company Zeltiq, claiming she was left ‘completely disfigured’.
He detailed how within three months, he noticed swelling forming on his body, with the targeted areas increasing rather than shrinking – before becoming hard and numb as he experienced a rare side effect of the procedure.
He told People that he filed a lawsuit last September suing CoolSculpting’s parent company, Zeltiq Aesthetics Inc, for $50 million in damages, claiming at the time he was unable to work since the procedures.
The star claimed that CoolSculpting offered to pay for her liposuction to repair the damage caused by PAH after her doctor contacted them. However, she said that on the night of the liposuction, Zeltiq said they would only pay for the procedure if she signed a confidentiality agreement – which she refused.
In June 2016, Linda had a full body plastic surgery, which she claims she paid for. She then underwent liposuction again in July 2017, and it is not known who paid for the cost.
Linda said she had to wear braces, a chin strap, and tights for eight weeks after the surgery to prevent the PAH from returning – but she said it returned after the second liposuction.
The model told the magazine that she can no longer bear to look in the mirror because she ‘doesn’t look like her,’ explaining that her identity as ‘Linda Evangelista, supermodel’ has now ‘disappeared’ due to the situation.
Low profile: Linda (pictured in June 2015) has not been seen since undergoing the procedure and stopped working as a model.
She added: ‘If I walk around strapless in a dress, I’ll be so itchy I’ll almost bleed.
‘Cause it’s not like applying soft oil, it’s like applying hard oil. [I can’t] put my hands by my side. I don’t think designers will want to dress me with what comes out of my body.’
A representative for CoolSculpting told People at the time: ‘The procedure has been well studied with more than 100 scientific publications and more than 11 million treatments performed worldwide.’
They added that rare side effects such as PAH ‘continue to be well documented in CoolSculpting information for patients and healthcare providers.’
Linda has not been seen since she underwent the procedure. In February, she went out for the first time without covering her face, while shopping at Manhattan’s famous Chelsea Market.
He was also spotted on a rare outing earlier this month. The Canadian model was seen keeping it casual as she stepped out in New York City wearing sweatpants and an oversized jacket.
What is PARADOXICAL ADIPOSE HYPERPLASIA (PAH)?
Paradoxical adipose hyperplasia is a rare, previously unreported side effect of cryolipolysis.
Cryolipolysis uses cold to destroy and destroy subcutaneous fat cells, without damaging the skin to reduce the amount of fat in the treated area.
This PAH condition has a reported incidence rate of 0.0051% of the 1.5 million CoolSculpting procedures performed worldwide. Most doctors see a lot of cases in their offices.
PAH causes gradual enlargement of the treated area. It occurs when a stimulus (freezing of fat cells) sets off a reactive process in fat tissue that multiplies and expands fat cells instead of breaking them down and allowing the body to process and eliminate them.
PAH is only known to occur following cryolipolysis, or CoolSculpting body contouring treatment.
PAH is usually not diagnosed until about 6 months after the procedure, with patients complaining of getting bigger in the full applicator shape, as shown below.
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